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  • The $30 hot dog guy is a capitalist hero

    06/07/2015 11:30:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The New York Post ^ | May 22, 2015 | Kyle Smith
    I’m shocked by one aspect of the story of the guy selling $30 hot dogs to tourists near the World Trade Center — shocked that he was fired. Who knew hot-dog men could be fired? As for that other detail — selling a hot dog for considerably “more than it’s worth,” so what? Apple makes a huge profit on every device it sells. Does anyone think Apple is guilty of “price gouging”? Moreover, a hot dog is guaranteed not to shatter when it falls on the sidewalk, and I’ve never had to reboot my sauerkraut. No hot dog has ever...
  • NYC will get 500 solar-powered food carts this summer (100 earmarked for disabled veterans)

    05/15/2015 1:37:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Treehugger ^ | May 12, 2015 | Derek Markham
    In a pilot program designed to reduce GHG emissions and safety risks and provide better clean food preparation in mobile food vending, the Big Apple will be home to the next generation of eco-friendly food carts.Food carts, while being convenient for consumers and a good small business venture for foodies and entrepreneurs, are also a source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollution, as well as being potential public safety hazards from their onboard propane tanks. And in a metropolis like New York City, with some 8000 mobile food carts on the streets, the environmental and health effects of...
  • Can Amazon Be An Online Price Club That Tempts Vending Operators?

    05/01/2015 2:47:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Vending Marketwatch ^ | April 30, 2015 | Emily Refermat, a leader in the world of online retailing, is making waves due to the recent launch of Amazon Business, a new marketplace on that combines the selection, convenience and value with new features and unique benefits tailored to businesses. It was one of the reasons Amazon had a booth at the NAMA OneShow last week in Las Vegas, NV. I stopped in while walking the show and talked to the representatives. They were announcing the Amazon Business opportunity and gauging the interest from operators. From what I’ve seen so far, while Amazon Business is in its early stages,...
  • Pizza pronto! Vending machine that rustles up a fresh pie in just THREE minutes...

    08/05/2014 10:25:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 7, 2014 | Sadie Whitelocks
    A pizza vending machine takes convenience food to a whole new level, delivering fresh pies to customers in just three minutes 24/7. The Let's Pizza unit invented by Claudio Torghele, an entrepreneur from Rovereto, Italy, mixes flour and water together and presses the dough flat to create a 10.5 inch base. Desired toppings are then added and the meal is flash-cooked in a high temperature infrared oven at 380 degrees Celsius. While the baking process is underway, a takeaway box is prepared. The finished pie is then placed in the cardboard container and delivered through a slot. As they wait...
  • Beach town's ban prompts battle over shave ice

    07/28/2014 8:18:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    KOTV-TV / The Associated Press ^ | July 28, 2014 | Jennifer McDermott
    WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - A $3 cup of shave ice is at the center of a dispute in this beach town between street vendors trying to stay in business and town officials who say the vendors cause traffic congestion and increase the potential for accidents. George Manko sells Hawaiian shave ice in a private parking lot for beachgoers in Westerly, where celebrities including Taylor Swift and Conan O'Brien have summer homes. The town recently banned street vendors, except for at festivals and one-time events. Town councilors who supported the ban said they did so because the police chief expressed safety...
  • Watch This Vending Machine Make Pizza

    05/24/2014 7:10:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | March 21, 2014 | Erin McCarthy, managing editor
    News broke today that Sprinkles Cupcakes will install New York City's first 24-hour cupcake ATM at its Upper East Side location next week. The unit has a 760 cupcake capacity and can dispense up to four sweet treats at a time. That's pretty cool—but not as cool as a vending machine that makes fresh pizza in under three minutes. Behold Let's Pizza:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Invented by entrepreneur Claudio Torghele, Let's Pizza machines were initially designed and manufactured in Northern Italy. Customers choose between up to four kinds of pies, and watch through windows as the machine adds water to flour, kneads the dough,...
  • There's Now a Burrito Vending Machine in L.A.

