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Straight from the Headlines: MacBook Vending Machine

As mentioned in our previous blog post, vending machines play a large role in modern culture and trends. Due to a vending machines ease of use and simple machinery, there are many types and versions located throughout the globe and as a result vending machines can oftentimes be found in an array of news stories and reports.  Here is another example of vending machine services in the headlines.

According to a January blog post on Techhive.com, there is a new type of vending machine that is getting college students excited about vending machine services at Drexel University. Previously, there have been plenty of examples of vending machines that dispense Apple products such as iPod vending in airports and iPad vending in Macy’s, however a new MacBook vending machine is not only increasing on-campus safety but creating quite a buzz.

A vending machine found on Drexel University’s campus is vending MacBooks and is intended to help students increase on-campus safety. Students concerned about carrying their own laptops between buildings on campus can now just use laptops dispensed from these MacBook vending machines.

The kiosk holds 12 MacBooks at once and will let anyone with a Drexel ID borrow a laptop for up to five hours with a $5 charge for late returns. Once they’ve been returned, they get charged and wiped of any data. Therefore future renters have no need to worry about dead batteries or data security issues.

This new MacBook loaner program runs 24 hours a day and does not require human interaction, therefore keeping costs low. For procrastinators or late night studiers, the new MacBook vending has been a godsend and has also helped protect a number of students’ prized laptops from being stolen, lost or damaged while making their rounds across campus.

Currently there is only one MacBook vending machine on campus, but if well-received Drexel plans on adding more.

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Straight from the Headlines: Severed Digits Threatened to Desecrators of Tokyo Vending Machines

Ever since they were invented, vending machines have made an impact on the everyday lives of many. Not only that, but vending machines also play a large role in modern culture and trends as well. Due to a vending machines ease of use and simple machinery, there are many types and versions located throughout the globe and as a result vending machines can oftentimes be found in an array of news stories and reports.  Here is one such example.

According to a January blog post on GuySpeed.com, in Akihabara Electric Town in Tokyo, there is a group of infamous vending machines that are protected by thugs that apparently don’t have much of a sense of humor. Since the invention of vending machine services, vending machines have been the victims of desecration by way of graffiti and bodily fluids. However, in a small corner of Tokyo a group of vending machines are being protected by brutal forces that have no patience for graffiti. The following warnings are therefore visibly posted throughout the area in yellow tape: 

“Post no bills or we cut off your fingers.”

“Whether a man or woman, anyone caught making graffiti will have their genitals cut off with a carving knife.”

“Any posters, doodles, or bad art on this snack machine will result in chopping off all your fingers and toes.”

“This is not a toilet. Anyone peeing or crapping, regardless of gender, will have crotch and face photos and videos permanently and publicly posted.”

The reasoning behind such harsh threats and warnings in order to protect a group of vending machines is not known. While we agree that mistreating vending machines is in poor taste, we’re just not sure if cutting off fingers and toes and public humiliation are adequate repercussions.

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New Year, New You: Healthier Snacks in Office and School Vending Machines

It’s the beginning of the New Year and that means that everyone, or practically everyone, has resolved to be healthier and/or lose weight during 2013. As a result, there are a number of industries that are impacted by this sudden wave of health-conscious consumers, and that includes the vending machine companies as well.

According to a January blog post on Baltimoresun.com, working toward that goal by eating more healthily has gotten much easier as of lately due to an increase in healthy snacks offered by office and school vending machines. Last December an executive order was signed banning the sale of high-sugar drinks in Howard County buildings and at county-sponsored events. 

“Healthy vending is hot,” says L.A. Brickner, owner of the Baltimore franchise of Fresh Healthy Vending, a California company that stocks its climate-controlled vending machines with whole food snacks, including yogurt, juice and organic apple chips.

While many across the nation are hesitant in having the government dictate to them that they must eat more healthfully, there also seems to be a shift in more healthy vending options that many residents seem to appreciate. According to Baltimore principal, Kristina Kyles, students actually helped bring the healthy school vending machines to the halls of their local high school.

Kyles says that despite some initial complaints about the vending options, her students have come around. “I knew my kids would be frustrated at the beginning,” she says. “But now the machines are slammed and have to be refilled on a weekly basis. When the team comes to replenish the machines, the kids interact with them. They’re really engaged.”

Apparently some of the most popular healthy snacks at Kyles’ school include apple crisps, granola packs and Pirates Booty.

