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Face Place Photo Booth Operators Look Forward To Valentine’s Day Sales

GREENVALE, NY – Valentine’s Day has become a multi-billion dollar business that includes flowers, candy, and a variety of other tokens of affection. Over the past few years, Apple Industries has helped its operators to grab a part of the Valentine’s Day excitement with new art that

Embed Appoints New Head of NASA Operations

Dallas, TX, February 2018 – Furthering its commitment to excellence, Embed has appointed Mark Rossow as Senior Vice President, Americas, for the company. Rossow will oversee Embed’s Dallas, Texas US headquarters and promote its continued growth in North and South America.

Five Star Shines in 2017, Completes 9 Acquisitions

CHATTANOOGA, TN – The pursuit of achieving measurable improvement from the prior year is the basis of nearly all new year’s resolutions. In 2017, Five Star set out to have the best year in the company’s 24-year history. While a few goals were left unmet, by many measures

Parlevel Announces Lightspeed Integration to Streamline Warehouse Operations

San Antonio, Tx, February 6th 2018 Parlevel Systems, the technology provider for the most productive network of food and beverage operators in the world, announced an integration with Lightspeed Automation, the industry leader in warehouse automation.

Herschend Family Entertainment Chooses The Locker Network for a Fourth Property

Dallas, TX, January 2018 – With the recent installation of its advanced electronic locker system at Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ, The Locker Network now provides guest security for four properties owned or operated by Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE).

Parlevel Announces Quickbooks Integration to Optimize Bookkeeping

San Antonio, TX, January 24, 2018 Parlevel Systems, the technology provider for the most productive network of vending, coffee, and micro market operators in the world, announced an integration with Quickbooks accounting and bookkeeping software. Financial information collected by Parlevel’s Vending Management System

ITO EN and NEOS to Add WeChat Payment in Vending Machine

by APVA & China VMF organizing committee  – Since WeChat payment entered the Japanese market in 2015, commercial facilities have added Wechat payment functions. Recently, Japanese beverage giant, ITO EN, also added WeChat payment function into vending machines.

365 Retail Markets to Host 4th Annual MEET User Group Conference in Las Vegas

365 Retail Markets to host user group conference, prior to NAMA Show. Troy, MI—January 22, 2018—365 Retail Markets is pleased to announce that the 4th annual MEET User Group Conference will be held on Tuesday, March 20th at the Las Vegas Convention Center The MEET event will Motivate, Educate…

Controversial Litigation bans the possession and use of coin-operated air machines for tire inflation

This litigation has been controversial in Hempstead, New York, the largest Town in America. It is relevant to tire pressure vending in municipalities across the nation.  On January 2, 2018, New York State Supreme Court Justice Karen V. Murphy enjoined the Town of Hempstead from enforcing a law…

ShelfX Facial Recognition Fridge Charges Shoppers for What They Take

BOULDER, CO – ShelfX, provider of revolutionary at-shelf buying and inventory management solutions, is proud to announce that it has been recognized as the winner of the NAMA (National Automatic Merchandising Association) 2013 Innovation Awards in the Vending Machines/Micro Markets/Kiosks.

Global Vending Announces Record Growth

Palm Beach County, Florida- January 15, 2019 – Global Vending (, Florida’s premier vending company, announces today that it achieved a stellar year for growth in 2017, as demonstrated by significant increases in clients.

Vagabond and vīv Commerce Enable Kiosk-less Markets

Washington, DC January 18th, 2018 – Vagabond ( announced the release of vīv Checkout, its payments solution for micro markets and other unattended retail environments. vīv Checkout allows consumers to easily view nutritional information and purchase their favorite items through…

Helix Leisure announces the acquisition of Booking Boss

Helix LeisureHelix Leisure announces the acquisition of Booking Boss, a leading provider of online booking, ticketing and POS solutions for the tour, activity and attractions (TAA) industry in the Asia-Pacific region.

