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Crane Co.'s Payment & Merchandising Technologies segment, which comprises Crane Payment Innovations and Crane Merchandising Systems, had sales of $184.6 million, an increase of $99.8 million over last year's same period...
AVT Inc. said it has reached an agreement with Gulf Oil LLC that names Marley Coffee Automated Stores as the exclusive provider of automated coffee for Gulf retailers. Three dealers have already received kiosks, according to AVT, and Gulf has 2,800 retail locations nationwide...
The candy and snack food giant says its U.S. chocolate prices will go up to "offset rising costs"...

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Product Intelligence is an innovative vending and micromarket analysis technique that requires minimal data to produce a detailed evaluation of pricing, sales mix and contribution margin. The object is to match the right prices to the menu mix ... by Jerry McVety and Michael Kasavana, Ph.D.
From a choice of products optimized for vending machine locations via mobile payment processes to the further development of the machines themselves, new opportunities are opening up for the automated retailing industry along the value chain... by Jürgen Hase
While POS terminals account for almost 90% of the cellular M2M device market right now, vending machines represent the largest untapped market for wireless M2M in the retail industry... by Curtis Burkhar
Vertical integration is a strategy designed to protect value or reduce market disruption where the risk of either happening is extremely high. In OCS, however, there are more advantages to specialization... by Brian Martell

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Brunswick Corp. is selling its retail bowling business to Bowlmor AMF for $270 million, and plans to divest its bowling products business. The sale to Bowlmor is expected to close before the end of October...
Skee-Ball Inc., the original maker of skee-ball alleys, and Full Circle United LLC, which runs leagues and tournaments played on those games, say they have reached a confidential settlement and licensing agreement...
Videogame champions, designers and other industry personalities will gather at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center's Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts for a festive awards ceremony on Aug. 2 (Saturday), the high point of an "awards weekend" celebrating the history and culture of the sport and the technology...
Pridefest empowers a player to create and launch their own personalized gay pride parade in a city of their choosing. Users can customize a parade flotilla with colorful decorations, and adorn a locale with eye-catching attractions and entertainment...
AMA Distributors, a 70-year-old equipment sales and services specialist based in Metairie, LA, is now representing TouchTunes in its home state, as well as in Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas...

Bulk Vending News & Features

Vice is an international magazine focused on arts, culture and news topics. The magazine's portrait of Bradley "Sugarman" Ellison, one of bulk vending's most colorful operators, is poignant...
When Andrew Lieberman introduced the AcuCount coin counter several years ago, he was following a family tradition. The Lieberman name is familiar to bulk vending veterans because Andrew's father founded U-Seal-It Vending half a century ago. That iconic Philadelphia-based company manufactured and operated a pioneering line of flat merchandise machines and became a fixture in some of the nation's largest retailers for decades...
Matt Miller of Marzs Vending (Kingwood, TX) has found a Texas-size niche in bulk vending. The operator who serves the central Texas market is promoting family-friendly bulk products that eschew the more edgy designs and themes. With a route comprised of some 100 locations, primarily mom and pops, Miller has found that wholesome product makes for happy consumers and location owners...

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As we reported (with great sadness) in May, Roger Folz is gone. He was a prominent figure in my hometown, Oceanside, and when the Folz Vending headquarters there was closed seven years ago, an era ended... by Alicia Lavay... by Alicia Lavay
Digital imaging and pattern recognition technology at the vending machine can be put to good use by tackling the age-old problem of finding out just what a vending patron does when approaching a machine... by Tim Sanford
A recent Brookings Institute study suggests that the creation and failure rate of businesses in the U.S. is on a sustained decline. For more than 30 years, the number of businesses less than a year old has been falling... by Hank Schlesinger

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