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Generation X, Y, Z Total 74% of US Population – So Get To Know Them

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By , July 30, 2014 1:12 pm

th7MCGD1XY CHICAGO, July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers total about 74 percent of the U.S. population—and make up the bulk of today’s foodservice consumers. Technomic recently examined the needs and behaviors of each generation—including our very first look at Generation Z—to uncover a number of differences and similarities by cohort. Gen Z, the first true digital generation, represents the future foodservice consumer. They’re a generation on the move that strongly prioritizes speed of service, technology, and having what they want, when they want it. Millennials, more so than older generations, prefer to visit restaurants that offer new and unique foods and flavors. Gen X and Boomers converge on several preferences—such as the importance of a convenient location. “Each generational group may have distinctly different foodservice needs, yet there are opportunities to leverage their similarities and target specific customer groups without alienating others,” says Sara Monnette, senior director, consumer insights of Technomic, Inc. “Regardless of the generation, it’s vital for restaurant operators and suppliers to understand their core audience. So whether you’re working to appeal to your Boomer base through dine-in ambiance or traditional menu offerings, or drawing in younger guests with faster service and an innovative menu, successful execution can begin with identifying and addressing what each group values as a generation.” To help foodservice executives understand the latest behaviors, preferences and attitudes of consumers across the generational spectrum, Technomic has published an update of its Generational Consumer Trend Report. Interesting findings include:thYOYNEFCY

  • Gen Zers and Millennials tend to be more optimistic about and reliant on foodservice: they’re more likely than older generations to anticipate increases in foodservice visits in the next year.
  • Dining-format preferences vary by generation: of all generations, Boomers are most likely to visit restaurants for dine-in, Gen Z are most likely to order takeout, and Millennials are most likely to opt for delivery.
  • Speedy service is key for the youngest generation: for example, Gen Z places the highest importance on fast service at limited-service restaurants (54 percent), compared to just two-fifths of Millennials (40 percent), Gen Xers (41 percent) and Baby Boomers (43 percent).

Technomic’s Generational Consumer Trend Report  provides comprehensive research on the latest consumer trends as they apply to generational groups, organized into the following sections: untitled.pngyyy   Generational Overview—uses Technomic’s own extensive research, as well as secondary data sources, to define generational groups and uncover key statistics related to population, ethnicity, employment and financial situation, and lifestyle. Generational Comparison—discusses findings related to foodservice behavior, purchasing decisions and attitudes across the four generations.

Custom Kiosk – Vending Machines and Automated Retail isThe Future

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By , July 30, 2014 9:33 am

 

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Retail kiosks integrate online, self-service shopping options

Carts Blanche adds wheels to Micro-Stores with VendaMarts – Mobile Automated Retail Store

Demand is growing for the integration of online and self-service stores, according to Corona, Calif.-based AVT Inc., a developer of custom kiosks, vending machines and automated retailing.

AVT’s new Micro-Stores, which will be shipped out in the third quarter, combine kiosks with Internet retail options, the company said in an announcement.

For example, if a kiosk doesn’t have a customer’s preferred color or size, a touchscreen panel provides instant access to online shopping options, where orders can be shipped to the customer’s residence or to a retail location.

Cisco Systems research estimates the Micro-Stores to be a $7 billion revenue venture with return on investment within two years, the announcement said.

According to AVT, the stores have little overhead and provide unlimited access to merchandise, which can be an incentive for entrepreneurs wanting to open new businesses.

“Our customers have been asking for a more advanced micro-store, with integration to online shopping channels,” AVT founder and Chairman Shannon Illingworth said. “Our new automated platform provides business owners and entrepreneurs with the most advanced and effective system in the world, while giving customers the most engaging and comprehensive shopping experience.”

Micro-Stores can be placed in nearly any location, ATV said, such as parks, universities, airports, hotels and stadiums. KioskMarketplace.com  Media/News/Publishing

 

VendaMarts Mobile Automated Retail Pop Up Stores Hit the Beaches for Summer Fun

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By , July 25, 2014 9:30 am

 

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It’s beach time and what goes better in hot weather than the beach.  Carts Blanche, VendaMarts – Mobile Automated Retail Pop Up Store can be your home away from home while enjoying the sand and sun without having to go far.  Our VendaMarts units can be stocked with traditional drinks, snacks, ice cream along with non traditional retail items:  Suntan lotion, flip flops, beach cap, lip care, bug bites, camera you can have everything you need.

