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CEO, Joe Hessling & President of 365 International, John Chidiac were featured on the M2 TechCast with Tech248, discussing our concepts & technologies that elevate customer experience in the vending and foodservice industries.
365 Retail Markets CEO, Joe Hessling will be speaking at the European Vending Experience (EVEX) 2016 show, held on November 24 & 25 in Cannes, France.
In collaboration with the French Vending Association (NAVSA), the European Vending Association (EVA) has organized information sessions, Q&A panels, vendor exhibits, and an awards dinner with forward-thinking topics focused on boosting business success, technology, and innovation.
EVEX is a unique annual event for all sectors of the vending and office coffee service (OCS) industry, and incorporates the EVA AGM and Conference. Its diverse topics are designed to be insightful and relevant, with practical business knowledge shared among event attendees. EVEX also usefully combines a mini exhibition directly targeted to industry experts.
Join the excitement to see Joe discuss MicroMarkets: A Successful Business Concept on November 24.
Last month, the 365 International team packed up a few kiosks and hit the road to join in the excitement at the 2016 CAMA Expo, September 15 – 17, 2016 in British Columbia. Sales of 365’s MicroMarket kiosks have taken off in Canada, making this event a great opportunity for face time with our customers.
The Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association hosts the Expo as their annual flagship event to connect exhibitors and operators through product showcases, networking, and educational sessions, furthering their vision of elevating professionalism and leadership in the vending and office coffee service industry.
The 365 crew included Chief Operating Officer John Chidiac, Account Executive Jon Floyd, and International Coordinator Jessica Cox. After some time well spent at the Expo, they were excited to share their experience.
According to Jessica, “The CAMA show was a great opportunity for a wide variety of vendors and suppliers to come together in a more intimate setting, and discuss the many possibilities of partnership for the future of the vending industry.”
“As usual, CAMA provides a unique setting to give customers and exhibitors an environment that allows for productive discussions.” John added, regarding the event.
The vending industry is currently experiencing a significant shift in legal compliance and customer engagement. Not only are the caloric disclosure FDA regulations taking effect in December 2016, but consumer expectations are increasingly focused on informed healthy snacking and cashless payment methods.
Without the proper tools, keeping up can feel impossible. The simplest solution is to integrate technology, but avoiding pricey machine updates is crucial.
Digital vending accessories are the solution. Products like AirVend can be retrofitted to enable existing machines to accept a wider variety of payment methods and display signage containing nutritional information and promotional details.
365 Retail Markets recently joined the NAMA Fly-In in Washington, DC on July 12-13. This event offered an opportunity to meet with members of Congress and speak with representatives of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the new calorie disclosure requirements and their impact on the vending and foodservice industries.
In discussions throughout NAMA’s Fly-In event, manufacturers (such as Kellogg’s and Mondelez) and operators alike expressed concern about the daunting transition ahead.
For manufacturers, the issue centered on special product labeling for the vending industry, which would need to be developed according to the standards for displaying caloric values in font at least 50% of the packaging’s largest text.
Meanwhile, operators were unnerved at the prospect of adding required signage to hundreds (even thousands) of vending machines in multiple locations, which would be costly and time-consuming. The price and environmental impact of printing will be steep, while the design and display requirements will be limiting. And that’s just at the beginning. Down the line, sign maintenance will need to be an anticipated responsibility. Signs will need to be replaced in the event of wear, updated information, and amended requirements.
365 Retail Markets is here for you, to make the transition a little smoother.
AirVend is a peripheral device with digital display that easily attaches to a vending machine. This accessory will exhibit the nutritional values and company contact information necessary to comply with the FDA calorie disclosure requirements.
AirVend also accepts electronic forms of payment, which are used 32% more than cash. This technology also includes the added benefit of displaying advertisements, which can influence purchases and increase sales volumes by up to 35%.
Digital vending devices (such as AirVend) will not only facilitate compliance with new regulations, but also provide the opportunity to increase revenue stream, recoup the initial financial investment, and incorporate cutting-edge technology that will enable future updates.
365 offers special savings on volume pricing. Contact us today for more information.
If you’re part of a small business, you’re likely aware that legislature can greatly influence the way you operate. The good news is that, as it turns out, small business can influence legislature right back.
The 365 team took Lansing by storm! Thanks to Eric Dell of NAMA for this snapshot (5/18/16). From left: Samantha Malott, Laura Robinson, Stefano Ferri, Chris Andrick & John Veit.
Just a few weeks ago, 365 Retail Markets was trekking up to Lansing for a little political influence of our own. We were making our way to join the Michigan Distributors & Vendors Association Day at the Capitol. MDVA is our industry’s state advocacy organization, working on our behalf to influence tax and regulatory legislature. 365 Sales Director, John Veit explains it well: “MDVA is an important and influential organization that represents small to large vending and food service operators and complimentary partners in the food and hospitality industry to our elected representatives and lawmakers, to ensure that we have a voice in Michigan.”
How do they accomplish this, you ask? They’ve got some tricks up their sleeve…
Okay not tricks, but techniques. MDVA Day at the Capitol is an annual event, where candy boxes are used to lure state representatives and senators to a networking luncheon with association members. With a group comprised entirely of food distributors and vendors, you know those boxes are chock-full of great treats!
It wasn’t all candy and handshakes though. Prior to hand-delivering luncheon invitations, our group was briefed on priority issues and bills in process that could impact our businesses. The hot topic of the day was MDVA’s support of SB 774, Senator Joe Hune’s bill to centralize the licensing and inspection of food and coffee vending machines under the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD). Presently, this is managed by the 45 local public health departments across the state, making cost and regulation inconsistent and difficult to follow. Passing this bill would provide a coherent, statewide licensing and inspection program, saving the industry thousands of dollars. In a trade primarily assembled of small businesses, it’s understandable how such legislature attracted substantial involvement. Senate Bill 774 is currently still in process, but MDVA has an impressive track record of legislative successes.
So, what should you take away from this?
Your small (or not-so-small) company can have an impact too!
Advocacy organizations such as MDVA exist to represent a broad spectrum of industries and political views, providing a mouthpiece for citizens affected by governmental action (aka all of us!).
Automatic merchandising is an exploding field. With traditional vending machines, techy micro markets, and breakthrough NanoMarkets (what!), its hard to tell where you fit in anymore! Well, brush off that identity crisis ‘cuz we’ve got the cure! Answer the following questions honorably (that means no cheating), to find out your vending personality!