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Vending News & Features

Rosa DeLauro's SWEET Act, officially the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax Act (HR 5279), would levy a 1¢ tax on manufacturers, producers and distributors for every teaspoon of sugar in most beverages...
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board approved the contract, which allows for a five-year extension, on July 28...
Local lawmakers passed a law on July 30 to establish healthy food standards at public facilities in Long Island's Suffolk County, NY. The National Automatic Merchandising Association says compliance with the new rules will be difficult...
Coca-Cola connected migrant workers in Dubai with their families through special phone booths that accepted bottle caps instead of coins in its latest marketing effort to spread happiness...
Joseph Belasco, 65, was sentenced on July 29 to serve six months in prison and six months of home confinement. He was also ordered to pay $1 million in restitution...
CPI blog topics range from payment system installation and maintenance through the strategic aspects of deploying such technologies as banknote recyclers, cashless payment systems and vending management software...

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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

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The half-century-old jukebox and amusement machine operation will offer Social's proprietary E-Pay WiFi system to its accounts, reportedly creating new marketing opportunities for 600 local business owners in the hospitality industry...
San Diego's 45th annual Comic-Con International attracted some 130,000 visitors to the San Diego Convention Center and surrounding venues, July 24-27...

Bulk Vending News & Features

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...
S&B Candy and Toy Co. reports that the second production run of its animated Dinosaur Egg Machines, which made their debut early this summer, has started shipping...
Vice is an international magazine focused on arts, culture and news topics. The magazine's portrait of Bradley "Sugarman" Ellison, one of bulk vending's most colorful operators, is poignant...

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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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