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Vending News & Features

U-Vend Inc. has secured exclusive rights for the distribution and sale of H.J. Heinz Co. of Canada's Arthur's Smoothies in vending machines and self-serve coolers throughout Canada...
Automated Merchandising Systems, one of the vending industry's major machine manufacturers, has been acquired, according to an announcement by AMS president Sharon Shull. The manufacturer was purchased by the newly formed AMS Group led by its chief executive Roger Tovar...
According to the agreement's terms, Coke will transfer ownership of its worldwide energy business, including NOS, Full Throttle and Burn, to Corona, CA-based Monster. In turn, Monster will transfer its non-energy business...
The bill (SB 648) by Sen. Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) originally proposed to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in the same places where traditional cigarettes are banned...
The state's proposed rule allows only nuts, seeds, yogurt, cheese and fresh fruit to be vended during the school day in middle and high schools...
On the heels of a $2.75 million funding round that closed in July, PayRange has disclosed a list of high-profile investors. It includes Nyca Partners, which includes Osama Bedier, former head of Google Payments, and Hans Morris, former president of Visa, among other notables...
The study published this week, conducted by Northwestern researchers in 10 Chicago parks, found that 88% of park-goers were satisfied with snacks they bought from the healthy-options-only vending machines...

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)...
The Waterbury, VT, roaster and maker of Keurig single-cup brewers said profit rose to $155.2 million, or 94¢ a share, for the three-months ended June 28, from $116.3 million, or 76¢ per share a year earlier...

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

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
Vertical integration is a strategy designed to protect value or reduce market disruption where the risk of either happening is extremely high. In OCS, however, there are more advantages to specialization... by Brian Martell

Cover Stories

Coin-Op Music & Games

Like other Main Event locations, the Pharr installation features the company's "Eat Bowl Play" experience, and includes state-of-the-art bowling lanes, a multi-level laser tag arena and a gravity rope course, along with 100+ deluxe videogames...
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's famed Media Lab have developed a prototype video projection system for three-dimensional images that can be viewed without glasses...
The new projector has widespread applications in the entertainment sector, including videogames...
The American Amusement Machine Association's annual membership and board meeting was among the best attended -- and action-packed. Among the highlights: 11 product presentations by manufacturers spanning two days; a live update from the Mint on possible changes to the composition of U.S. coins; and the Distributors Gala. The climax: a celebration awards dinner on Thursday evening, Aug. 7, honoring Rick Kirby...

Bulk Vending News & Features

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...
Multiple reports from across the country in the past month have described bulk machines that have been intentionally smashed or used as weapons in fits of rage or intoxicated outbursts...

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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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