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Disney Chefs Preparing Meals for new Vending Machines

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By , July 31, 2015 2:22 pm

Disney chefs preparing meals for new vending machines coming to Edgewater High School.

Several Florida chefs are cooking up inventive meals for kids in schools. Orange County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services brought in local chefs from Walt Disney World, K Restaurants and LongHorn Steakhouse to create school meal combinations for three new refrigerated vending machines that are currently piloted at one local high school, reports Orlando Sentinel.

The current project spawned from the local non-profit organization Feed More Kids that works to help feed more kids in schools. The organization has begun partnering with school districts to add refrigerated vending machines in cafeterias, the source reports, in order to expand meals to kids who otherwise would not eat during the lunch day. Laura Phillips Bennett, the president of Bennett & Company, and media contact for Feed More Kids, told the source that if kids find the vending machine meals exciting, it could make the vending machine program more successful.

The goal, the source reports, is to expand this program and make it available to students in junior high and high schools across Florida.

'Go for the 'Chef's Surprise.' It's ham salad I made fresh last week.'

‘Go for the ‘Chef’s Surprise.’ It’s ham salad I made fresh last week.’

I just couldn’t resist this cute cartoon, you know the meals won’t be like this.  I can only imagine the wonderful

dishes that will be offered.

Michael Thompson set up a table inside the cafeteria at Edgewater High School, where he was unveiling his latest culinary creations.
“I did three dishes today,” said Thompson, a chef at Walt Disney World, and that included a croissant with mustard sauce — “The mustard sauce makes a difference,” he added – plus a flower tortilla vegetable wrap and some buffalo chicken with spicy mayo and a side of chips.

 

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-disney-chefs-preparing-meals-for-new-vending-machines-coming-to-edgewater-high-20150730-story.html

Cashless Technology Vending Machine only 11% of Total Machine

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By , July 29, 2015 11:34 am

 It is hard to believe that with technology rating high in sales potential that only 11% of vending machines accept cashless payment.

I know we have come a long way in vending especially since the old .05, 10 & 25 cent days but 11% seems like we are

missing the mark on advancing vending.

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Technology: Total machine base estimates for 2014 are 5,132,250. Of that number, only 564,548 machines accept a cashless payment form.

However, 57.6 percent of operators installed at least one credit/debit card reader last year, bringing the percentage of machines with this payment option to 11 percent.

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cashLarge- and extra large-sized operators are 30 percent more likely to have high numbers of cashless payment acceptors installed on vending machines.

 

Additionally, 5.8 percent of operators added VMS this year, meaning 58 percent of operators now use a VMS. New services expansion: Only 23.4 percent of operators expanded into new services in 2014, compared to 31 percent the past two years. Drop shipping seemed to be more popular in 2014.

Speed is the Name of the Game for Retail

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By , July 29, 2015 11:03 am

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Speed is the name of the game when it comes to retail, fast service, faster checkout.

http://www.fierceretail.com/story/88-shoppers-want-faster-checkout/2015-07-23?utm_campaign=SocialMedia

A recent online Harris Poll, commissioned by Digimarc Corporation, found that 88 percent of U.S. adults want their store checkout experience to be faster. Specifically, 50 percent named slow checkout speeds and long lines as their top grievances with the purchasing process.

“Checkout is the last opportunity a retailer has to make a positive impression on a shopper,” said Larry Logan, chief marketing officer at Digimarc. “Asking customers to endure a lengthy wait to process and pay for their order can spoil what may have otherwise been an enjoyable shopping experience.”

Another checkout disappointment, according to the survey, was the lack of human interaction and perceived gratitude. As many as 61 percent of shoppers polled agree that clerks focus most on scanning items and less on discovering if customers are satisfied. And 30 percent say they feel like a burden to the sales associate when they arrive at the checkout with a full cart.