    01/07/2014 3:48:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Mon., Jan. 6 2014 | Anna Roth
    <p>The future could be lurking in a corner of a 24-hour Mobil station on Santa Monica Boulevard. At least that's the first location of the new burrito vending machine, BurritoBox, which seems like a legit (though probably misguided) enterprise and not a hoax. An intrepid Reddit user claims to have tried the thing and describes it as "like a gourmet frozen burrito without the s****y texture you get from the microwave." Details on the website are scarce, but per an Instagram video it appears that the machine dispenses Evol burritos in flavors like chicken and rice, shredded beef, and bacon, egg, and cheese. Add-ons like sour cream and guacamole come in separate containers, implying that the burritos are pre-made -- so in actuality it might be more like a really big, orange microwave.</p>
  • Research Report Predicts Automated Microstores to Grow to Over 35,000 Locations

    12/29/2013 2:53:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Sys-Con Media ^ | December 23, 2013
    AVT, Inc. (OTC Markets: AVTC) (, a leader in custom vending machines, business opportunities, and kiosks, commented today on a research report that predicted over 35,000 Micromarket locations within the decade. The study, written by noted market research company Bachtelle and Associates, and published in Vending Times Magazine, said that this is a "new channel" and is "driving more sales, pleasing customers and exciting our industry." "We predict that there will be 13,000 Micromarkets on location by 2015, and 35,000 within a decade," Brad Bachtelle stated. AVT is a leader in Micromarket design and development. From their unique UShop systems,...
  • Fresh pizza vending machine delivered to the US

    10/17/2013 5:56:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 14, 2012 | Devin Coldewey
    Late-night cravings for pizza may soon be satisfied not by all-night delivery, but by this huge vending machine. Invented by Italians and just now arriving on our fair shores, the Let's Pizza machine actually creates the pizza more or less from scratch, and then bakes it as you watch. The future is here, and it's a bit carb-heavy. Unlike the frozen and reheated affairs you're likely to find at a 7-11, this pizza is actually created when you order it, from "fresh" ingredients. The dough is mixed and flattened, the sauce spread, the cheese and toppings sprinkled. Some items are...
  • Fort Lauderdale company offers alternative to lunch lines in Broward schools (Vending machines)

    09/02/2013 10:35:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | August 27, 2013 | Miriam Valverde
    Viviana Sanchez surveyed the long lunch line at Northeast High School last week and pondered her options. And she was glad she had options. Instead of waiting forever in the cafeteria line for a less-than-appetizing meal, the sophomore strolled over to a vending machine and had her lunch within seconds. "I like this better," Sanchez said last Thursday after pulling out a yogurt parfait and chocolate milk from Star Food Healthy Express machine. "This tastes better and it's quicker to get." The Oakland Park school is one of about 40 middle schools and high schools within the Broward County Public...
  • Phoenix Woman Ordered to Not Give Out Water in 112 Degree Heat Because She Lacked a Permit

    08/21/2012 2:06:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Reason ^ | 08/21/2012 | Brian Doherty
    This is what government is all about. Forget roads, mass murder through warfare, or locking people up for their consumption choices: it's making sure that no one gives out water without a permit.This is from last week but I believe un-noted here: ABC-TV 15 from Phoenix reports that local Christian proselytizer Dana Crow-Smith was ordered by a "Neighborhood Preservation Inspector" to stop giving out free bottled water last month because she lacked a vending permit, though she was not vending.She is threatening to sue the city with help from the Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties group with a focus...
  • How far will you go for Fantastic Delites? (It's Called WORKING to get Stuff!)Video

    07/10/2012 2:26:34 PM PDT · by Dallas59
    Youtube ^ | 7/10/2012 | Youtube
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  • Baguette vending machine

    08/10/2011 10:29:19 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 8 replies
    CBS ^ | 8-10-11 | Bailey Johnson
    (CBS/AP) - Today in "God, could they be more French?" French baker Jean-Louis Hecht has rolled out a 24-hour automated baguette dispenser, promising warm bread for hungry night owls, shift workers or anyone else who doesn't have time to pick one up during their bakery's opening hours.
  • World's Strangest Vending Machines

    10/03/2010 5:14:49 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/2/10 | Katrina Brown Hunt
    For travelers, a vending machine can be a welcome sight. Perhaps it’s just for a quick snack when the rest of the airport is closed. Or, overseas, an easy transaction without any language hurdles. But these days, the vending machine is diversifying. Now travelers can find all sorts of things inside these contraptions—items that range from the practical to the absurd...
  • Boy Rescued After Crawling Into Vending Machine

    10/02/2010 9:21:18 PM PDT · by Ellendra · 26 replies
    SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. -- A 9-year-old boy was rescued on Saturday morning after climbing into a claw-crane vending machine at a Wal-Mart in Sun Prairie. Firefighters said that somehow the boy crawled through the 1-foot-by-1-foot opening on the front of the machine and was sitting with the stuffed animals inside. The lock was cut and the boy was removed a few minutes after help arrived. Officials said that boy wasn't injured and suffered only a small scratch on his nose. After the entire ordeal, the boy went home with two stuffed animals from the machine. The child's mother said that...
  • Pennsylvania launches wine vending machines

