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Carts Blanche, LLC New Division – Veterans 4 Vending – Your Future Business Opportunity

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By , March 31, 2016 10:18 am

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Veterans 4 Vending is a new division of Carts Blanche, LLC.  Check out our Facebook Page  https://www.facebook.com/Veterans4Vending/

New Video by Carts Blanche, LLC on Veterans 4 Vending https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCIIWEq4-30

Carts Blanche gives veteran entrepreneurs the business opportunity to own a mobile automated retail store “VendaCarts.

Secure your families future by investing in your future business, a business that can become a part of your family.

Call today for more information:  (251) 786-5852   Email:  info@cartsblanche.com



Vending Operators – Salty Snack Competition

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By , March 29, 2016 8:40 am


Vending operators check out the newest salty snack revenue drivers.  It’s interesting that even though potato chips still reigns king of salty snacks but stiff completion is drawing near.

Salty Snacks in the U.S., 4th Edition

While potato chips continue to be the big revenue driver for salty snacks, strong growth in the ready-to-eat popcorn/caramel corn category and with alternative fruit and vegetable (i.e., non-potato) chips led the salty snack segment in terms of sales growth in 2015. Both of these categories fit nicely with the fast-growing trend of “better-for-you snacking” while also providing the sense of indulgent satisfaction most snackers still crave.  The $22.5 billion salty snack market in 2015 also saw an incredible proliferation of flavors appearing on snacks hitting the shelves, from unique tastes such as Tom Yum soup on pretzels, to more traditional but almost new again sweet and salty combinations on traditionally savory snacks such as potato chips and tortilla chips. These trends will continue to be crucial for marketers to embrace over the next five years, with the increasing number of snacking instances helping to push the salty snack market to $27.0 billion by 2020.

Salty Snacks in the U.S., 4th Edition defines the market for the salty snacks segment of food & beverages using the following product categories: potato chips, tortilla/tostada chips, pretzels, cheese snacks, corn snacks, ready-to-eat popcorn/caramel corn, pork rinds, and other salted snacks. The report provides an in depth analysis of salted snack products and sales through all channels in the U.S. market, focusing on the key categories of snacks driving the market and highlighting the trends that are driving sales. No other market research report provides both the comprehensive analysis and extensive data Salty Snacks in the U.S., 4th Edition offers. Moreover, all information and analyses in the report is highly accessible, presented in concise text and easy-to-read and practical charts, tables, and graphs.



The Advantages of Big Data for the Vending Industry

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By , March 28, 2016 12:38 pm


Vending Industry is catching on to the advantages of Big Data and technology integrations with their vending machines.


Big data is proof that you must indeed be careful what you wish for. With technology integration comes an onslaught of confusing information. On one hand, vending operators utilizing most of what today’s industry technology has to offer can see every aspect of their business. A vending machine becomes a dynamic automatic retailer that via MDB, DEX and telemetry offers data about equipment status, payment acceptor jams, item level product sales, cash in, sellouts and service.

On the other hand, big data doesn’t stop there. Micro markets provide invaluable data of their own. Suppliers have specific systems that report on products sales, customer preferences, loyalty programs and more. Coffee service data contributes either as part of the vending management system (VMS) or sometimes on its own.

Outside the industry-specific systems, savvy operators are also looking at online data — visits to their Website, social media interaction, SEO (search engine optimization), consumer trends and a lot of non-structured data that all melds together to give operators an idea of how their businesses are ranking in the local area and with customers.

That is big data, the tsunami of information that the industry can now gather. For most it’s overwhelming, and equally staggering to turn that data into action.

Vending Operators Turn to Smart Vending for Better Business

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By , March 28, 2016 12:04 pm

As a vending operator if you are still receiving notes on your vending machines, alerting you to shortage, change problems etc., then you aren’t taking advantage of the new smart vending software.


I don’t know about you, but when I walk by a vending machine and see one of my favorite snacks, I immediately have a snack attack. Often times these attacks go unanswered because I typically don’t carry cash in my pocket, or for the times when I do, the machine is broken.

3349570717_2a21721380Well, enter smart vending — and the answer to my vending machine woes!

Today, thanks to recent developments in what’s called the Internet of Things (or IoT), I will now be able to use my smartphone to satisfy my Doritos craving — from a machine that is almost always working and fully replenished with my favorite snacks.

Using big data, cloud, mobile and analytics technologies, a smart vending machine scans my smartphone and wirelessly bills me for my chips. Sensors embedded in the machine will collect a wide array of data, not only about my choices and preferences, but also about the machine’s inventory and working status. This data can then be analyzed by operators to create a better, more engaging experience for me, as well as other customers, in the future.

 And, for the operators, insights into this data will help increase operational efficiencies and drive greater profits.

