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Oregon Tries to Cut Down Vending Machine Contents

April 8th, 2013 | Posted by DT 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.

Cantaloupe Systems Delivers Free Vending Machine iOS App

April 1st, 2013 | Posted by DT in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on Cantaloupe Systems Delivers Free Vending Machine iOS App)

eVendingWhile vending machines themselves are evolving every single day, there is very little external technology out there for vending operators. That is all about to change, thanks to a convenient new app from Cantaloupe Systems that just recently became available.

According to Vending Times, this cloud-based device is designed for vending route drivers and operators in order to make their day-to-day tasks much easier. Made to serve an alternative to the older VMS handheld devices, the “Seed Mobile” app makes data entry a breeze thanks to the simple and sleek touchscreen functionality of iPhones, iPads, and iPods. This version of the app has four basic functions: Photo Audit, Video Audit, List View, and Status Markers. Each of these features allow for seamless communication between driver and operator, making the process of maintaining a combo vending machine significantly easier.

Among the many great benefits that the Seed app poses to drivers and machine owners is the fact that the app is free, and that Apple smartphones and tablets are typically much less expensive than the average handheld computer. And considering most people already own an iPhone, the app essentially provides a free management system for any business. This is certainly an exciting development for the vending machine business, and we look forward to more vending-friendly apps in the future!

Chicago Issues Healthy Vending Challenge

March 25th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on Chicago Issues Healthy Vending Challenge)

eVendingIt is no surprise that healthy vending is here to stay, but the city of Chicago is looking to really drive home the point of low-calorie snacks. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently asked the city to participate in a citywide vending challenges in which businesses must alter the contents of their combo vending machines. While the City Council passed a healthy vending policy back in December, the Mayor is looking to take a more direct approach according to RedEye.

The challenge is simple: The businesses that chose to participate must swap out the salty chips and sugary sodas found in their vending machines in favor of nutritious juices and low-calorie munchies. In order to encourage a strict adherence to healthy vending, the city of Chicago is issuing a grading system for their machines: A bronze vending machine will be 50% healthy, a silver one will be 75% healthy, and a gold vending machine will be completely stocked with healthy snack options. Many businesses have already accepted the challenge, collectively creating over 100 healthy combo drink and snack machines for the city.

We are big believers in healthy vending here at eVending, and our vending machines for sale can be easily optimized for the calorie-conscious. No matter where you are, we strongly recommend making the shift to snacks that will keep your community healthy and happy!

Vending Machine Snacks are the Stars of New Mobile Game

March 18th, 2013 | Posted by DT 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!

Snacking Proves to be Healthy

March 4th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on Snacking Proves to be Healthy)

eVending.comWhen people think of snacks, they likely conjure up images of greasy bags of potato chips and sugary candy bars. However, according to the Vending Times, snackers may be the healthiest types of people. Thanks to the increasingly healthy options found in combo vending machines, even those with the most hectic, on-the-go lifestyles can find apples, oranges, and more of their favorite healthy treats.

While salty snacks such a chips and pretzels continue to be a common commodity for all types of consumers, fresh fruit has managed to rise to the top as one of the most consumed snack products in the United States. This is a pretty logical evolution: As our previous blogs exhibit, vending machines are becoming healthier in nature, allowing vending customers to enjoy their favorite fruits no matter where they are. While “snacking” may have once been viewed as an unhealthy activity, grabbing healthy snacks can help improve overall eating habits for all kinds of consumers.

Healthy vending is clearly here to stay, and it is a better time than ever to become a part of this positive trend. Our Futura combo vending machine can be outfitted with everything you need to promote better eating for your customer base. Make everyone in your establishment healthier and happier today!

Give Your Customers a Truly Presidential Selection

February 18th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on Give Your Customers a Truly Presidential Selection)

eVendingIt is officially President’s Day, which means both the general workforce and the majority of students are enjoying a week vacation from life’s daily grind. If you are the owner of a vending machine, this is the perfect time of the year to restock and replenish for when everyone returns to their everyday routine. Wondering how to go about this? eVending has you covered. While we are known for offering some of the best vending machines for sale, we are equally happy to service your machine no matter what your needs may be.

