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Vending News & Features

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...
Arizona's Business Enterprise Program, which awards vending contracts in public buildings to blind entrepreneurs, is under scrutiny by Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson...
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...
The state's Assembly Health Committee has rejected the latest bill to discourage the consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks and raise money for health education programs...
AVT Inc. said it has been granted 15 claims for one of its patent from the United States Patent and Trade Office. Patent No. 8,998,082 B2 is another AVT patent that covers a wireless system for managing vending machines...
According to FICO, a 60-year-old credit score company that also monitors bankcard transactions, ATM hacking has reached its highest level since the widespread introduction of the machines 20 years ago...

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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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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
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
Ask yourself this question: "Why do you buy a drill?" The obvious answer: "To drill a hole." Now ask yourself: "Why did you get in to business?" While answers can vary, no business can survive, let alone thrive, without making a profit. Profits are the drill for our business, and micromarkets have evolved to become the preferred tool to grow those profits to unseen levels... by Patrick McMullen

Coin-Op Music & Games

Family Entertainment Group said it has received a strategic investment from TZP Group, an eight-year-old private-equity firm that manages more than $600 million. Financial terms were not disclosed...
A group of filmmakers is trying to raise money to explore the legend of Polybius, the fabled arcade videogame made famous by adherents to conspiracy theories...
Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc. said it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Firestone Financial Corp., a leading and the oldest provider of equipment financing to vending and amusements. Firestone will become an operating subsidiary of Needham, MA-based Berkshire Bank...
A bill working its way through the Alabama Legislature would require operators of coin-operated amusement devices to pay equipment-licensing fees. Introduced in the Alabama State House by Rep. David Faulkner...
Dave & Buster's Entertainment has begun installing brand-new Embed Smart-Touch readers across its entire chain of 74 facilities in the United States and Canada...
Konami president Hideki Hayakawa told Nikkei Trendy Net that the company now views mobile as its primary game platform and focus...

Bulk Vending News & Features

Glasgow's intu Braehead shopping center and nearby entertainment complex Soar both think big when it comes to promotions...
Even Downton Abbey characters can’t resist this. Measuring a compact 75" high x 91" wide x 19" deep, the Candy Shop takes up space comparable to a standard bulk vending rack with a similar number of heads...

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Editorials & Opinions

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

Sponsored Content

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
In January, I had the opportunity to attend one of the world's best playgrounds for a technology fan like myself. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been a technology tradition since 1967 and has never been open to the public -- industry only. Speakers such as Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Cisco CEO John Chambers, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, amongst others, share their visions of the future with 150,000 gamers, fanboys, geeks, freaks and tech industry types from all over the world | by Joseph Hessling, Sponsored by 365 Retail Markets

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