Booking Boss, headquartered in Sydney, Australia, provides sophisticated and powerful cloud-based ticketing, reservation and point of sales solutions to businesses looking to modernize their business practices, retain customers through memberships and season passes and provide 24/7 booking capabilities to global consumers with their innovative and award-winning products. Read More

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LAI Games Introduces Attendant-free VR to European Market

virtual-rabbids-gameDallas, TX USA – January 2018 – The upcoming EAG International in London will mark the European debut of LAI Games’ Virtual Rabbids: The Big Ride, the industry’s first attendant-free Virtual Reality ride that is operated and serviced like a traditional coin-op game. The ride was shown for the first time at the IAAPA Expo in November, where it received widespread acclaim. Read on

Automated Merchandising Systems and Vagabond Announce AMS Touchless Machine Available for Preorder

ams-touchless-by-vagabond-logoWashington, DC, December 29th, 2017 – Automated Merchandising Systems ( and Vagabond ( announced the ability to preorder the AMS Touchless vending machine. AMS designed the sleek touchless machine without a side panel, eliminating the need for a credit card reader, bill validator, coin mechanism or any buttons. All purchases on the AMS Touchless machine are made through Vagabond’s embedded vīv commerce platform. Read on

Parlevel Announces USG Order Center Integration to Simplify OrderingUSG - Parlevel SystemsSan Antonio, TX, January 2, 2018 Parlevel Systems, the technology provider for the most productive network of vending, coffee, and micro market operators in the world, announced an integration to Unified Strategies Group’s (USG) Order Center. The integration syncs operational data from Parlevel’s vending management system (VMS) with USG’s Order Center.  Read on

Five Star Food Service DonatesFive Star Launches Non-Profit, Donates $30,000 to Local Food Bank

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Have you eaten today? Better yet, have your kids? Chances are if you’re reading this (and you have kids), you answered “yes”. Unfortunately, nearly 20% of the U.S. population answers “no” to both daily. Read More

The Most Anticipated Family Entertainment and Cultural Event in the Middle East Chooses Embed

Dallas, TX, December 2017 – Global Village in Dubai UAE, the region’s largest and first-ever multicultural festival park, has once again selected Embed as the revenue management system provider for its newest funfair land, Carnaval. Embed has… Read More

iClean Dog Wash – Most Advanced Dog Wash In The World!

The all-new iClean Dog Wash Futura leaves you with a first impression that is impossible to forget. The Futura has the same big plateau as the XL, which allows the dog to turn more easily and improves the washing experience. The design of the Futura goes far beyond its electric exterior. In so many ways, it is really all connected. Read More

Vagabond Supports ForKids Holiday Toy Drive with vīv

Washington, DC, December 6th, 2017 – Vagabond ( announced it is supporting the annual ForKids ( Holiday Toy Drive through use of Vagabond’s vīv Commerce platform to easily purchase toys and books for children in need. ForKids’ mission is to break the cycle of homelessness Read More

IAAPA Success for LAI Games, Award Winners Now in Stock and Shipping

Chris Brady-Deborah Papiernik-Melanie de Riberolles-Steve BryantDallas, TX USA – December 2017 – LAI Games reports a hugely successful showing at the IAAPA Expo last month, and would like to thank those who stopped by to see their latest offerings. The debut of Virtual Rabbids: The Big Ride,  Read More

Embed Strengthens Service with New Installation Manager
David T Dallas, TX, December 2017 – Illustrating its continuing commitment to great service, Embed has hired David Teitelbaum as Installation Manager. Read More

Parlevel Releases ‘Koin’ – Micro Market Payment Platform

Koin from parlevel systemsSan Antonio, TX, November 30, 2017 Parlevel Systems, the technology provider for the most productive network of vending, coffee, and micro market operators in the world, announced the release of koin… Read More

IAAPA 2017 Recap: Photo Studio Deluxe Continues to Shine; Apple ‘Gets Famous’ With Miss America

