San Antonio, TX — Parlevel Systems has rolled out Parlevel Link, a website linking Parlevel operators directly to their customers. Through Parlevel Link, operators have access to a custom-branded, unique website to receive orders, take customer feedback, and provide reports to increase account sales and customer satisfaction.
Véa is a new snack portfolio from Mondelēz International that delivers real ingredients in unique combinations crafted from globally-inspired recipes.
Sprite Cranberry is back in Canada, returning for a limited time now through the end of 2017 while supplies last. Cranberry is a favourite over the holidays, and is the fastest growing carbonated beverage flavour in Canada, increasing 34 per cent over the prior year according to Nielsen market data.
Häagen-Dazs is shaking up their brand with new packaging, marketing and in-store experience. |READ MORE
MAX by Maxwell House is a new brand of coffee featuring MAX Boost, a unique product that lets people customize the amount of caffeine in their daily cup of coffee.
The smartwater brand in Canada is now available with bubbles.
There's a new sparkling lemonade on the block from PepsiCo: 7UP Lemon Lemon.
General Mills introduced Old El Paso Thick Cut tortilla chips in good time for summer dipping.
EquipmentWallet launched a new website designed to connect small businesses seeking equipment financing and leasing with the best equipment finance companies suited to their needs.
Creamy yogurt with a crunch: this two per cent milkfat Greek yogurt has premium inclusions.
This new bar blends sprouted chia seeds with honey and maple.
The Sweets & Snacks Expo rolled out an online gallery of its most innovative product awards. |READ MORE
The Brew Centre of Brampton, Ont., has a history as rich as any Colombian coffee sold there, but it also has a fresh new look and approach.
Lewiston, NY – Ted Morton founded Casco Bay Vending in Lewiston in 2008 with two employees and a vision. The Business Sun Journal reports. | READ MORE
Lorna Kane is a superwoman in the vending industry. The owner and sales manager for Kane's Distributing Ltd. based in St. Catharines, Ont., Kane is the 2016 recipient of the Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association's Don Storey Memorial Award. She is also the first female to receive the honour.
Entrepreneur Richard Zinck’s latest venture has him thinking of how to do micro markets differently. Loyalty Markets has tapped into technology, abandoned the need for a warehouse and developed a system for training its customers with a free credit.
Albert and Sophie Eskow aren’t your typical retirees. Instead of walking the beach and playing golf in sunny Florida, this hard working couple dedicates 12-hour days to their business, Alberta Vending Services, located in Leduc, Alta. Tending to over 400 vending machines in nearby Edmonton and the surrounding area, they drive their route together each day, and say they are happy to be doing the work they love.
Condo dwellers who run out of milk typically have two options: do without or dash out. But at a growing number of Toronto condos, there’s a third option: pop down to their building’s common area and pick up cream, bread or eggs from a vending machine. Providing that kind of convenience is the motivation behind Grab’nGo Vending’s Micro Shops – small footprint automated kiosks that sell basic grocery items and essentials.
Ryan Company Ltd. is a fourth-generation family business that provides vending and office coffee service across much of British Columbia. Though its history spans nearly eight decades, Ryan Vending is a progressive company, firmly rooted in the present and always with an eye on the future.
A PET bottle-collecting machine that pays users through their smart phones? An app that you can use to order pickup of recyclable items from your home? One Beijing company is trying to bring recycling into the “smart” era – and make money at it. Plastic News reports. | READ MORE
May 8, 2015 – The Stewart family is synonymous with Savco Food Services Ltd., a small company that, over 53 years, has built an enviable reputation for high-quality service you’d expect from a small-town business.
After a year at the helm of CAMA, Ed Kozma shares insights gained from his experience in the vending industry.
When Dana Clarke couldn’t find what she was looking for, she did what most others would not think to do: she designed it herself.
Sept. 2, 2014, St. Catharines, Ont. – Two university graduates have started a coffee-packaging business that creates private-label coffee pods for smaller companies, reports The Brock News. | READ MORE Gabriel MarchiondaTw Gabriel Marchionda (BA ‘12), Trevor Cowan (BAcc ‘12) and Mark Fabiano (BBA ‘12), all 25 years old, are the brains behind My Coffee Brew, a growing online business that provides a personal touch for companies that want private label coffee pods. - See more at: http://www.brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=29302&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBrockNews+%28The+Brock+News%29#sthash.EtBWtPzl.dpuf Gabriel Marchionda (BA ‘12), Trevor Cowan (BAcc ‘12) and Mark Fabiano (BBA ‘12), all 25 years old, are the brains behind My Coffee Brew, a growing online business that provides a personal touch for companies that want private label coffee pods. - See more at: http://www.brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=29302&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBrockNews+%28The+Brock+News%29#sthash.EtBWtPzl.dpuf Gabriel Marchionda (BA ‘12), Trevor Cowan (BAcc ‘12) and Mark Fabiano (BBA ‘12), all 25 years old, are the brains behind My Coffee Brew, a growing online business that provides a personal touch for companies that want private label coffee pods. - See more at: http://www.brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=29302&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBrockNews+%28The+Brock+News%29#sthash.EtBWtPzl.dpuf Gabriel Marchionda (BA ‘12), Trevor Cowan (BAcc ‘12) and Mark Fabiano (BBA ‘12), all 25 years old, are the brains behind My Coffee Brew, a growing online business that provides a personal touch for companies that want private label coffee pods. - See more at: http://www.brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=29302&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBrockNews+%28The+Brock+News%29#sthash.EtBWtPzl.dpuf Gabriel Marchionda (BA ‘12), Trevor Cowan (BAcc ‘12) and Mark Fabiano (BBA ‘12), all 25 years old, are the brains behind My Coffee Brew, a growing online business that provides a personal touch for companies that want private label coffee pods. - See more at: http://www.brocku.ca/brock-news/?p=29302&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBrockNews+%28The+Brock+News%29#sthash.EtBWtPzl.dpuf
There are many digital platforms to use when it comes to paying without cash. Moneycontrol News reports on the features and differences in 10 of the big ones. |READ MORE
Toronto – Google has introduced Android Pay in Canada, enabling Android users with participating cards to make Interac Debit, Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit card purchases with their Android mobile phone or tablet.
