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The Japanese Vending Machine Manufacturers Association's annual compilation reported that total vending sales fell 5% in 2014, inching down from 2013's ¥5.214 trillion ($42.9 billion) to ¥4.953 trillion ($40.7 billion) last year. Machines on location dipped 1.1% to 5,035,600 from 5,094,000 in 2013...
Cantaloupe Systems, a provider of cloud-based, mobile technologies for vending machines, said its technology now supports Android Pay. Google's new contactless payment system will be preinstalled on virtually all new Android handsets from Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T...
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"Making Android Pay available to millions of Android users will present what we believe to be a fundamental shift in convenience and adoption for consumers," said USAT chairman and chief executive Stephen P. Herbert...
Japan Tobacco's beverage businesses will make Suntory the second-biggest soft drink maker behind Coca-Cola. It will operate about 750,000 vending machines, or nearly a third of the entire Japanese market...
M&M Sales Co., a Canteen franchise with locations in Lafayette, Houma and Lake Charles, LA, plans to achieve 100% wireless connectivity and cashless payment capabilities in its 4,000 vending machines by 2020...
Arizona's Business Enterprise Program, which awards vending contracts in public buildings to blind entrepreneurs, is under scrutiny by Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson...

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One of the New York City area's largest office coffee service providers hosted 110 clients, prospects and associates at The Times Center here on May 15 for a "Morning of Coffee and Culture." Social media expert, author and public speaker Gary Vaynerchuk keynotes...

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The lifeline for cash in an increasingly cashless world, ATMs are finding a new calling nowadays as digital currency terminals. Viewed in a historical context, ATMs could be jumping from one end of the currency spectrum (cash) to the other (cashless) as they help make digital currency available to consumers.... by Elliot Maras
The coffee market has found the new range I mentioned in the January issue; prices have settled in the mid to low $1s. Solid rainfall reports from Brazil and the continued strength of the U.S. dollar have both helped to keep the market at a reasonable level... by Kevin Daw
This month I am going to be covering basic information about coffee, and incorporating product facts into your sales presentation... by Len Rashkin
Today, everyone seems to be talking about "the cloud." You hear it and see it mentioned on the news, in countless TV commercials, and across numerous newspaper and magazine ads for computers and network providers. But what is the cloud, why does it exist, and most importantly, what will it do to help you as a vending operator? by Alan Munson

Coin-Op Music & Games

J. Richard Oltmann, an amusement industry icon who operated FECs and designed arcade games, died on Saturday, May 30. He was 72...
Ronald Allen Pauley, known to many as "Dr. Frog," died on May 26 in Bland, VA, following a battle with cancer. He was 69...
Brunswick Corp. said it has completed the sale of its bowling products business to BlueArc Capital Management LLC, a private investment firm based in Atlanta. Terms were not disclosed...
Washington State Gambling Commission has approved Fishbowl Frenzy as a genuine amusement machine, according to Team Play Inc., the game's manufacturer...
Starbucks Coffee Co. has entered into a letter of intent with Spotify to establish a multiyear relationship that will link its 7,000 company-owned stores in the U.S. -- and 10 million My Starbucks Rewards loyalty members -- with Spotify's more than 60 million global users to offer a "music ecosystem"...

Bulk Vending News & Features

Glasgow's intu Braehead shopping center and nearby entertainment complex Soar both think big when it comes to promotions...

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There is a lot of talk of what has become known as "value added" in the business press. Most often, it is used to describe an attribute that differentiates a product or company from its competition... by Hank Schlesinger
It might be worthwhile to assemble a history of engineering concepts which did not catch on when first applied to existing technology, but became triumphantly successful when the state of the art advanced or the market changed. Vending offers many examples of this... by Tim Sanford
I write this column in the wake of a successful collocated Amusement Expo and NBVA show, and will be on my way to Las Vegas for the National Automatic Merchandising Association OneShow as this issue hits your mailbox... by Alicia Lavay

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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
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