Sell more stuff: What Were Our Industry’s Best And Worst Products Of The Last Decade?

by Paul Schlossberg
Posted On: 12/17/2019

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What do you think were the best and worst products in our industry in the last decade? You might want to consider:

Ÿ The products you’re selling -- foods, snacks and beverages.

Ÿ The hardware we use every day -- vending machines, OCS equipment and micromarkets.

Ÿ The ancillary devices -- coin mechanisms, bill acceptors, card readers and more.

Ÿ The software and operating systems -- the tools you use to run your business and track performance.

This idea for that question came to me after reading an article in USA Today. It was headlined: “Apple, Amazon and Google made some of the gadgets that shaped the past decade.” The article describes the listings, from 24/7 Tempo, which ranked “the most and least popular gadgets of the last decade.” If you want to dig a bit deeper on this subject you can check out the article at 24/7 Tempo -- “Best and Worst Gadgets of the Decade.”

At the top of the most popular (or best) list, you’ll find the (1) iPad, (2) Roku streaming box, (3) MacBook Air, (4) Nest Learning Thermostat, followed by nine other personal technology innovations. Leading 24/7 Tempo’s least popular (or worst) listings: (1) Wave, (2) HP Touch Pad, (3) BlackBerry Playbook, (4) Nexus Q, and eight others.

Which of these products did you purchase -- whether for home or business use? Do you agree with their best and worst designations? It was interesting for me to see how many of these products we had used -- whether happily or with disappointment.

At home or work, we had acquired four items from the most popular group. We continue to use each one regularly. From the least popular list, there was only one. While it did end up on the “bad” side of the ledger, the product did perform effectively for me.

24/7 Tempo appears to have made its observations from what is a “consumer” products perspective. Take a moment to reflect on your own list of best or favorite products in the past decade. You are welcome to think about the personal hardware you (hopefully) enjoy using.

My challenge to you is to think about this subject as a business matter. If you want to sell more stuff, keep looking for winners in the next decade.

Let us know what you think were the best products of the last decade here on Vending Times Facebook Page.


Paul Schlossberg is president of D/FW Consulting, working with clients to merchandise and market products in impulse-intense selling environments, such as vending, onsite foodservice and convenience stores. Based in the Austin, TX, area, he can be reached by emailing to, calling him at (972) 877-2972. The company is online at