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Vending News & Features

Carbonated soft drinks have become a lightning rod for consumer health concerns and the resulting regulatory initiatives. This sentiment is contributing to a continued shift in preference toward the wellness and functional beverage categories. This trend is increasingly pronounced in vending as operators go head to head with c-stores, harnessing the merchandising power of glassfront cold beverage machines and micromarkets, striving to deliver the optimal balance of products to quench their patrons' evolving and wide-ranging thirsts...
Mobile payment leader Isis announced that it will rename its mobile wallet platform to distance itself from the identically named Islamic militia...
New self-service microstores not only accommodate a wide range of merchandise, but also connect users to an online store for virtually limitless shopping possibilities, according to the manufacturer...
The price for a gallon of gasoline reached its highest level in six years during the July 4th weekend. According to several sources, drivers paid an average $3.66 a gallon at the pump, about 19¢ a gallon more than a year ago...
Next-generation prescription drug vending machine employs proprietary “lane-recognition” technology that provides verification on each item dispensed...
A key topic at the Automatic Vending Association's Business Day conference in Manchester was cashless vending. It was addressed by a panel of experts including Adam Lawrence, chief executive of the Royal Mint...
--press release

Coffee Service News

Keurig Green Mountain unveiled its next-generation home brewer to the press corps on June 24 at the tony Dia 545 art gallery in Chelsea. Set to hit the market in September, Keurig 2.0 will be the first in the line to brew from the same machine either a single cup, using a K-Cup, or a whole 28-fl.oz. pot, using the new K-Carafe pack...

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From a choice of products optimized for vending machine locations via mobile payment processes to the further development of the machines themselves, new opportunities are opening up for the automated retailing industry along the value chain... by Jürgen Hase
While POS terminals account for almost 90% of the cellular M2M device market right now, vending machines represent the largest untapped market for wireless M2M in the retail industry... by Curtis Burkhar
Vertical integration is a strategy designed to protect value or reduce market disruption where the risk of either happening is extremely high. In OCS, however, there are more advantages to specialization... by Brian Martell
There is an ancient Greek maxim, "know thyself." But it is also important to "know thy competition." Knowledge of your competitors is fundamental to outselling them, especially when presenting your coffee services to a prospective customer who already has one... by Len Rashkin

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Coin-Op Music & Games

Leisure and Allied Industries has a completed a major reorganization that consolidates Embed, LAI Games and the Locker Network under a new umbrella company called Helix Leisure...
There's an excellent chance that San Francisco will join the modern era, tossing off its conservative mantel on July 8. That's when the city's Board of Supervisors will meet and most likely update the antiquated laws governing coin-operated amusement devices...
Designed by two Omaha inventors, Brew Buck It resembles a classic "claw" crane merchandiser, but replaces the mechanical gripper with a gloved hand fitted with an embedded magnet that can pick up a replica beer bottle...
--press release
Pinball is about to become legal again in Oakland, CA, after some 80 years. The city's ban against the coin-op staple went into effect in the 1930s because the game was viewed largely as a gambling device...

Bulk Vending News & Features

Matt Miller of Marzs Vending (Kingwood, TX) has found a Texas-size niche in bulk vending. The operator who serves the central Texas market is promoting family-friendly bulk products that eschew the more edgy designs and themes. With a route comprised of some 100 locations, primarily mom and pops, Miller has found that wholesome product makes for happy consumers and location owners...
According to several disparate sources, consumer spending and shopping habits appear to be changing in a dramatic and long-term manner. Evidence of this can be seen in one survey conducted by the market research firm NPD Group. As the survey discovered, families aren't eating out as much as they did just a few years ago...
OK Manufacturing Co. is back. The company that pioneered giant and kinetic bulk vending machines is under new management. Purchased in an employee buyout in August 2013, OK is now a division of Salt Lake City's Gumball Depot...

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We all have been hearing a lot about the potential of new networked technology for increasing customer engagement with our industry. The opportunity is that today's smartphones know where their users are... Alicia Lavay
We recently received an inquiry from an operator who asked whether the new touchscreen customer interfaces for vending machines can be equipped to recognize spoken questions and commands... Tim Sanford
This summer will be significant for bulk vending operators across the country. While the business pages report an improving economy, a large percentage of operators has yet to feel a positive impact... Hank Schlesinger

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