With a nationwide network of vending service entities, you will have no trouble finding all of the technical support you need for your machine. The most common vending maintenance need is product replenishment, as your machine likely sees a lot of use no matter how big or small your facility. Whether you operate a school or a busy office, your clients are going to want a fresh batch of delicious drinks and snacks to look forward to. Fortunately, our support staff is happy to fill your combo vending machine with any necessary refreshments. If your machine ever suffers a technical error, our staff has all of the necessary resources to get it back in shape. Enjoy the break for now, but when it comes time to get your machine back in action, eVending is your one-stop source!

Full Support for Your Combo Vending Machine

February 11th, 2013 | Posted by DT 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 Machines Play Key Role in “Parenthood” Episode

January 28th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Snack vending machines - (Comments Off on Vending Machines Play Key Role in “Parenthood” Episode)

eVendingHere at the eVending blog, we spend each week discussing new and exciting news stories in the vending industry, from new machines to advanced technology. However, it is not very often that a vending machine is at the center of a popular TV show like it was this week.

According to the Vending Times, hit NBC comedy “Parenthood” kicked off its fourth season focusing on a young boy’s grief in the wake of snack vending machines being removed from his school’s campus. The boy’s mother then sets out to find a way to get the machines back in the school. The episode’s conclusion was a timely and realistic one: The school eventually brings the vending machines back into their facilities, albeit with much healthier snacking options.

“We applaud the creators and writers of Parenthood and NBC-TV for featuring a real-life view of vending,” NAMA VP Roni Moore told the Vending Times.

We find it very inspiring to not only have our industry at the forefront of a television episode, but also to see the growing trend toward healthy vending find its way into the mainstream. If you are looking to provide this same level of calorie-conscious vending at your establishment, our vending machines for sale are the perfect way to start!

Vending in the News: T-Shirts from a Billboard Vending Machine?

January 21st, 2013 | Posted by DT in Vending machines for sale - (Comments Off on Vending in the News: T-Shirts from a Billboard Vending Machine?)

eVendingHere at eVending, we love showcasing the latest innovations in the vending world, from the futuristic to the straight-up wacky. Fortunately for our industry, the trend of cool new creations has yet to slow down, as evidenced by this report from Fast Company. Clothing company Allen Solly has come up with a creative way to promote its new collection by dispensing sample shirts through a billboard.

Yes, you read that correctly. Allen Solly has employed the use of a hybrid billboard/vending machine that gives out free shirts in exchange for a simple Tweet. When customers tweeted using the hashtag #RainingSolly, the shirts would move closer and closer to the edge of the billboard, eventually falling out for any lucky fans waiting for a freebie. By utilizing advanced technology to sync Twitter with the billboard, the company was able to gather an enthusiastic crowd of excited potential customers, as evidenced by the video below. Nothing builds brand loyalty by some free stuff given out in a really cool way, and we are sure that people will remember Allen Solly for this unique promotion.

We are consistently amazed and inspired by the various ways that companies use vending products to expand the reach of their business. And while the billboard machine is cool, increasing your income can be just as simple as putting one of our traditional vending machines for sale in your establishment. If you are looking for loyal customers and solid profit, browse our vending products today!

Vending in the News: Canada Creates Caffiene Limits

January 14th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on Vending in the News: Canada Creates Caffiene Limits)

Red BullWhether you have been following the eVending blog or have been keeping up with current vending trends, it is clear that healthy vending is here to stay. Different areas are creating regulations on certain snacks and beverages in combo vending machines, and Canada has been the latest to put a lid on overly sugary drinks.

According to the Vending Times, Canada’s health department has created new rules regarding the caffeine content of energy drinks. All drinks can only have a maximum of 180 mg. of caffeine, which is the average amount found in an 8 oz. cup of coffee. These regulations require that all energy drinks clearly list the caffeine and nutritional contents right on the package, as well as a warning that energy drinks should not be consumed by children, pregnant women, and those drinking alcohol. These changes should not affect major energy drink distributors such as Red Bull, and are likely targeted towards new energy drink brands that deliver excessive amounts of caffiene. Energy drinks have been associated with several deaths and heart problems over the past ten years, and Canada’s new regulations aim to minimize these complications.

Whether your state mandates it or not, it is never a bad idea to monitor the caffeine contents of your combo vending machines. Keeping your clients refreshed should be a priority, but helping them stay healthy should be an even bigger one.