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Creative Chefs Come Up with Gourmet Vending Machine

May 20th, 2013 | Posted by Ajax Union in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on Creative Chefs Come Up with Gourmet Vending Machine)

eVendingWhile vending machines have been serving snacks for decades, they have grown to encompass an ever-growing group of famous foods. And while everything from fruits to salads are available in today’s vending products, the industry hasn’t quite yet reached the level of quality that a restaurant provides. However, a Tennessee chef is looking to change all that with a brand-new innovation.

Step onto the Livonia campus of Schoolcraft Community College, and you just might see their brand new gourmet vending machine. While most colleges are littered with standard combo vending machines, this device vends a variety of meals ranging from pasta and chicken to stir fry. According to chef Shawn Loving, this machine is the only one like it in the entire country. . Once students choose their gourmet dish, they simply press a button and their pre-wrapped meal is automatically heated up for them. Free of preservatives, the kryo-vacing process that seals the meals gives them a shelf life of 4-6 months. This unique device started serving up meals in February, with new ones on the way.

The folks at eVending are certainly impressed with this vending innovation, and we look forward to seeing more like it pop up. Of course, if you are looking to go down the more traditional route, our vending machines for sale will make a perfect fit for any establishment!
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Vending Customers Get Pranked in New Video

May 13th, 2013 | Posted by Ajax Union in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on Vending Customers Get Pranked in New Video)

Picture this: You just selected your favorite soda at your local combo vending machine. You reach down to grab your beverage, only to be snatched by a human hand! A few clever YouTubers wanted to see how everyday customers would react to an unexpected touch, and recorded their findings for all of the internet to see.

The Vegas pranksters got everyday passersby to reach into their vending machine under the pretense that they had a hurt back and couldn’t bend down. When the unsuspecting victims of the joke felt a human hand grab theirs, the result was almost universally some sort of surprised shriek. However, the prank was all in good fun, and everyone reacted amicably to the idea.

While the folks here at eVending have no plans on installing human hands inside our machines, we are always happy to provide a helping hand! From initial financing to machine maintenance, we are dedicated to making sure your vending machine business runs as smoothly as possible. Whether you are entering the industry for the very first time or are a weathered vending veteran, eVending has a machine for you. A veteran vending company, we will never tug your leg, or your hand for that matter!

Oregon Tries to Cut Down Vending Machine Contents

April 8th, 2013 | Posted by Ajax Union in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on Oregon Tries to Cut Down Vending Machine Contents)

eVendingWhether you have been following the official eVending blog or have simply been keeping up with the vending machine business, you likely know by now that the transition towards healthy vending isn’t going away anytime soon. From bans to regulations, different states are handling the issue in their own unique way. Like previous developments in Chicago, new legislation in the state of Oregon could potential remove high-calorie treats from all combo vending machines in the area.

According to OregonLive.com, the proposed House Bill 3403 would demand that vending machines only stock milk, juice, and beverages under 40 calories, which would all but eliminate sodas and high-calorie juices. The same rule goes for snacks, which would lead to common potato chips and candies being banned from machines. This vending machine legislation is only a footnote to a much larger issue happening in Oregon regarding gun control.

Do you think banning fatty snacks in vending machines is the issue, or should it be the responsibility of the everyday person to make wise snacking decisions? While people are obviously responsible for what they eat, healthy vending options allows consumers to eat well even when they need something quick on-the-go. Whatever change does occur, it is clear that healthy vending is here to stay.

Vending Machine Snacks are the Stars of New Mobile Game

March 18th, 2013 | Posted by Ajax Union in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on Vending Machine Snacks are the Stars of New Mobile Game)

eVendingThe world of vending machines has found itself all over mainstream media lately. No matter where you are, you have likely seen vending machines on television, in the movies, and, in video games? That’s right–Vending’s latest leap into everyday media comes in the form of a fun little mobile game starring a vending machine and its snacks.

According to Vending Times, “Vend Drama” is an all new app for Apple devices that challenges players to help certain snacks “escape” a vending machine, without stopping up the machine in the process. This is a fun poke at the all-too familiar scenario of snacks getting stuck in your favorite combo vending machine, and actually makes for an interesting take on the puzzle game genre. Players must tilt their smartphone or tablet to successfully guide the snacks out of the machine, as moving too fast or too slow will result in treats getting left behind.

“Gamers will truly enjoy playing Vend Drama. In fact, they may never look at a vending machine the same way again!” said developer Con Roditis on the game, which can be downloaded for free on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. “Vend Drama” certainly looks like a ton of fun, and could very well change the way you approach your local combo drink and snack machine!

Become Part of Vending’s Biggest Show

February 25th, 2013 | Posted by Ajax Union in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on Become Part of Vending’s Biggest Show)

eVendingIf you follow the vending machine business and are not familiar with NAMA, it is time to take notice. NAMA, short for the National Automatic Merchandising Association, is the national trade association of the vending world. With a member base consisted of manufacturers, suppliers, and all other sides of the industry, NAMA’s collective goal is to keep the automated retailing industry at the cutting edge.

Every major industry has its shining annual celebration, and NAMA’s annual OneShow brings all facets of the vending industry together for a three-day exhibition. NAMA’s OneShow gives attendees a special opportunity to meet with the best suppliers in the business, whether they run traditional combo vending machine businesses or new-age micro markets. This special occasion is meant to inspire all those involved with the industry, which is why Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Newt Gingrich are set to make appearances at the show as keynote speakers. In addition to serving as an excellent networking opportunity, the OneShow is sure to offer an exciting glimpse at tomorrow’s vending machines for sale.