About 30 years ago, when Chuck Pifko got a job working for a Coca-Cola vending business straight out of college, he had no idea he would land in a high-tech business.
Edmonton – Back in 1987, the $1 coin was met with excitement by transit operators in Edmonton, but vending machine operators saw the coin as an added expense. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Toronto – Canadian consumers and businesses are using the Interac e-Transfer service at record levels with more than 158 million transfers made over the platform in 2016, Interac Association/Acxsys Corporation (Interac) said in a news release.
Toronto – India mobile payments and commerce company Paytm has launched bill payment service for Canadians.
Los Angeles – The Venders recently launched a new disposable battery charger kiosk at the ARN Conference in New Orleans.
Hermosa Beach, CA – Virtual Piggy is working with Univest Bank & Trust Company on a child-focused payment application and services designed to empower children 17 and under to become direct buyers with regulatory and parental controls built in. Finextra reports. | READ MORE
Emeryville, CA – Redpark Product Development is now shipping what it calls the industry’s first DEX Cable for iPhone and iPad.
London, U.K. – When the new polymer five-pound notes entered circulation last September in U.K., the Bank of England claimed that the new notes would provide a better alternative to their previous paper counterparts. However, certain studies said otherwise. EPPN reports. | READ MORE
Alpharetta, GA – Ingenico Group recently reported more than 200 per cent year-over-year growth in shipments of its suite of iSelf Series solutions as a result of new additions to the Ingenico Group Unattended Partner Program.
Alberta – People and businesses in southern Alberta are being warned about counterfeit money. Fake bills have been turning up in small towns surrounding Calgary more frequently in the past few months. Global News reports. | READ MORE
Rebekah Iliff talks to Visa's Jack Forestell about the push to move into a cashless future. The HuffPost reports. |READ MORE
Sports bloopers often about preventable errors that favor the other team. The classic is when players score against their own side. In the world of business, there are similar blunders - particularly during buying conversations with potential customers - that end up favouring the competition. As I explain in my seminars for sales teams, it's not always a shortfall in your company's product, price, or service that ruins a potential sale. Often it's inadvertent comments that put customers off just enough for them to choose your competitor. Unfortunately, sales reps are usually unaware they commit these offences so they keep repeating them. See if you or your team members ever make these top six selling gaffs.
David Furman has upped his single shot of espresso to a double shot.
Like so much about the vending industry, choosing which beverages to stock is about balance.
In an age when it’s possible to have almost any form of entertainment you desire delivered directly to your living room – whether it’s through web streaming services like Hulu and Netflix, or home gaming options like Xbox Live and Steam – it’s fair to wonder why anyone bothers to leave the house anymore.
Steve Jobs once said, “Packaging can be theatre, it can create a story.” Anyone who’s purchased an Apple device knows that the products are presented in the most premium way. There’s a sense of gravitas to the first opening of the box. While Jobs is correct in noting packaging’s role in the brand experience, it’s also expected to serve functional requirements. Protector, marketer, salesman, environmental steward and,increasingly, digital beacon: the humble package will play a key role in all retail channels going forward.
Health Canada wants to add industrially produced partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) to its “List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods,” a move that would effectively ban their use in Canada by the summer of 2018.
Better hydration and fun experience in beverage drinking are at the core of consumer demand for soft drinks in Canada, according to a February 2017 report from international research firm Euromonitor.
With warmer weather just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about which refreshing beverages will help your customers survive the dog days of summer. And while it’s hard to go wrong with a good, old-fashioned pitcher of iced tea or lemonade, the increasing diversity of cold beverage options in Canada should give both consumers and vending operators something to think about when it comes to choosing their beverages this summer.
The perfect tea blend is sometimes elusive. You had the perfect cup of tea on vacation: was it the water, was it the way it was steeped, was it the perfect temperature and time or was it the perfect blend of tea, herbs and spices?