Face Place Photo BoothsOrlando, Florida, November 21, 2017 – Apple Industries ( enjoyed a smash success at this year’s International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions expo, thanks to hosting Miss America as a special guest and debuting new technology, new features and new upgrades and products for their industry-leading line of Face Place Photo Booths. This year’s IAAPA Show took place from Nov. 15-17 in Orlando, Florida, at the Orange County Convention Center.  Read More

Azkoyen USA machines certified by National Automatic Merchandising Association
azkoyen groupThis NAMA certification is only granted according to the public health requirements in the United States.The coffee machine models marketed in the USA earned this certification. Read More

Introducing The World’s First Frozen Yogurt Robot


1sourcevend Adds Check-In/Check-Out as Standard Feature for Locker Vending Machines

1SourceVendThe feature is powered by 1sourcevend’s powerful cloud-based inventory-control software
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Oct. 5, 2017) – 1sourcevend, in response to customer requests, has added check-in/check-out capabilities to its Automated Vending Manager locker vending machines, allowing for better inventory control of high-value, returnable items such as power tools, laptops, radios, safety equipment and more. Read More

Apple At IAAPA:  Be the First to See Scene Machine
Faceplace photo booths Miss AmericaOrlando, Florida, November 10, 2017 – Apple Industries (, the company that invented in-booth digital photo sharing on social media, is using this year’s IAAPA to launch its biggest, boldest, most amazing photo sharing feature yet…a social media extravaganza Read More

The Locker Network Showcases Revenue-generating Solutions at IAAPA

The Locker NetworkDallas, TX, November 2017 – The Locker Network will be displaying its keyless electronic locker system for theme parks, waterparks, ski resorts, trampoline parks  and other entertainment venues at the IAAPA Expo taking place next week in Orlando, Florida. Read More

Virtual-Rabbids-TBR-riders-01LAI Game-changer to Debut at IAAPA

Dallas, TX USA – November 2017 – Award-winning manufacturer LAI Games will have an industry first on display next week at the upcoming IAAPA Expo in Orlando. Virtual Rabbids: The Big Ride… Read More

Embed Displays Latest Innovations, Offers Promotion at IAAPA

Toolkit BoxDallas, TX, November 2017 – Embed, worldwide supplier of point of sale and revenue management
systems, will have its latest innovations on display at the IAAPA Expo in Orlando. These include thepremiere TOOLKIT software suite, the IAAPA Brass Ring Award-winning smartTouch family of card readers, and the emONE self-contained self-installed kiosk for unattended game rooms. Read More

Fun Factory Continues Mainland Expansion With 17th Embed Installation

Fun Factory Valencia CADallas, TX, October 2017 – Hawaii-based FEC chain Fun Factory continues to expand across the mainland with a new location in Valencia, California. Like Fun Factory’s other 16 locations throughout Hawaii and the continental US, the Valencia store expands on the unique Fun Factory guest experience and relies on the Embed system for point of sale, redemption center management, and the cashless operation of games and attractions. Read More

365 Retail Markets Welcomes New Chief Revenue Officer

365 Markets New Revenue Officer

Troy, MI – November 1, 2017 – 365 Retail Markets is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Ed Chapel as Chief Revenue Officer. Read More



Chowbotics Introduces Sally the Salad Robot Vending Machine

Chowbotics Salad Vending MachineSally the Salad Robot creates custom salads with up to 21 seasonal ingredients – replenished daily – in less than a minute, any time of day. Developed by food robotics company Chowbotics, Sally is intuitive and easy to use. Users place a bowl beneath the dispenser, make selections on a touchscreen interface and watch as Sally’s canisters shift to drop each ingredient in, one by one. Charlie Ayers, “the chef who fed Google,” is Executive Chef. Read More

The installed base of service robots will reach 264 million worldwide by 2026

Gothenburg, Sweden – October 17, 2017: According to a new research report from Berg Insight, the installed base of service robots reached 29.6 million worldwide at the end of 2016. The global service robot market is dominated by three segments that together accounted for a majority of the global installed base at the end of 2016. Read More