The NAMA OneShow will take place from April 24th through 26th in Las Vegas. Whether you are a vending machine business veteran or just purchased your first combo vending machine, this is your best look at the vending world’s future.

Full Support for Your Combo Vending Machine

February 11th, 2013 | Posted by Ajax Union in Buy vending machines - (Comments Off on Full Support for Your Combo Vending Machine)

eVendingIf you are an avid follower of the eVending blog, you might have noticed that we have spent the last few weeks highlighting the many exciting happenings in the vending industry. And while there are always great events, products, and announcements worth discussing, today we are going to take a step back and look at what eVending does best: Customer service!

From beginning to end, we want you to get the most out of your combo vending machine, which is why we are always on hand for any kind of help. If you are still shopping around for a machine and are unsure if you have sufficient funds, our financing options are more than accommodating. Whether you want to pay upfront or pay your snack vending machine off over the span of 48 months, you can begin earning revenue from our industry-leading vending machines within days.

Once you have made the commitment to purchase one of our quality machines, you will be treated to some of the finest maintenance in the business. With a nationwide support staff, you are always within reach of product replenishment, machine repair, and a full suite of other services. From the second you browse our products to the moment you purchase one of our vending machines for sale, eVending is proud to provide one of the best vending experiences around.

Vending in the News: CAT Rack Makes Bulk Vending Easy

December 18th, 2012 | Posted by Ajax Union in Vending machines for sale - (Comments Off on Vending in the News: CAT Rack Makes Bulk Vending Easy)

eVendingWe are huge fans of vending innovations here at eVending, and a recent story on the Vending Times could not help but catch our attention. The new “CAT rack” bulk operator makes using small candy and gumball vending machines easier than ever, while no longer limiting their customer base to those who have a few loose quarters around.

Short for Currency Activated Technology, the CAT rack acts as a central hub for a series of small snack vending machines. Customers can insert a dollar bill into the rack, after which they can freely choose which vending machine they would like to receive a treat from. Novelty vending machines such as the ones found in movie theaters and supermarkets typically force consumers to find somewhere to make change, but the CAT rack finally makes the dollar useable with a quarter machine. The device is currently being tested in upper Manhattan, New York.

While this device is only being tested on mini vending machines, the potential of the CAT rack is endless. The CAT’s creator would like the product to evolve to the point of cashless transactions and become compatible with new point of sale methods. Could this device ever tie together a network of our vending machines for sale? We shall wait and see!

Vending in the News: Caviar from a Vending Machine?

December 3rd, 2012 | Posted by Ajax Union in Vending machine business - (Comments Off on Vending in the News: Caviar from a Vending Machine?)

eVendingDo not adjust your monitor. You read that headline correctly. While modern day vending machines have typically been evolving to serve more and more everyday goods, Beverly Hills Caviar believes that those with expensive, exquisite tastes should have a means to satisfy their cravings all throughout the day. The first ever caviar vending machines have been placed in various malls in the Los Angeles area, finally allowing the appetizer of the wealthy to be purchased from a snack vending machine.

According to the LA Times,  these unique gourmet vending machines dispense fish eggs, truffles, escargot, oils, salts, and more. The machines also provide special utensils meant to preserve caviar’s unique taste. For those with a sudden late-night craving for expensive food, the caviar machine at the Burbank Town Center stays open until 2 AM. Given the usual high price of caviar, these machines are not likely to draw in the average mall-goer. Still, like the other modern vending machines we have covered, these caviar dispensers are a true testament to the industry’s ability to grow and reach all types of customers.

While you may not be serving caviar to your customer base any time soon, it is still a great time to become a part of the vending machine business. Whether you want a modern combo drink and snack machine or a simplified table top vending machine, the products available here at eVending make it easier than ever to earn some extra profit!

Vending in the News: IKEA Shows Off New Machines

November 27th, 2012 | Posted by Ajax Union in Vending machines for sale - (Comments Off on Vending in the News: IKEA Shows Off New Machines)

eVendingAs we mentioned last week, the vending industry is making some truly great strides when it comes to creating the machines of the future. More and more everyday products that you would not expect are winding up in vending machines all over the world, redefining the very concept of the classic combo drink and snack machine. Swedish furniture giants IKEA are one of the latest companies to get in on the trend, expanding their reach to a whole new audience.

We know what you may be thinking, and no, IKEA has not found a way to cram couches and bookcases into a metal machine. Instead, they have come up with a very clever way to market the upcoming launch of their Winnipeg store in Canada. The furniture company has placed several big yellow vending machines selling snacks and IKEA gift cards in various hotspots around the city. The bottom of each machine reads “Opening November 28th” to promote the new store. This is some truly fantastic marketing that vending machine companies should take note of, though we would not be surprised if these machines will actually dispense said furniture sometime in the future.

Feeling inspired by this? Looking to expand the reach of your business or simply earn some guaranteed pocket change? We have some excellent vending machines for sale to get you started!

Do You Need a Snack Machine for Your Break Room?

May 16th, 2012 | Posted by Ajax Union in Snack machine - (Comments Off on Do You Need a Snack Machine for Your Break Room?)

Have your employees finally beat on your old snack machine one time too many because it keeps taking their money and giving them nothing in return? This is a very common problem as vending machines get older the mechanisms tend to get worn out and this leaves snacks hanging more often than not. When this happens it is time for you to start thinking about replacing your old machine with a newer one.

You Don’t Have to Buy a New Snack Machine

While you may need to replace your old snack machine, there is nothing that says you have to spend the money to buy a brand new one. In fact you will find that our selection of refurbished snack vending machines have been fully renovated and will provide you and your employees with the same quality service as a brand new machine for a fraction of the cost.