Real Time Response to Customer Demands

Traditional vending machines have never been able to track what has been sold, what a customer prefers or if it is broken, so vending machine operators typically replenish and service machines on a set schedule. Not only does this disappoint customers like me when our favorite brands are out or if a machine is not working, but it also results in costly operational waste and ineffective inventory management.

A smart machine collects a tremendous amount of data — such as customer purchases, inventory levels, machine temperatures and operating functions — that operators can use for real time decision making.

The consumer purchasing information alone is highly valuable, as operators now have the opportunity to proactively engage with customers in highly personalized ways. With data that is collected via smartphones, operators can build extensive profiles based on personal

VendaCarts Makes Vending Mobile

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By , March 28, 2016 9:27 am
ANNOUNCEMENT: GREAT NEWS!!  VendaCarts Moves Automated Sales into Thousands of NEW LOCATIONS $$$$

VendaCarts Moves Automated Sales into
Thousands of New Locations!!! $$$

Food Deserts                      Military Installations            Outdoor Specialty Events

Seasonal Attractions           Disaster Relief Areas      Construction/Building Sites

“VendaCarts” integration of mobility and automated machines moves vending from the traditional bricks-and-mortar into an untapped reservoir of customers and sales.These locations provide a wider playing field multiplying locations and profits exponentially.
Moblie Vending or Arcade Machines! 

VendaCarts” trailer design is a mobile automated store that has up to nine self-serve automated machines capable of selling thousands of products to large crowds in a short timeframe.

Venue Versatility         Unattended Sales           Mobile Billboard

Mobile Real-Estate   Machine Interchangeability   Immediate Return on Investment
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Vending Industry’s First Mobile-Based Rewards and Loyalty Platform

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By , March 24, 2016 10:38 am


PayRange Introduces Vending Industry’s PayRange_LoyaltyScreens

First Mobile-Based Rewards and Loyalty Platform

The Latest in a String of Innovations From PayRange Is a Mobile Point-of-Purchase Rewards Platform Designed From the Ground-Up for the Automated Retail Industry

PORTLAND, OR–(Marketwired – October 08, 2015) – PayRange Inc., maker of the world’s simplest mobile payment solution for machines, today announced that it is launching the vending industry’s first mobile-based rewards and loyalty platform designed specifically for automated retail.

The loyalty platform enables machine operators to reward their frequent customers, increase sales through additional purchases, and win new accounts. The program is available beginning October 9 to all PayRange operators at no additional cost beyond that of the rewards they choose to offer.

“PayRange Rewards is built ground-up for the vending industry while leveraging best practices from other verticals,” stated PayRange founder and CEO Paresh Patel. “We’re excited to be a part of shaping the vending industry and making it relevant for the millennial generation through our innovations. With the PayRange app, we offer convenience through mobile payment, engagement through offers, and now loyalty through our rewards program.”

PayRange tailored the program for vending by designing features such as: (a) rewarding the frequent user, (b) enabling users to track rewards in real-time through the app, (c) encouraging incremental purchases through trials of different products with free rewards; (d) aligning earning of rewards and spending of rewards with the same operator; (e) offering automatic redemption to minimize overhead for the operator and inconvenience for the user; (f) allowing the user to choose when the free reward can be applied instead of forcing use on the next transaction, and (g) accruing points on a machine-by-machine basis, yet allowing redemption on any of the operator’s machines.

Highlights of the PayRange Rewards Programstars

  • Operators activate rewards program on a per machine basis.
  • Users are awarded “Stars” for each mobile purchase and can track status right in the app.
  • Stars are specific to each machine encouraging repeat usage of same machine.
  • When seven mobile purchases have been made, a free vend offer up to $2.00 is added to the user’s account. The user can apply now, or save for later (up to 60 days).
  • Free vend reward can be redeemed on any of operator’s machines encouraging trial of different products.
  • Stars expire in 60 days, so seven mobile purchases per machine must be made within a rolling 60-day period.
  • When operators activate rewards program on a machine, users of that machine will automatically earn Stars for mobile purchases made within a rolling 60-day period, increasing engagement.
  • Operator can discontinue program on any machine at any time; any user who has earned a Star can continue playing it out for up to 60-days. New users will not see the rewards program on that machine.

How it pencils out

As an example, a user makes 2.5 purchases per week on average from a particular machine over the course of a year. After the rewards program, this user increases purchases to an average of three per week. This user will spend $39.00 more per year and earn free vends worth $16.50 resulting in a net increase in sales of $22.50 or 11.5% from that user (assumes average vend is $1.50, and free vend cost is 75 cents). The operator earns more while rewarding the user and creating goodwill.Example of Rewards

Sally buys a bottle of water every day at work. She loves earning the free vends because she uses the opportunity to try different items out of the food machine with her Reward, especially the days she does not have time to run out for lunch. One time, she saw a Yogurt Parfait in the machine and was tempted to try with her Reward. It’s not something she would have bought otherwise, but with her free vend, she decided to give it a try. She liked it so much, she now buys one every now and then for breakfast. For the operator, he has increased sales and not taken away from her water purchases.

