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Single Serve Coffee Vending Machines – Environmentally Better

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By , June 29, 2015 1:08 pm

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Surprising Study Shows Single Serve Coffee Can Have Better Environmental Record Than Regular Brewed Coffee –

The research found wasted coffee and electricity consumption during brewing and heating are the key parameters in the comparison between single serve coffee and brewed bulk coffee, rather than packaging.  It identifies three key benefits of single serve coffee over traditional brewing of bulk coffee.

  • Single serve coffee uses an exact serving of fresh coffee in a controlled process – leading to minimal coffee wastage.
  • Drip brewed coffee making is consumer controlled – consumers are more likely to prepare more brewed coffee than they need with the leftover coffee going down the kitchen sink.
  • Bulk brewing systems typically use a hot plate to keep the coffee warm and can use more energy than single serve systems.

http://www.vendingmarketwatch.com/news/12084495/surprising-study-shows-single-serve-coffee-can-have-better-environmental-record-than-regular-brewed-coffee

VendaCarts Mobilizes Vending to Enter New Retail Marketplace – Pop-up Store

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By , June 26, 2015 12:16 pm

Mobile Automated Pop-Up Stores?

VendaCarts Mobilizes Vending to Enter New Retail Marketplaces!

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Mobile, AL, June 24, 2015 the leader in VendaCarts mobile Pop-up automated stores announced today that they are entering a new marketplace with their VendaCarts mobile automated trailers.

“Carts Blanche, LLC’s “VendaCarts mobile temporary retail store fronts, builds brand media attention and revenue generation in the genX and Y marketplace”, say’s Annette Nolan CEO of Carts Blanche, LLC.

Pop-ups are a booming business, evolving around the world, appearing everywhere from Hong Kong to Berlin, turning up in once-empty spaces all across the retail landscape from city downtowns to suburban shopping malls, fairs and festivals, concerts and outdoor events. From three day brand events to seasonal stores, Pop-ups are the latest retail attraction in non-traditional spaces.

As a leading innovator in the vending industry, Carts Blanche is known for broadening the limits of vending into new high impact locations. Retail convergence from retail brick and mortar stores into outdoor locations where the masses gather is a no brainer for self-serve pop-up retail.

“Our Carts Blanche team of designers, engineers and manufacturers collaborate to discuss strategy, budget and design options for custom event automated trailers,” said Nolan. “We have worked with large corporations to design one-of-a-kind custom retail trailers specific to their industry needs and brand application as well as first time business owners. Our standard VendaCarts model design is easily reconfigurable for any need without the expense and delays of customization.

Carts Blanche partners with leading vending, ATM and kiosk manufacturers, who are the most innovative in the industry and experts in their field, to deliver the latest ideas and trends in automated retail with high impact presence. This allows us to offer a complete turn-key solution for our customer’s unique situations.

VendaCarts Pop-up trailers allow the customer to engage with brands and products through the sensory experience of self-serve automation which is the latest concept in experiential marketing. Automated machines with all the new bells and whistles transforms retail into a fun and interactive experience making robotic sales more relevant to the audience, increasing revenues and the customers experience.

“Both traditional and non-traditional products distributed through self-serve robotics: food, beverages, souvenirs, toys, books, tools, apparel, shoes, make-up, electronics, CD’s, DVD’s, Art, and more give Pop-up owners a unique business opportunity,” says Nolan.

For more information about Carts Blanche, LLC, call (251)786-5852, or visit: www.cartsblanche.com

 

 

A Vending Machine Turns Robotic Grocery Store 24/7 Automated Retail Service

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By , June 26, 2015 11:40 am

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/06/19/robot-grocery-store-gives-high-tech-upgrade-to-food-shopping/

Carts Blanche welcomes the new innovation of high tech robotic vending concept, 24/7 Grocery Store.

No more long lines at the grocery store – the future of food shopping is getting a high-tech upgrade.

Des Moines, Iowa is planning to build a first-of-a kind robotic grocery store as an experiment to offer food and necessities to locals anytime at their convenience.   A partnership between the nonprofit Eat Greater Des Moines and the business equipment firm Oasis24seven will see an automated, vending machine-style unit come to the area.

“Throughout Des Moines, there are areas of town where access to quality food is limited,” said Aubrey Alvarez, the nonprofit’s executive director. “We would love for a full service grocery store to move into these areas, but until that time the robotic unit will address the gap in the community.”

She added this “project takes a simple and familiar idea, a vending machine, and turns it on its head. Robotic Retail will be accessible to everyone.”

