Blind Operator Replaces Nevada Legislature Deli With Avanti 'Smart N Go' Machines

Posted On: 7/31/2019

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CARSON CITY, NV -- State workers here will get their meals, drinks and snacks from Avanti Markets' Smart N Go machines, run by blind operator Marjory Olaes, beginning Aug. 1.

According to the Nevada Appeal, the goal is to expand service and options. With Smart N Go, a broader array of products can be offered than traditional vending and they are secured behind locked doors that are opened only through payment preauthorization with credit/debit card, fingerprint, mobile pay, or member card. Customers can examine the food item they want and put it back and choose something else or nothing at all and are charged only for the items they take once the door is closed.

Olaes provides refreshments in both the Legislative Building and Bryan Building in Carson City through the state's Business Enterprise Program, which operates under the Randolph Sheppard Act, a federal law that gives first priority to blind business operators in providing vending and food services in public buildings. Olaes will also replace a delicatessen in the Bryan Building with a micromarket, where people scan their products on the way out of the unattended convenience store.

The Nevada Appeal reported that Legislative Counsel Bureau Director Rick Combs said he will gauge customers' reactions to the new machines and how well the vendors do keeping them stocked and if the changes are successful, decision makers will plan similar changes at the other traditional Business Enterprise stores in the area.

Click here to read the Nevada Appeal story.