Innovation
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
April 13, 2015, Moscow – A vending machine that allows you to buy space food is now up in the Cosmos paviion at exhibition centre VDNKh. The products also have other applications such as extreme sports, The Moscow Times reports. | READ MORE
April 1, 2015, Vancouver – A vending machine called "The Gak Shack" provides duct tape, green laser pens and iPhone chargers 24/7 to film crews working long hours at North Shore Studios in Vancouver, Reel West reports. | READ MORE
March 18, 2015, Philadelphia – Snackbot, an enhanced snack machine that quizzes employees on Campbells' history, products and marketing efforts in exchange for products or gadgets, is an example of how brand marketers might attract rather than repel customers, a Philadelphia Business Journal article suggests. | READ MORE
Vending company Happy Vending is bringing vending machines dispensing everything from milk to toiletries to apartment buildings in Yaletown and Burnaby, B.C.
Feb. 24, 2015, Toronto – Two entrepreneurs are set to launch Save Our Solez, a vending machine offering up flat shoes similar to slippers, this month at a new downtown Toronto nightclub, Metro News reports. | READ MORE
Feb. 20, 2015, Aurangabad, India –  India's education sector has cold-shouldered the demand for installing sanitary napkin vending machine in all girls' washrooms in schools and colleges, especially those offering co-education, The Times of India News Service reports. | READ MORE
Feb. 13, 2015, Vancouver – Vending machines for such personal protective equipment as gloves, safety glasses and respirators are becoming more and more common in Canadian companies, according to executives at Acklands-Grainger’s MRO and safety show, Canadian Occupational Safety reports. | READ MORE
Feb. 20, 2015, Aurangabad , India – The education sector in India has cold-shouldered the demand for installing sanitary napkin vending machine in all girls' washrooms in schools and colleges, especially those offering co-education, The Times of India News Service reports. | READ MORE
Jan. 26, 2015, Albany, NY – A new state project, Taste NY, is encouraging travellers to buy locally produced snacks and beverages by placing New York-stocked vending machines along major state roadways. The Record reports. | READ MORE
Jan. 19. 2015, Montreal – The Flat, McGill University’s bike collective, welcomed a bicycle-part vending machine that is the first of its kind in Montreal, according to collective member Matt Ainsley. The McGill Daily reports. | READ MORE
  Jan. 16, 2015 – The GE Café French door refrigerator incorporates the Keurig K-Cup brewing system to provide hot single-cup beverages from a refrigerator.
Jan. 15, 2015, Miami, FL – Blint Shakes has struck a deal with a major U.S. fitness centre chain to place its automated protein drink kiosks in key locations.
Jan. 5, 2015, Los Angeles – An automated retailing system for self-service purchases of high-end electronics debuted this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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