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Vending News & Features

Chase Commerce Solutions is the payment processing and merchant acquiring business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. The deal is intended to benefit self-service retailers with USAT's cashless payments and M2M/Internet of Things service...
The vending tech company is using the new "offers" feature on its payment screens to give vending patrons the option to contribute to relief efforts for victims of the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25...
Crane Co., parent of Crane Payment Innovations and Crane Merchandising Systems, reported first quarter 2015 earnings of 87¢ a diluted share, compared with 82¢ per share in the first quarter of 2014...
The machine can be fitted with a payment mechanism, and offers tea and pure water selections...
WanderPort Corp., a distributor of food and beverage products made with hemp, said it has entered into a distribution agreement with AVT Inc. that will bring its Canna Energy drink to vending machines nationwide...
The Coca-Cola Co. announced better-than-expected first-quarter results; the period benefited for six additional days. Organic revenues grew by 8% on the back of strategic pricing, as well as higher concentrate sales...
24/7 Pizza Box is outfitted with a 24" touchscreen on which customers make their selections from two choices (typically plain and pepperoni) and pay using cash, credit or debit card, or a mobile payment like Apple Pay...
PepsiCo said it will be dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi, and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener known as Splenda, in the United States. The move is reportedly in response to customer health concerns and plunging sales of Pepsi products...
Under terms of the agreement, Absolute will purchase Rainbow's existing vending, office coffee and pure water route businesses. Financial terms were not disclosed...

Coffee Service News

Beans in the new Workday Roast contain inherent compounds that, when exposed to water, produce a slow exothermic reaction, allowing the coffee to maintain an optimum 160°F drinking temperature for an entire workday...

Foodservice News

The government wants to hear from the public before revisions to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans become official and is accepting comments through May 8...

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Guest Columns

Ask yourself this question: "Why do you buy a drill?" The obvious answer: "To drill a hole." Now ask yourself: "Why did you get in to business?" While answers can vary, no business can survive, let alone thrive, without making a profit. Profits are the drill for our business, and micromarkets have evolved to become the preferred tool to grow those profits to unseen levels... by Patrick McMullen
One of the most challenging parts of running a coffee service business is hiring and training your sales staff, and that is our topic for this column... by Len Rashkin
I recently bought an extra-large cup of coffee at a convenience store. I know, I know: what was I thinking? I was thinking that I could kill two birds with one stone as I needed gas, and secondly, my iPhone reported that the nearest Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts were both a bit too far out of the way; yet I still desperately wanted a coffee... by Kevin Daw
Great tasting coffee at competitive pricing has always been the staple product that opens the doors to new potential clients and keeps our current customers from leaving... by Len Rashkin

Coin-Op Music & Games

Advocate Children's Hospital patients here will receive a big surprise April 28 a brand new Iron Man flipper game donated by Stern Pinball Inc. and Project Pinball Charity Group Inc. The pinball machine is dedicated to Zach Dacy, a young Chicagoan who courageously beat cancer....
A bill that draws a distinct line between coin-op amusement and gambling devices sailed through the Florida State Senate this week. Approved 39-1 on April 23, the proposed law clarifies the definition between the two machine categories.
Coast to Coast Entertainment LLC reports that its new Duck Catcher and Frog Catcher cranes have enjoyed great early success on location, and attracted favorable attention at the recent Amusement Expo in Las Vegas...
The manufacturer says its kiddie ride ushers in an era of new technology and operator features that make the kiddie ride business profitable and enjoyable...

Bulk Vending News & Features

Even Downton Abbey characters can’t resist this. Measuring a compact 75" high x 91" wide x 19" deep, the Candy Shop takes up space comparable to a standard bulk vending rack with a similar number of heads...
Arizona's Global Gumball and Florida's Entervending LLC have teamed up to manufacture and distribute a new line of electronic bulk vending machines. The Electric Wizards can accept bills and coins, and support incremental pricing...

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Editorials & Opinions

I had the privilege to attend the F2FEC family entertainment center business conference in Phoenix, and the energy at the event was contagious... by Alicia Lavay
Crime is down across the board according to the latest statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But anecdotal evidence shows a definite uptick in coin-op and vender crimes. ... by Hank Schlesinger
For as long as I can remember, product pricing has been a vexed topic in vending. The dramatic expansion of the vending industry began about six decades ago in an economy that was largely free from inflation (in 1955, the rate of inflation was around 0.4%) and the prices for items that could be sold through the vending machines of the day varied little from year to year... by Tim Sanford

Sponsored Content

Video and camera technology is used in a wide range of vending machines from food and beverage-type dispensers to ticketing kiosks and ATMs. Applications range from video security to prevent damage and theft, to uses of cameras as an intrinsic part of the transaction, such as reading barcodes or QR codes for access control... by Steve Heard, sponsored by IDS
In January, I had the opportunity to attend one of the world's best playgrounds for a technology fan like myself. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been a technology tradition since 1967 and has never been open to the public -- industry only. Speakers such as Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Cisco CEO John Chambers, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, amongst others, share their visions of the future with 150,000 gamers, fanboys, geeks, freaks and tech industry types from all over the world | by Joseph Hessling, Sponsored by 365 Retail Markets

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