The owner of Fresh Healthy Vending says that while healthy snacks are more expensive than traditional vending machine snacks and beverages in a traditional pop machine, they are only slightly more expensive and worth it to consumers. Brickner relays that her #1 best seller is bottled water that costs $1 per bottle.

And while healthy snacks may be more expensive than traditional sugar-laden snacks, some believe that offering healthy snacks in vending machines is not only smart health move in office and school settings, but also a good economic move. Allegeant, an “accountable care solutions” company is helping organizations across the nation manage health care costs by encouraging employees to adopt healthier habits, including adopting healthier vending machine habits.

Allegeant is working with clients to bring in healthier vending options and overhaul cafeteria menus as well.

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Tips for Un-Jamming a Vending Machine

Not only are vending machines popular with those who choose to utilize them to purchase items but they are also a popular and quite lucrative investment for those who prefer to own their own vending machines. Vending machine services are quickly becoming one of the most well-known and profitable ways to make passive income. However, there are a number of issues with vending machines that need to be considered before purchasing. Vending machines often need maintenance and repair and know-how when it comes to these issues is a definite asset.

One of the most common maintenance-type issues that owners of vending machines come across is a jammed machine. Here are some common troubleshooting and fix-it solutions for if and when your machine gets jammed. 

If your machine fails to vend then your first solution is to make sure that snacks or items are properly positioned inside of the snack machine. Access the machine with the key and open the front door. Slide the top tray out and position items straight inside the coils from back to front. Try not to leave any coil empty as this often causes jams in the machine.

If there is still an issue and this doesn’t seem to have worked, the best option is to reset the vending machine’s motor which will restore it back to its factory setting.

If an item still becomes jammed after ensuring that items are stored properly in the machine turn the machine’s power off, pull it away from the wall, unscrew the access panel, and refer to the vending machine’s instruction guide to help you locate your particular model’s motor.

Remove the motor’s cover panel and reassemble any motor notches that are out of position. This will help to ensure that all notches are in place. Make sure that the key notch faces the twelve o’clock position. Once this notch is back in its factory setting position, all other notches will also reposition back into place. Once this is done shut the motor door.

Inside the vending machine display area, clear the item that is causing the jam. Once the item is cleared, close and lock the display door or any other entry point to the machine and switch power back on to your vending machine.

If you still are having issues at this point in time, it’s best to contact the vending machine manufacturer.

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Straight from the Headlines: Chicago Healthy Vending Machine Ordinance

Healthy living is a trend that is taking the U.S by storm and affecting nearly every industry as a result, including the vending machine industry. In a December blog post on the Chicago Tribune website, Mayor Rahm Emanual is reportedly pushing the “Chicago Lives Healthy” campaign that encourages Chicagoans to make better choices…even when it comes to what sort of treat they’re purchasing from the snack machine at work.

As a part of the “Chicago Lives Healthy” campaign, city employees who quit smoking, reduce their blood pressure or lose weight are eligible to reduce their health insurance costs. As a result, the city is sponsoring contests and rewards as incentives to employees to help them live healthier. In addition, an Emanuel-backed ordinance that will be taking effect during the month of January will enforce strict rules on vending machine services in city owned and leased buildings. It requires that at least 75 percent of items in the machines meet certain health guidelines. 

So what exactly are these guidelines?

The ordinance specifies which fats are allowed in vending machine items. 10 percent of calories in each item can come from saturated fat and each item is restricted to no more than 35 percent of its total calories from fat. In addition, sodium must be no higher than 400 milligrams. The other 25 percent of items found in local vending machines are allowed regardless of fat or calories.

As a result of this ordinance, City of Chicago employees will be seeing more vending machines stuffed with granola bars, baked chips and fat-free cookies.

“When city employees take their wellness into their own hands, we can reduce health care costs and also serve as a model for residents of Chicago when it comes to making healthy choices,” said Emanuel.

Similarly to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s banned sales of sugary drinks larger than 16 oz in New York City, the new ordinance has some wondering if government is overstepping their bounds by dictating what people will have access to when they purchase a snack from their local vending machine and others believe that people need help when it comes to eating nutritiously.

Whether you’re for it or not, the new ordinance will be coming into effect sometime during the month of January.

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Vending Machines Business: How to Keep Your Vending Machine Shiny and New

The vending machine is one of the most popular forms of dispensing products known to man. The array of types of machines and types of products offered by vending machines is vast. Whether you own the machine or are merely purchasing a snack from the machine in your break room, vending machines are quite popular and convenient.