In addition, about three-quarters of respondents say they avoid self-check out because of possible technical problems. In total, about 45 percent of consumers who avoid self-checkout do so because of technical or barcode scanning difficulties.However, shoppers are eager to scan packages with smartphones to get additional information. As many as 73 percent would scan products for special offers and promotions. Some consumers are even ready to use mobile for checkout. In a recent Verifone survey, 84 percent of shoppers said they would use a phone to pay for small and moderate purchases.Retailers are increasingly adding mobile payment options, including Chick-fil-A, which recently announced the launch of a mobile payment platform nationwide and a test of mobile ordering, and Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX), which rolled out its mobile order and pay app at Portland area stores.

Mobile Industrial Supply Storeroom Solutions

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By , July 27, 2015 1:08 pm

VendaWorks Picture 2Carts Blanche’s VendaWorks – offers the first ever mobile industrial supply storeroom solution and combined with IVM’s industrial automated supply vending.

Imagine the cost savings your company could actually realize when you can truly control the3025-IVM-Vend_12DR-FRONT

distribution of critical supplies and costly assets? That’s the power of Automated Supply Vending from IVM.

Through our interactive vending systems, we help our clients realize savings of up to 50% almost overnight in distribution of PPE supplies, MRO supplies, IT products, and even office supplies.

Our distribution units utilize cellular connectivity. This allows us to monitor the distribution of your products without requiring intrusion into your networks. IVM provides on-site training and on-site service and maintenance as needed.

Our approach is comprehensive and turn-key – focused on saving your company time and money.

  • IVM offers automated solutions to assist you in controlling your internal distribution of products to your employees for items such as PPE Products, MRO Products, IT Products, Office Supplies, etc.
  • Our automated supply vending distribution systems will also help you maintain safety compliance while changing the behavioral habits of your employees.
  • Our Automated Supply Distribution solutions are truly turn-key with complete project management.
  • IVM provides on-site training for you and your employees.
  • IVM offers a 100% warranty for as long as you have our equipment in place.
  • IVM provides on-site service and repair as needed.
  • IVM provides cellular connectivity eliminating the involvement of your IT infrastructure and staff.

Our access control system utilizes your existing employee ID cards or personal identification numbers to track equipment distribution and use. You know who, what, when and most importantly, how much is used. IVM automated distribution systems deliver proven savings by tracking and controlling supplies no matter what you need to distribute and control; personal protection equipment (PPE), information technology (IT) supplies, office supplies, tools, maintenance, repair, and operations supplies (MRO), IVM can cut your supply costs almost instantly..

For details on how you can take control of your supply distribution with an IVM Distribution System give IVM a call 800-676-8432

Capturing Millennials Purchasing Power

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By , July 27, 2015 10:07 am

By 2017 Millennials will have more spending power than any other age group.

Millennials are expected to account for 50% of the planet’s consumerism by 2017. In the USA, the demographic of people aged from 18 to 30 constitutes the main force that drives the labor market, with 53.5 millions of working population. They have already surpassed both Generation X (52.7 millions) and the boomers (44.6 millions). This paper analyzes the generation’s potential.

Millennial’s — those born between 1980 and 2000 — spend about $600 billion a year (including purchases via mobile devices). There’s no magic bullet for capturing the millennial consumer, but there are trends and strategies you need to know.

There’s also this one little secret that will help you successfully reach this elusive generation: Stay agile!

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6 trends in millennials’ buying habits

  • 10 tips for staying agile amid their changing behavior
  • Plus 8 forward-looking strategies to build a healthier bottom line

Six trends to know when selling to millennials

How retailers can get hip to the greatest (digital) generation

 Despite the many promising headlines, there’s no magic bullet for capturing the millennial consumer.

There are overarching trends, though, and you’ll need to know them and build your strategies around them. But to be a successful online retailer in 2015, the only true secret is to stay agile.

Let’s face it. Even millennials don’t know what their preferred purchasing method will be in ten years, five years or even three years. You must position yourself as a business ready to adapt to what’s next.

In their new eBook, ChannelAdvisor has outlined:

  • Some of the major trends in millennials’ buying habits
  • Some practical ways to stay agile amid their changing behavior
  • Forward-looking strategies that will help you build a healthier bottom line for your online business

Download the eBook here.