Toronto – In the interests of setting the record straight on issues surrounding bottled water, Elizabeth Griswold, executive director of the Canadian Bottled Water Association and secretary general of the International Council of Bottled Water Associations, shares common myths and misconceptions about the bottled water industry – and some often overlooked facts.
Toronto – Produce companies have been paying increasing attention to first impressions and convenience, focusing on kid-friendly packaging and sizing to draw children and parents towards snack-ready fruits and vegetables. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Quebec — Italy’s N&W Global Vending and Canada’s Les Entreprises Cafection shared that they will team up to manufacture and sell coffee machines in North America. European Supermarket Magazine reports. |READ MORE
Old-school coffee roasters have an obsession with their product. This is a good thing: whether it involves the selection of the green, the blending of the beans or coaxing out the finest flavour development in the roasting process – the final proof has always been the taste in the cup.
Coffee is a right of passage. It’s often the first adult-only beverage one consumes when entering the teenaged years.
Los Angeles – The Research Center of the Specialty Coffee Association is teaming up with the recently established UC Davis Coffee Center on a two-year project to re-evaluate the scientific assumptions, measurement tools, sensory information and consumer research that underpin coffee brewing. Global Coffee Report has details. | READ MORE
Orlando, FL – Brew Coffee Co., a registered non-profit and privately branded single-serve coffee company operating out of the Northeast United States, will expand into all 50 U.S. states and Canada with eight flavours, the company said in a press release.
Slovakia – Brothers Adam and David Nagy, founders of Slovakia company CLR CFF, have created a product they say is the “first colourless coffee in the world.” The Huffington Post reports. | READ MORE
London, U.K. – The U.K.'s Telegraph has mapped the world according to coffee consumption per capita, with Finland coming out on top. Finns consume 12 kilograms per person per year, according to stats from the International Coffee Organization. | READ MORE
South Africa – Black Insomnia, a South Africa-based coffee company, says it has scientific proof its blend is the most caffeinated in the world with “dangerously high levels of caffeine." The caffeinated coffees is now available in the United States. Food and Wine reports. | READ MORE
Bogota, Colombia – Colombia produced 1.29 million 60-kg bags of mild washed Arabica coffee in February, an 18 per cent increase compared to the 1.1 million bags produced during the same previous month, according to the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation.
Burnaby, B.C. – The leading producers of non-reusable coffee pods are trying to make a dent in the amount of waste flowing into Canadian landfills. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Bristol, U.K. – A genetic variant called CHRNA5, which causes people to smoke more, also might cause them to crave more caffeine, suggests a study credited to the University of Bristol in the U.K. The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory reports. | READ MORE
Napa, CA – You may have heard of Italian specialty caffè corretto, or "corrected coffee." Now a café called Molinari in Napa, Calif., is serving coffee that's flavoured with wine. Forbes reports. | READ MORE
Famous leaders are often praised for their passion, assertiveness, focus and intelligence. However, when CEOs were asked to name the most important quality people desire in their leaders, they gave a surprising answer—humility. |READ MORE
When baby boomers took their first "real" jobs upon entering the workforce, their demands and expectations were ridiculously low by today's standards. On their first day on the job they got an employee handbook that they took home and scanned while eating dinner or watching TV. Company training, if there was any, was minimal.
According to one Gallup poll, 50 per cent of employees leave their job because of their bosses. However other studies have shown that employees can leave for a number of other reasons such as opportunity, better pay, or more responsibility.
"While succession is challenging for all businesses, it often becomes even more complicated when family relationships must also be considered," writes the staff at Entrepreneur magazine. Here, the publication offers five tips to help best plan family succession. |READ MORE
The board of directors for CAMA has been very busy through the winter months. As a board we meet regularly for an hour or so, every month, via conference call.
Pittsburgh and Chicago – Planters is launching “Shout For Nuts,” a new campaign that invites customers to shout loud about their love of its mixed nuts, cashews and peanuts.
Paying close attention to your customers, their behaviours, their habits can pay off, writes customer service expert Shep Hyken. When you know them that well, you’ll be able to anticipate or predict what they will ask for next – sometimes even before they know they need to ask.
Las Vegas, NV – NAMA OneShow organizers want to help operators learn all they need to know to successfully launch and run a micro market and gain the certificate to prove it.
Whether you work in vending, office coffee service or micro markets, your website needs to meet some key objectives. Marketing pro Marc Gordon highlights five tasks your company's website should accomplish.
On behalf of the CAMA Board of Directors, I want to extend best wishes and thoughts for all those across Canada; particularly those in Alberta who were faced with terrible fires in May and June and with flooding late July to early August.
You have ambition and drive. You want to advance in your career, and you’d prefer to do it sooner rather than later. The good news is that no matter where you are in your career, you can begin accelerating your professional development by taking three simple steps – and you can start today. All you need to do is integrate the steps below into your daily routine and commit to continuously learn and grow as a professional.
It is my pleasure to submit my first message as CAMA president. CAMA Expo 2015, held in Niagara Falls, was a resounding success and served as an opportunity for industry members to make their voices heard. We learned that micro markets are indeed on everyone’s radar and this added a new and appreciated element to the show floor.
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