Oasis24seven CEO David Maurer said the robotic system “works on a conveyor belt system, with an extractor that retrieves the product from the racks and places it on the conveyor for delivery to the customer.”  This allows for more fragile items like bread and eggs to avoid being damaged.

 Similar stores are gear driven with a drop down delivery, he pointed out, which limits the products it can offer.

he stores are roughly 260-square-foot and are equipped with a sizeable front window so users can view the available products. “Our stores can be anywhere from 200 to 800 items, it’s fully refrigerated, the product can be anywhere from one ounce to ten pounds,” said Maurer.

Customers can pick and choose their items via a touchscreen ordering system that lists all the available products.

As for price, Alvarez explains that, as a nonprofit, “our goal is to keep the prices in line with a grocery store. We are sourcing as many items as possible through a local non-profit partner who supplies food to 12 food pantries. This will help us keep prices as low as possible.”

Don’t worry about getting expired food. “Anything on those racks that is out-of-date will automatically be taken off the shelf,” he said.

After going through preliminary planning stages, Alvarez hopes they can start construction in late July and have the store up and running soon after.

Beyond this current project, Maurer sees potential expansion for this type of concept. “Whether it is an apartment complex, parking [facility], military base … you could go down the list of the potential business channels for these automated robotic convenience stores.”

No more long lines at the grocery store – the future of food shopping is getting a high-tech upgrade.

Des Moines, Iowa is planning to build a first-of-a kind robotic grocery store as an experiment to offer food and necessities to locals anytime at their convenience.

A partnership between the nonprofit Eat Greater Des Moines and the business equipment firm Oasis24seven will see an automated, vending machine-style unit come to the area.

VendaCarts is Convenience Retailing at it’s Finest Offering Mobile Automated Trailers

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By , June 26, 2015 10:36 am

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Carts Blanche offers VendaCarts – Convenient Retailing at it’s finest, offering mobile automated trailers.

Construction Companies can add VendaWorks to their locations for the catering of workers. Automated machines deliver food and beverage products faster than traditional catering trucks. The automated machines can also vend tools, supplies and equipment need at jobsites.

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  • Our mobile automated stores bridge the gap between the vending, catering and concession industries reaping the benefits of vast untapped markets. The VendaCarts mobile kiosk wheels vending into multi-billion dollar marketplaces providing new product offerings, faster service and significant profit potential. VendaCarts is convenience retailing at its finest.

 

There are literally hundreds of different items and brands available for automated sales. The list is endless- everything from food and beverage items to non-food items such as financial services, live bait, t-shirts, baseball caps, sports memorabilia, C.D.’s, literature classics, umbrellas, soccer balls, Bibles, make-up, clothing, cars, real-estate and cellular phones. If it can be packaged it can be vended. There are vending machines that make all types of foods; spinning cotton candy while you wait, popping popcorn while you watch, delivering cooked hot dogs, preparing ice cream from scratch etc.

Fast and Casual Dining is Outperforming Full Service – by Technomic’s

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By , June 26, 2015 10:26 am

Fast and Casual – that’s what Carts Blanche is all about.  Yes, our VendaCarts Pop-up Store, C-Store, Coffee Shop or Dining offers fast and casual self service for the consumer and outperforming full service.

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According to over one hundred thousand consumers polled by Technomic’s Consumer Brand Metrics program, nearly two in five called loyalty and rewards programs important or very important to their decision to visit a restaurant. The percentage was even greater for millennial customers, 50 percent of whom called digital-loyalty offerings important for limited-service restaurants, and 53 percent for full-service restaurants.

Millennials also attached greater importance than the overall population to free Wi-Fi, online or mobile ordering, and mobile payment, regardless of restaurant industry segment.

Consumer Brand Metrics also surveyed people about their most recent occasion to one of 134 restaurant brands and sought their ratings for three technology-related attributes: the integration of technology into the ordering process, the ability to pay for an order using technology, and whether a restaurant’s use of technology improved the guest experience. Composite scores of the three attributes found fast-casual restaurants boasted the best segment average, with 34 percent of consumers rating them highly, compared with 32 percent for quick service and 30 percent for full service.

1JhtC4n.556dd5c7e2e68The fast-casual and quick-service sectors also outperformed the full-service segment on their average ratings for integration of technology into the ordering process. Several fast-casual brands are leading the ratings for integration of technology into the ordering process. Several fast-casual brands are leading the charge into the adoption of touchscreen ordering kiosks. In full service, interactive menus and gaming platforms on tablets helped drive strong consumer ratings.

However, each industry segment has opportunities for growth in one crucial metric. Only 13 percent of quick-service, fast-casual and full-service consumers strongly agreed, “This restaurant’s use of technology improves my experience.”