Talking about ice cream, Fastcorp Z 400 is the ideal solution.

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  • A full variety of premium branded ice cream and frozen desserts
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  • Will vend 12 different selections with a 400 unit inventory capacity
  • Most energy efficient ice cream vendor

Our smallest  VendaMarts 16′ holds four vending machines along with space for microwaves and ATM’s

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Recession Proof Industrial Vending Machines

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By , July 22, 2014 12:36 pm

The Street recently featured recession proof industrial vending machines and why they are so hot.  What is an industrial vending machine on wheels “VendaWorks” – Carts Blanche’s answer to saving manufacturers even more $$$.2013 blog clip logo

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) — What has been the one constant in the post-recession U.S. economy? Yes, silly goose, beyond a government agency with no real checks and balances system pumping zillions of digital dollars into digital bank vaults, the one constant is restructurings. The voracious appetite of companies to extract efficiencies in their business, whether through layoffs (which frighten those remaining employees into working harder) or fine-tuning a production process, to more than compensate for sluggish sales has continued virtually unabated. Sure, there are mass layoff announcements, recently from Hewlett-Packard (seeking to slash 16,000 more employees on top of 34,000 previously announced), Siemens  (analyzing a possible 12,000 mass layoff plan), and Caterpillar that garner significant attention as human lives are prepared to be upended even as the stock market surges and employment reports leap over 200,000 on the headline. General Electric, too, could be viewed as a company in perpetual restructuring mode.

However, at the core, I feel that many large companies are beyond mass layoffs and have their thinking caps on as to how to shave costs further among their remaining operations. It’s your job as an investor not to be necessarily panicked by ongoing corporate restructurings as in the near-term they could bolster earnings, but rather to develop an attack plan to profit from this embedded theme inside of companies.

As an exampleon what to be searching for, enter the industrial vending machine, which is increasingly being installed on the work floors of major manufacturers. Here is what these machines are designed to do:

  1. Make employees aware, and accountable for, the amount of corporate resources consumed.
  2. Keep track of wasteful employees on the job.
  3. Limit the amount of capital tied up in worker-related inventory.

What Is an Industrial Vending Machine?

No, this isn’t a machine that spits out a Costco-sized mustard jar for a cool $1.50! As Florness summarized, the industrial vending machine tracks a company’s “nuances in life,” or the products that are vital to delivering expectations to customers. The machine has risen in popularity as it’s not financially sound to pay an individual $15 an hour to oversee a stockroom of safety goggles, hammers and aerosol cans.

Here is the essence of the industrial vending machine:

  1. The machine takes product out of the stock room and brings it over to the employee. Quicker into the place of employment, quicker onto the job site.
  2. Through the machine’s software functions, a manager is able to track who is removing a first-aid kit at 2 a.m., for example. If that transaction seems weird, the manager can reach out to the employee to investigate the matter. Did a worker get hurt on the job? Should that answer prove to be a “yes,” it has worker’s compensation implications. In this regard, the machine improves worker safety and health. Or maybe the worker grabbed the first-aid kit to take home to tend to an injured puppy. If so, that employee needs to be reprimanded for improper use of a company’s resources.
  3. According to Florness,  a company, on average, that installs its vending machines reduces supply consumption by 40% to 50%.

The capability to track and measure is an important tool for managers to help fight hidden costs that eat into profits.

 

 

Vending Machines Are Going to the Dogs

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By , July 22, 2014 12:11 pm

Yes, friends we in the vending industry can now say there is a vending machine to please everyone, even our four legged friends.

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Vending Machine for Dogs Unveiled in the UK More on PawNation

It’s about time our furry friends had their very own vending machines. Dog food company Bakers “treated” canine park-goers in London with the world’s first doggy vending machine, which dispensed a bag of the company’s Complete Dog Food. All the dogs had to do was pull on a toy bone lever that fired a tennis ball which had to be returned and dropped into a slot. Sound a little complicated? The dogs thought so, too. But after several attempts by some of the pups, most of them figured out what they had to do to retrieve the treats from the machine.

