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Vistar Mid-Atlantic broke exhibitor records and drew industry professionals from more than 240 operating companies at its biggest open house to date...
The app allows consumers with existing Avanti micromarket accounts to purchase goods, manage their profiles and reload accounts, access purchase histories and request support...
The National Automatic Merchandising Association hailed its membership for exhibiting "record grassroots engagement" by submitting more than 1,000 comments to the U.S. Department of Energy regarding its proposed rule on energy conservation standards for beverage vending machines...
U.S. Patent No. 9,171,300 B2, granted on Oct. 27, is the first of several patents the micromarket company expects to obtain in the near future. The 32M mobile app is available for both Android and iPhone...
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I was going through a stack of old articles that my father Stuart wrote for a number of publications, including this one, when I came across the draft of a book he had started. He was never sure if anyone would bother with it, and so he never completed it. One part that caught my eye is the story of how Stuart Daw started in the coffee business, 65 years ago this year. I found it funny in a "Mad Men" fashion, and it certainly shows that diligence, a willingness to work and an absence of preconceived notions pay off... by Kevin Daw
You or your salespeople must be prepared for pricing objections, because this is the No. 1 roadblock to closing the sale. In this article I look at the buyer's resistance to making a commitment to purchase because of price... by Len Rashkin
You've just finished your presentation, covering all of the features and benefits of your refreshment service. It is now time to close the sale -- there's hesitation. Here are several sales hesitations or challenges that the buyer may hit you with while putting off the sale... by Len Rashkin
Having grown up in the coffee business, I was made aware of just about every health study on coffee that has been published, whether it reported positive or negative effects on health. Back in the day, there were very few news outlets so the story needed to seem fairly significant in order to make the news. But today there seems to be no shortage of studies, nor of media vying to publish them... by Kevin Daw

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The American Amusement Machine Association began a national search this week for a new executive vice-president. John Schultz, who has held the post since 2009, plans to step down when his contract expires in May 2016...
Results from this year's IAAPA Attractions Expo suggest that the global attractions industry is as dynamic and strong as it has ever been, according to the trade show's producer. More than 32,900 industry professionals from 120 countries explored exhibits on the 558,610-net-sq.ft. trade show floor in the Orange County Convention Center
Dr. Alan F. Meades, a senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University (Kent, UK) has started The Arcade Tales Project to collect and preserve arcade history...

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It's been described as Alice in Wonderland meets The Walking Dead, but not too, too scary. Once Upon A Zombie is a kid-friendly horror brand inspired by the book of the same name, and Allstar Vending is now offering a line of stickers, tattoos and capsuled toys based on the up-and-coming property...
The world’s two largest parcel shippers are shaking up the way bulk vending and amusement supplies are delivered. So one supplier has a plan to reduce the effects of "dimensional weight" rules...
Gumball Depot’s rerelease of Football-A-Roo bulk vender includes a new graphics package and $1 coin mech...

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As touchscreen interfaces proliferate on networked vending machines, the age-old dream of using vending machines as advertising media has reawakened. This time, it very well may work, but it will need to be seen in context and implemented in ways that customers will find at least useful and at best, enjoyable... by Tim Sanford
There is an old saying among longtime techies that goes something like, "Technology alters every environment it enters." It's a happily simple concept, but hideously complex when viewed in real life. The changes brought about by technology range from barely perceptible to the unexpectedly seismic... by Hank Schlesinger
Our October issue is headed to the National Automatic Merchandising Association's 2015 Coffee, Tea & Water show, which opens in Washington, DC, on Nov. 2. You might be reading this column as you prepare to travel there, or even at the conference itself. CTW has grown into a first-rate forum for vending and OCS operators, and its evolution continues to parallel the industry itself. Here's what's on tap... by Alicia Lavay

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Based in Searcy, AR, Advantage Vending and Coffee Services is a growing operation with big aspirations. Owner Mike Kever runs this family business, and in 2012 he set upon a long-term growth strategy for Advantage. The first step in his journey occurred in 2013 when he doubled his operation by acquiring a similar size company. Once Kever coordinated the integration of the two, he immediately recognized the critical need for a vending management system (VMS) that would not only help him run the now larger operation, but would also help accelerate his expansion plans... sponsored by Parlevel Systems
Video and camera technology is used in a wide range of vending machines from food and beverage-type dispensers to ticketing kiosks and ATMs. Applications range from video security to prevent damage and theft, to uses of cameras as an intrinsic part of the transaction, such as reading barcodes or QR codes for access control... by Steve Heard, sponsored by IDS

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