By Stefanie Wallace
Dec. 13, 2012 – Canadian Vending and Office Coffee Service web editor Stefanie Wallace recaps some of the latest interesting news headlines in the vending and OCS worlds.
Dec. 13, 2012 – Last week Starbucks announced its plans to open at least 1,500 more stores across the United States in the next five years.
This news comes shortly after the company's news of acquiring Teavana. Starbucks says it will eventually begin serving Teavana brand teas in its stores.
Interestingly, the news also comes shortly after Starbucks announced its expansion plans to open just 1,000 stores over the next five years, but CEO Howard Schultz says the new plans were based on the business's current strength.
Starbucks also recently launched its priciest brew yet. The Costa Rica Finca Palmilera will set customers back $7 for a grande-sized (16-ounce) cup. CTV News reported at the end of November that Starbucks says the coffee's price tag is blamed on the rarity of the beans. “It is prized for
producing one of the most exquisite and highly sought-after coffees in
the world,” the coffee giant says. The blend isn't available in Canada yet, so Canadian coffee patrons will have to venture south of the border to try this premium blend.
Here's an out-of-the-box use for your vending machines: medical marijuana.
Dr. Bruce Bedrick, CEO of Medbox Inc., says his company is using its technology to distribute medical marijuana, with machines patented for storage and inventory control of pharmaceuticals. Similar to a vending machines, patients choose their medication from a display and the pharmacy staff would dispense prescription from the machine and hand it to the customer. Bedrick told KLTV.com that the process is completely safe, and patients would register at a dispensary by showing their state-issued medical marijuana card, a driver's license, and giving their fingerprint to identify them for future visits. Bedrick says 150 pharmacies in the United States and Canada are already using his technology.
And finally, in the spirit of the holidays, the Salvation Army has partnered with Centennial College in Toronto for a unique vending machine that displays synthetic food waste.
The machine doesn't actually dispense the food waste – rather, it sheds light into the dismal food choices that many Canadians face.
"The vending machine reminds passersby
that although no one chooses to eat garbage, it's an everyday reality for many Canadians," Stephanie
Nerlich, president of GREY Canada, said in a press release.
And rather than purchasing a snack via the machine, passersby are able to make a donation to the Salvation Army through the machine's coin acceptor.
Now there's a great way to use your machines to give back this holiday season.