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Vending News & Features

PayRange chief executive Paresh Patel spoke at Vistar's annual sales conference at the Hilton Baltimore on Aug. 13, building excitement over a freshly inked distribution pact between the payments tech company and supply warehouse...
The Automatic Vending Association and other vending industry leaders are calling upon their colleagues to help raise £60,000 to fly a five-year-old girl with quadriplegic cerebral palsy to the U.S. for life-changing surgery...
Vending machines in schoolteacher lounges across the country are exempt from Michelle Obama's healthy food policy, according to the Education Action Group...
The California Automatic Vendors Council and Arizona Automatic Merchandising Council will hold a combined annual meeting again this year. It's set for the Dana Hotel on Mission Bay in San Diego. A highlight will be a special tribute to NAMA senior director and counsel of government affairs Sandra Larson...
Three Square Market is taking a pioneering approach to micromarkets with the deployment of its first two self-checkout stores in which customers' only way to scan their product and pay is by using their smartphones...
Candyman vending, rap artist vending machine, Riff Raff Andre Bramwell, who runs Houston's Candyman Vending Services, said he is off to a fast start in just a matter of months, working with high-profile hip hop artists Riff Raff and Krayzie Bone, among others...
Box Brands Inc. is taking its Burrito Box vending machine nationwide with its first franchisees opening several new markets this fall and more on the way. And coming soon is its newest machine, which vends a hot, freshly baked pizza pie...
The Office Products To Go machine is loaded with the most commonly used supplies...

Coffee Service News

The price hike will take effect on Nov. 3...
Coffee industry veteran Dan Cox will keynote the National Automatic Merchandising Association's 2014 Coffee Tea & Water conference in Dallas this fall. Cox is owner and president of Coffee Enterprises (Burlington, VT)...

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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Guest Columns

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

Cover Stories

Coin-Op Music & Games

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...
The newly formed Amusement and Music Operators Association of Florida is planning its first conference since the trade group's founding last year...
--press release
Assuming added responsibilities are Holly Meidl, Matt Connell and Rob Ozarowicz...
Mountain Coin Machine Distributors recently shut down its offices in Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Those assets were acquired by Portland, OR-based Specialty Coin, which this week sold MCMD's Denver office assets to the Exchange...

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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