“Social media-fueled vending machine back for Wright State Homecoming Week” by Karen Strider-Iiames, Wright State University Newsroom

The social media-activated vending machine will be back in Wright State’s Student Union Atrium Oct. 3-5 as part of Homecoming Week. Hundreds of Wright State University students posted to Twitter and Instagram for free Raider gear last year during Homecoming Week. Good news: The popular social media-activated vending machine will be back. And there’s even… Read more »

“‘Do Something’ vending machine popping up around town” by Caitlin Bowling, Insider Louisville

Louisvillians may spot a strange vending machine with the words “DO SOMETHING” printed on the side in various locations around the city this month. The vending machine, created by local creative and marketing agency Fieldtrip, is free to use and is stocked full of cards that ask people to do something, be it singing a… Read more »

“Lululemon just launched free vending machines with *all* of your running needs” by Tehrene Firman, Well and Good

There’s nothing worse than having your runner’s high interrupted by a period leak, case of chafing, or a snapped hair-tie. Usually, you’re left cutting your workout short and dealing with the issue at hand until you get home—but Lululemon is basically turning into your life-saving BFF with new digital vending machines that are stocked with… Read more »

“Innovative Vending Machines Are On The Rise” from Vending Market Watch

    Vending machines have become increasingly popular for consumers to make purchases on demand. There’s an initiative by some women at colleges looking for a Plan B vending machine. Another new vending machine in New York has made headlines for it’s jewelry. Vending machines are popping up all over the country, and oversees as… Read more »

“NYC-based designer brings high-end jewelry collection to vending machine in Brooklyn park” by Andrew Ramos, PIX11

WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — Most would agree the era of apps have made life a little easier and in most cases, innovation has completely cut out the middle man. A sign of these times has surfaced at a park in Williamsburg where Manhattan-based jewelry designer Marla Aaron is selling her high end jewelry out of a… Read more »

“How Book Vending Machines Can Help Those Living In America’s Book Deserts” by Adam Rowe, Forbes

    Low-income neighborhoods in major cities across America have book deserts — a limited access to children’s books negatively impacts children’s vocabulary and reading comprehension. Book vending machines, installed in high-trafficked areas within these book deserts by NYC’s JetBlue airline, might be able to combat the problem. In 2016, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture,… Read more »

“Nike has a plan to survive retail’s existential crisis—and it’s working” by Marc Bain, Quartz

    Retail has been in a state of flux, particularly in the US. It’s not an apocalypse so much as an existential reckoning, brought on by one-time leaders shuttering stores at a record clip and companies large and small asking themselves how to keep their physical spaces relevant to shoppers. Nike has seen the… Read more »

“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 »