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Vending in the News: Canada Creates Caffiene Limits

January 14th, 2013 | Posted by Ajax Union 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.

Vending in the News: Students Engage in Healthy Vending Activities

January 7th, 2013 | Posted by Ajax Union in Vending machines for sale - (Comments Off on Vending in the News: Students Engage in Healthy Vending Activities)

eVendingWhether you have been keeping up with recent vending news or have simply taken a look at the machines around you, one thing is clear: healthy vending is here to stay. There are plenty of low-calorie snacks that make a suitable replacement to the typical greasy treats found in most snack vending machines, and machine owners and operators are starting to make big changes. In Asheville, North Carolina, it is not just vending machine companies making big changes: seventh grade students have been putting their algebra studies to work by coming up with ways to make the vending experience both satisfying and calorie conscious.

Evergreen Community Charter School has been named a Green Ribbon school for its commitment to healthy and environmentally-friendly products, and the school has been using its own students to figure out the healthy vending guidelines for new machines. Students were tasked with figuring out things such as pricing, environmental impact, and types of snacks that would fit into a combo vending machine. The school has already met Green Ribbon guidelines for its hot lunches, and is well on its way towards implementing them into vending machines. If you are looking to start a healthy, eco-friendly vending movement of your own, our vending machines for sale make a great place to start!

Vending in the News: Tampa Bay Vending Machines To Dispense Art

December 27th, 2012 | Posted by Ajax Union in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on Vending in the News: Tampa Bay Vending Machines To Dispense Art)

eVendingIf you are as enthusiastic about the vending industry as we are here at eVending, you have likely read up on dozens of new vending innovations ranging from caviar combo vending machines to novelty devices that dish out used books. Well, much like the industry itself, the creativity of the vending world is far from its limit, as a recent 83 Degrees article reveals that new machines in Tampa, Florida will be selling good old fashioned art to its customers.

Modern vending machines have essentially condensed the convenience of a full-on retail store into a small device, so it is only natural that an art retailer can now enjoy the same transformation. After winning Awesome Tampa Bay’s microgrants program, Daniel Markovich is now transforming outdated sticker vending machines into mini stores for all types of visual art. Set to include prints, sticker art, and photographs, these innovative machines will allow Tampa artists to reach their audience in an all-new way.

“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,” said Markovich.

We love hearing about new creations such as Markovich’s brainchild, and we look forward to seeing how this unique art dispenser pans out. If you are inspired by his vision and want to become part of the vending industry at a basic snack and drink level, browse our selection of vending machines for sale today!

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!

Tulane University Hosts Event in Celebration of Vending Industry

November 19th, 2012 | Posted by Ajax Union in Vending machine business - (Comments Off on Tulane University Hosts Event in Celebration of Vending Industry)

eVendingWhether you have been following our blog or have simply taken a look at the vending machines around you lately, it is clear the vending industry is evolving at a rapid pace. In celebration of the growth of the vending business, Tulane University recently hosted a “Gratitude Event” that allowed consumers to enjoy free refreshments and test out some of the industry’s new technology.

Gratitude events are generally meant to be a “thank you” to consumers, which in this case were vending machine customers aged 18-29 who have been proven to prefer drink and snack vending machines over convenience stores. The National Automatic Merchandising Association, or NAMA, was on hand to educate the public about the current vending options at their disposal. Top brands such as Keurig, Coca-Cola, and Red Bull were all present to provide hands-on demonstrations of their latest vending products. Some of the all-new technology on display included advanced touchscreen capability, as well as the ability to make a purchase with the simple swipe of a mobile phone.

This recent gratitude event is just one of the many testaments to the ever-expanding vending machine business. Looking to get in on the excitement? Our affordable combo vending machines are an excellent place to start!

Lifetime Technical Support

September 25th, 2012 | Posted by Ajax Union in Vending machines - (Comments Off on Lifetime Technical Support)

buy vending machinesThe vending machine, like any product one purchases, is subject to problems. Although we guarantee the quality of our combo vending machines, there may be a time when coins get stuck in the machine, a bag of chips does not fall down properly, or the credit card reader fails to work. And it is in these times that customers need support.

