“Miamisburg firm creates custom vending machines” by Thomas Gnau, Dayton Daily News

Miamisburg — Patrick McDonald just wanted to figure out how to sell more T-shirts. From that, his business was born. Miamisburg-based Innovative Vending Solutions (IVS) customizes vending machines to dispense almost any product in almost any setting. The company’s core products include automated retail and self-serve kiosk devices. But McDonald and his partner in IVS,… Read more »

“Twitter-Activated Vending Machine Wows Crowds In Pittsburgh” by Emily Jed, Vending Times

PITTSBURGH — A vending machine activated by tweets sent from patrons’ cellphones could be the first use of such an application in the U.S., and it served as a novel promotional tool at the recent One Young World Summit here. Dayton, OH-based Innovative Vending Solutions developed the Twitter-activated machine for iStrategyLabs, an experiential marketing company…. Read more »

“Interactive ‘Jell-Oh Face’ Vender Draws Crowds In Canada” by Emily Jed, Vending Times

TORONTO — A one-of-a-kind vending machine was the center of a high-profile Jell-O sampling event here at Yonge-Dundas Square in late June. Several thousand Canadians interacted with the vender to sample a free pudding — and enjoy 15 seconds of fame. After activating the closed-front, refrigerated machine with their best “Jell-Oh Face” — recognized by… Read more »

“Robotic Retail” by Gary Rusak, Kidscreen

Vending machines might still be most readily regarded of as a convenient way to grab a chocolate bar or soda, particularly in North America, but new technology on the block is looking to change that perception and open up an alternative retail avenue at the same time. According to IBISWorld, the global vending machine business… Read more »