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Vending News & Features

The healthy vending franchisor has teamed up with eMobilePOS and LevelUp to launch an app that allows operators to process mobile payments and build loyalty directly from the Apple iPad POS system in its micromarkets...
Farmer’s Fridge plans to expand its vending machines that dispense jars of fresh salads beyond its hometown Chicago market to California...
Ian Barbour, who has autism and other developmental disabilities, started his own vending business in 2012 with the help of Florida’s Vocational Rehabilitation program, and it's still going strong...
Coca-Cola Co. has signed a definitive agreement granting distribution rights in the greater Chicago territory to Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Reyes Holdings LLC...
The new machine built by Corona, CA-based AVT blends a fresh fruit-based protein drink in less than a minute...
An enhanced feature on the Coca-Cola Freestyle app launching in January will allow users to create a custom drink mix and then -- for the first time -- connect their smartphones to dispensers and pour it on the spot…
The iBill Currency Identifier, rolling out in January, provides a convenient means for blind or visually impaired individuals to identify all U.S. currency in circulation...
The Connecticut Vending Association hosted State Senator Joe Markley (R-16th District) at its membership meeting in Rocky Hill on Nov. 13 ...
The founder and chairman of the Corona, CA-vending machine manufacturing company was named a finalist in the 2014 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards...
The Franchise Brokers Association has recognized Naturals2Go Healthy Vending with its Business Opportunity of the Year Award for the third year in a row...

Coffee Service News

Keurig Green Mountain Inc. finished the year on a high note with fourth quarter revenue of $1.20 billion, up 14% from $1.05 billion a year ago. Profit rose 11% to $141.1 million during the period ending Sept. 27 from $127 million last year...
The Flavia Barista this week made its official debut at the Times Center in New York City. The new brewer from Mars Drinks is designed specifically as a productivity enhancer in workplaces...
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Guest Columns

Customers must perceive the pricing in vending, micromarkets and foodservice to be fair relative to what they think the price should be for any product. This perception can be based on a variety of factors. (This is the second article in a three-part series)... by Jerry McVety
In some of my past articles, I have emphasized that if you are going to make the sale, you have to conduct a full survey of the breakroom. Once you have broken the ice with the decision-maker, immediately explain that you would like to see their coffee break area... by Len Rashkin
The National Automatic Merchandising Association has wisely created a “young executives” committee, which restricts attendance at its sessions to industry members under 40 years of age...by Kevin Daw
Over the years, I have heard of many philosophies on how to price food and beverage products. Throughout my own career in foodservice, I have certainly used a few different pricing approaches. In this article, I begin a three-part pricing series for vending, micromarket and foodservice operators... by Jerry McVety

Coin-Op Music & Games

Bally, Gottlieb, Williams and Stern, among other distinguished names in coin-op history. Young newscasters and journalists are rediscovering the history of pinball machines thanks, in no small part, the remaining Chicago-area manufacturer whose connection to the game dates back 80 years...
The Out-of-Home Immersive Entertainment Frontier While there is no shortage of books written about coin-op entertainment, precious few are written from a professional's perspective. With the release of The Out-of-Home Immersive Entertainment Frontier, authors Kevin Williams and Michael Mascioni admirably fill that void...
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The Amusement and Music Owners Association of New York is bringing back its Man of the Year dinner in 2015. The event, honoring Apple Industries chief executive Allen Weisberg, will be held in conjunction with AMOA-NY's Jukebox Artist of Year Award...

Bulk Vending News & Features

Embracing the "urban-store" concept, retailers like Target, Wal-Mart and Lowes are moving aggressively into small format stores. What this means for bulk vending operators remains to be seen...
Can an operator offering simple bulk vending -- and only bulk vending -- still make it on the street? On The Ball Vending, headquartered in Frisco, TX, and run by Scot Clayborn, is proof that it's possible...

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Have you noticed that the once-overused phrase "information overload" has fallen out of favor? It's become unfashionable and outdated... by Hank Schlesinger
The industry conversation about micromarkets is addressing the questions that the new segment will need to answer if it is to develop into a durable and expanding segment of the retailing business... by Tim Sanford
The refusal of a number of major retailers to accommodate the new Apple Pay mobile payment system has gotten a lot of media attention. I've been very interested in the ongoing discussion, since most of it relates to important long-term strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for the vending and amusements industry... by Alicia Lavay

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