What kind of support can you expect from eVending? The purchase of a Futura vending machine comes with lifetime, toll-free technical phone support. With direct support, there is no time wasted speaking with a machine to solve any problems or answer any questions. Our team is here to answer questions about loading the machine, troubleshooting issues, energy usage, and anything else you can think of. Not only can you call, you can send an email if the problem is not urgent–although we will still respond as quickly as possible.

Need local assistance? eVending has over 400 vending service centers nationwide. We can help you find a local center in your area so that your vending machine is fully operational quickly. We even provide detailed manuals on all our machines right on our website. How many other companies are going to offer you such great support?

Replace Your Aging Vending Machine With Something More Efficient

June 20th, 2012 | Posted by Ajax Union in Vending machine - (Comments Off on Replace Your Aging Vending Machine With Something More Efficient)

Vending machines are a piece of technology that has vastly improved over the years, what once was a machine that often ate coins, and only sometimes worked has become a piece of electronics that is designed to provide more options and take less resources while doing a more consistent job. When getting ready to choose a vending machine you need to look for one that will suit how you intend to use it.

When Replacing Your Vending Machine Look for one that Takes Less Electricity

An older vending machine is going to suck far too much electricity, if you have a few vending machines this power usage can add up fast. The newer machines are much more efficient and affordable to operate. This savings in energy can help to pay for the cost of newer and more reliable vending machines.

Have You Been Looking for a Vending Machine for Your Business?

June 13th, 2012 | Posted by Ajax Union in Vending machine - (Comments Off on Have You Been Looking for a Vending Machine for Your Business?)

Although you might not realize it, many businesses are finding that they can make a tidy sum of money by simply placing a vending machine or two in there store or business. You can accomplish this, by contracting with a vending machine route company and have them pay you a percentage of their total sales for the privilege of placing their machines at your place of business, but this will not pay you much money.

It Is Far More Profitable To Own Your Vending Machine

The best way to make money from having a vending machine on your property is to own your machine outright. You can buy new machines or if you want to save money and still be able to provide your customers with ice cold sodas and a range of snacks, you can buy used vending machines that have been thoroughly cleaned and refurbished for far less.

Are You In the Market for a Vending Machine?

May 29th, 2012 | Posted by Ajax Union in Vending machine - (Comments Off on Are You In the Market for a Vending Machine?)

The guys out in the shop have been after you to put a vending machine out in their break area for quite a while, but you keep looking at the cost of a new machine and your budget just can’t quite stretch that far. Trying to tell your employees that you just can’t afford to provide them with a snack machine and a soda machine is not likely to make you very popular.

No One Says You Have to Buy a New Vending Machine

If the only thing you have been looking at is a brand new vending machine or two, it is no wonder that you do not think you can afford one. Just like buying a brand new car, you are going to pay a premium price for a brand new snack vending machine. We carry a selection of used and refurbished machines that you can buy for a fraction of the cost of a brand new unit. Our used machines are fully refurbished to ensure maximum performance for far less cost.

Start Your Business with a Traditional Vending Machine

May 14th, 2012 | Posted by Ajax Union in Vending machine - (Comments Off on Start Your Business with a Traditional Vending Machine)

If you are just getting started in the vending machine business, it can be easy to fall into the temptation of trying out some of the latest ideas in vending machines such as hot meal dispensing machines or those from Japan that offer face recognition software to help your customers get what they want based on purchase history. There are dozens of new ideas in this business and some of them are destined to be hugely successful, while others are going to be a lot like the Amphicar and fade into history yet another abysmal failure.

A Traditional Vending Machine Will Always Make Money

As much as these new ideas all seem to have their merits, they are perhaps best left until you have your business up and running successfully. You will find that the best way to get your business started is to stick with a more traditional vending machine as these machines will always make money for you as long as you keep them well stocked.