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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 3, March 2012, Posted On: 2/28/2012

USG Inks Deal With Coinco/InOne For Controllers, DEX Audit Kits And LED Lighting

Tim Sanford
vending, vending machine, vending machine operators, automatic retailing, USG vending operator, USG vendor, Unified Strategies Group, InOne Technology, Coinco, Coin Acceptors, vending machine controller boards, DEX audit boxes, LED replacement lighting system, Gene Ostendorf, MDB

ST. LOUIS -- InOne Technology LLC has been chosen by Unified Strategies Group as a provider of vending machine controller boards, DEX audit boxes and LED replacement lighting systems. USG, a buying association comprised of more than 700 vend operators with estimated annual revenues of $3 billion, represents nearly one-third of the U.S. vending market.

"InOne continues to build upon our synergistic relationship with Coinco with this latest provider agreement, and is excited to bring our vending technology upgrades to the USG membership," said InOne founder Gene Ostendorf. "USG is a very technologically savvy group of vend operators, so we are quite proud they chose the InOne product line."

St. Louis-based Coin Acceptors Inc., universally known as Coinco, acquired a controlling interest in InOne a year ago.

Under the agreement, USG members will have complete access to InOne's entire product line. USG operators can purchase InOne vending machine controllers to upgrade older machines to the MDB protocol, allowing them to work with current, state-of-the art peripherals. InOne's DEX audit boxes provide DEX data storage and retrieval in machines that are not compatible with a VMC, and offer the benefit of cash and product accountability. InOne's LED vending machine lights use just 23 watts, allowing USG's customers to save up to 23% power over regular fluorescent bulbs.

Enabling DEX and MDB in vending machines is an important step in fleet modernization, InOne pointed out. DEX allows cash accountability and product auditing that can be used for route order prekitting, while MDB is the means by which many transactional devices communicate with the "brain" of a vending machine. Employing both technologies makes operators more efficient in today's competitive landscape.

InOne Technology is a leader in vending machine technologies, including cashless, remote data collection, LED illumination and energy-saving devices, as well as DEX and replacement controller boards.

InOne is among several technology providers selected by USG in recent months. USG entered agreements with USA Technologies in December and Cantaloupe Systems in February.

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