November 15th, 2018
By Jeff Adair, Editor

“Smart glasses,” glasses with computer interfaces that can provide a user information in addition to what they can see naturally, have improved worker productivity in a number of industries, including vending. The glasses, which display information in the line of sight and allow people to use both their hands while accessing the visual information, are part of the rapidly growing wearable technology industry that is making headway in multiple industries.

Maureen Sapp, CEO at Wizzan Mobility , a provider of a smart glasses solution for vending service drivers, gave an overview of the impact wearable technology is making in vending and other industries during the Atlantic Coast Exposition in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Sapp said smart glasses can contribute productivity gains between 25 to 35 percent.

365 Retail Markets has announced that its 365 Inside device is now compatible with Cafection bean-to-cup Innovation and Encore series brewers, bringing cashless payments into the OCS space. Consumers will be able to purchase coffee at a Cafection machine fitted with a 365 Inside and check out with the 365Pay mobile app.

Operators can also receive real-time reporting on their machine’s sales, profitability analysis and refill status with the 365 Inside, a device that plugs directly into vending or coffee equipment. 365 Inside utilizes a Bluetooth connection to the 365Pay mobile app, delivering a streamlined way to make purchases and manage accounts.

The Venders , a provider of vending machines and automated retailing systems designed for small locations, has introduced its newest innovation, the “OLLIE,” offering a patent-pending conveyor system that allows the machine to vend a wide variety of products.

The machine comes with a 24-inch touchscreen that allows owners to control content, providing the opportunity to run promotions and commercials. The system also has a patented drop sensor that provides product delivery verification, and a back-end management system.

In contrast to the trend of building bigger and bulkier machines that are costly to own and operate, The Venders took a different approach and designed OLLIE to be installed in locations that were previously unsuitable for vending.

Vendors Exchange International (VEI), the Cleveland provider of solutions for the vending industry, ranging from remanufactured vending equipment to replacement parts, graphics to electronic repair, has acquired American Vending Machines , a St. Louis, Mo.-based remanufacturer and supplier of equipment and parts.

The St. Louis facility will provide VEI added manufacturing space and a highly skilled workforce.

Andy Hayes, owner and founder of AVM, will remain with the combined company and continue to serve the existing customer base while leading new growth initiatives.

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