The App

The PayRange mobile app, available for both iOS and Android devices, allows consumers to purchase products from unattended retail sites securely, entirely on the mobile device via Bluetooth technology. The app has been well received, having a five star rating in the App Store with consumers commenting on how much they like the new way to pay for vending. PayRange-enabled machines can be found across the 50 United States and throughout Canada.

Find out more at www.payrange.com.


Loyalty Programs Create Valuable Customers

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By , March 21, 2016 2:24 pm

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We love our customers, now how does the vending industry reward them?

Create meaningful and valuable relationships with your customers through an engaging loyalty program.

Research shows that loyal customers spend more, serve as ambassadors for your brand and are less likely to be drawn to a competitor’s promotion.

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Can the vending industry and vending operators come with a successful way to reward customers with a loyalty program?

Build Loyal Customers

Give your customers the VIP treatment with rewards-based marketing.

Increase Customer Frequency

Twenty-eight percent of customers reported they are extremely likely to increase their visits to a business if they offer a loyalty reward card.

 Drive Customer Spending

Customer spending is 46 percent higher with companies that offer reward card programs.

Loyalty Program Overview

Businesses with loyalty programs are 60% more profitable than those without. Learn how to gain loyal customers with our loyalty program overview

Loyalty Program Best Practices for Restaurants

29% of consumers would not be loyal to a brand if it weren’t for a loyalty program.

VendaCarts Business Ideas Generate New Markets for Vending

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By , March 21, 2016 1:56 pm

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VendaCarts Business Ideas Generate New Markets for Vending

Businesses around the world are open to new business ideas and new ways to customize, deliver consumer products to the masses where they work, live and play. Small business owners in particular are searching for ways to open or extend their retail presence without traditional overhead costs.

Small Business Opportunities = Large Profits and New Locations for Vending

Carts Blanche sells a small business that meets the demand of the modern customer and redefines the self-serve retail marketplace. The combination of retailer demand, consumer adoption, core competencies and opportunities for innovation all point to VendaCarts as being a sustainable platform for future business opportunities. Consider the benefits: 24/7 operation, unattended sales, venue versatility, mobile real-estate, vending machine interchangeability, large captive consumer base, management technology and immediate return on investment.

VendaCarts mobile retail real-estate is a cost effective small business solution which opens new frontiers that are significant in expanding our customer’s competitive edge.

Part Three – Vending Operators and Chargebacks

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By , March 21, 2016 1:01 pm


Vending operators need to learn as much as they can about how to avoid chargebacks and what to do immediately when one is applied to keep their bottom $$$ line profitable.


Grant, Justin Grant, vice president of products for Cantaloupe Systems.  offers the following takeaways for vending operators running non-EMV readers on vending machines:

  • First, while the banking system gets used to the new liability shift, there will likely be more mistakes than usual as the humans and software that make up the banking system learn the new process. As the new system matures, bogus chargebacks like the one described earlier should happen less often. But for the next few months at least, operators should watch their processor statements carefully and expect that processors and upstream banks will send mistaken chargebacks.
  • Second, just because an operator gets a chargeback doesn’t mean they have to pay it, argues Grant. Vending operators should learn how to dispute chargebacks. If the real card was used for a transaction, it’s not the operator’s liability. Ask your processor or your cashless provider for details about the dispute process.
  • Third, cashless providers vary in the tools they provide to help an operator dispute chargebacks. Operators should make sure their cashless supplier provides reporting tools that make disputing chargebacks easier. Here’s what Grant suggests they look for:

Ideally, the transaction history should list the product purchased and location of each transaction. It’s much easier to dispute if you can clearly show this information. If all you have is Terminal IDs and prices, it’s harder to document your case, because you’ll have to manually look up each product and location in your VMS, which is a time-consuming process.

It should be easy to export the transaction list to Excel or email so you can send the results to your processor.

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Maeve McKenna Duska, senior vice president of marketing for USA Technologies, indicates that historically chargebacks are negligible, less than 0.0001 percent of the close to one million transactions passing through the USAT network each day. The percentage is even less for transactions under $10. “It’s so low, we have never pushed the chargeback fee back to one of our operator customers,” said Duska, although legally, the operator is ultimately responsible for the fee.

