NAMA Urges Members To Take Part In National Vending Day, March 7

Posted On: 2/6/2019

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CHICAGO, IL -- The first-ever National Vending Day celebration will be held on March 7, and the National Automatic Merchandising Association is encouraging its member companies to participate in the event.

NAMA public relations vice-president Roni Moore explained that National Vending Day is designed to recognize the people who proudly make, sell and enjoy vending equipment and the products they vend.

“From multinational brands beloved around the world to multi-generational business owners, route drivers and plant floor employees, vending touches people’s lives in ways large and small,” Moore explained. “To mark this day, NAMA will showcase the industry – which includes vending – and its total economic impact of nearly $25 billion.”

NAMA noted that the U.S. convenience services industry is represented in every community across the United States through traditional vending and micromarkets (unattended retailing), office coffee and pantry services. The industry provides 140,000 good-paying jobs with $7.21 billion in wages and pays $3.5 billion in taxes at every level of government. From manufacturing to small-drop distribution, the industry meets the needs of consumers wherever they may be.

“Thank you to the many, many member companies celebrating this milestone with wide-ranging plans, from price promotions and taste-tests to education events with schools to social responsibility efforts,” Moore said.

National Vending Day is the time for  member companies to customize a plan that works best for them, she observed. “It’s a win-win, increasing awareness and building excitement around the channel and individual businesses. “Remember to use the hashtag – #vendingday – to inject power and better target your social media posts,” Moore advised.

Half a century ago, the National Automatic Merchandising Association assisted its affiliated state councils and its members in metropolitan areas to work with state and local governments to proclaim a “Vending Day” or “Vending Week,” during which member companies would conduct information programs and demonstrations to familiarize the public with full-line vending’s capabilities. These local programs proved popular with operators and clients alike.

NAMA, organized in 1936, represents the $25 billion U.S. convenience services industry. It has more than 1,000 member companies, including many of the world’s most recognized brands, for whom the association provides advocacy, education and research.

JUST WANT TO CELEBRATE: Members of the U-Select-It team gather in front of a full-line bank of USI equipment to kick off plans for the National Automatic Merchandising Association's first-ever National Vending Day. It's set for March 7, and the association encourages its members to take the opportunity to call attention to the contributions made by vending, micromarket, office refreshment service and pantry operators in saving time, boosting morale and bolstering the economy at the local, state and national level.