Loose Change: December 2006
By Canadian Vending
By Canadian Vending
Given the response they’ve had to their Pirates Chest crane, Smart
Industries is now offering more sizes and styles of the popular game.
Given the response they’ve had to their Pirates Chest crane, Smart Industries is now offering more sizes and styles of the popular game.
The latest Pirates Chest is available in 34- and 42-inch widths, and includes an exclusive three-year limited warranty, high security, and dependability. The Pirates Chest works with a variety of prize options, from candy to plush to jewelry and more.
Operators can still buy the 31-inch Pirates Chest, based on Smart’s popular Toy Chest crane, which comes with two coin mechanisms, room for a bill acceptor and an exclusive one-year
The Pirates Chest crane has a great look that is sure to capture the attention of adults and children alike.
Smart Industries is also offering an exclusive one-year warranty on most of their imported products. The company will continue to offer the exclusive three-year warranty on cranes manufactured in the United States. For more info, call 1-800-553-2442 or visit www.smartind.com.
NEW WRIGLEY CHIEF
For the first time in the company’s long history, the William Wrigley Jr. Company has appointed a non-family member to take leadership of the global confectionery business.
The company announced the election of William D. Perez as president, CEO and a member of the company’s board of directors. Bill Wrigley, Jr., who had been serving as chairman, president and CEO, has been elected to the new full-time role of executive chairman.
ZIP KEY REVALUE EASIER
Attention fans of cashless payment – adding value to your Zip key has just become easier. New technology has just been introduced allowing Zip users to revalue Zip keys using a credit card, making the key fob based system even more convenient.
Zip, available through Vendors Exchange International, is a cashless payment system whereby a customer uses a key fob in place of cash, tokens or coupons to purchase vended items. Aside from eliminating the need to carry cash, the Zip system also allows users and operators to add a dollar value or specific number of vends to the key fob.
The key is also programmable to have free-vend value limits for specific machines, giving operators the flexibility of offering a free coffee or free snack vend to users.
Zip keys have always had the ability to be revalued using cash or a special operator revalue key, but now adding value has become easier through the new recharge station. This device adds funds to Zip keys using cash or credit card, and has the added feature of centralized cash collection. The new credit card revalue station also has the feature of accepting up to $20 bills.
Operators have the additional benefits of reduced service calls resulting from jammed bills or coins, as well as saving time and effort that is eliminated by not having to sort and count cash for each machine. Zip software keeps track of the dollar values going into the machine and permits operators to obtain detailed statistics on machine use.
For additional information on Zip, contact Vendors Exchange International at 800-321-2311, or visit Zip on the web through www.zipkeyusa.com. For additional information on Vendors Exchange International, contact Christine Papesch by phone 216-432-1800, fax 216-432-2786, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Details may also be obtained through the web at www.veii.com.
CONSUMER SPENDING HABITS
According to the National Retail Federation’s 2006 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, debit cards will once again remain the favoured form of payment, with 39.1 per cent of consumers using their debit cards most often when making purchases, up from 34.3 per cent in 2005. One in three people (30.5 per cent) will rely on their credit cards for holiday shopping and, for the first time in two years, the number of people using cash at the register has dropped. According to the survey, 24.3 per cent of consumers plan to use paper as their preferred method of payment (as opposed to 28.5 per cent in 2005 and 25.9 per cent in 2004).