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 »
The buildup to the Nov. 28 opening of IKEA in Winnipeg continues, with the company now featuring a vending machine at different sites around the city. The machine features IKEA gift cards and snacks, and Winnipeggers have chances to win prizes. More information on its locations is available on IKEA’s Twitter page.
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 »
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 »
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 »
There is one assumed perk in opting to buy a t-shirt from a vending machine: you get to avoid the store’s pushy salesman. Thirty seconds into browsing through the inventory list on one of the new Mark’s Work Wearhouse vending machines located at Union Station, the shopper is bombarded by a message prompt asking, “Do… Read more »