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Vending News & Features

The world's largest beverage maker announced new cost-cutting measures and a timeline for selling its bottling operations after its third-quarter profit declined...
Within 24 hours of the new mobile payment system's activation, consumers took to social media to complain that they were double charged on accounts linked to Bank of America...
The President has signed an executive order to have secure chip-and-PIN technology embedded into government-issued credit and debit cards...
USA Technologies Inc. and On Track Innovations Ltd. said OTI's NFC contactless Saturn 6500 readers deployed in the United States can now accept Apple Pay, which was activated on Oct. 20...
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio reportedly has had meetings with officials from the city's health department and beverage industry executives to discuss proposals...

Coffee Service News

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John Conti started his vending business in 1962, operating a single cigarette machine from his garage, with the help of a 1949 Chevrolet. The company grew swiftly and steadily. The emerging office coffee service business attracted his attention, and he launched an OCS operation in the early 1970s...

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Guest Columns

Do you have enough wealth to be clobbered by the estate tax? Then read every word of this article. You’ll learn how to keep your wealth. But open your mind, because we are about to kill some sacred cows -- really conventional wisdom of how most estate-planning advisors, inadvertently, make you an estate-tax victim.. by Irv Blackman
What is the right size for an OCS company? I recently saw a question online, and its ensuing discussion thread, that asked why businesses always need to grow -- why they can't find a sweet spot and stay there?...by Kevin Daw
As someone who has lived and breathed sales and marketing programs for our OCS company and our industry, I wanted to develop a colorful, interactive presentation format for a laptop computer, one that was easy to implement and follow for our sales force, as well as being impressive and informative to a potential customer. A new prospect would then have a front-row seat for our performance... by Len Rashkin
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

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The same beacon technology that recently caused a stir in several major cities may have some applications for vending and amusement operators who sever street accounts. The most promising form of beacons automatically connects with smartphones via Bluetooth when the user gets close enough...
Sources describe the Magic Leap product as either a breakthrough virtual reality platform or augmented reality system. Augmented reality, unlike virtual reality, interacts with real-world environments...
Trading of Photo-Me International PLC's shares in the first five months of the year remained strong on a constant currency basis, the company said. The international vending operation said its pretax profit is ahead year-on-year, too...

Bulk Vending News & Features

The relocation of Brand, a leading supplier of vendible capsule and flat merchandise, comes after nearly 23 years in Scottsdale, AZ. The new California facility houses offices, a showroom and a warehouse. Rising shipping costs prompt move...
Judi Heston began her two-year term as president of the National Bulk Vendors Association in March, succeeding Steve Schechner of Capital Vending (Florence, AL). Heston is the second woman to hold the top post of the 64-year-old trade association...
The single-head Northwestern bulk venders will offer a selection of limited edition series buttons by 10 artists, each offering his or her distinctive version of the iconic smiley button...

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Editorials & Opinions

In a recent LinkedIn discussion, the question was raised: do the new school lunch standards make kids healthier or hungrier? This is hardly a new topic... by Alicia Lavay
Much has been written in the business press in recent years about how to manage change. Some companies pay lots of money for seminars on the topic. And clever guys in nice suits earn a good living thinking up apt analogies (there is still a market for snake oil)... by Hank Schlesinger
The rapid growth of the full-line vending industry generally is attributed to the development of hot and cold beverage machines that prepared and delivered high-quality, high-margin coffee and soft drinks quickly at any hour of the day or night, seven days a week. Forward-looking machine manufacturers, imaginative foodservice professionals and pioneering operators recognized the importance of merchandising to overcome patrons' reluctance to buy fresh food from an unattended point of sale... by Tim Sanford

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