Innovation
June 6, 2013, North America – Pepsi's new Like Machine marketing stunt makes social media a requirement, not an option. The vending machine doesn't want your cash, it just wants your Facebook cred, reports CNET. |READ MORE
June 4, 2013, Boston – First Brooklyn gets vending machines for bike parts, and now Boston is getting vending machines for bike helmets, reports Tree Hugger. |READ MORE
May 31, 2013, Salem, OR – Look in any vending machine, and you can find plenty of snacks with dubious nutritional profiles, reports NPR. |READ MORE
May 30, 2013, CA – There's a new vending machine on the University of California's Berkeley campus, but it'll be of no use to students during a midnight snack attack, reports CNET. |READ MORE
May 28, 2013, Gretna, LA – A former supervisor at Coca-Cola Bottling was fired for stealing from vending machines for more than a year in Jefferson parish, authorities say, reports The Times-Picayune. |READ MORE
May 22, 2013, Pakistan/India – Coke created "Small World Machines", two vending machines, one placed in India, and the other in Pakistan, that turned into communication portals -- allowing citizens of either country to see and interact with each other, reports Advertising Age News. |READ MORE
May 15, 2013, Mississauga, ON – Imagine your product displayed in a retail window. Not in a store, but in an automated retail machine. Quattro Clothiers, a high-end menswear shop in the heart of the busiest fashion-shopping district in Toronto, has decided that this is the future. Quattro wanted to expand their reach and increase their exposure.
May 14, 2013, U.S. – Just a decade or so ago, the concept of being able to purchase marijuana out of a vending machine would have been simply unheard of – a pipe-dream for many and a veritable nightmare for others, reports Wealth Daily. | READ MORE
May 2, 2013 – Creator Michael Breault is raising funds on Kickstarter to further develop the Sprizzi Drink Machine, which can dispense homemade soda with little cartridges, similar to the Keurig, reports Mashable.com. | READ MORE
April 24, 2013, London, U.K. – To celebrate the launch of its new mascara, Chanel is launching a vending machine at a London-area Selfridges location, writes the Telegraph. | READ MORE
April 16, 2013, Beijing – A Beijing subway system is beginning to introduce soft drink machines that use ultrasound to transmit information between the user's handset and the vending machine, writes Mobile Payments Today. | READ MORE
April 12, 2013 – Vending machine technology has developed to the point that customers can order a hot meal at the push of a button, so as the Huffington Post writes, there's no telling what the vending machine of the future will look like. Meantime, here's a roundup of 12 of the world's weirdest machines. | READ MORE
April 11, 2013, Japan – A blogger in Japan has taken a photo of the exact same vending machine every day since Aug. 5, 2005, according to Kotaku.com. Each day, the vending machine changes in some way. Can you spot the changes? | READ MORE
April 8, 2013, Ohio – A high school senior has purchased a gumball machine from Craigslist, spruced it up and placed it in a restaurant, saving his earnings in a college fund, writes the Coshocton Tribune. | READ MORE
March 28, 2013 – Toronto's BiblioMat vending machine that dispensed books made headlines internationally recently, but book vending machines have been around for many years. Here's a brief history from the Huffington Post's John Geoghegan. | READ MORE

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