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Vending Machines and Social Media

December 9th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Snack Machines | Vending machines - (Comments Off on Vending Machines and Social Media)

Combo Drink Snack MachinesAs a vending machine company, we spend a lot of time talking about and reading about vending machines online. From news articles to instruction manuals and Tweets, we are constantly looking for great information and insights about snack machines, drink machines and more.

On social media platforms, especially Twitter where you are more likely to see users share information about what they are doing that exact moment, most buzz about vending machines comes in the form of negative reviews. Complaining about vending machines distributing the wrong items, being broken or eating money without vending anything are among the most popular topics.

eVending has seen that Tweets and other social posts that you will see about vending machines are about remarkable vending machines. Machines that are either created for marketing campaigns so they are truly outrageous or out of the ordinary, or machines that deliver surprising satisfaction through product selection or new technology.

For vending operators, this means that many of your customers are more likely to complain about your vending services than they are to praise them. This is especially true if you don’t pay attention to your customers’ wants when it comes to machine technology or product offering. To avoid this, finding quality machines, keeping your products fresh and interesting, and staying on top of maintenance and servicing will help keep your machines talked about in a positive way.

New ‘Combos’ Flavor Sure to Be a Hit in Combo Vending Machine

June 10th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on New ‘Combos’ Flavor Sure to Be a Hit in Combo Vending Machine)

eVendingEver since their inception in the 70s, Combos Baked Snacks have become a huge hit among all types of food fanatics. Their combination of cheesy interiors inside a pretzel shell is consumed by tons of people daily, and the snacks are a fixture in all types of combo vending machines. Fortunately for fans of the tubular baked treats, Mars is rolling out an exciting new flavor of the popular snack.

According to Vending MarketWatch, Combo fans can look forward to the “7-Layer Dip Tortilla Flavor.” This new spin on the classic Combos formula will pack the tastes of sour cream, cheddar cheese, tomato, avocado, beans, onions, and peppers into the signature bite-sized pretzels. This flavor will surely be a hit among Mexican food enthusiasts, or those who simply want even more flavor than what’s offered up by the standard Nacho Cheese variety.

“The new 7 Layer Dip Tortilla variety makes a long-time party food favorite portable, so people can enjoy the unique flavor combination anywhere they go!” said Mars North America CCO Roy Benin.

Combos are among the most popular snack found in any snack machines, and this new hybrid flavor is likely to be a big success among munchie enthusiasts. Will you be trying out the 7-layer dip!

Creative Chefs Come Up with Gourmet Vending Machine

May 20th, 2013 | Posted by DT 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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New Laws Cracking Down on Tobacco Vending Machines

May 6th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on New Laws Cracking Down on Tobacco Vending Machines)

eVendingWhile the vending machine business continues to expand to sell everything from hot meals to expensive electronics, there is one product the industry is trying to phase out. While cigarette vending machines are almost as old as the business itself, new laws could make the tobacco dispensers obsolete.

According to ThisIsJersey.com, new legislation could potentially ban not only tobacoo vending machines, but also prominent displays of the product within stores. The potential law was voted 43 to two in favor of the tobacco ban. If successful, cigarette vending products will have to be removed from their respective establishments over the next 18 months. Perhaps the biggest part of tobacco marketing is the bevy of cigarette packs behind convenience store counters, so their removal would surely have a huge impact on the industry.

People will likely be split over this potential ban, as the move helps promote an overall healthy country while making cigarettes less acessible for smokers. It will be interesting to see how the legislation pans out, as well as whether or not store owners will replace their cigarette machines with more traditional combo vending machines. Even with the industry evolving every single day, this story proves the importance of making sure today’s machines are vending the right products.

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!