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.
Goodbye customer! It’s nothing personal (at least not usually). Sometimes customers’ expectations can’t be met, other times customers require an inordinate amount of time, and on rare occasions, a customer’s behaviour may expose an organization to undue peril.
Ninety-four per cent of Canadians currently employed say that workplace health, safety and mental well-being is important when choosing a job, according to an Angus Reid poll commissioned by the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC.
With the economy expanding in Canada, many owners are wondering if this is the year to consider selling the business. In most of the major regions of Canada there are five specific reasons why it would make sense to sell it sooner than later.
For private equity groups, there is lots of money, but no deals available in the vending industry.
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
With the legalization of cannabis, many vending companies may need to revise their health and safety rules, and know their employees' rights.
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
Guatemala, in the highlands of Huehuetenango, grows some of the best coffees Mesoamerica has to offer. Growing along with the coffee is a palpable tension born of economic desperation by families who are losing their grip on their farms.
Atlanta, GA – Gimme has released a teaser for its augmented reality micro market tool for the vending and foodservice industry.
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
The progressive discipline policy is about punishment – not improvement.
Successful people all do one thing: they solve problems. They don’t just stare at the problem and wish it would go away.
Many companies view training as just “nice to have.” They think it is important to create an attractive, engaging training program for new hires, and that it might be good to have a focused course that teaches employees how to perform certain tasks or use certain pieces of company equipment.
Most people want to take shortcuts; however, the more thorough your preparation, the greater the likelihood is that you will have success. Preparation is essential to having confidence in yourself no matter what setting you are in—this will build your confidence when you are in high pressure situations such as interviewing for a job or dealing with higher-level bosses.
In the wake of the Hardie sexual misconduct scandal and the #MeToo movement, people in the food and vending industry need to learn how to foster a positive workplace culture to strengthen their business.
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.
U.S. caramel brand, Werther's Original, is debuting new brand creative that adds more relevancy to what consumers feel when they enjoy a Werther's Original caramel — "A little piece of bliss."
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.
Nespresso co-creates bike made from recycled coffee capsulesTo demonstrate its corporate commitment to recycling, Nespresso has partnered with Swedish…
Healthy vending made tastier with Astro's new kefir probiotic yogurtAstro Kefir Probiotic Yogourt claims to contains twice the probiotics of…
Fall officially here: Voortman releases pumpkin spice wafersVoortman Bakery, cookie company and fast-growing cookie manufacturer, announced the…
Maruchan elevates instant ramen with new lineMaruchan has produced ramen noodles since 1977. Born from the…