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As a credit card processor for small firms, Square is hoping to add lots of small merchants into the for Apple Pay family by making its service compatible with Apple's...
The long-awaited calorie-disclosure rules for food and beverages sold through vending machines appear to be a best-case scenario in terms of ease of compliance and implementation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the final vending rules on Nov. 24...
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National Automatic Merchandising Association has endorsed the Broad Tax Extenders Coalition's letter to Congress, urging extension of key tax code provisions that expired at the end of 2013...
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Ian Barbour, who has autism and other developmental disabilities, started his own vending business in 2012 with the help of Florida’s Vocational Rehabilitation program, and it's still going strong...
Coca-Cola Co. has signed a definitive agreement granting distribution rights in the greater Chicago territory to Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Reyes Holdings LLC...

Coffee Service News

Max Rivest and Arnaud Petitvallet, founders of Vancouver-based startup Wize Monkey, say coffee leaves produce a subtle, smooth tea that tastes much like black tea but without the tannins or bitter aftertaste...
Keurig Green Mountain Inc. finished the year on a high note with fourth quarter revenue of $1.20 billion, up 14% from $1.05 billion a year ago. Profit rose 11% to $141.1 million during the period ending Sept. 27 from $127 million last year...

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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
The National Automatic Merchandising Association has wisely created a “young executives” committee, which restricts attendance at its sessions to industry members under 40 years of age...by Kevin Daw
Over the years, I have heard of many philosophies on how to price food and beverage products. Throughout my own career in foodservice, I have certainly used a few different pricing approaches. In this article, I begin a three-part pricing series for vending, micromarket and foodservice operators... by Jerry McVety

Coin-Op Music & Games

The IAAPA Attractions Expo attracted 30,500 industry professionals from 116 nations, according to an initial estimate by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. More than 19,400 buyers registered for this year's IAAPA exhibit, compared with 18,200 for last year's...
Bally, Gottlieb, Williams and Stern, among other distinguished names in coin-op history. Young newscasters and journalists are rediscovering the history of pinball machines thanks, in no small part, the remaining Chicago-area manufacturer whose connection to the game dates back 80 years...
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Bulk Vending News & Features

Embracing the "urban-store" concept, retailers like Target, Wal-Mart and Lowes are moving aggressively into small format stores. What this means for bulk vending operators remains to be seen...
Can an operator offering simple bulk vending -- and only bulk vending -- still make it on the street? On The Ball Vending, headquartered in Frisco, TX, and run by Scot Clayborn, is proof that it's possible...

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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

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