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Vending News & Features

Ohio’s Sheehan Brothers Vending is installing Mvix's digital signage systems in its self-checkout stores to display menu information, fun facts and weather, among other trivia...
Flavored milk will continue to be sold in Massachusetts public schools under proposed nutrition rules unveiled on Aug 20...
VE South reports that, with the addition of schools in Dallas, Knoxville, TN, and Pinellas County, FL, there are now more than 400 Star Food Healthy Express machines feeding breakfast, lunch and snacks to school­ children across the U.S....
Students at the University at Buffalo can now use their iOS or Android smartphones to pay for vending purchases...

Coffee Service News

Brazil's worst drought in decades has the world's largest coffee producer heading for its longest slump since 1965. Brazil's National Coffee Council estimates that production may fall by 18% to 40.1 million bags when harvests end in September, following last year's 3.1% decline...
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed...

Foodservice News

Sysco Corp. has announced the management team that is being formed to lead the company upon completion of its proposed merger with US Foods...

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A Captive is a property and casualty insurance company (P&C Co.) created by a business under Section 831(b) of the Internal Revenue Code to provide a broad range of risk management capabilities. Basically, it insures risks a P&C Co. does not... by Irv Blackman
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

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Shaffer Distributing Co. kicks off a series of TouchTunes Service Schools today, which run through September. The schedule is...
The National Dart Association is changing to prepaid fees for tournament registrants, in place of onsite charges, beginning with this fall's regional tournament series...
Providing good equipment, service and accountability is how Tricorp Amusements Inc. captured the movie theater business in the mid-1980s. That's what clients want now, but at a much higher level. Today, Tricorp is ready to meet those demands for a wider customer base...
Smart reports that its Fright Night game has been on location at an Alpha-Omega family entertainment center in northern California for about four months...
Like the mobile game, Bay Tek's Flappy Bird challenges the player to maneuver a bird at the center of the screen through gaps in a maze of pipes that scrolls leftward...
This year's exhibition in August included all visual disciplines, from big-budget movies to handheld games. The must-see panel featured Palmer Luckey, who created the Oculus Rift virtual reality system...

Bulk Vending News & Features

Demographics is destiny in retailing, and this truism is being demonstrated by contemporary shopping centers. One of the fastest-growing trends in malls and shopping centers is the Latino-centric experience. For bulk vending and amusement operators, this trend could hold promise for revitalizing routes...
The recently introduced swivelCard provides business cards -- and presumably other substrates -- with the capability to act as a USB drive...
Even large discount retailers, among the most profitable locations in the bulk vending industry, are struggling these days...

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Editorials & Opinions

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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