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Vending News & Features

Donations to groups fighting Ebola in West Africa have been made by Nestlé, Hershey, Mars, Godiva, Ghirardelli, General Mills and Mondelez International...
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio reportedly has had meetings with officials from the city's health department and beverage industry executives to discuss proposals...
A trio of would-be thieves proved themselves something less than criminal masterminds when they attempted to steal an entire Coca-Cola vender from a Food Lion supermarket in New Bern, NC...
Apple said today that customers will be able to make payments with their new iPhones on Oct. 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the U.S....
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Santa Monica, CA-based U-Vend Inc. said it has been named the exclusive provider of Del Monte-branded vending machines and merchandisers within the U.S...

Coffee Service News

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John Conti started his vending business in 1962, operating a single cigarette machine from his garage, with the help of a 1949 Chevrolet. The company grew swiftly and steadily. The emerging office coffee service business attracted his attention, and he launched an OCS operation in the early 1970s...
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Guest Columns

As someone who has lived and breathed sales and marketing programs for our OCS company and our industry, I wanted to develop a colorful, interactive presentation format for a laptop computer, one that was easy to implement and follow for our sales force, as well as being impressive and informative to a potential customer. A new prospect would then have a front-row seat for our performance... by Len Rashkin
What is the right size for an OCS company? I recently saw a question online, and its ensuing discussion thread, that asked why businesses always need to grow -- why they can't find a sweet spot and stay there?...by Kevin Daw
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

Cover Stories

Coin-Op Music & Games

GameWorks, the large-scale arcade and restaurant concept that's presently making a comeback, has returned to Las Vegas with an opening in August in the Town Square shopping district, south of the Las Vegas Strip...
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EC Entertainment Inc., parent of the Chuck E. Cheese's pizza-arcade chain, said it has acquired the competing pizzeria and family entertainment center...
Stern Pinball Inc. said it has formed a partnership with Whizbang Pinball LLC to build and distribute Whizbang's Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons in spring 2015. The new game, which will be made at Stern's Chicago-area factory, is the first new electro-mechanical pinball machine in four decades...
Brunswick Billiards is reaching out to college students for new ideas. At the Herron School of Art and Designon the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, Brunswick challenged graduate furniture design students to reimagine the company's popular Gold Crown pool table...
Zeiss's virtual-reality hardware features a "dumb" case that relies on the processing and battery power of a smartphone. Who will make the head games?

Bulk Vending News & Features

Judi Heston began her two-year term as president of the National Bulk Vendors Association in March, succeeding Steve Schechner of Capital Vending (Florence, AL). Heston is the second woman to hold the top post of the 64-year-old trade association...
The single-head Northwestern bulk venders will offer a selection of limited edition series buttons by 10 artists, each offering his or her distinctive version of the iconic smiley button...
Prices of goods manufactured in China may rise dramatically in the coming years, according to Dr. William Fung, chairman of the global sourcing company Li & Fung Ltd. in Hong Kong...

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Editorials & Opinions

In a recent LinkedIn discussion, the question was raised: do the new school lunch standards make kids healthier or hungrier? This is hardly a new topic... by Alicia Lavay
Much has been written in the business press in recent years about how to manage change. Some companies pay lots of money for seminars on the topic. And clever guys in nice suits earn a good living thinking up apt analogies (there is still a market for snake oil)... by Hank Schlesinger
The rapid growth of the full-line vending industry generally is attributed to the development of hot and cold beverage machines that prepared and delivered high-quality, high-margin coffee and soft drinks quickly at any hour of the day or night, seven days a week. Forward-looking machine manufacturers, imaginative foodservice professionals and pioneering operators recognized the importance of merchandising to overcome patrons' reluctance to buy fresh food from an unattended point of sale... by Tim Sanford

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