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Partnership will help enable mobile payments at intelligent vending machines in the United Kingdom, which are manufactured exclusively for TouchGo...
A startup company called Juice Cold Pressed has begun KickStarter campaign to bring its Raw Juice Bot to fruition. Juice Bot's makers say their invention is "as convenient as a Coke machine, dispensing raw juice, pressed in your city"...
In a recent forecast released by the Payments Security Task Force, nine of the country's largest payment card issuers estimate that they will have issued more than 575 million EMV chip-enabled payment cards by the end of 2015...

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Coke’s Honest Tea will be available in brew-over-ice K-Cups beginning Sept. 4 under an expanded agreement between the two companies...

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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
When the market does what the market has been doing over the first half of this year, I get lots of calls asking for my opinion about where we are headed next... by Kevin Daw
A Captive is a property and casualty insurance company (P&C Co.) created by a business under Section 831(b) of the Internal Revenue Code to provide a broad range of risk management capabilities. Basically, it insures risks a P&C Co. does not... by Irv Blackman
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.

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National Dart Association is encouraging coin machine operators and locations to host special league nights or other events to bring darters together...
Comesterogroup's products and services include a variety of payment systems and self-service machines for the gaming, vending, laundromat and carwash industries in Europe...
The new background images combine fall foliage and autumn colors...
The Walking Dead Pinball, inspired by the AMC series, is now available in Stern's Pro and Limited Edition models, ideal for operators and hobbyists, respectively...
ICMOA: Don Hesch is the ultimate operator. A competitive, enterprising and ethical businessman, he is willing to push the envelope in his own operations. He also possesses a cohesive vision for the amusement and vending industries, one in which operators can compete and thrive on level playing fields, whether in gaming, amusements or merchandise vending...

Bulk Vending News & Features

Fans of Gru and his minions may have to wait another three years before the next "Despicable Me" opens in theaters, but they can now satisfy their craving for "Despicable" stuff at vending machines...
Are you ready for Hello Kitty mania of the artistic variety? The ubiquitous pop culture character is being honored by a pair of high-profile art shows in the coming months...
Demographics is destiny in retailing, and this truism is being demonstrated by contemporary shopping centers. One of the fastest-growing trends in malls and shopping centers is the Latino-centric experience. For bulk vending and amusement operators, this trend could hold promise for revitalizing routes...

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Editorials & Opinions

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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