Innovation
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March 25, 2014, UK - A store in rural England has been replaced by a giant vending machine, where villagers now get a hold of everyday essentials like food, shampoo and even pet food, reports News Channel 4.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
Feb. 19, 2014, MA – The father and son team behind Bluedrop Water say they want to change the status quo in several vending categories through ‘disruptive’ innovation.
Feb. 13, 2014, Canada - Canadian Healthy Vending is expanding the chocolate available in its Max! Healthy Vending Machines in order to suit many specialized diets, from gluten-free to vegan. |READ MORE
Feb. 11, 2014, Vancouver - The west coast is now home to Canada's first crack pipe dispensing vending machines, reports The Province. |READ MORE
Feb. 7, 2014, Barrie, ON - Dana Clarke dreamed of a used-book vending machine that would let commuters grab a novel on the go. That dream has turned into Green Reads, a prototype vending machine parked in downtown Barrie's transit hub, writes Janis Ramsay of the Barrie Advance. |READ MORE
Jan. 30, 2014, China – China's Kandi Technologies has launched a new car-sharing scheme that allows you to rent an electric car from a vending machine for a little more than $3 per hour, reports Wired.com. |READ MORE
Jan. 21, 2014, NY – PepsiCo has discontinued a line of Gatorade it marketed as “natural", even as people increasingly look for foods and drinks that are positioned as such, reports the Daily News America. |READ MORE
Jan. 7, 2014, Lithonia, GA – A&M Equipment Sales is offering a free webinar that is designed to show vending industry professionals how to increase or maintain a successful vending machine business.
Dec. 30, 2013, LA – Los Angeles-based artist Matthias Dörfelt has created a vending machine that creates custom, computer-generated works of art for $3, reports Wired. |READ MORE
Dec. 19, 2013, Vancouver – A vending machine in Vancouver was giving away stuffed pandas in exchange for tweets, reports Mashable. |READ MORE
Dec. 12, 2013, Boston – Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has presented a vending machine that dispenses bicycle helmets for users of the city's bike sharing service, a street kiosk he said is the first of its kind in the country, reports the Toronto Sun. |READ MORE
Nov. 21, 2013, Moscow – Moscow metro passengers are getting a free ride for 30 squats from a vending machine that is promoting the upcoming Olympics, reports The Raw Story. |READ MORE

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