“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 »

“JetBlue and Random House Reprise Soar with Reading” by Emma Kantor, Publishers Weekly

Random House Children’s Books has launched its seventh annual Soar with Reading program, in partnership with JetBlue. This year’s initiative will bring 100,000 free books to children in need in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., through custom vending machines. The program will run through August 31. Soar with Reading was created as a way to fight book… Read more »