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Cantaloupe Systems said it now supports Apple Pay, the contactless payment application that will be available for the iPhone 6. Apple Pay, which will be released in October, will work at vending machines running Cantaloupe's Seed Cashless mobile payments solution without a hardware upgrade or additional costs to operators...
The event drew vending, OCS, retail, theater and concession industry professionals from more than 140 operating companies serving the New England states and upstate New York...
NYSAVA president Brian Gill asks operators to help identify candidates to lead the organization and bring industry members into the association, since they have benefited from the hard-fought tax relief that it achieved last spring...
PepsiCo said it will begin purchasing new HFC-free equipment in 2015. The beverage giant has reportedly begun to phase out HFCs in its equipment outside of the U.S., buying since 2009 more than 290,000 HFC-free equipment units, which use an insulation foam that doesn’t contain the harmful chemical...
A company calling itself PWRStop is reportedly deploying vending machines stocked with electronic accessories in centrally located, heavy travel areas...
The easy-to-navigate guide groups beverages into categories, including water, juice, low and no-calorie drinks, and indicates whether each drink can be sold in elementary, middle or high schools...

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Concordia's equipment is used by convenience store, hotel, restaurant chain and institutional customers. The company reportedly generates approximately $15 million in annual revenues...

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The success and rapid growth of the micromarket concept has prompted an ongoing discussion of whether the self-service facilities should be classified as vending, convenience stores or employee breakrooms. The majority of states and localities are treating micromarkets as retail food establishments... by Jerry McVety
Let's look at two real-world sales presentation scenarios used to sell office coffee services. To use the trial closing statement method, you must ask the decision-maker questions throughout the presentation to determine his or her level of interest... by Len Rashkin
When the market does what the market has been doing over the first half of this year, I get lots of calls asking for my opinion about where we are headed next... by Kevin Daw
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

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Festival Fun Park, LLC, dba Palace Entertainment, said it has sold 14 family entertainment centers and one waterpark to Apex Parks Group, a newly established purchasing entity. The price of transaction was not disclosed...
The Amusement and Music Operators Association (Chicago) said that payments innovator Paresh Patel will be its headline speaker at the upcoming AMOA Road Scholar Program in Denver...
Amusement Expo and the Laser Tag Museum sign agreement to host the 2015 Laser Tag Convention in Las Vegas alongside the amusement show, Mar. 24-26. Plans call for a combined trade show, and separate education tracks for laser tag developers and operators...
Samsung announced a joint project with the virtual reality company Oculus VR. According to company officials, the yearlong effort resulted in a product called Samsung Gear VR...
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Edel Sunaba employs a specially formulated nonstick sand-like substance as the controller, coupled with sensors mounted inside the enclosed play area, and high-tech projected graphics...

Bulk Vending News & Features

The Finnish mobile videogame company behind Angry Birds brings lawsuit against Allstar Vending (Pointe-Claire, QC, Canada)...
Fans of Gru and his minions may have to wait another three years before the next "Despicable Me" opens in theaters, but they can now satisfy their craving for "Despicable" stuff at vending machines...
Are you ready for Hello Kitty mania of the artistic variety? The ubiquitous pop culture character is being honored by a pair of high-profile art shows in the coming months...

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The first practical and widely used vending machines sold gum, often in the guise of "sales stimulators" that allowed patrons to purchase a sample of something for a penny to help them decide whether to buy a quarter-pound of it. The vending machine since has proven to be a very effective tool for getting consumers to try something new before incurring the expense of a major retail rollout... by Tim Sanford
Not too long ago you could make a good profit in bulk vending simply by being lucky. Success only required basic arithmetic skills and the good fortune of being in the right place at the right time -- but that's no longer the case... by Hank Schlesinger
Micromarkets are very new, and there is a tendency for people to speak of them in terms of things with which they're already familiar: "A self-service convenience store in your location." This has the advantage of painting a picture for the prospective client, but I think it's misleading... by Alicia Lavay

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