Source: ChannelAdvisor

– See more at: http://www.ixtenso.com/en/category/sales_promotion/mobile_multichannel/20273-6-trends-to-know-when-selling-to-millennials.html#sthash.kxFnLMdx.dpuf

Digital Advertising Industry

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By , July 23, 2015 12:28 pm

164874 The Latest in Digital Signage Solutions:

Retailers are spending 70 percent of digital display budgets on programmatic buys this year.

 

PSCI-1358-top-imgWhen it comes to digital advertising, U.S. retailers spend more on the medium than those in any other industry, according to eMarketer.  It also reported that 25 percent of programmatic digital display ad dollars come from retailers, making them the leader in programmatic spending as well.

Retailers are spending 70 percent of digital display budgets on programmatic buys this year, for example. Overall, the industry will spend $3.71 on programmatic digital display ads this year, according to eMarketer  http://www.retailcustomerexperience.com/news/us-retailers-heaviest-spenders-on-digital-advertising/

State of Vending Industry Report

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By , July 23, 2015 10:38 am

Provided annually by Automatic Merchandiser magazine, the State of the Vending Industry reportIndustrySnapshot_2 analyzes vending revenues and industry changes on a year-by-year basis. The report stands as a comprehensive look into the growth segments and trends of the vending industry including technology installations, product revenues, consolidation and business expansion. For operators who find it difficult to sift through the massive amount of data provided in the annual report, we’ve created a snapshot of the most notable facts from this year’s State of the Vending Industry report.

Annual revenue: Vending revenues grew 2.4 percent in 2014 to reach $20.2 billion. This number surpassed 2013 when vending revenues were $19.69 billion. Operation size: Small-sized operations (revenue range under $1 million) make up 51 percent of 2014 operations, however, they only account for 9 percent of 2014 vending sales. Extra-large vending operations (revenue range more than $10 million) make up 18 percent of operations but account for 48 percent of 2014 sales. Consolidation–though slowing–still continues.

In 2014, 16.1 percent of operators report making an acquisition, compared to 17.7 percent the year before. Product costs: To make up for higher product costs, 28.2 percent of operators this year eliminated unprofitable accounts and nearly 25 percent rearranged routes. Nearly 61.6 percent of operators raised prices to offset higher product costs.

Cold beverages: Cold beverage sales have been dropping. In fact, the cold beverage category saw a decrease in share of sales in 2014 of 2.3 percent.

Energy drink sales have increased and have good margins, but they don’t nearly make up for the drop in sales of other cold beverages; small and large sized soda has lost the most share of sales.

Candy/snacks/confections: Meanwhile, candy/snacks/confections sales have been steadily increasing since 2011. In 2014 the category reached $7.24 billion in revenue. Candy made up $15.9 million in 2014 vending revenue while snacks made up $55.8 million. Snacks saw a strong increase attributed to chips, cookies and cracker sales.

Technology: Total machine base estimates for 2014 are 5,132,250. Of that number, only 564,548 machines accept a cashless payment form. However, 57.6 percent of operators installed at least one credit/debit card reader last year, bringing the percentage of machines with this payment option to 11 percent. Large- and extra large-sized operators are 30 percent more likely to have high numbers of cashless payment acceptors installed on vending machines. Additionally, 5.8 percent of operators added VMS this year, meaning 58 percent of operators now use a VMS. New services expansion: Only 23.4 percent of operators expanded into new services in 2014, compared to 31 percent the past two years. Drop shipping seemed to be more popular in 2014.

Micro markets continue to be a growth segment for operators, with 80 percent of operators installing at least one micro market in 2014. Operators report that the micro market segment is driving 8.9 percent of their revenues. USDA school regulations: Operators with a large quantity of school accounts reported revenue losses between 30 to 40 percent from that segment. Health-focused products: More than three-fourths (82.7 percent) of operators report having locations request healthier products be placed in machines. Nutrition-focused snacks accounted for $2.9 million dollars in vending revenue last year; they constitute two percent of sales by dollar revenue. Adaptability is key for operations looking to growing with and in the vending industry. Operators must provide solutions as consumer preferences for what they eat and how they pay continue to change. With the increase in vending revenues, it’s clear that the vending industry is indeed burgeoning. Operators who are seeing a lift in revenue are looking at offering additional services and adding micro markets or becoming a wholesaler for the consumer.

