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Vending News & Features

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...
The promotion swept the nation last summer and, beginning this week, Coca-Cola bottles across the country will once again feature the names of millions of Americans...
In a vending implementation, for example, the technology can use age and gender estimations to make product recommendations at the point of purchase...
According to law enforcement officials, some 20 air-service machines, commonly placed outside of gas stations, have been stolen between December and April...
The Annapolis, MD-based company said it has been selected to provide all vending services to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville -- not only its standard "healthy" machines, but also Coke, Pepsi and other traditional fare...
The renowned nutrition expert will present a sneak preview of research on snacking at the National Automatic Merchandising Association's OneShow on Wednesday, April 22, at 11:30 a.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center...

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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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

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Stephan Hawking is a renowned theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author, and is the director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge University. And he now stars in a remake of one of the most celebrated arcade games...
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...
The new venture, Shamrock Social Gaming & Mining, opened its doors last month and employs Internet crypto-currency...
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Jana Putney, a college student from Sacramento, CA, is the first winner of S&B's Smarties Scholarship Award. She received her winning Smarties contest-entry card from a Smarties crane at a Round Table Pizza store in Vacaville, CA...

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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