Innovation
May 30, 2014, International - From lettuce to live lobster, The Fiscal Times rounded up 13 pretty surprising foods being sold in vending machines around the world. |READ MORE
May 23, 2014, France – A prize-winning baguette dispenser invented by French baker Jean-Louis Hecht not only offers hungry customers hot loaves at any time of the day or night but is bringing in the dough for fellow bakers who have invested in the machine. | READ MORE
May 20, 2014 – Vaporin Inc. has deployed its first electronic cigarette vending machines in South Florida, Las Vegas, Illinois, Canada and the U.K.
May 13, 2014 – Fledgling company WeGoBabies is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for production of its vending machines, which are designed to stock everything from diapers and wipes to pacifiers, baby food, kid-friendly DVDs and sippy cups.| READ MORE
May 8, 2014, Vancouver – Just five weeks after Ottawa outlawed B.C.’s cottage industry of cannabis dispensaries, one of them has opened Canada’s first marijuana vending machine. The machine is operated by the B.C. Pain Society, a recently established medical marijuana dispensary. | READ MORE
April 24, 2014, Ohio – An Ohio gamer set out to break the high-score record for Armor Attack, a coin-op arcade game and proceeded to play 85 straight hours on a single quarter. | READ MORE
April 22, 2014, Toronto – GO Transit is rolling out more vending machines across its stations. It wants to diverse its offerings but there are challenges, reports the Toronto Star. | READ MORE
April 16, 2014, Tokyo – Seventeen Ice, a Japanese ice cream vending company, is marking three decades in business with a vending machine that will dispense the ice cream of your choice each time you dance for it. The machine will be placed for one day only on April 26 at the Shibuya Shop Plaza in Tokyo. | READ MORE
April 12, 2014, Chicago – Food and drink vending machines are doing more than just doling out goods. The latest ones, like those on display at the National Automatic Merchandising Association OneShow last week, are entertaining us as well, reports the Chicago Tribune. | READ MORE
April 11, 2014, Derbyshire, England – The so-called Speedy Shop is meant to help bring some economic life back to the town. As the BBC reports, “Milk, bread, toilet roll and even eggs are being sold from a large vending machine in a Derbyshire village after its only store closed 13 years ago.” | READ MORE
April 10, 2014, Brabant, Belgium – Belgian entrepreneur Bjorn De Schoenmaeker saw a vending market for fresh fruit and two years ago set up his first fruit vending machine. De Schoenmaeker now manages four fruit vending machines and delivers to companies and institution.
March 29, 2014, Toronto – PayPal is offering consumers the ability to use its smartphone app to pay at 50 bars, restaurants and food trucks across Toronto. Already available to varying degrees in the U.S., U.K. and Australia for the past year, the company is now bringing the capability to Canada.
March 25, 2014, UK - A store in rural England has been replaced by a giant vending machine, where villagers now get a hold of everyday essentials like food, shampoo and even pet food, reports News Channel 4. |READ MORE
March 12, 2014, Singapore – Tembusu Terminals, a Singapore-based startup producing locally developed Bitcoin vending machines, has raised S$300,000 (US$237,000) worth of seed funding from undisclosed Singaporean investors in exchange for a 5.8 per cent equity stake.
Feb. 27, 2014, U.S. - Coca-Cola created a Valentine's Day virtual vending machine that gets projected on a wall...but only for couples, reports Gabriel Beltrone of AdWeek. |READ MORE

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