Toronto – In what may be the shape of fast-food retail to come, McDonald’s has begun rolling out self-serve kiosks at locations in Canada, but the company says the move is not a threat to job security. The Huffington Post Canada reports. | READ MORE
Burlington, Ont. – Retailer IKEA Canada is marking the arrival of its 2016 catalogue with a campaign that includes mobile social vending machines at stores across the Canada.
Toronto – The Toronto Public Library hopes to roll out a book-lending machine at Union Station by the end of the year. If it’s successful, more could be on their way, The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
Cologne, Germany – ISM 2016, a European trade fair for sweets and snacks, will highlight snacking, to-go and breakfast segments in themed pavilions and include a cupping counter.
Customized, branded vending machines with built-in camera, PC and Wi-Fi capabilities, are inviting consumers to interact through 47-inch transparent LCD screens in an Air Miles Canada branding campaign. ScreenMediaMag.com reports. | READ MORE
June 29, 2015 – Whether the challenges arise from understanding consumer behaviour, developing new flavours, tastes and delivery models, or integrating today’s trends around organic and responsible food production, food and beverage organizations have their work cut out for them, according to consulting firm Kalypso.
June 25, 2015, Edmonton – Edmonton Tourism's Twitter vending machine will hit the open road to Fort McMurray and Saskatoon this summer, enticing visitors to tweet and win prizes such as hotel stays, gift cards and attractions passes.
June 16, 2015, Des Moines, IA – Des Moines stands to be the first city in the United States to have a vending-machine-style, robotic grocery store as part of an experiment to bring healthy food and necessities to a neighbourhood that doesn't have enough. The Des Moines Register reports. | READ MORE
May 28, 2015, Vancouver – The Museum of Vancouver is hosting an exhibition and exploration of one of human happiness that asks visitors to rate their happiness by gumball machine.
May 13, 2015, St. John's – To promote awareness of hearing loss, the St. John's chapter of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association has installed a new vending machine just inside the Mile One Centre stadium entrance stocked with foam earplugs. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
May 7, 2015, Milan, Italy – Technology firm Jabil announced this week at the Venditalia trade fair that it will products based on the Intel Reference Design for Intelligent Vending, including the new Intel IoT Retail Gateway for Intelligent Vending.
April 20, 2015, Moscow – Volkswagen and DDB Russia have created a new kind of eco-currency for the car company’s Think Blue campaign. To make it easier for customers to recycle, they installed a custom-made vending machine in areas of Russia that only accepts batteries as payment. PFSK reports. | READ MORE
April 15, 2015, – Smart vending machines, digital content delivery and maintenance and energy savings are all examples of the impact the "Internet of Things" can have on the vending industry's revenue streams and business models, The Business Journals reports. | READ MORE
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