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Vending News & Features

The two companies say will integrate data and mobile payments to enable operators to optimize sales and reduce operating expenses through use of Vagabond's vending management software...
--press release
USA Technologies said Southern Refreshment Services is increasing deployment of its services to 1,000 additional vending locations and to micromarkets. The agreement builds on a 10-year relationship between the two companies...
The National Automatic Merchandising Association reports that two more attractive events are slated to make their debut at the 2015 OneShow convention and exposition. The annual confab is set for the Las Vegas (NV) Convention Center from April 22 through 24...
The micromarket company says it has aligned its technology with Heartland Payments Systems' ability to accept MasterCard debit for low-ticket, unattended payments...
By accepting manual credit codes, vending operators can provide customers with refunds in the form of a free vend to offset sales that fail to vend or customer issues...
Mitch Lowe also is the former Redbox chief operating officer and president. He will assist the vending tech firm on strategy development and strategic alliances...
Now shipping are the latest updates to the Seed Mobile app and Seed Delivery module, two cloud-based management solutions for office coffee service and other delivery businesses marketed by Cantaloupe Systems...

Coffee Service News

Beans in the new Workday Roast contain inherent compounds that, when exposed to water, produce a slow exothermic reaction, allowing the coffee to maintain an optimum 160°F drinking temperature for an entire workday...

Foodservice News

The government wants to hear from the public before revisions to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans become official and is accepting comments through May 8...

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Guest Columns

One of the most challenging parts of running a coffee service business is hiring and training your sales staff, and that is our topic for this column... by Len Rashkin
I recently bought an extra-large cup of coffee at a convenience store. I know, I know: what was I thinking? I was thinking that I could kill two birds with one stone as I needed gas, and secondly, my iPhone reported that the nearest Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts were both a bit too far out of the way; yet I still desperately wanted a coffee... by Kevin Daw
Great tasting coffee at competitive pricing has always been the staple product that opens the doors to new potential clients and keeps our current customers from leaving... by Len Rashkin
Over the years, governments have always stuck their collective noses deep into the business of business. Sadly, through lack of forethought, or just a lack of business sense and knowledge, things can go badly awry, and the "unintended consequences" demon can rear its ugly head in surprising fashion to wreak havoc on those whose industry is pinned beneath Big Brother's watchful eye... by Kevin Daw

Coin-Op Music & Games

The manufacturer says its kiddie ride ushers in an era of new technology and operator features that make the kiddie ride business profitable and enjoyable...
Coast to Coast Entertainment LLC reports that its new Duck Catcher and Frog Catcher cranes have enjoyed great early success on location, and attracted favorable attention at the recent Amusement Expo in Las Vegas...
The bill that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law could prohibit spending welfare money in number of traditionally profitable coin-op locations...
Taubman's nationwide network of shopping mall properties was home to countless arcades during the Golden Age of videogames...
--press release
The first classic course available for 50-player prize contests is the fan favorite, Bonnie Moor. IT estimated that more than $15,000 in prizes was awarded through these contests during the first week of the new feature...

Bulk Vending News & Features

National Bulk Vendors Association has chalked up another successful convention and trade­ show. The 65th annual confab, collocated with Amusement Expo 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center from March 24 to 26, is being hailed as a success by both operators and exhibitors...
A&A Global Industries, Brand Vending Products and Northwestern Corp. are among the year's winners...
Beaver Machine Corp. is attempting to take bulk vending in a new direction. The company's new Coil-Pak vending machine can vend a wide variety of products normally found only in full-line machines...

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Editorials & Opinions

I had the privilege to attend the F2FEC family entertainment center business conference in Phoenix, and the energy at the event was contagious... by Alicia Lavay
Crime is down across the board according to the latest statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But anecdotal evidence shows a definite uptick in coin-op and vender crimes. ... by Hank Schlesinger
For as long as I can remember, product pricing has been a vexed topic in vending. The dramatic expansion of the vending industry began about six decades ago in an economy that was largely free from inflation (in 1955, the rate of inflation was around 0.4%) and the prices for items that could be sold through the vending machines of the day varied little from year to year... by Tim Sanford

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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