Central Park Fun-Land Trusts Embed for Guest Access

CentralParkFL_staffDallas, TX, October 2017 – Guests at Central Park Fun-Land in Fredericksburg, Virginia, can enjoy unlimited indoor and outdoor fun on the day of their visit and access all games and attractions with Embed’s Playwave™ RFID-enabled wristbands. In January, Central Park Fun-Land replaced another card system with Embed, interfacing with premiere POS provider CenterEdge, and the park reports seeing a number of benefits for both staff and guests since installing the system. Read More

The Locker Network Succeeds by Leaps and Bounds at the IATP Show
The Locker Networks Rustin Wright at the IATP Show 2017Dallas, TX, October 2017 – The Locker Network displayed its keyless electronic locker system at the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP) Show last month in Mission Hills, CA. Attendees needing a secure storage solution for their park guests were eager to see the state-of-the-art system that The Locker Network provides and learn more about its robust reporting and revenue tracking features. Read More

Five Star Soars Past 750 Markets, 850 is on the Horizon

CHATTANOOGA, TN – In January, there was a promise to make this year (2017) the most exciting in company history. When it comes to micro markets at Five Star, there has certainly been no lack of excitement. Entering the final quarter of the calendar year Five Star is growing its retail micro market line of business at the fastest pace it has ever experienced. Over 150 markets have been added in the first nine months of the year. Read More

People on the move at Helix Leisure

Tom ParsensDallas, TX, September 2017 – Helix Leisure, parent company of Embed, LAI Games and The Locker Network, is pleased to announce changes to the senior management of its Dallas-based US operations. In line with Helix Leisure’s continued expansion, incumbent US General Manager, Ted Parsons is transitioning into the role of Group Director of Business Systems. Read More

Tubz Brands launches Sqwishland bulk vending toys in Europe – 20 million sold per year in US
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British vending company Tubz Brands brings Sqwishland vending products outside US for first time, with distribution rights for Europe and Australia. Read More

New Hawaiian Installation Marks 8th Embed System for Lucky Strike

Embed Kiosks at Lucky Strike SocialDallas, TX, September 2017 – Embed continues its growth in the Aloha State with the installation of its cashless system in the new Lucky Strike Social at the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu. Read More


Parlevel and IVA Partner to Increase Worldwide Vending Efficiency

Parlevel systems IVAParlevel Systems, the technology provider of the most productive network of vending, coffee and micro markets operators in the world, and the International Vending Alliance (IVA) have announced a preferred partnership to offer technology solutions to IVA members worldwide. Read More

Nayax LLC To Provide Aid for Victims of Hurricane Harvey Will Donate Percentage of Sales in September to Relief Efforts

NayaxAugust 29, 2017 – Following the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Nayax LLC will donate 5% of new sales of VPOS cashless payment solution for vending devices, from now until the end of September 2017, to relief efforts. Read More

Chattanooga Community Kitchen & Five Star Partner to Feed the Hungry

Five Star Food Service

CHATTANOOGA, TN – As the year 2017 quietly rushes closer to its finish, it adds one more milestone to the Five Star Food Service-Chattanooga Community Kitchen partnership, that exists solely to support and benefit the Chattanooga community. The latest milestone achieved by this unique team is 7 consecutive years of community oriented cooperation. Read more

Factory Direct “Value Added” Vending Machine Package, From All Brands Vending
Factory Direct Added Value Package
Des Moines, Iowa, – All Brands Vending National Sales Director, Bill Fankell announces they are offering a New Factory Direct Value Added Campaign to assist the small vending us operator to expand their vending machine business. “Since 1931 our company has assisted more people in the US to get into the Vending Business and grow their business “The Right Way”, per Bill.  Read On

Nayax Expands Germany Presence With Paycult

Nayax Paycult


Tubz Brands and Candy Crush creators launch brand new ‘Twin Tub’ vending concept

Tubz Brands Candy Crush VendingUK vending tower franchise Tubz Brands is launching a brand new ‘Twin Tub’ vending concept with King, the brand behind the world famous Candy Crush app-based games.