A Baguette Vending Machines Wins Top Prize in French Competition

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By , July 14, 2014 9:44 am

 WHAT’S NEW IN VENDING MACHINES?  Leave it to the French to come up with  a piping hot freshly baked baguette vending machine,

I can only imagine how great this smells.

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French baguette-baking and -vending kiosk wins top prize for innovation

July 1, 2014

A baguette vending machine developed by French baker Jean-Louis Hecht has won the top prize in an annual French competition for unique inventions, the Concours Lepine.

Hecht’s Pani Vending machine, which cooks and sells baguettes 24 hours a day, won the competition’s President of the Republic prize.

Hecht, who patented the Pani Vending machine with his brother Jean-Claude, has sold 20 of the machines in France and four in Russia, the French edition of The Huffington Post reports.

The Pani Vending machines charge €1.00 ($0.92) to cook and dispense a pre-baked baguette. Operators can remotely manage their machines using PCs or smartphones.

Within a few months of buying a Pani Vending machine, French baker Yvan Hocquel sold around 11,000 baguettes, which helped him to pay for his €55,000 ($75,070).

 

VendaBanks – Wheels Banking into New Locations

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By , July 14, 2014 9:24 am

 Carts Blanche, LLC VendaBank can now offer ATM Machines over wheels or free standing Kiosk wrapped around both sides of our

Mobile Automated Bank.  “VendaBanks” wheels banking into massive construction sites,

disaster areas making convenience a priority.

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Bank kiosks expand ATM services with face-to-face interaction

July 9, 2014

Citizens Bank of Edmond in Edmond, Oklahoma, became the first community branch in the nation to put a face to electronic banking with direct-video links at the ATM, according to an announcement from technology provider Ordermatic.

The  bank teamed up with OrderMatic to develop a video ATM kiosk that allows customers  to have face-to-face interactions with tellers from a remote location.

The kiosks are an expansion of drive-thru technology that is intended to offer more options for customers and more communication between companies and their clients, the company said.

“We are taking our drive-through technology that has successfully worked for six decades, and applying new methods of communication that appeal to a broader consumer base,” said Robert Powell, president and CEO of OrderMatic.

Customers can drive up to an ATM, touch an interactive screen and be automatically connected to a teller.

OrderMatic, based out of Oklahoma City, calls the kiosks See and Speak Interface. The company worked with Citizens Bank to install the machines at six locations.

CEO Jill Castilla of Citizens Bank said, “By adopting new technology, we’ve greatly expanded what an ATM can provide.”

 

Fresh Food Demand is up for 2014 Vending Machine

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By , July 14, 2014 9:09 am

Fresh food always puts a smile on health conscious faces.  The future is strong for vending machines that are stocked with healthy selections.  Given the option most folks would welcome a piece of fresh fruit over a bag of chips.

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While the AM State of the Vending Industry report does not specifically break out healthy vending products, there is an increasing demand for these among both consumers and operators. Vendors reported that healthy food attributed as much as a 25 percent upswing in sales. At the same time, operators report struggling to find product within the desired price point, taste profile and stale date. Operators are only starting to understand the opportunity and the path for executing against the opportunity of healthy vending products.

It will require developing new, low-cost distribution platforms which support delivery of fresh healthy products as well as a robust data aggregation

 

 

 

 

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It’s #SoMiami Vending Machine Attracts New Visitors to Their Destination

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By , July 8, 2014 4:18 pm

From Times Square travelers can win a free trip to Miami just by pressing their luck with It’s #SoMiami vending machine

It’s So Miami Moments Take Times Square By Surprise

Greater Miami and The Beaches Launches Summer Vacation Deals

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MIAMI, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — There was dancing, singing, tears of joy, tweeting and a whole lot of celebrating yesterday, as the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors images2EZHWDP6Bureau (GMCVB) took to the streets of New York City to launch its new summer deals (www.MiamiSummerDeals.com).  The GMCVB planted an It’s So Miami Vending Machine in the middle of Times Square which had consumers lined up to press their luck for chances to win It’s So Miami prizes.  Some walked away with summer vacation amenities like sunglasses, T-shirts and flip flops, while others won unbelievably enticing trips to the destination.

