National Automatic Merchandising Association Declares March 7 National Vending Machine Day

Posted On: 12/21/2018

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CHICAGO –- The National Automatic Merchandising Association announced an inaugural industry celebration: National Vending Machine Day, taking place on Thursday, March 7, 2019. The first-of-its-kind day will recognize the people who proudly make, sell, enjoy and love vending machines and the products they bring.

"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," NAMA said.

NAMA's mission on March 7 will be to spread the word that the U.S. convenience services industry has a total annual economic impact of nearly $25 billion and that it is represented in every community across the United States through traditional vending and micromarkets as well as office coffee and pantry services. According to NAMA, the industry, providing 140,000 good paying jobs with $7.21 billion in wages, pays $3.5 billion taxes at every level of government.

"Now is the time to celebrate the economic impact and corporate responsibility of our industry, whose members serve consumers everywhere they work, play and live," said NAMA vice-president of marketing and public relations Roni Moore. "Stay tuned -- there are many program extensions in the works, involving proclamations at the state and local levels, in addition to a toolkit containing many marketing ideas specially designed to drive interest and sales for operators that will be launched early in the new year."

"Vending machines are used millions of times each day and provide a fun, convenient way to make consumers happy and get what they want. I am sure that this day will be seen by consumers as a way to celebrate something that is often taken for granted," added Joe Hessling, chief executive of 365 Retail Markets and member of NAMA's executive committee, which conceived National Vending Machine Day.