The concept is one tub containing both a candy offering, and in a completely separate section of the same tub, a Candy Crush novelty, such as a character keyring. These vending products will be available towards the end of 2017. Read More

Tubz Brands secures European rights for Sqwishland products – 20 million sold in USA each year

Squish landUK vending franchise Tubz Brands has acquired European distribution rights for the Sqwishland brand, which currently sells over 20 million toy capsules a year in the US.

This means Tubz Brands will be the first and currently only distributor of Sqwishland vending products outside the United States. Vending rights also include Australia, where Tubz Brands has a master franchise. Sqwishland vending products are hugely popular in the US, with an excess of 20 million being sold each year. No other vending product ties in with a gaming app. Read More


Apple Industries Does Mitsubishi Electric Proud with Cutting-Edge (and Award-Winning) Photo Booths


Face Place Apple IndustiresIRVINE, Calif., 2017 – American popular culture is extremely good at updating traditional products and content for the 21st century. Like this summer’s biggest movie blockbuster box office hit about the first American super heroine featured first in a 1940s-comic book but with updated costume, boosted with high-tech special effects and a great new attitude.

Meanwhile, another hi-tech update is also doing blockbuster business in movie theaters nationwide. Apple Industries is attracting tens of thousands of customers daily to its Face Place Photo Booths— and Mitsubishi Electric printers are a crucial part of this success story. Read More

Apple Industries promotes Anita Villalta to Director of Customer Support

Anita Villalta Apple IndustriesAnita leads an expanding Support team with new technology, new authority and new capabilities to help operators more than ever.

Greenvale, NY, May 20, 2017 – Apple Industries is promoting longtime Customer Service Manager Anita Villalta to the newly created role of Director of Customer Support, where she will oversee a larger and more powerful department that is growing to meet the needs of Apple’s expanding customer base. Read More…

USA Technologies and Five Star Food Service Announce Landmark Deal for Unattended Retail Market with a Five-Year Strategic Agreement

Five Star ServicesAgreement Includes Nearly 9,000 ePort Interactive Devices, Positioning Them as a Leader in the Emerging Unattended Retail Advertising Market

MALVERN, Pa. & CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– USA Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:USAT) (“USAT”), a payment technology provider of cashless and mobile transactions in self-serve retail, today announced a landmark strategic agreement with Five Star Food Service, a progressive full-service vending, micro markets, office refreshment services and corporate dining company that has grown to one of the largest privately held operators in the United States. The strategic deployment of USAT’s technology across Five Star’s markets is actively leveraging USAT’s Premium Services program for rapid deployment that optimizes operational efficiencies and creates a tailored cashless payment and engagement program. Read More…

Embed Showcases Latest in Debit Card Systems in the Lion City

sts-full-tap-or-swipeDallas, TX, May 2017 – Embed will have the latest in debit card technology on display at the Asian Attractions Expo taking place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore June 14-16, 2017. The event is the premier international conference and trade show for the attractions industry in the Asia-Pacific region, and is owned and produced by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). Embed’s parent company, Helix Leisure, has its world headquarters in Singapore. Read More…


Minnesota Automatic Merchandising Association(Chicago) May 31, 2017 – Tuesday night, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a budget bill that included tax parity for vending operators in the state. Members of the Minnesota Automatic Merchandising Council (MAMC) and NAMA have worked diligently over the last two years on this legislation. Read More

New from Microtronic US, a transfer station designed for vending operators using legacy Debitek stored-value payment systems

Transfer Station by Microtronic USHIGH POINT, NC — New from Microtronic US is a transfer station designed for vending operators using legacy Debitek stored-value payment systems. The device permits balances on Debitek cards to be transferred to Microtronic’s payment media.

According to Microtronic, the new transfer station represents a mature stored-value technology that easily can replace Debitek end-of-life installations. Read More




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