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Vending News & Features

VendScreen said it has entered into a partnership with USConnect that allows consumers to use the vending group's OneCard across all VendScreen devices...
Under the pilot program, Flex Spas' Los Angeles club is the first to install an electronic vending machine that dispenses in-home HIV-testing kits...
More than 30 operators and suppliers gathered for the Automatic Merchandising Association of Florida's annual meeting on Oct. 24 in Hollywood, FL. VE South's Joe Gilbert chaired the AMAF event...
Crane Co.'s Payment & Merchandising Technologies segment, which comprises Crane Payment Innovations and Crane Merchandising Systems, had third quarter sales of $181.1 million, compared with $83.6 million for same period in 2013. Companywide, the industrial concern had third-quarter sales of $727.4...
Panasonic will reportedly assign to a wholly owned subsidiary of all rights and titles to certain patents related to vending machine systems...
The first online silent auction for the National Automatic Merchandising Association's Foundation is officially open for bidding. The auction runs through Nov. 12 | press release
At the event, themed "Get in the Game with School Lunch," Audrey Rowe dined with students, selected a snack from the school's new vending machines, and discussed the importance of balancing healthy eating and physical activity...

Coffee Service News

AquaVenture Holdings, dba Seven Seas Water Corp., has purchased Quench USA, merging the two companies. AquaVenture said it secured $50 million in financing to fund new acquisitions and business development...
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John Conti started his vending business in 1962, operating a single cigarette machine from his garage, with the help of a 1949 Chevrolet. The company grew swiftly and steadily. The emerging office coffee service business attracted his attention, and he launched an OCS operation in the early 1970s...

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Guest Columns

Do you have enough wealth to be clobbered by the estate tax? Then read every word of this article. You’ll learn how to keep your wealth. But open your mind, because we are about to kill some sacred cows -- really conventional wisdom of how most estate-planning advisors, inadvertently, make you an estate-tax victim.. by Irv Blackman
What is the right size for an OCS company? I recently saw a question online, and its ensuing discussion thread, that asked why businesses always need to grow -- why they can't find a sweet spot and stay there?...by Kevin Daw
As someone who has lived and breathed sales and marketing programs for our OCS company and our industry, I wanted to develop a colorful, interactive presentation format for a laptop computer, one that was easy to implement and follow for our sales force, as well as being impressive and informative to a potential customer. A new prospect would then have a front-row seat for our performance... by Len Rashkin
The success and rapid growth of the micromarket concept has prompted an ongoing discussion of whether the self-service facilities should be classified as vending, convenience stores or employee breakrooms. The majority of states and localities are treating micromarkets as retail food establishments... by Jerry McVety

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Coin-Op Music & Games

Stern's Walking Dead accessories include a fishtank topper containing three fully detailed zombie heads designed and sculpted by the game's executive producer Greg Nicotero...
Linda Komorsky Liker, a music publishing executive and advisor, died on Oct. 26 after being hit by a car as she crossed a street in Las Angeles. She was 70...
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Bulk Vending News & Features

New and regular customers of Toronto's Okey Doke Tattoo Shop can allow a bulk vending machine to choose a tattoo design for them...
The relocation of Brand, a leading supplier of vendible capsule and flat merchandise, comes after nearly 23 years in Scottsdale, AZ. The new California facility houses offices, a showroom and a warehouse. Rising shipping costs prompt move...

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Editorials & Opinions

In a recent LinkedIn discussion, the question was raised: do the new school lunch standards make kids healthier or hungrier? This is hardly a new topic... by Alicia Lavay
Much has been written in the business press in recent years about how to manage change. Some companies pay lots of money for seminars on the topic. And clever guys in nice suits earn a good living thinking up apt analogies (there is still a market for snake oil)... by Hank Schlesinger
The rapid growth of the full-line vending industry generally is attributed to the development of hot and cold beverage machines that prepared and delivered high-quality, high-margin coffee and soft drinks quickly at any hour of the day or night, seven days a week. Forward-looking machine manufacturers, imaginative foodservice professionals and pioneering operators recognized the importance of merchandising to overcome patrons' reluctance to buy fresh food from an unattended point of sale... by Tim Sanford

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