Laura Aiken

Laura Aiken

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Whether your inclinations fall total techie, staunch Luddite, or somewhere fair to middling, I bet Apple’s next big thing that you have opinions about technology meandering in and out of your mind most days. Whether we are trying to escape it, reaching for it, cursing it or loving it, it’s presence is pervasive; cue understatement.
The Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association (CAMA) celebrated the 60th anniversary of its annual trade expo in the heart of Quebec City. The expo was held at the Quebec City Convention Centre from Oct. 12-14.
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is notably attributed the quote “there is nothing permanent except change.” Incarnations of this statement have been said each way from Sunday, eight days a week, upside down, inside out and over the rainbow. Knowing the truth of this sentiment doesn’t mean we see it coming. Life is constant dichotomy between the change we choose and the change that chooses us.
There are as many quips and quotes about change as there are stars in the sky, so I’ll not labour singling one out here. Change is everywhere, eternal and the one thing that can be counted on (aside from death and taxes, of course). Don’t like what’s happening right now? Don’t worry, things will change. Loving every minute? Enjoy it, because it won’t last either.
General Mills introduced Old El Paso Thick Cut tortilla chips in good time for summer dipping.
Ottawa — Police have laid charges in a case connecting nearly 30 vending machine burglaries, reports CTV News. |READ MORE
N.W.T — A tiny town of 84 people has unplugged its pop machines after an audit indicated they were the biggest energy culprits, reports CBC News. |READ MORE
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.
Consumers can be a demanding bunch. I want health! I want taste! I want convenience! I want it all! Consumers can also be a confusing bunch, which is what happens when willpower meets want versus need. In turn, it can be difficult to figure out what to offer people trying to balance health and taste, except for the fact that sales tend to speak for themselves.
In 2012, Jim Jackson stepped into the wrong elevator in a Las Vegas hotel. In hindsight, it turned out to be the right one after all.
I’d bet many of the most lucrative opportunities are treated first as fairy dust before the trailblazers start making bricks of gold. It’s the nature of humanity to be skeptical of change, to be wary of doing things differently. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” is an adage so familiar it may be a little broke itself these days. The business climate is one of swift change and a continual push for bigger, for better, for more profits and more efficiency.
Canada - Apple Pay will soon be available to more Canadian consumers as the Big Five banks gear up to roll out the service to cardholders, reports Global News. |READ MORE
California — Legislation poised to enforce healthier snacks in vending machines on City turf has moved a step closer to approval in San Francisco. |READ MORE
Dundee, Scotland — A savvy Scottish farm installed a vending machine in a local mall to dispense its produce. Tech Insider reports. |READ MORE
Australia — Craig Wright is claiming to be the elusive founder of bitcoin digital currency, but some in the tech world say it is impossible to say conclusively if he is the real deal. CBC News reports. |READ MORE
U.S. — Forbes magazine's Bruce Y. Lee investigates the current and future trends that will change the vending industry, such as fresh food vending and online retailing. |READ MORE
Chicago — The U.S. consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry registered its strongest growth in four years in 2015, with some of the biggest gains achieved by companies targeting the fast-growing market for protein-rich foods and healthy snacks, reports new research by The Boston Consulting Group and Information Resources.
Toronto — The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has announced the finalists for the 23rd annual Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards. The award program celebrates new products across food and non-food categories, as selected by a 37-member jury. Winners will be announced June 1 at the Toronto Congress Centre as part of STORE 2016, a large retail conference.
Parlevel Systems, a provider of vending management solutions (VMS), has launched a complete micro market solution. Parlevel’s micro market is designed to be a top to bottom hardware and software solution that provides operators with all of the necessary tools to successfully implement and manage a micro market operation.
Chicago — PayRange founder and CEO, Paresh Patel, will be presenting and demonstrating new features during a live streaming event on April 13 at 4:00 pm CDT at the NAMA OneShow.
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