If you have chosen to have your very own vending machines business, it can be a very enjoyable and lucrative business decision but there are some tasks that need to be performed in order to ensure that your vending machine is of the highest quality. One such task is cleaning your vending machines. Keeping your machines clean, shiny and working properly will attract customers and ensure long-term placement. 

Whether you own a pop machine or a machine that dispenses live lobsters in Japan, here are some tips for keeping your machine clean and in tip-top shape.

Unlock your vending machine. If there is a top make sure to remove it and empty out the contents. If there isn’t a top merely use the front door to gain access to the inside of the machine.

Wipe down all the arms, shelves and mechanisms using a damp, clean cloth. You may even want to add a bit of antibacterial cleaning solution to your cloth to ensure that your machine is cleaned thoroughly.

Wash the insides of the glass door with glass cleaner; just make sure to let it dry completely before closing up the machine in order to avoid streaks or foggy-looking spots.

The bottom of the machine is where dirt can build up; therefore clean out the bottom of the machine including the tray that catches the purchased products or any place where liquid overflow is gathered. Clean out these areas with a towel and an antibacterial solution then dry it with a clean, dry towel.

Put the items back in your machine and close the door.

Clean the outside of the machine as well, using a non-abrasive cleaning solution and don’t forget about the change receptacle.

Nobody likes purchasing items from a dusty or dirty machine, by following these tips you can be sure that your machine sparkles.

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Artwork Vending Machines in Tampa Bay

The usefulness and convenience of vending machines have assisted an array of people since vending machines were first introduced to the public many years ago. Not only do customers who are looking to conveniently purchase a variety of items by merely inserting coins and pushing a button find them useful but more and more types of businesses are also hopping on board the vending services train as well.

According to a recent article on the 83degreesmedia.com website, an artist in Tampa Bay is using vending machines as an additional platform to make works of art created by local artists more accessible to the masses. He has transformed dated novelty sticker vending machines into portable dispensers that dispense items like prints, sticker art and photography created by local artists. The man behind the newest vending innovation is Daniel Markovich, a recent winner of the Awesome Tampa Bay’s microgrants program. 

Markovich was inspired primarily by his own experience at art shows where he noticed that due to the hefty price tags on a majority of the art many patrons often went home empty-handed even if they really enjoyed a piece of art. He believes that his new art vending machine will offer an opportunity to those on a limited budget that want to own local artwork.

“Art plays a huge role in the culture of a city,” says Markovich, owner and designer for Etchd Unlimited, “With so many talented people very often overlooked, I sought out to find a way to help distribute their work that is fun, affordable and engaging.”

By taking an old snack machine and converting it into a vending machine for local art, Markovich is not only helping local artists thrive but he is also increasing art awareness in his community as well.

Awesome Tampa Bay is an independent, self-funded philanthropic community created to further Tampa Bay’s ‘awesomeness’ by awarding $1,000 microgrants on a quarterly basis. There are no strings attached and no claim to ownership of projects awarded these grants, which allows the recipients much more control and independence then compared to other grant programs.

“We select projects based on multiple criteria but specifically those that can have a big impact with a micro grant; Daniel’s project does just that,” says Razi Amador, dean of awesomeness for Awesome Tampa Bay, “It gives local artists visibility and local venues a chance to participate in the arts movement in a unique way, and we think that is awesome.”

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Coca Cola Introduces the Innovative Peak Shift Soda Vending Machine

In a press release distributed last month by Coca Cola Japan and reported by KATV.com, it is reported that in celebration of the 50th year since Coca Cola vending machines were introduced into the market, they are unveiling what they call one of the most innovative vending machines in the past 50 years and its called peak shift vending service.

These new peak shift vending machines offer environmental measures to ensure that vending machines are becoming more sustainable. The machines shift the use of power for cooling from the general daytime “peak demand period” to nighttime, when there is less strain on the power supply.  It is estimated that a peak shift soda vending machine will be able to provide cooled products for 16 hours while reducing daytime power consumption by a whopping 95%. In addition, wintertime power consumption will also be reduced by 20% when compared to current vending machines. Combined with power consumed for cooling, the new Coca Cola peak shift vending machines are able to reduce power consumption by 68%. 

From January to December 2013, Coca Cola plans to invest more than 10 billion yen into peak shift vending machines and nearly 25,000 units will be installed. A forerunner in ecological innovations in services, they also plan to continue to implement further innovations while promoting the installation of peak shift vending machines.

