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Vending News & Features

The mobile payment startup offering a Bluetooth-enabled solution for vending and amusements has raised a $2.6 million funding round, according to Geekwire.com...
A spokesperson for 5-Hour Energy said the suits amount to civil intimidation and that the companies behind 5-Hour Energy will defend themselves...
Moscow's mayor's big push to do away with unsightly street stands to beautify the city has 60 "new breed" vending machines taking their place over the next two months, The Moscow Times reported...
The Joy Generator wows chocoholics in Sydney, Australia, where Cadbury staged its latest publicity stunt...
Los Angeles company targets health-focused, eco-minded customers with its new alkaline drinking water vending machine. The machine filters the water in nine stages..

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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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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...
Falgas took the helm of the family-run Falgas Amusement Rides three years ago as its chief executive. His father, the senior Joaquim Falgàs, founded the company in 1960...
LG has introduced two display technologies that someday might have applications in vending and amusement equipment designs...

Bulk Vending News & Features

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...
According to several disparate sources, consumer spending and shopping habits appear to be changing in a dramatic and long-term manner. Evidence of this can be seen in one survey conducted by the market research firm NPD Group. As the survey discovered, families aren't eating out as much as they did just a few years ago...

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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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