Just in case you haven't noticed, gas prices are continuing to drop. The latest report shows that under-$2-a-gallon gas is now available in at least 13 states. And three states -- Louisiana, Ohio, and Oklahoma -- have reported prices under $1.90 a gallon. Can bulk and amusement operators rejoice? by Hank Schlesinger
Embracing the "urban-store" concept, retailers like Target, Wal-Mart and Lowes are moving aggressively into small format stores. What this means for bulk vending operators remains to be seen...
Can an operator offering simple bulk vending -- and only bulk vending -- still make it on the street? On The Ball Vending, headquartered in Frisco, TX, and run by Scot Clayborn, is proof that it's possible...
Have you noticed that the once-overused phrase "information overload" has fallen out of favor? It's become unfashionable and outdated... by Hank Schlesinger
The industry conversation about micromarkets is addressing the questions that the new segment will need to answer if it is to develop into a durable and expanding segment of the retailing business... by Tim Sanford
The refusal of a number of major retailers to accommodate the new Apple Pay mobile payment system has gotten a lot of media attention. I've been very interested in the ongoing discussion, since most of it relates to important long-term strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for the vending and amusements industry... by Alicia Lavay
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