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Oregon's Commission for the Blind has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for allegedly failing to comply with the Randolph-Sheppard Act. The 1936 law gives preference to blind people to run vending machines on government properties...
Mayor Peter Bober has passed a mandate requiring that vending machines in all city-owned vending machines offer non-GMO snack choices...
The micromarket tech company will host its first MEET User Group on Mar. 2 and 3 in Nashville. MEET, or motivate, educate, entertain and train, addresses micromarket efficiency and profitability...
Gilly Vending, Alonzo Mourning Gilly Vending has signed NBA legend Alonzo Mourning as the "face" of its new healthy initiative program. Mourning, who played for the Miami Heat as a center during most of his 15-year career in the National Basketball Association, will assist the 33-year-old vending operation in publicizing the program...
AdvancePierre Foods said it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the wholesale and manufacturing operations of Landshire Inc., a Caseyville, IL-based sandwich manufacturer. Both companies' products are popular in vending machines...
A dozen vending machines placed throughout this upstate New York city helped generate excitement around a Pepsi Super Bowl promotion...
Designed to showcase the "healthier options" available in vending machines, the new exhibit extension will provide a serene atmosphere for the presentation of educational seminars and expert opinions on "healthy" vending. AVEX takes place this summer in Manchester, England...
In the latest step in their ongoing investigation into the energy drink industry, three U.S. senators have released a new report. It finds that energy drink companies have eliminated marketing to children under the age of 12, but that they refuse to take similar steps to voluntarily stop outreach and marketing to teenagers...
Georgia Automatic Merchandising Council president Kimble Carter, Kimble's Food by Design (LaGrange, GA), expects the legislative event to become a GAMC standard for showcasing the vending industry and educating elected officials...

Coffee Service News

The online survey was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Keurig Green Mountain Inc. in December among 843 office workers, including 505 who typically drink one or more cups of coffee a day...
Pairing the appliance with a Keurig brewer is an evolution of GE's Café French door refrigerator's unique hot water dispenser. It ships in Q3 2015...

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Looking back over my many years in the office refreshment industry, I have singled out several key industry innovations that have opened up the doors to accelerate its growth. One innovation in particular was the advent of the first single-cup coffee brewer for the office, and that was the Flavia beverage system... by Len Rashkin
My third and final article on product pricing continues to look at the psychology of product pricing. The what, when, why and how to change prices can be a daunting task and decision... by Jerry McVety
Like traditional retail stores, the emerging micromarket is now dealing with the one out of every 11 visitors who shoplift regularly in American stores. Vending operators, who run the majority of self-checkout micromarkets, do not possess the generations of experience -- and battle scars -- that traditional retailers have in dealing with shoplifters....by Mark Manney
Customers must perceive the pricing in vending, micromarkets and foodservice to be fair relative to what they think the price should be for any product. This perception can be based on a variety of factors. (This is the second article in a three-part series)... by Jerry McVety

Coin-Op Music & Games

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Members of a malicious knife gang that allegedly robbed arcades and terrorized personnel throughout London have each been sentenced to more than eight years in prison...
Plans for a North Korean-themed videogame has been scrapped. Moneyhorse Games' Glorious Leader! received worldwide publicity when it was announced in May 2014...
The Neon Retro Arcade will stock classic coin-op games from the Golden Age, including Donkey Kong, Asteroids, Tetris, Pac-Man, and Double Dragon...
Arcade Expo kicks off on Saturday, Jan.17. The Museum of Pinball, the event's organizer, will pack a 40,000-sq.ft. venue with classic arcade games, tournaments, speeches and other activities that run through Sunday, Jan. 18....
Jukebox operators whose AMI systems have been updated to software version 4.4 or higher can adjust them from home or office over the Internet...

Bulk Vending News & Features

bulk vending Artwork was created to resemble bulk capsuled toys. It is displayed against a background centered on a vending machine that themes the exhibit. The machine functions, and the capsuled mini-sculptures are dispensed randomly...
This alleged crew, sources say, is highly organized and professional. Members brazenly identify themselves to location management as the vending company's service personnel...
The Tootsie Roll chairman and chief executive ran the Chicago-based confectionery company for 53 years, overseeing the manufacture of 64 million Tootsie Rolls a day and other sweets, including Junior Mints, Charleston Chews and Tootsie Pops...

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The arrival of a new year, and the departure of the old one, is a suitable occasion for reviewing the things we've done and those we haven't, with a view toward doing more of the ones that worked, and avoiding recurrent mistakes. With that in mind, we suggest the following.... by Tim Sanford
I received a call recently from an old friend who is a longtime distributor of amusement equipment. His nephew owns a business and was looking for a refreshments provider, so he asked whether I could recommend a local coffee service firm... by Alicia Lavay
There are many things you can do with smartphones, but ignoring them is not an option for the coin-op industry... by Hank Schlesinger

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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