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Vending News & Features

Two hi-tech vending firms team up to streamline compatibility between their respective vending management software and touchscreen devices...
The DraftServ machine, a partnership between concessionaire Delaware North and Anheuser-Busch, dispenses four types of beer...
The agreement enables USConnect affiliates to purchase VendScreen's touchscreen products and services at group rates through June 30, 2016...
New self-service microstores not only accommodate a wide range of merchandise, but also connect users to an online store for virtually limitless shopping possibilities, according to the manufacturer...

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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
There is an ancient Greek maxim, "know thyself." But it is also important to "know thy competition." Knowledge of your competitors is fundamental to outselling them, especially when presenting your coffee services to a prospective customer who already has one... by Len Rashkin

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Coin-Op Music & Games

The Maryland Amusement and Music Operators Association said some 40 coin-op professionals attended a June 27 public hearing to oppose the Maryland lottery commission's proposed rules that would restrict coin-operated amusement devices...
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has finally brought the city's coin-op entertainment law into the 21st century. The board on July 8 passed legislation that eliminates many outdated regulations, including a cap on the number of games permitted in a location, in place for more than three decades...
Leisure and Allied Industries has a completed a major reorganization that consolidates Embed, LAI Games and the Locker Network under a new umbrella company called Helix Leisure...
There's an excellent chance that San Francisco will join the modern era, tossing off its conservative mantel on July 8. That's when the city's Board of Supervisors will meet and most likely update the antiquated laws governing coin-operated amusement devices...

Bulk Vending News & Features

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...
OK Manufacturing Co. is back. The company that pioneered giant and kinetic bulk vending machines is under new management. Purchased in an employee buyout in August 2013, OK is now a division of Salt Lake City's Gumball Depot...

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We all have been hearing a lot about the potential of new networked technology for increasing customer engagement with our industry. The opportunity is that today's smartphones know where their users are... Alicia Lavay
We recently received an inquiry from an operator who asked whether the new touchscreen customer interfaces for vending machines can be equipped to recognize spoken questions and commands... Tim Sanford
This summer will be significant for bulk vending operators across the country. While the business pages report an improving economy, a large percentage of operators has yet to feel a positive impact... Hank Schlesinger

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