Due to its innovative cooling of all products, effective insulation and increased airtightness, the peak shift vending machine is the most technologically advanced vending machine around. The technology shifts power use for cooling from daytime to nighttime which results in less strain on the power supply. In addition, the time required to cool products that were filled at room temperature is reduced by 25%.

Tim Brett, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Franchise Operations & Commercial Leadership is quite enthusiastic about the introduction of this new and revolutionary soda vending machine.

“Coca-Cola Japan has continually developed its vending machines over the past 50 years in pursuit of greater consumer convenience. After the earthquake disaster last year, the need to reduce energy consumption has increased and we take our responsibility as market leader very seriously. With these peak shift vending machines, we have realized environmentally friendly innovation. These could be called the most revolutionary vending machines in the past 50 years of vending machine history. Vending machines have evolved in many ways over the past 50 years, but peak shift vending machines are a breakthrough in the true sense of the word and I am sure that they are the most important innovation yet.”

Peak shift vending was created jointly by Coca Cola Japan and Fuji Electric.

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The World of Collectible Antique Vending Machines

Vending machines have many purposes. Not only do they dispense an array of wonderful and essential products but older versions are also quite collectible if they remain in tip-top shape. There is a large following when it comes to collecting, selling and restoring antique vending machines and the popularity and demand continues to increase worldwide when it comes to antique vending machines.

According to a recent blog post on Hubpages, there are many different types of collectible antique vending machines that exist today. Old fashioned soda and snack vending machines are some of the most popular, however, there is a vast array of types, sizes, shapes, functions, and technology when it comes to antique and collectible vending machines. Some of the most popular include antique Coca-Cola pop machines, vending fridges, iceboxes, antique cigarette vending machines, arcade vending machines and jukeboxes. 

Depending on the condition of these machines they can also be quite valuable as well. Antique vending machines that are maintained in their original mint condition are particularly valuable and sought after by vending services enthusiasts and collectors. In order to get top dollar for an antique vending machine however, they need to be in good working condition and in their original form as much as possible. These types of top-quality machines are becoming less and less available as time progresses, which continues to make them worth more money.

Usually, antique vending machines will require a bit of work or restoration to bring it back to its previous glory. These restored and repaired machines are also sold to collectors and while they’re not as rare as antique vending machines in their original form, they can also have a hefty price tag as well. There are certain types and models of antique vending machines that are quite rare and therefore worth a pretty penny if they have been restored or repaired.

If you have an antique vending machine that you would like restored or appraised check your local online listings to find an antique vending services professional. Who knows, you could have a gold mine sitting in your garage in the form of that old-fashioned Coke machine!

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Quench Offers Vending Services Rental Option

Modern technology is changing the landscape of just about every sort of industry in this day and age and that includes the vending machines business as well. Whether it’s offering new types of vending items, innovative and technological vending machine improvements, vending machine sustainability features or improved customer relations, the vending industry is taking major strides toward consistent improvement.

According to a December blog post on VendingTimes.com, the local Colorado-based Quench Beverage & Snack Company is rolling out a rental program that offers area businesses the option to rent its machines and fill them themselves.  Reminiscent of the 1980’s cooperative service vending model, this new feature was created to allow employers to supply their employees with drinks and snacks at lower costs than traditional vending services. 

This is accomplished by giving locations the option to rent their machines. If they decide to rent their machine they create and agree on a set price for cases of drinks and snacks that are purchased from Quench. The machine and their first round of products are then delivered with an invoice. The client then chooses a set delivery schedule and/or order products by phone or online. The company that utilizes the Quench vending machine rental program typically designates one employee to restock and collect money from the machines. This allows the employer to keep their pricing low enough to either break even or make a profit if they so choose.

“The vending machine rental model is a way of looking at customers’ vending needs,” said David Carpenter, owner of Quench Beverage & Snack Co. “We like to find creative solutions to earn business and still keep customers’ costs down. What’s more, we provide friendly customer service and a quick restocking time that the national vending machine companies just can’t beat.”

In addition to this innovative rental program, earlier this year Quench also launched a service request feature on its website that allows customers to request services or specific items. The new features allows patrons to enter their names, email addresses, phone number, product requests and additional comments and can expect prompt responses from the owner.

“We aim for 100% satisfaction with our customers,” he added. “With Quench, our customers know they are receiving the best, and that’s something you just don’t see big corporations do.”

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