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The National Automatic Merchandising Association kicks off its 2014 Public Policy Conference in the nation's capital. More than 60 vending association members from across the country are expected to participate in this year's call on the capitol...
New Executive Countertop Kiosk has a lower initial investment cost, the ability to serve locations with smaller populations and the appeal of a quicker self-checkout experience, according to Avanti Markets...
The three largest soda makers -- Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and PepsiCo -- have pledged to cut the number of sugary drink calories that Americans consume by one-fifth in about a decade...
AVT Inc. signed on as Opticwash’s manufacturing partner in March. It recently developed the smaller footprint system, which will be built by the Corona-CA manufacturer and hopefully leased to doctors...
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Cantaloupe Systems said it now supports Apple Pay, the contactless payment application that will be available for the iPhone 6. Apple Pay, which will be released in October, will work at vending machines running Cantaloupe's Seed Cashless mobile payments solution without a hardware upgrade or additional costs to operators...

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The success and rapid growth of the micromarket concept has prompted an ongoing discussion of whether the self-service facilities should be classified as vending, convenience stores or employee breakrooms. The majority of states and localities are treating micromarkets as retail food establishments... by Jerry McVety
Let's look at two real-world sales presentation scenarios used to sell office coffee services. To use the trial closing statement method, you must ask the decision-maker questions throughout the presentation to determine his or her level of interest... by Len Rashkin
When the market does what the market has been doing over the first half of this year, I get lots of calls asking for my opinion about where we are headed next... by Kevin Daw
A Captive is a property and casualty insurance company (P&C Co.) created by a business under Section 831(b) of the Internal Revenue Code to provide a broad range of risk management capabilities. Basically, it insures risks a P&C Co. does not... by Irv Blackman

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It's expensive to enforce illegal 8-liner operations, so Starr County, TX, is reportedly taking steps to make the gaming machines legal...
The offering could raise up to $121.76 million for the big box entertainment and dining operation...
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Sacoa Playcard said it has installed its debit card system at the Big Apple Coaster & Arcade at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino. The electronic payment and redemption system is in use at both the rollercoaster and amusement arcade...

Bulk Vending News & Features

For bulk vending operators, the stakes are highest. Should Congress decide on changing the quarter, the bulk vending industry's coin mechanisms and coin-counting equipment could be thrown into chaos...
The Finnish mobile videogame company behind Angry Birds brings lawsuit against Allstar Vending (Pointe-Claire, QC, Canada)...
Fans of Gru and his minions may have to wait another three years before the next "Despicable Me" opens in theaters, but they can now satisfy their craving for "Despicable" stuff at vending machines...

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The first practical and widely used vending machines sold gum, often in the guise of "sales stimulators" that allowed patrons to purchase a sample of something for a penny to help them decide whether to buy a quarter-pound of it. The vending machine since has proven to be a very effective tool for getting consumers to try something new before incurring the expense of a major retail rollout... by Tim Sanford
Not too long ago you could make a good profit in bulk vending simply by being lucky. Success only required basic arithmetic skills and the good fortune of being in the right place at the right time -- but that's no longer the case... by Hank Schlesinger
Micromarkets are very new, and there is a tendency for people to speak of them in terms of things with which they're already familiar: "A self-service convenience store in your location." This has the advantage of painting a picture for the prospective client, but I think it's misleading... by Alicia Lavay

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