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By integrating the Isis SmartTap protocol on cashless-enabled machines, Cantaloupe Systems said it can leverage the Isis Mobile Wallet to offer its customers loyalty and rewards programs...
VendScreen Inc., the high-tech startup that pioneered vending touchscreens, said that Servomation Refreshments has reported the successful deployment of its touchscreen devices...
New from Crane Merchandising Systems is a Fit Pick-branded Merchant Media machine, which has been approved by the National Automatic Merchandising Association...
AirVend Inc. will unveil its new AV7 and AV5 hardware platforms at the National Automatic Merchandising Association OneShow, taking place April 9-11 at Chicago's McCormick Place...
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NAMA Fit Pick, vending machine guidelines, healthy vending The National Automatic Merchandising Association has revamped its popular Fit Pick healthy vending program, unveiling new features and product guidelines today at the OneShow in Chicago. The new Fit Pick addresses changing consumer preferences and evolving government nutrition standards, NAMA said....
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Leading off the rollout is Buffalo Soldier, a dark-roast 100% Rainforest Alliance coffee, characterized as an "earthy" blend with bold and complex flavors...

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In our business, the customer base is a potential pot of gold, if you know how to fill that pot. I have always preached at conventions and in my articles over many years (too many) that it is a crime not to work at building your allied sales and services within your dedicated, proven account base... by Len Rashkin
While the Food and Drug Administration works to finalize the rules and regulations required by Section 4205 of the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act, which mandates that nutritional information be visible to consumers before they make their selections, we might pause and consider the wider implications... by Matt Greenwald
This issue should arrive in time for the OneShow, NAMA's annual fĂȘte with Chicago as this year's host. Trade shows are where ideas and the future lie as bedfellows. If you are diligent, there is much to be garnered by attending... by Kevin Daw
In a recent Vending Times editorial, Hank Schlesinger noted that the "first hints" of applying innovative pricing strategies through smart card technologies are just starting to hit the market. These tools are actually available to FEC operators now, however, and many of them are fully developed. Let's take a look at what they can do | David Goldman

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Yet another small child has been found inside a skill crane. This time the incident occurred in Lincoln, NE, where local news media say a 24-year-old woman called police to report the disappearance of her three-year-old son...
Ready or not, it looks like the U.S. is moving toward a "cashless society" in which the vast majority of all consumer payments is conducted via credit or debit cards. A recent study by MasterCard Advisors entitled "Cashless Journey" attributes more than 80% of consumer purchases in the U.S. to credit or debit card transactions...
A life-long resident of the Jersey Shore, Fritz Rolle was involved with numerous seaside businesses in several of New Jersey's most popular resort towns, most recently with Jenkinson's South in Point Pleasant Beach. He died on April 3 at 65...
Graphic artist and noted pinball designer Python Vladimir Anghelo died on April 9 after a three battle with cancer. He was 61...
They're the same types of games found in arcades and location-based entertainment centers. Adult gamerooms specializing in skill equipment like skee-ball and basketball games, awarding noncash prizes, are opening up in parts of Ohio...
TouchTunes Interactive Networks, the largest out-of-home entertainment network in North America, has been awarded attorneys' fees of several million dollars in connection with its patent infringement lawsuit with Arachnid Inc....

Bulk Vending News & Features

The National Bulk Vendors Association has elected Judi Heston of Theisen Vending Co. as its president. She succeeds Steven Schechner, Capital Vending (Florence, AL), who held the association's top post since 2012...
Conaway is division manager of A&A Global Industries' Sylmar, CA, branch. He started his career as a warehouse laborer at A&A's headquarters on the East Coast...
The National Bulk Vendors Association is primed for one of its best trade shows in years. According to association president Steve Schechner, all of NBVA's available booth space has been booked...

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I recently provoked a lively discussion on LinkedIn that generated a lot of interest. The topic: "Coke buys stake in Green Mountain to develop soft drink brands for single-cup use." Here's a synopsis of that dialogue | Alicia Lavay
Everyone from President Obama on down is promoting technology as the key to America's future prosperity, and it's hard to disagree with that. What usually is overlooked in the public conversation about technology is that inventing and manufacturing wonderful new things is a very worthwhile endeavor -- but somebody has to know how those things work, and how to repair them when they don't | Tim Sanford
I was out with a group of small business owners recently who were bemoaning the difficulty of doing business in New York City. Taxes, regulations and cutthroat competition are the major complaints. Of course, if you want access to a marketplace of eight million potential customers, those sound like petty obstacles | Hank Schlesinger

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