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.
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.
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.
Mississauga, Ont. – The Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association has announced the 2015 recipients of the vending and office coffee industry’s highest awards.
Chicago – Participants in the National Automatic Merchandising Association's first Fly-in in late July met with 62 per cent of the U.S. Senate and 29 per cent of the U.S. House of Representatives on a variety of topics, including calorie disclosure and small business regulatory flexibility.
Industry veteran and longtime Canadian Vending columnist David Murphy weighs in on the areas of growth where large vending and OCS operations often fall short and smaller operations can gain an edge.
Ann Arbor, MI – Materials Recovery for the Future is a new alliance of U.S. trade groups and companies that has announced new research aimed at improving sorting methods to recover more flexible packaging for recycling. Recycling Today reports. | READ MORE
Simcoe, Ont. – The rapid increase in electricity costs in the past five years has been challenging for business. Politics, clean-energy initiatives and the economy – they all affect the energy market and they have all had their part to play in rising prices.
The Canadian Truck King Challenge has concerned itself with real-world pickup truck testing since 2006 – and still does.
March 10, 2015 – If you're like most business owners, you're probably wearing far too many hats. Marketing expert Marc Gordon shares five tips that will save you time while still allowing you to manage every detail, no matter how small.
Feb.4, 2015, San Antonio, TX – Without vending route drivers, machines would not be serviced, customers would not be served, and money would not be made. From small to large vending companies, vending route drivers are the keys to success. ParLevel Systems explores the traits that make a great driver. | READ MORE
July 6, 2015, Washington – On July 2, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to prohibit certain uses of chemicals that significantly contribute to climate change in favour of safer, more climate-friendly alternatives.
March 16, 2015, Cold Lake, Alta. – Cold Lake City Council narrowly passed a policy banning the sale of energy drinks, such as Red Bull, Monster and NOS, at all recreation-based facilities operated by the city, the Cold Lake Sun reports. | READ MORE
Feb. 12, 2015, Ottawa – The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada has submitted comments to Environment Canada on behalf of U.S. associations in response to Environment Canada's proposed regulation of hydrofluorocarbons in vending machines and other commercial refrigeration units, HPAC magazine reports. | READ MORE
Jan. 30, 2015, Moncton – Education Minister Serge Rousselle is pledging to work with schools and districts to make sure provincial policies about serving nutritious food in school cafeterias are followed, CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Nov. 27, 2014, Washington – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced requirements for providing calorie declarations for food sold from certain vending machines. The FDA website provides an overview of the requirements. | READ MORE
Nov. 26, 2014, Toronto – Ontario moved this week to regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes, ban all flavoured tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, and mandate calorie counts on restaurant menus with its Making Healthier Choices Act, reports The Globe and Mail. | READ MORE
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.
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.
Guelph, Ont. – Four pilot mini-markets at an auto-parts supply company in Guelph, Ont., are experiencing strong sales after loading employees' cards with credit. The Financial Post reports. | READ MORE
Fresh Healthy Vending International will be showcasing both its new Fresh Micro Market concept along with its latest vending machine innovation at the International Franchise Expo at the Javits Center in New York City from June 18-20.
May 15, 2015, Cerritos, CA –Olea Kiosks has launched the California and the Carolina, two new kiosk enclosures engineered for the needs of micro market developers and operators.
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.
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.
Despite the challenges of providing nutritious and tasty options that the health and wellness trend has caused in the vending industry, leading Canadian and American workplaces are realizing the many physical and financial benefits that come with a healthier workforce, prompting a shift in corporate policies. Healthy workplaces are no longer an afterthought, but rather the focus.
The new manager walks into the conference room. The several staff members turn and look at each other expressing obvious shock over is youthfulness. He begins to tell the staff that he is only instituting one new change: they are going to begin online marketing using LinkedIn.
May 8, 2015 – More than one in 10 retirees report they made the decision to semi-retire due to a lack of employment opportunities later in life.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business offers tips on how to exit your business.
We’ve been dividing people into four personality types, styles, or patterns since the time of Plato. These days, online personality tests are everywhere. After a number of fun questions you can discover which animal, shape, colour or celebrity you’re aligned with. Or take a serious personality test to help identify your management, leadership, or communication style.
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.
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.
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.
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