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Jerold "Jerry" Owen Young, a vend broker veteran who served as president and chairman of Harold W. Young Inc., died on May 4. He was 83...
[SPONSORED] Cashless payments. Remote and central management. Dynamic pricing. The perfect product mix. Pre-kitting. Shopping baskets. The vending industry today is playing catch-up with customer expectations, while at the same time implementing better ways of doing business. And smart vending is enabling it all... by Jose Avalos
The National Automatic Merchandising Association has announced the industry leaders who will serve as captains for the second annual NAMA Takes the Hill, an advocacy event for the vending industry taking place on July 12 and 13...

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An overview of office refreshment services in an era of smaller workplaces was presented by a panel of experts at the recent Atlantic Coast Exposition. The session was facilitated by Canteen's Jonathan Childress, and the panelists were Glenn Cooper, Massimo Zanetti; David Diogo and Jeff Stebbings, Teaja; and Bob Myers, Cafection Enterprises...
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Barron Games International reports that it has entered into an agreement Magic Play to become the exclusive North American distributor for a new app-to-arcade video redemption game...

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The new vending system employs a traditional machine rack supporting nine bulk heads, which are complete vending machines incorporating a product storage globe, dispensing and coin mechanisms...
When they needed a way to dispense taste samples, the curators at the Museum of Food and Drink turned to bulk vending...

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When a low-level employee at Yelp publically complained online about her low salary, the company responded quickly and decisively. She was summarily fired, at which point she went public about her termination... by Hank Schlesinger
NAMA's annual OneShow offers a once-a-year opportunity to see the latest developments in vending technology, products and marketing. These endeavors are driven by innovators' beliefs in the wants and needs of the contemporary market. For this reason, it has been fascinating to watch the intersection of improving capability and unpredictable changes in demand... by Tim Sanford
It's an exciting time to be in the vending business, and it seems that ABC-TV "Shark Tank" hosts agree with me. Costars Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec will headline the general session at next week's NAMA OneShow in Chicago. But the real excitement happened last month, when Vengo Labs founders Brian Shimmerlik and Steven Bofil negotiated brilliantly for a $2 million deal... by Alicia Lavay

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One of the most informative protocols that I follow, prior to making a sales presentation for a private refreshment provider's sales team, is to send out a questionnaire, or request for information (RFI)... by Len Rashkin
Recently, we saw an article about Hamburg, Germany's banning coffee capsules in government buildings. The bestselling portion-pack in Europe is not the K-Cup, but rather the Nespresso capsule. This is claimed as the first city prohibition of coffee capsules, and though Hamburg has a strong record of banning many items deemed bad for mother earth, it may not be the last city to do this by a long shot... by Kevin Daw
In the late 1980s, videogames and pinball machines were called the ruin of American youth. Cities and towns quickly acted to ban and restrict their use. In the '90s, tobacco became the new "hate" product in vending. Now it's calories in vended snacks and drinks... by Michael J. Grandone
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