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American worksites stand in the midst of change. Consumers have a taste for high-quality beverages. They are technology-savvy and they want to be constantly entertained. They are health conscious. They are environmentally aware, and they want services that allow them to support a sustainable planet. It is in this daunting set of circumstances that a new countertop water and beverage dispenser rises to the call... by Elliot Maras
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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Office refreshment service was originally developed to serve just business offices, but over the years it has evolved to serve all types of workplace clienteles. We now provide service to industrial plants, warehouses, retail shops, medical facilities, hospital waiting rooms and auto service companies, among a host of other businesses... by Len Rashkin
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
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'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

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What began as a search for a job with better pay six decades ago, launched one of the most dynamic careers in vending and coin-operated amusements. Frank Gumma Sr.'s service to those industries is as remarkable as it is enduring. He has retained a charismatic humility acquired in his rise from modest beginnings, which has been a driving force, and asset, throughout his professional life...
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

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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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The advent of the micromarket either takes the full-line vending revolution to the next step, or constitutes a second revolution of its own. In either case, the concept of small, flexible self-checkout "grab and go" foodservice facilities has aroused curiosity and stimulated experimentation to a degree perhaps not seen for four decades... by Tim Sanford
There can be little doubt that we're heading into the political season. The rhetoric is hot and political consultants who have memorized each state's districts are weirdly cool. It's difficult to escape the sound bites, speeches and photo ops... by Hank Schlesinger
Believe or not, the summer of 2016 will mark the 30th anniversary of the beloved 1980s science-fiction film Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox. It is now 2015, and many news media outlets have been discussing how accurate those predictions actually were... 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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