January 1st, 2020
By Jeff Adair, Editor

3D Vending , a four-person vending operation in Riverside, Calif., has been able to double its size in the last five years without adding more staff, thanks in large measure to route pre-kitting supported by remote machine monitoring.

Paul Cueman, owner, uses Vagabond's VMS solution and is an early adopter of Vagabond’s vīv mobile payment option that allows consumers to scroll through a menu on their smartphones, make a purchase using a chosen app and have the product delivered without ever touching the machine.

After launching the business in 2009, Cueman began using Vagabond’s VMS in 2014.

Feig Electronics , a global supplier of RFID readers and antennas, announced that its contactless payment terminals cVEND plug , cVEND box and cVEND box+ join cVEND PIN in receiving PCI 5.1 certification valid through April 2026.

Moving forward, Feig Electronics will deliver all contactless payment terminals in its cVEND product group with PCI PTS 5.1 certification.
Since the Feig cVEND contactless payment terminals are now field PCI 5.1 certified until at least 2026, companies that implement contactless payment systems for vending machines or kiosks will have the highest available security.

Blendid recently introduced its robotic smoothie maker at Sonoma State University’s Charlie Brown Cafe, its second location for the fully autonomous self-serve kiosk that combines software, hardware, robotics and artificial intelligence to offer fresh smoothies.

Blendid’s stand-alone kiosk includes a robotic arm, blenders, a refrigeration system and numerous dispensers that store and dispense a variety of fresh ingredients including solids (such as fruits and vegetables), liquids (such as kefir and coconut water), and superfoods (such as chia, flax, and ginger).

On Track Innovations Ltd. , a global provider of near field communication and cashless payment solutions, has raised $2.5 million from private investors. The company entered into a share purchase agreement with Jerry L. Ivy, Jr. Descendants' Trust and two other investors who are members of the company's board of directors.

The agreement relates to a private placement of an aggregate of up to 12.5 million ordinary shares of the company at a purchase price of $0.20 per share, for aggregate gross proceeds to the company of up to $2.5 million.

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