January 15th, 2019
By Jeff Adair, Editor

How well do you know the capabilities of your vending machines? As electronics, LED lighting and other innovations have enabled more features, many of today’s standard models can allow a vending operator to meet customer needs that they might not have thought of.

Mike Butler, northeast regional sales manager for Automated Merchandising Systems , provided an overview of the company’s glassfront Sensit machines during the Atlantic Coast Expo in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The presentation was part of the ACE Training School, sponsored by Southeastern Vending Services.

Operators may not know they can disable the health and safety feature in an AMS Sensit food machine if the machine is not selling perishable products. As most operators know, the health and safety feature prevents the sale of compromised perishable items due to the interior of the food machine exceeding 41 degrees F. In the event of a power interruption to the machine, the health and safety feature will disable the vender if the internal temperature has risen above 41 degrees (according to the NAMA specification) for a period greater than 15 minutes.

365 Retail Markets To Carry Advana Advertising
365 Retail Markets has signed a media content agreement with Advana, an advertising technology company. Advana will be adding 365 Retail Markets’ 20,000 plus screens (including kiosks, digital signage, mobile and AirVend screens) to its portfolio of advertising-enabled digital monitors.

Advana will bring curated promotions and brand content to consumers at relevant times throughout their day.

“By creating brand connections, Advana is the next big innovation in driving sales growth for the micro market industry.” said Derek Myers, CEO of Advana. “The partnership with 365 will give brands and advertisers unprecedented access to engage captive and qualified audiences at the point of purchase.”

The partnership will also bring offers and advertising to 365Pay, 365 Retail Markets’ proprietary mobile application, that allows end consumers to access their Global Market Accounts, scan, and pay for their goods.

Students at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. will be receiving PepsiCo’s Hello Goodness snacks from self-driving “snackbots.” The university community can now order food and drinks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. via the snackbot app to be delivered to more than 50 locations across the 175-acre campus.

The Hello Goodness choices include Starbucks Cold Brew, Baked Lay’s, SunChips, Smartfood Delight, Pure Leaf Tea, bubly and LIFEWTR.

"We're thrilled to welcome snackbot to our campus, along with its convenient and nourishing options," said Matt Camino, director of e-commerce at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. "This innovative technology from PepsiCo is enhancing campus life for our students, staff and faculty alike, who have embraced this new way of snacking from PepsiCo."

International Vending Services (IVS) Group S.A. , a Luxembourg based vending service provider serving Europe, has agreed to acquire Moneynet S.p.A., a provider of electronic money and payment services from Italy based Nexi Group. The expected purchase price for all of Moneynet’s shares is 100,000 EUR.

Moneynet provides payment services and assistance with the installation and maintenance of POS networks.

Venpay S.p.A., an IVS subsidiary, will activate new payment services on vending machines. The company has already developed payment systems that allow apps to be used by its vending machines. By the end of 2018 there were about 190,000 downloads and more than 40,000 returning users, compared to 65,000 downloads and 16,000 users at the end of 2017. 

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