Really, the issue with the liability shift and EMV cards only relates to counterfeit cards, Duska reports after conversations with USAT contacts at some of the major card brands. “What operators need to know is that merchants already held liability for a lost or stolen card and are subject to a chargeback fee when an inquiry is opened. With EMV and the liability shift, it just adds counterfeit cards —when a duplicate copy is made and used,” she said

“Since the liability shift in October 2015, USAT has only seen chargebacks increase slightly — by thirty six dollars total over our entire universe of transactions so far. We continue to monitor this, but don’t expect an appreciable increase going forward because of the nature of the small-ticket markets we serve. Credit card fraud most often occurs online or for larger, more expensive items in traditional retail stores,” Duska explained.

However, Duska does see EMV cards affecting the future of cashless in another way. “It’s my belief that consumers will leap over paying with EMV cards, which produce a more complicated transaction, right to mobile payments,” she said.

There are a number of reasons why EMV might be the push mobile needs. For one thing, since a mobile payment uses near field communication (NFC) standards, the cashless transaction is EMV compliant. “Consumers paying with a mobile device means the operator is now in EMV compliance,” said Duska. Colleges and university campuses, which were named in some early EMV chargeback fee reporting as potentially high areas of fraud, are the quickest adopters of mobile payment, reports Duska. “In the end, upgrading to an EMV compliant reader is a business decision. Every operator must balance the risk versus benefit for their business and invest accordingly,” said Duska. “That might include encouraging consumers to make payments via mobile.”

Kasavana suggests this could be due to a number of factors, such as that EMV is not yet widely used as well as some zero liability initiatives that would result in the fees being under reported. He remained unable to indicate if this situation would significantly impact the vending industry, but there will likely be discussions or adjustments to the chargeback fees coming in the future. “With the implementation of EMV, the card associations were supposed to have published new chargeback codes and fees,” he said. Unfortunately, at least two of the major card brands’ counterfeit transaction codes don’t appear to include this information [as of press time]. Also, chargeback fees themselves will be analyzed. “The key statistic [card associations look at] is the chargeback ratio,” Kasavana said. “…the ratio involves dividing the number of chargebacks by the number of transactions within a given time period.” The ratio is often used to evaluate if a chargeback rate for a channel’s transactions is too high or low…as a general rule, a chargeback ratio of less than 1 percent is considered the norm. “Hence, an excessive chargeback fee might be applied a first time, and then evaluated for future applicability,” finished Kasavana.

Future outlook

What precisely the EMV card, liability shift, and resulting fees mean for the vending industry is still being determined. Previously, many operators and experts didn’t believe the EMV liability shift would really affect vending all that much, since the likelihood of fraudulent cards being used to buy drinks and snacks is very low. However, the fees associated with vending transactions mistook for fraudulent charges has opened some eyes.

Unfortunately, the result is more work for the vending and micro market operator. It is imperative that operators monitor their financial statements and challenge chargeback fees on transactions that clearly are legitimate. With the banks’ efforts to adapt and card associations working on codes and monitoring/adjusting fees, this will hopefully just be a bump on the cashless learning curve soon smoothed out.

US Connect “ME Loyalty Program” Helps Vending Operators

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By , March 16, 2016 1:43 pm
In the vending industry, vending operators sometimes forget to thank our valued customers.  A Thank You can go along way towards turning an infrequent customers to a regular, todays vending is catching up with the popular loyalty programs.

USConnectMe Loyalty Program

USConnect offers wireless monitoring, unparalleled vending service, and enhanced consumer value and savings.

USConnectMe, our innovative new loyalty and rewards program, is offered in conjunction with our nationwide cashless payment system. Developed by USConnect, this industry-leading program revolutionizes corporate foodservice.

Some of the benefits your employees will enjoy with the USConnectMe program include:

  • the opportunity to pre-load a balance onto the USConnectMe card (our cashless payment system accepts debit and credit cards in addition to prepaid USConnectMe cards)
  • special offers and promotions on snacks and beverages in the machines and in our Bistro to Go! kiosks
  • loyalty rewards, which accumulate on your purchases
  • benefits that follow them wherever they go!
  • the opportunity to use their accounts at any of our 25,000 machines nationwide
  • the ability to easily keep track of points and available offers online or via email (employees can view transaction history and cash back rewards, as well as redeeming loyalty points and accessing instant promotions)

Private Label and Service Options

In addition to our revolutionary program and services, the USConnectMe program can be private labelled to extend your brand in the workplace. Further, additional services can be incorporated into the program. One of our clients has utilized our cards to provide access to buildings, their fitness center, parking garage and for employee scheduling of convenience servicessuch as car detailing, laundry service and even purchases at the local farmers′ market.

Contact USConnect
today to get started with our loyalty and rewards program. The future of vending is here, and we’re ready to help you enjoy it!

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