The first quarter of 2015 was the first time Consumer Brand Metrics had full results for the technology-related metrics it tracks, but more than four years of historical data from more than 180 leading restaurant chains and retailers is available in the program.

http://www.vendingmarketwatch.com/news/12085388/the-technology-tide-has-turned-for-restaurant-consumers

Vending Machine Snacks in Your Home Cooking

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By , June 24, 2015 10:31 am

I thought this recent article, I found on the web, was very enlightening, especially if you cook.  Promoting

vending machine snacks in your recipes at home, shines a positive light on our products.

Operators can challenge your customers to match recipes for completion with free snacks as your award.

Sports-Enthusiast-Care-Package_largeGreat PR for your service and product, make it fun and you will be gaining more customers.

How To Use Vending Machine Snacks in Your Home Cooking

Sweet and Savory. Salty snacks that are featured in or on top of typically sweet desserts are all the rage right now in New York City. Get in on the fad by experimenting with your own sweet and savory combos. Work a few crushed potato chips (plain flavors likely would work best) into your favorite chocolate chip cookie or brownie batter and notice how the salt complements the richness of the recipe.

Crush and Crust It. If you can crush it, you can probably coat just about anything with it. Take pretzels, for example. Very often they are pulverized (or kept at a slight crumble if you’re looking for crunch) and used to dredge lean chicken breasts or pork chops. Try crushing Cheetos then coating chicken tenders with them; baked and served with a blue cheese dipping sauce, this cheesy chicken dish will taste similar to a buffalo chicken wing.

Chocolate Bar Sauce. Slowly melt that leftover half of a Hershey’s bar, and serve along with fresh strawberries, incorporate into Greek yogurt or drizzle atop smooth vanilla ice cream. To create the ultimate Vending Machine Sundae, mix a slightly-melted scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor with any and all crushed leftover candy. This Cold Stone Creamery-style bowl is an easy weeknight dessert.

Soup and Salad Add-Ins. If you decided to go healthy(ier) at the vending machine today, toss your leftover almonds, Craisins Original Dried Cranberries, or sunflower seeds (yes, these do exist in some vending machines) right into your salad. They’ll offer contrasting flavor to your classic salad ingredients — like mixed greens, vegetables and cheese — and add distinct texture to your plate. A sprinkling of Goldfish or crumbled Cheez-Its finishes a warm bowl of meaty chili or creamy tomato soup.

The Drink Machine. If you hit up the drink dispenser instead of the snack machine, mix that beverage with your liquor of choice for an easy, no-fuss cocktail. Let’s talk tequila, commonly featured in lime margaritas. Bursting with lemon-lime goodness, Sprite and 7-Up are two pops (or sodas, for you non-Midwesterners out there) that work well as tequila mix-ins when you don’t have the time to mess with margaritas. Is vodka more your style? Mix in lemonade or iced tea (or both!) for a refreshing summertime sipper.

Maria Russo is a senior at Barnard College and prefers salty snacks over sugary ones any day of the week. Read more…

—Maria Russo for Small Kitchen College

Hot Chocolate Sales will Soar in Vending

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By , June 19, 2015 10:42 am

HOT-COCOA

It’s a no brainer – EAT MORE CHOCOLATE

Recent study on the health benefits of chocolate, especially hot chocolate, should have the vending industry on high alert.  Yes you should add more hot chocolate to your inventory.

With Carts Blanche’s VendaCarts    Pop-up Café – Mobile Coffee & Hot Chocolate Shop

Medical News Today published this article this week. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270272.php

Throughout the years, chocolate has been on the end of a lot of bad press because of its fat content, and its consumption has been associated with acne, obesity, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and diabetes. However, “the recent discovery of biologically active phenolic compounds in cocoa has changed this perception and stimulated research on its effects in ageing, oxidative stress, blood pressure regulation, and atherosclerosis. Today, chocolate is lauded for its tremendous antioxidant potential.”

The potential benefits of eating chocolate are said to include: lowering cholesterol levels, preventing cognitive decline, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems.

Chocolate may lower cholesterol levels  http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270272.php

Chocolate consumption may help reduce LDL cholesterol levels.

A study published in The Journal of Nutrition was carried out to determine whether chocolate bars containing plant sterols (PS) and cocoa flavanols (CF) have any effect on cholesterol levels.3

The study authors wrote “results indicate that regular consumption of chocolate bars containing PS and CF as part of a low-fat diet may support cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol and improving blood pressure.”

