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Vending News & Features

Kraft Heinz has called off its $143 billion cash and stock offer for Unilever Plc just two days after announcing its bid, which would have put some of the world's best-known names in consumer goods and vending under one roof...
In the Labor camp, both the National Automatic Merchandising Association and Amusement and Music Operators Association are concerned about federal wage increases and dramatic changes in overtime requirements. In Health and Human Services, the new secretary is expected to implement the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare; the 2010 law mandates the FDA's calorie-disclosure rules for vending machines...
Tom Murn's eagerly awaited Lisa vending machine reportedly will hit the market in April, and the technology behind it is poised make a splash that he says will give Amazon Go a run for its money. Murn anticipates turning out 2,000 machines a month, once they begin rolling off the production line...
Maryland's Montgomery County Council has introduced a bill that would require some of its vending machine service contracts to adhere to certain nutrition and labeling standards...

Coffee Service News

Café X Technologies has developed a robotic café that blends the functionality of baristas with specialty coffee preparation methods. The Café X robot has been employed at San Francisco's Metreon retail and entertainment center...

Foodservice News

ConAgra Brands Inc. has completed the spinoff of its Lamb Weston frozen potato business. Its new name, representing its remaining branded food business, changed from ConAgra Foods...

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New research from RBR, a London-based consultancy, shows that ATM cash withdrawals grew by 10% worldwide in 2015, the fastest rate since 2011. China accounted for a staggering 24 billion withdrawals...
Founded on Feb. 9, 1982, by Walter Day and John David Bloch, the Twin Galaxies Scoreboard started as an idea that materialized into a worldwide service which established competitive videogame playing as an organized sport...
Amusement industry veteran Steve Shoemaker has reached an agreement with the seaside city of Redondo Beach, CA. The agreement to take control of Shoemaker's long-term lease, bringing about the closure of the local landmark amusement venue, is said to be worth about $9 million...

Bulk Vending News & Features

Brand Vending Products is reporting brisk sales for its latest flat vending collectibles. A strong rollout of temporary tattoo and sticker lines signals the company's renewed push into the flat vending product category. The release of Wild Society and Glitter Sweet Sixteen tattoos and Boogily Heads stickers followS a year's worth of research and development...
The National Bulk Vending Association announced that Judi Heston-Donnell, Funtastic Novelties Inc. (Fort Wayne, IN), has resigned as the association's president. Vice-president Steve Schechner of Capital Vending (Florence, AL) has filled the position...

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Editorials & Opinions

The vending industry has not done a particularly effective job of publicizing its employment prospects for young people with good interpersonal skills and a willingness to work... by Tim Sanford
Now is the time we traditionally take stock of ourselves and businesses, followed by a long, hard look to the future. If the good times are rolling, it seems as if they will roll on forever. If gloom has descended, we try to puzzle out just when it will give way to sunshine and rainbows. Needless to say, the pundits are there to chime in on their findings... by Hank Schlesinger
Businesspeople today are faced with a quandary that is proving particularly frustrating for even the best and brightest. How do you weigh rapidly increasing quantifiable data against the instinctual and anecdotal when making business decisions? Numbers do not lie, but they can shade the truth in funny ways... by Hank Schlesinger

Guest Columns

In my last article, I speculated about the possibility of fewer regulations in general, given our new POTUS, and how that may or may not affect us in a "close to home" fashion. Many regulations are fine and justified, but all too often, unintended consequences resulting from well intentioned policies can slow the wheels of progress so horribly as to bring them virtually to a stop... by Kevin Daw
Beginning with this article, I will be describing several promotions that I have used successfully over the years in the office refreshment segment. Scratch-off cards resembling state lottery tickets can offer a choice of incentives for purchases of specified products. They also enable sales reps to strengthen their ties with their client contacts... by Len Rashkin
I recently came across an article written and published by Vending Times eight years ago. It covered a seminar I presented during the 2008 AMOA International Expo: "A Shot at Redemption for Route Operators." Today, the operation of redemption amusements in street locations, and even the use of POS systems to centralize payments and player points in installations with only a dozen units, is among the hottest topics in the industry. In this column, I'd like to update that VT article and retell it in my words... by Frank "the Crank" Seninsky
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