Innovation
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March 25, 2014, UK - A store in rural England has been replaced by a giant vending machine, where villagers now get a hold of everyday essentials like food, shampoo and even pet food, reports News Channel 4.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
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

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