“JetBlue Vending Machines Land In Bay Area To Encourage Reading ‘Book Deserts'” by Emily Jed, Vending Times

NEW YORK CITY — JetBlue said San Francisco and Oakland, CA are the next locations to receive free book vending machines as part of the airline’s annual Soar with Reading program. This literacy initiative tackles the issue of “book deserts” and provides access to age-appropriate books to children in underserved communities. To kick off the… Read more »

“Innovative Vending Solutions Adapts Crane Machine For Marketing Events” by Emily Jed, Vending Times

DAYTON, OH — Innovative Vending Solutions is now offering an “activated” claw crane machine designed to add excitement at events for marketing and promotions. The machine combines the fun of trying to win a prize through a claw machine, with the capability to use an “activation” as a form of payment, enabling a free play…. Read more »

“How Beer Vending Machines Will Verify Your Age” by Mike Pomranz, Food & Wine Magazine

Self-service beer machines are yet another thing blockchain technology could make possible. When you hear the phrase “blockchain,” your instinct may be to change the conversation before you’re stuck listening to unsolicited Bitcoin investment advice. But though blockchain makes cryptocurrencies possible, the technology behind it has plenty of other potential applications as well… like selling… Read more »

“A vending machine is standing in for Hurricane Harvey-damaged libraries in Texas” by Thu-Huong Ha, Quartzy

In late August, Hurricane Harvey swept through homes and businesses in and around Houston, Texas. As the city works to repair the estimated $80 billion in damage, the tiniest members of its community are recovering, too. Seven of Houston’s public library branches are still closed from the storm, and may stay closed for another year… Read more »

“Social media vending giveaway a big hit during Homecoming Week” by Micah Karr, Wright State Newsroom

Five minutes after the vending machine went up, the line was nearly across the Atrium of the Student Union. However, students weren’t lined up for snacks. They were waiting for free Wright State T-shirts and hats. The vending machine, supplied by 2007 Wright State graduate Jeff Thibodeau and his company, Innovative Vending Solutions, dispenses gear… Read more »

“Social media-activated vending machine draws crowd in Rudder Plaza” by Lauren McCaskill, The Battalion

A new type of social media promotion has popped up on campus in the form of a vending machine that encourages students to interact with Texas A&M’s social media accounts. Students can follow the university accounts and post a picture with the hashtag the machine provides and then receive their gift of choice. The machine… Read more »

“JetBlue’s ‘Soar With Reading’ Vending Machines Deliver Free Books To Fort Lauderdale Kids In Need” by Emily Jed, Vending Times

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL — JetBlue Airways is installing four custom vending machines at different locations in Ft. Lauderdale to distribute 100,000 books, free of charge, to children who need them most. Vending machines are a central component of JetBlue and Random House’s Children’s Books seventh annual Soar with Reading initiative.  The program aims to help… Read more »