Chocolate may prevent memory decline

Scientists at Harvard Medical School suggest that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day may help keep the brain healthy and prevent memory decline in older people. The researchers said that hot chocolate can help preserve blood flow in working areas of the brain.4

The lead author, Farzaneh A. Sorond, said:

“As different areas of the brain need more energy to complete their tasks, they also need greater blood flow. This relationship, called neurovascular coupling, may play an important role in diseases such as Alzheimer’s.”

chocolateChocolate may reduce heart disease risk

Research published in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) has suggested that consuming chocolate could help lower the risk of developing heart diseaseby one third. The report was presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Paris, France.5

The authors concluded:

“Based on observational evidence, levels of chocolate consumption seem to be associated with a substantial reduction in the risk of cardiometabolic disorders. Further experimental studies are required to confirm a potentially beneficial effect of chocolate consumption.”

Chocolate may prevent stroke

 

Canadian scientists carried out a study involving 44,489 people and found that people eating chocolate were 22 per cent less likely to suffer a stroke than those who didn’t. In addition, those who had a stroke but regularly consumed chocolate were 46 percent less likely to die as a result.

Marketing and Promotional Strategy with VendaPromotions

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By , June 15, 2015 2:46 pm

Marketing/Promotional Companies who are looking for the latest concept for the marketing and promotion of products can engage audiences with new interactive robotic machines. VendaPromotions is the solution for experiential marketing and branding campaigns.  Corporations can utilize the VendaCarts vehicle in their marketing and branding promotions campaign for new product launches and media exposure in non-traditional locations.

VendaPromotions will cover all your marketing needs:

Research – free samples, questionaires, assessments

Strategy – location, location – Mobile

Branding – attention grabber, branding campaign

Advertising – Get the Word Out – attract attention with your mobile promotional trailer, plus digital signage advertising potential on at least 10 spots on each trailer and billboard signage.

Product – Vend free samples, capture immediate comments and impressions

                                                                         Internet – Vending machines tech savvy, engage customers,

“VendaPromotions” mobile automated marketing trailers are the latest concept for promotional events, tours, trade shows, and marketing campaigns, engaging targeted audiences while capturing multitudes of impressions. Reach and teach customers about your products in an efficient, self-contained promotional vehicle that covers more territory in less time. VendaPromotions marketing trailer allows the customer to engage and interact with brands and products through the sensory experience of self-serve automation which is the latest concept in experiential marketing. Be the first to market with this exciting and unique

ECOATM Markets a New Kiosk that buys Cell Phones

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By , June 15, 2015 1:59 pm

Who Buys Cell Phones for Instant Cash? ecoATM!

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ecoATM kiosks accept devices of any era or condition and use a worldwide auction system to offer consumers competitive prices – ranging from a few dollars for older models to a few hundred for newer smartphones – depending upon condition. We buy back cell phones and other mobile devices in most transactions. Sometimes very old devices may not be worth anything, but we still accept them for responsible processing.

Recycling with ecoATM

ecoATM is able to find a second life for the majority of devices collected. For the remaining ecoATM partners with R2 certified e-waste reclamation facilities to ensure those materials are responsibly reused and recycled.

ecoATM provides a safe, secure way for consumers to recycle used electronic devices, and has implemented extensive security features and processes to deter the sale of stolen devices. ecoATM sets the standard for the highest level of transparency and cooperation with law enforcement.

As of December 31, 2014, ecoATM had approximately 1,890 kiosks located in shopping malls and select large retailers nationwide. The kiosks provide cash payments as an incentive for consumers to . In addition to the cash consumers earn by recycling their devices through ecoATM, we’ve collected four million devices.  +-http://www.ecoatm.com/how-it-works/cycle

Coke’s Newest Slinny Vending Machine “Slender Vender”

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By , June 12, 2015 1:19 pm

 Coke does it again with great marketing by resizing a vending machine to attract attention to their Diet Coke.

Diet Coke’s ‘Slender Vender’: Skinny Vending Machine Reinforces The Message That Thinner Is Better (VIDEO)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/06/diet-coke-slender-vender-skinny-vending-machine-video_n_3223881.html

 

Thanks Diet Coke, for reminding us all that it’s always better to be thin — even if you’re a vending machine.

The brand has launched an (utterly misguided) ad campaign around the “Slender Vender,” a new, skinny, Diet Coke-only vending machine. “Diet Coke is famously fit and elegant,” reads the commercial’s copy. “But how could we show this in an unexpected way?” Evidently by having a bunch of dudes get together — every person in the ad who is “building” the Slender Vender is male — to create the “thinnest vending machine in the world.”

So even vending machines need to slim down now? What are we going to put on a diet next?

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