    07/08/2010 7:41:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    ny daily news ^ | 7/8/10 | ap
    Swipe your driver's license, look into the camera, blow into the breath sensor and - voila! - you have permission to buy a bottle of wine from a vending machine. Pennsylvania, which has some of the most Byzantine liquor laws in the nation, recently introduced the country's first wine "kiosks." If the machines are successful in their test run inside two grocery stores, the state Liquor Control Board could place the high-tech alcohol automats in about 100 others.
  • UAE unveils world's first gold bar vending machine

    05/13/2010 11:18:55 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 17 replies · 692+ views
    Arabian Business ^ | Thursday, 13 May 2010 | Elsa Baxter
    The world’s first gold bar vending machine has been unveiled at Emirates Palace. The Gold To Go machine, itself covered in 24-carat gold, dispenses one, five and 10 gram bars as well as one ounce bars of gold, the National reported on Thursday. Six gold coins of varied weights and engraved with symbols of gold-producing nations Canada, Australia and South Africa, are also dispensed by the machine. About AED175 will buy a one gram bar, AED760 a five gram bar and AED4,645 an ounce, the paper reports. “It brings gold to the public,” Thomas Geissler, the chief executive of Ex...
  • Obama wants school vending machines banned

    02/08/2010 1:06:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 81 replies · 1,578+ views
    ms DNC ^ | 2/8/10 | ap
    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration will ask Congress to improve childhood nutrition by ridding school vending machines of sugary snacks and drinks and giving school lunch and breakfast to more kids. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the administration will seek changes when Congress overhauls the Childhood Nutrition Act. "Our children deserve better nutrition, and our country's better and brighter future depends on it," Vilsack said. "And with the reauthorization of the Childhood Nutrition Act scheduled this year, there won't be a better time than now to act boldly."
  • Gold can be available through vending machines in Germany now

    06/07/2009 6:03:12 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 16 replies · 863+ views
    Pravda ^ | 6-3-09 (or 03-06-09?) | uanttributed
    A vending machine selling tiny gold bars was launched at the main railway station in Germany’s Frankfurt-am-Main. The ATM machine, the size of a phone-booth and shaped as a gold bar, was installed in the financial metropolis of the European Union, Itar-Tass news agency reports. The new service appeared because of the aspiration of the Germans to rescue their savings during the crisis converting the funds on their bank accounts to gold bars. About 59 tons of gold bars and coins were sold to natural persons during the first quarter of the current year in Germany. The gold sales exceeded...
  • Judaic studies from a vending machine

    02/27/2009 1:55:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 149+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/27/09 | Elan Lubliner
    You won't find cola, cigarettes or packs of gum in the lonely vending machine on the third floor of the capital's central bus station. Instead, you'll find siddurim, machzorim and other religious books on sale for just NIS 10-15. A vending machine at the Central Bus Station offers travelers Judaic books for sale. Photo: Nadia Beidas The vending machine is there because of Meoros HaDaf HaYomi, an organization dedicated to spreading the study of Judaism in general and Gemara in particular. HaDaf HaYomi has more than 500 classes around the country and publishes books, videos and audio clips on the...
  • The Laughable Scam That Is ‘Medical’ Marijuana

    06/09/2008 5:24:53 AM PDT · by Invisigoth · 53 replies · 74+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | June 9, 2008 | Lucia de Vernai
    There are a few constants in the discussion of American domestic politics: Rising costs, shady politicians and our Puritan ethics. Gas prices are depressing and politicians are repetitive, so that leaves us with the contraband. The 11 states that have legalized medicinal marijuana have their share of grief from opposition groups ranging from scared parents to DEA officials trying to monitor the production of the leafy painkiller. But besides being controversial, the distribution of marijuana for medicinal purposes has now officially become ridiculous. The boundaries between the justifiable purpose of the substance and the not-so-underground culture of recreational use have...
  • School Vending Machines 'Out' with Health Advocates

    07/13/2003 11:49:45 AM PDT · by yonif · 12 replies · 696+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/13/2003 | Lauren Weber - Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - As popularity contests go, vending machines may no longer be part of the "in" crowd in American high schools. At least, that is the hope of some legislators and health advocates. Last month, for example, the largest U.S. school district -- located in New York City -- decided to ban soft drinks, sweet snacks and candy from its vending machines. And more legislation, both state and local, is expected as legislators and educators battle a growing obesity epidemic. "Over the last two years, we've noticed a vast increase in the number of bills introduced that would...