They are thinking outside of the so-called black box and changing the face of vending. Need more? A full version of the 2015 State of the Vending Industry report can be found at www.vendingmarketwatch.com/document/12084666/2015-state-of-the-vending-industry-report. – See more at: http://www.foodservice-snacks-desserts.com/en/ProductsandBrands/IndustryNews/2015StateOfTheVendingIndustrySnapshot.aspx#sthash.HYL19zWp.dpuf

A New Era in Vending – Intelligent Vending Machines

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By , July 23, 2015 10:14 am

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This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Intelligent Vending Machines in Thousand Units. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of World.

Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2013 through 2020. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based on public domain information including company URLs.

http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/3301146/intelligent-vending-machines-global-strategic

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1. INDUSTRY OVERVIEW
Intelligent Vending Machines: A New Era in Vending
Internet of Things -Transforming the Vending Experience
Current & Future Analysis
Developed Markets: Early Adopters of Intelligent Vending
Developing Countries to Drive Future Growth
Expanding Middle Class Population: A Key Growth Driver for Vending Machines
Table 1: Middle-Class Consumption Across Developed and Developing Regions (2013E & 2030F): Percentage Breakdown by Region (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Wireless Vending Machines Witness Robust Growth at the Expense of Cash Only Machines

2. MARKET DRIVERS & TRENDS
Enhanced Energy Efficiency of Intelligent Vending Machines Augurs Growth
Cashless Payment through Mobile Banking Augurs Appeal
Governmental Regulations Boost Intelligent Vending Machine Installations
Use Friendly Interface of IVM Portends Significant Innovations
Ability to Minimize Operational Costs Further Drives IVM Adoption
Digital Signage Enhances Appeal of IVM
Companies Explore New Opportunities with Facial Recognition Technology
Intelligent Vending Machines Propel Impulse Purchases

3. ISSUES & CHALLENGES
Regulations Hit Market Share of Vending Machines
Primitive Microcontroller Limitations Restricts Functionality
Vandalism and Security Threats
A Cause of Concern
24-Hour Supermarkets: A Threat to Vending Machines

4. MARKET STRUCTURE: AN OVERVIEW
Suppliers
Operators
Manufacturers & Solution Providers

5. PRODUCT OVERVIEW
Intelligent Vending Machines
Basic Modules of Intelligent Vending Machines
Vending Machine Controller
Vending Peripheral & Platform Control
Telemetry and Connectivity Services Module
User Interface
Machine Management Module

http://www.vendingmarketwatch.com/news/12094834/intelligent-vending-machines-market-report-2015-2020-now-available

Carts Blanche Honors Veterans with Discount

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By , July 15, 2015 10:15 am

CARTS BLANCHE, LLC Home of VENDACARTS

Offers 10% Veteran Discount on VendaCarts Trailers

 Orders by Labor Day

 

Contact Kathy @ (251) 786-5852  or Email:  kathy@cartsblanche.com

VendaWorks Offers Industrial Mobile Store Room Solutions

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By , July 14, 2015 11:01 am

VendaWorks Picture 2Carts Blanche, LLC Home of VendaWorks

VendaWorks “The Industrial Work Horse”

 

Turn VendaWorks, with industrial automated equipment, to your mobile storeroom solutions at any industrial worksite.

VendaWorks offers industrial vending solutions for even the toughest environments.

VendaWorks “Mobile Automated Systems” roll into industrial sites delivering cost affective mobile automated storeroom solution:

Industrial Plants       Military Sites         Oil Field and Mining Camps

Nuclear Power Plants         Disaster Relief Areas                 Construction Sites

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Mobile Industrial Storeroom Solutions

Self-Containment                                   

Easy Accessibility 24/7

Inventory Management                         

Reduced Lost Prevention

Controlled Access Accountability       

Rapid Tool Dispensing

                                                            

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