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The global installed base of connected vending machines grew by 18.4% to 1.16 million units in 2014, according to a new report by Swedish M2M research firm Berg Insight...
National Independent Vending Operators has honored Crane Merchandising System as its 2014 Supplier of the Year. The award recognizes the durability of Crane's equipment...
For the first time, the final day of the show will be enlivened by a series of activities in the exhibit area called the Friday Wrap...
State Rep. Juan Candelaria has proposed a tax on candy and sugary soda in Connecticut. The Democrat from New Haven believes such a tax would help tackle childhood obesity...
Donald R. Keough, who led Coca-Cola through the unsuccessful introduction of New Coke in 1985, and the return of the original formula just 10 weeks later, died on Feb. 24...
A gang of brazen thieves has eluded NYPD detectives for more than a year in an ATM crime spree. The gang has hit as many as 73 ATMs in robberies that included about 19 stolen vehicles...
The Internet giant has officially made a deal with mobile payments provider Softcard and subsequently announced a collaboration with three of the U.S.'s largest wireless carriers. Softcard is jointly owned by those carriers, AT&T, T-Mobile US and Verizon Wireless...

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So why has Starbucks' app been so successful while other mobile wallets, including Google Wallet and Softcard (formerly Isis), have struggled to gain traction? by Mike Gron
So, when did the "coffee break" begin? This is for all of you under 50, who may not know how your industry first began. For the coffee service veterans, this may be a bit nostalgic... by Len Rashkin
For this article of 2015, I thought we would take a look back at 2014 and especially at Arabica coffee futures, which had a crazy run-up based almost exclusively on speculation that, with a severe drought affecting Brazil for much of the year, supplies might run short, making coffee more scarce, and therefore more valuable...by Kevin Daw
Looking back over my many years in the office refreshment industry, I have singled out several key industry innovations that have opened up the doors to accelerate its growth. One innovation in particular was the advent of the first single-cup coffee brewer for the office, and that was the Flavia beverage system... by Len Rashkin

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Bristow began his career as an intern at Computer Space before moving on to the newly formed Atari. He rose through the Atari ranks and eventually took charge of the company's coin-op division...
NDA's 2015 president is Alvin Gerlach of Hub Music & Vending Co. (Aberdeen, SD), and Mary Lynn Lavine, Bullseye Inc. (Madison, WI), is vice-president. Shawn Smith, J&J Ventures/Kentuckiana Vendors (Evansville, IN), becomes treasurer...
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In the six months ending Dec. 31, 2014, Ardent Leisure Group posted a net profit of $18.82 million, a 16.3% fall below the $22.49 million recorded in the previous six-month period. Ardent is parent to Main Event Entertainment, a U.S. FEC chain...
The new museum addition pays tribute to electronic games of all types: arcade, console, computer, handheld and mobile...
The Wisconsin game manufacturer reports that it is shipping its two latest redemption games. HopStar and Full Tilt will be among the attractions taking center stage in Bay Tek's exhibit at the 2015 Amusement Expo in Las Vegas...

Bulk Vending News & Features

The Internet Crime Complaint Center, known as IC3, has identified a new scam targeting companies doing business with overseas suppliers. Called the Business Email Compromise...
The labor dispute had caused major disruptions in the supply chains of imported merchandise, including capsule novelties, plush items and toy fashion accessories, among other vendable merchandise...
The New York City Police Department has apprehended a thief who has been targeting bulk vending machines in locations for the past several months. Jason Bietsch, 39, was apprehended on Feb. 19 by NYPD detectives of the 40th Precinct...

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People were running vending machines, delivering coffee to offices in convenient formats and operating coin-actuated amusement equipment before there ever was a vending, a coffee service or a music and games industry The pioneers in all these fields looked at an invention -- basically a pro­cess for delivering a product or service -- and envisioned potential markets for it... by Tim Sanford
We've all heard of "the new normal" over the past few years. All in all, it's an utterly useless phrase. It's arguably worse than its close relation the "paradigm shift." The brief alliterative catchphrase very strongly implies there is a "normal" when it comes to business, the economy and consumer tastes... by Hank Schlesinger
Nathan's, a famous landmark where I grew up in Oceanside, Long Island, closed its doors in early January 2015. They'll be moving down the road, but the 1956 landmark location was a part of the history I share with many old friends I still have from my high school days... by Alicia Lavay

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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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