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Vending News & Features

Police there are searching for two suspects responsible for an attempted crash-and-grab of an ATM...
PepsiCo is getting consumers hyped for the most-watched event of the year by hosting a four-day celebration in downtown Phoenix, where vending and photobooth technology are helping build excitement...
The vending company said it has taken delivery of its next round of self-serve Mini-Melts vending machines for the southern California market...
The popular Vending Paris trade show is being held in conjunction with the Sandwich & Snack Show and Parizza, an exposition for operators of Italian restaurants, at the Paris Expo-Porte de Versailles exhibition center...
Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America said its legislative and public policy committee has prepared a white paper focused on the "healthy" vending debate taking place in the blind vendor community. The advocacy group will release "Misinformation and the Shaping of Public Policy: Healthy Vending and the Randolph-Sheppard Program" during its annual Sagebrush blind vendor training conference in early February...
The 44.5% increase over 2013 fourth quarter sales was driven primarily by $71 million of sales related to the MEI transaction, partially offset by a core sales decline of $9.8 million, or 8%, and an unfavorable foreign exchange of $6.7 million, or 5.5%...
USAT's 200,000 Apple Pay acceptance points bring the mobile payments service to owners and operators of coffee brewers, vending machines, kiosks, laundry equipment and parking pay stations, among other self-serve appliances...
Through the new promotion, existing PayRange users may send referral codes by text message or email. The recipients of these codes will receive one free vend...

Coffee Service News

Building on the previous year's growth of 4.7%, bottled water again posted increases in both sales and consumption in 2014, according to preliminary data from the Beverage Marketing Corp....
The online survey was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Keurig Green Mountain Inc. in December among 843 office workers, including 505 who typically drink one or more cups of coffee a day...
Pairing the appliance with a Keurig brewer is an evolution of GE's Café French door refrigerator's unique hot water dispenser. It ships in Q3 2015...

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Looking back over my many years in the office refreshment industry, I have singled out several key industry innovations that have opened up the doors to accelerate its growth. One innovation in particular was the advent of the first single-cup coffee brewer for the office, and that was the Flavia beverage system... by Len Rashkin
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

Coin-Op Music & Games

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Team Play reports that it has shipped its new "videmption" game to every Dave and Buster's store. Dave & Busters is the first FEC chain to receive Fishbowl Frenzy...
The 50,000-sq.ft. entertainment center offers 28 bowling lanes, a ropes course and climbing wall, arcade games, laser tag and bumper cars opens this weekend...
AI Mario, video game Mario lives! A group of computer researchers at Germany's University of Tübingen have applied sophisticated principles of artificial intelligence to the videogame icon...
AMI Entertainment Network said it is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to provide football fans with an alternative way to get home safely after the big game. AMI's "taxi finder" goes live on jukeboxes this weekend...
Universal Space reports that it unveiled two new redemption games at London's European Amusement and Gaming Expo in mid-January...

Bulk Vending News & Features

The National Bulk Vendors Association said it is finalizing its convention and trade show schedule, which will run during late March's Amusement Expo...
bulk vending Artwork was created to resemble bulk capsuled toys. It is displayed against a background centered on a vending machine that themes the exhibit. The machine functions, and the capsuled mini-sculptures are dispensed randomly...
This alleged crew, sources say, is highly organized and professional. Members brazenly identify themselves to location management as the vending company's service personnel...

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Editorials & Opinions

The arrival of a new year, and the departure of the old one, is a suitable occasion for reviewing the things we've done and those we haven't, with a view toward doing more of the ones that worked, and avoiding recurrent mistakes. With that in mind, we suggest the following.... by Tim Sanford
I received a call recently from an old friend who is a longtime distributor of amusement equipment. His nephew owns a business and was looking for a refreshments provider, so he asked whether I could recommend a local coffee service firm... by Alicia Lavay
There are many things you can do with smartphones, but ignoring them is not an option for the coin-op industry... by Hank Schlesinger

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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