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Festivities commemorating EVA's 20th anniversary were a highlight of the supranational organization's Annual General Meeting and conference in Brussels. Some 90 association members and other industry influencers attended the event held in mid-December...
Everything's bigger in Texas, and this year's Coffee, Tea and Water show was no exception. The 2014 educational conference and trade show, presented by the National Automatic Merchandising Association, attracted 750 industry professionals focused on building their total refreshment service businesses in what has become the industry's fastest-growing segment...
American Green Inc. said its marijuana vending machines, produced by Cleveland-based VE Global Vending, part of Vendors Exchange International Inc., will go live in the new year after several months of field testing and upgrades...
Italian police have reportedly busted a crime ring that was allegedly importing counterfeit coins from China...
A two-way bitcoin ATM has been placed the new Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) in California's Orange County. Located inside Mission Market Express in the station's Grand Foyer, ZenBox gives the station's 10,000-plus daily commuters a familiar way to acquire digital currency...
The National Automatic Merchandising Association was among the leaders in providing the Mint with information about the effects of such a change, and began its coin awareness campaign five years ago...

Coffee Service News

Officials of the regional office coffee service organization, founded in 1983, said they have chosen to discontinue due to industry consolidation that has reduced its potential membership ranks...
Beginning in January, New Jersey's Corporate Essentials will expand its menu to include more than 60 different products from Mother Parker Tea & Coffee's RealCup single-serve portion-pack portfolio...

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MY third and final article on product pricing continues to look at the psychology of product pricing. The what, when, why and how to change prices can be a daunting task and decision... by Jerry McVety
Like traditional retail stores, the emerging micromarket is now dealing with the one out of every 11 visitors who shoplift regularly in American stores. Vending operators, who run the majority of self-checkout micromarkets, do not possess the generations of experience -- and battle scars -- that traditional retailers have in dealing with shoplifters....by Mark Manney
Customers must perceive the pricing in vending, micromarkets and foodservice to be fair relative to what they think the price should be for any product. This perception can be based on a variety of factors. (This is the second article in a three-part series)... by Jerry McVety
In some of my past articles, I have emphasized that if you are going to make the sale, you have to conduct a full survey of the breakroom. Once you have broken the ice with the decision-maker, immediately explain that you would like to see their coffee break area... by Len Rashkin

Coin-Op Music & Games

The 40,000-sq.ft. complex in Chicagoland will feature an entertainment area with bowling lanes, table tennis and free-to-play board games, along with pinball machines, videogames (new and retro) and other arcade attractions...
LoonyTIX introduces IT's new "videmption" game cabinet, dubbed IMPACT. It is designed for player approachability and easy maintenance [video]
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Bulk Vending News & Features

When the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association released its 2014 annual report, the results surprised just about nobody. The LIMA survey showed that licensing revenue continued to grow for the third straight year. In the U.S. and Canada, that translated into $5.7 billion in royalty fees and $115.8 billion in retail sales...
Just in case you haven't noticed, gas prices are continuing to drop. The latest report shows that under-$2-a-gallon gas is now available in at least 13 states. And three states -- Louisiana, Ohio, and Oklahoma -- have reported prices under $1.90 a gallon. Can bulk and amusement operators rejoice? by Hank Schlesinger

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Have you noticed that the once-overused phrase "information overload" has fallen out of favor? It's become unfashionable and outdated... by Hank Schlesinger
The industry conversation about micromarkets is addressing the questions that the new segment will need to answer if it is to develop into a durable and expanding segment of the retailing business... by Tim Sanford
The refusal of a number of major retailers to accommodate the new Apple Pay mobile payment system has gotten a lot of media attention. I've been very interested in the ongoing discussion, since most of it relates to important long-term strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for the vending and amusements industry... by Alicia Lavay

Sponsored Content

Video and camera technology is used in a wide range of vending machines from food and beverage-type dispensers to ticketing kiosks and ATMs. Applications range from video security to prevent damage and theft, to uses of cameras as an intrinsic part of the transaction, such as reading barcodes or QR codes for access control... by Steve Heard, sponsored by IDS
In January, I had the opportunity to attend one of the world's best playgrounds for a technology fan like myself. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been a technology tradition since 1967 and has never been open to the public -- industry only. Speakers such as Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Cisco CEO John Chambers, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, amongst others, share their visions of the future with 150,000 gamers, fanboys, geeks, freaks and tech industry types from all over the world | by Joseph Hessling, Sponsored by 365 Retail Markets

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