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Vending operators today must answer five questions when planning to add cashless mobile-payment capability to their equipment, according to vending tech pro Paresh Patel. The PayRange founder offers an overview of his company's newly expanded system...
It's estimated that counterfeit-card fraud will rise 12.5% this year, as cybercrooks increase their efforts before all merchants and banks comply with the more secure technology. In view of this, Visa said it is simplifying its equipment-certification process and changing its chargeback policies to reduce liability faced by merchants, including vending operators...
State lawmakers say upcoming FDA calorie-disclosure and nutritional compliance inspections will justify fee...
Grow Healthy Vending sponsored and participated in the 23rd annual Kids Ocean Day in Huntington Beach, CA, on June 2...
Blind entrepreneurs from across the country turned out in record numbers for the the Windy City BLAST conference, with four days of training and networking, highlighted by the event's largest trade show since its inception in 2002. Marking the Randolph-Sheppard program's 80th year, the 2016 BLAST -- which stands for Business Leadership and Superior Training -- drew more than 600 vending industry participants to Chicago...

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Rwanda and Mexico are the first two countries to join the global collaborative effort aimed at making coffee the world's first sustainable agricultural product...
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"Upgrade My Office Space" gives workplace consumers across Joyride Coffee's existing service area in the New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles markets the chance to win a year's supply of cold brew coffee -- on tap -- for their offices...
Keurig Green Mountain said it is discontinuing its Kold system, after only 10 months on the market, and is offering refunds to customers who bought the product. Keurig made the announcement on Monday, June 7...

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Belgium's Elaut NV and Elaut USA Inc., its U.S. licensee and distributor, filed a trademark lawsuit against S&B Entertainment Inc. of St. Louis, MO. The suit alleges that certain arcade game machines by the defendant infringe Elaut's patent that covers a color-changing LED lighting system on crane machines...
In an industry that witnessed dramatic change since the early 1980s, Milliron's record with the Pennsylvania Amusement and Music Machine Association is nothing short of extraordinary. His firm, Milliron Associates LLC, served to navigate Keystone State operators through booms, busts, evolving technologies, economic challenges and flawed legislation...
The Lenexa, KS-based company opened for business on April 1, 1996, as an incentive distribution company and has evolved into a premium prize picker over the ensuing two decades It was the first supplier to create a tagging system and digital packing list for FEC redemption programs. Today, Redemption Plus regards itself as a value-creation company...

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A&A Global Industries and the National Bulk Vendors Association have announced the formation of the Irvin Kovens Scholarship in honor of A&A's founder, who died in 1998. The scholarship, initiated with a donation from A&A, replaces NBVA's previous scholarship program, which was funded by the association for many years...
Has the time come for a computer-controlled bulk vending machine? Maybe. Several companies have introduced microprocessor-controlled venders designed for high-traffic locations. Branded Vending Concepts, which was the first to showcase a machine of this sort at a vending convention six years ago, is steaming at full speed ahead with its entry, developed in conjunction with Italy's Ducale. In partnership with Fastcorp, the Ducale machine is ready for the U.S. market...
New from Parisi Vending Co. is a line of 2" premium toy-filled vendible egg capsules. Parisi Vending is the manufacturer of the popular All American Chicken Machine, an animated bulk vender...

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Military legend has it that Lt. Gen. Lewis "Chesty" Puller once said, "They are in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides by an enemy that outnumbers us 29 to one. They can't get away from us now!" It was a call to action. I imagine many vending and amusement operators might feel they are in old Chesty's position these days... by Hank Schlesinger
NAMA's 2016 OneShow continued the event's steady rebound, with more than 70 first-time exhibitors.This reminds us that there's real value in an industry-specific exhibition. As valuable as the Internet is as a component of ab effective communication program, face-to-face interaction and "tire-kicking" is more vital than ever in marketing... by Alicia Lavay
Millennials have shown that they enjoy interactive shopping in physical as well as virtual venues. FEC-goers soon may expect personalized, on-site experiences mediated by their smartphones. Some very basic initial programs to build engagement might include bonus gameplay coupons, redemption-point tracking and food and beverage discounts... by Hank Schlesinger

Guest Columns

In my last article, I discussed reasons for you to have an office refreshments brochure or menu, and the overall process of planning and creating one. In this month's article, I will suggest an actual layout to use that will help increase allied product ordering... by Len Rashkin
There have been a lot of things happening of late in office coffee service and vending, but one of the most interesting, and a move I personally find ironic, is Amazon's announcement of a new line of private-label products... by Kevin Daw
A full-color marketing brochure or menu tells prospects (and reminds clients) who you are, why they should deal with you and what you offer. It's the best medium for promoting your equipment, products and services when used by your sales team in prospecting for new business, and can boost sales and solidify relationships with clients... by Len Rashkin
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