It’s Not Too Late to Win an It’s So Miami Vacation!
Those who missed the It’s So Miami Vending Machine can still get in on the fun by checking out the video highlights at http://bit.ly/1iuJIM8.  All the festivities were captured and consumers can visit Greater Miami and The Beaches social media channels (Facebook.com/visitmiami, Twitter.com/miamiandbeaches) for a chance to view the It’s So Miami Vending Machine video and enter to win a trip to the destination.  Those who share the video on their social media channels using hash tag #SoMiami will be entered to win roundtrip air and a stay at the Sagamore Hotel, one of the most decadent oceanfront luxury South Beach Hotels and a cultural centerpiece in Miami Beach.

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Engaging consumers in the destination’s number one feeder market, the It’s So Miami Vending Machine provided something to everyone!  And, every hour the machine opened up and special ‘Miami Experiences’ came to life.  Each Miami experience ended with a lucky consumer winning a trip for two to the destination.

DraftServe Beer Vending Machine Hits a Home Run

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By , July 8, 2014 4:02 pm

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Hot off the press, Vending Marketwatch features a baseball and beer story close to our hearts.

DraftServe’s newest beer vending machine creation is putting smiles on the faces of Major League Baseball fans.

thIn a first for Major League Baseball stadiums, Target Field has rolled out self-serve beer machines that let fans decide for themselves exactly the size brew they thirst for.

The first station, with two dispensing machines on the third-base side along the main concourse, made its wet run Sunday during the Minnesota Twins’ loss to the New York Yankees. A second station will be added on the same concourse along the first-base side in time for the July 15 All-Star Game, and they will remain for the rest of the season, said Twins spokesman Chris Iles.

Pete Spike, general manager for concessions provider Delaware North, said Target Field is the first MLB venue to have the machines and added that he’s unaware of any NFL, NBA or NHL teams having the devices. Patrons buy vending cards and use them to dispense beer from the machines.

Day One “worked really well,” Spike said, noting that about 200 cards were sold.

There are four beers to choose from, with per-ounce pricing based on the cost charged in face-to-face transactions: Bud and Bud Light (38 cents per ounce), and Shock Top Lemon Shandy and Goose Island 312 Urban Pale Ale (40 cents per ounce).

“This allows the guests to customize to their tastes,” Spike said, rather than locking drinkers into fixed sizes ranging from 12 to 24 ounces.

Spike said he saw one fan Sunday “come up and get 3 or 4 ounces, then come back an inning later and get another 3 or 4.”

Prices won’t change for the All-Star Game. However, the Paul McCartney concert Aug. 2 at Target Field will see prices nudge up a few cents per ounce to cover municipal taxes for live music events, Spike said.

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Here’s how the machines work:

A patron goes to a concession cashier, shows proper identification to verify age and buys a vending card with either $10 or $20 on it to scan at the machine. There will be $501Beer070814 cards available for the All-Star Game.

The customer takes a 20-ounce cup from the machine’s ledge, pulls down on the tap handle and draws anywhere from a gulp to right up to the brim, “like topping off your [gas] tank,” Spike said.

A video screen on each machine “shows you, step by step, how to pour a beer properly,” he added. To keep the line moving, patrons have 20 seconds to complete their transaction.

A customer can withdraw up to 48 ounces every 15 minutes. There is an employee at each station to not only check identification but also to intercede should a beer drinker appear intoxicated.

And just like at the concession counters or when buying from vendors in the stands, the machines will shut down by the seventh inning. No need to cry in your beer, though, if there are still some suds on your card. The cards don’t expire.

Spike said other brands of beer could soon be served, and there’s also a chance that soda could join in the vending trend.

The machines are made by Georgia-based DraftServ Technologies, which has been in the self-serve beer business since 2007 and counts Carnival Cruises among its array of clients.

 

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