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Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 5, May 2013, Posted On: 4/16/2013

Ohio Blind Enterprise Program Tests Revive Micromarket Operation

Tim Sanford
TAGS: vending, self-checkout retail, micro markets, micromarket, Revive Self-Checkout Cafe, Business Enterprise Program of Ohio Services for the Blind, Shaffer Distributing, Adam Arthur, Joe Loparco, Automated Services International, Greenbox Del

SEARCH TERM COLUMBUS, OH -- Revive Self-Checkout Cafe has been chosen as the first micromarket supplier to the Business Enterprise Program of Ohio Services for the Blind, and the initial facility is up and running. The leadoff installation was made by Columbus-based Shaffer Distributing, a longtime supplier to BEP.

"Revive founder Adam Arthur and I were on site in Columbus for a week, making sure that everything was running smoothly," said Joe Loparco of Automated Services International (Charlotte, NC). Loparco, an industry veteran knowledgeable in distribution, assisted Arthur, a full-line vending operator, in developing the marketing program for the Revive system.

The Revive Self-Checkout Cafe is the commercial version of a flexible micromarket system invented by Arthur, who runs Revolution Vending (San Diego, CA). A computer hobbyist and programmer, as well as a vending operator, Arthur developed his original Greenbox Deli in 2011 as a cost-effective alternative to the micromarkets then available, and a solution that gives the operator full control. | SEE STORY

The terminal can be configured to identify products by scanning UPC barcodes or RFID tags, and to accept any combination of cash, credit, debit or stored-value cards. It is run on Amazon Cloud or Rackspace Cloud virtual servers, and can be monitored by networked security cameras. It's described at www.micromarketvending.com.

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