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Canadian Vending: 3 Takeaways from the CAMA Expo

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As a supplier and exhibitor, you might be surprised to learn that we too take away valuable insights by attending the annual industry tradeshows. I, being relatively new to the industry, (4.5 years now) especially find I always learn new things by attending. Early in October, I went to the 2014 Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association Expo, in Quebec City. Joined by 3 of my colleagues from CPI, I learned some things that prove yet again that all vending...

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MEI Associate Spotlight: Channel Supply / Customer Service Manager - Vending

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Meet Chris Smoll. She is a 25 year tenured associate with CPI, formerly for MEI. Chris has held a myriad of positions during her career with MEI. Some of these positions include: production lead, Engineering documentation, credit and collections, Finance, Production planning, and Commercial. Now, her role as Channel Supply and Customer Service Manager for the CPI Vending business keeps her busy and is certainly critical to both our success and more importantly our customers' success. Here's from our Q&A...

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Bill Recycling: It isn't Hearsay, It's Fact.

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on 2014-10-13
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A few months ago, we shared some video snippets on our MEI Vending YouTube channel of operators who "testified" to the many benefits they've experience with bill recycling, beyond the traditional 15-20% sales lift you traditionally hear about. It's that time of year when operators start to look at the budget remaining for the year or even starting to forecast for what the following year should look like technology wise. So, we challenge you not to ice out your...

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Attending the China Vending Show

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I have just returned from Shanghai where The China Vending Show was held from September 25th through 27th. This show has grown over the years and is now larger in physical floor space than our NAMA show in the US. My goal in this blog is to give you some insight into this emerging vending market. Vending in China is just beginning, with less than 100,000 vending machines in a country of 1.3 billion people. The city of Shanghai alone has...

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The Do's and Don'ts of Installation: Advance 5000 Telemeter

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on 2014-09-29
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Every technician knows that good performance starts with good installation. And when it comes to the installation of payment devices inside the tight spots inside a vending machine, this theory certainly rings true. Installing cashless devices requires a number of steps be crossed off the checklist for proper installation. After you've determined compatibility of your devices, tested for signal, activated your telemeter with your gateway, it's finally time for installation for the cashless bezel and telemeter. Here are a...

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Right Size Your Operation

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on 2014-09-22
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Two years ago we wrote a whitepaper on 5 ways to improve your vending margins. One of the five ways suggested was to "right size your operation". Because costs continue to rise two years later for labor, fuel, and inventory, we thought we'd resurrect this short checklist for right sizing and add a few additional efforts to help improve your bottom line. There are plenty of opportunities to right-size your business by simply tracking the details of...

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Turn up the Sales, by turning on the Lights!

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on 2014-09-15
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The MEI High Visibility Bezel (HVB) for VN2700 validators is a simple way to turn up the sales at your vending location without a lot of financial or operational commitment. A modular add on to your existing MEI validator, the HVB has a very manageable cost to obtain. At well under $100, purchased from a CPI distributor or alternative route to market, the price to upgrade to this interactive LED technology is small in comparison to adding...

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Sun-Setting Currenza

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on 2014-09-08
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At the end of this month, CPI will sunset Currenza branded products for the United States Vending market. The decision was driven by a strong preference for MEI branded payment systems when customers were given the choice and by limitations set for CPI by the European Commission. As we say farewell to a brand that many CPI customers (formerly considered customers of Crane Payment Systems) have come to know, recognize, and use in their businesses we thought we would dedicate...

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Enabling the Gaming/Amusement Pulse Interface the for the AE Series

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A common question I've received over the years, as a Technical Support associate for the AE Series (AE2400, AE2600, AE2800), - is "How do I integrate the gaming/amusement pulse interface with my validator!?" To answer this question, you need to determine "Does the gaming/amusement machine need to control the validator?" If yes...

  • 1. The validator needs to be configured for Harness Enable so the machine can enable and disable the validator. This is done uniquely for...

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Power - How it can affect your payment systems.

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on 2014-08-18
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It's easy... Just plug it in to an outlet and it works. Electricity, or power, has many obvious benefits to our industry. It keeps the soft drinks cold and the coffee or tea hot. It lights the machine to attract consumers and provides the convenience of quenching your thirst or shooing away that afternoon hunger. Power is just as vital for the operation of your payment systems, as well. Many things regarding power can impact the...

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We Need a Machine for That!

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on 2014-08-11
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We all know vending isn't just chips and drinks. There have been a many unique vending machines that have come about in recent years, which have fulfilled a certain market or location niche beyond curbing the need for a small snack. A few years ago Facebook made news with an IT supply vending machine for their office and Fastenal did with an innovative line of machines that dispense industrial supplies for manufacturing...

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Bottling Trends: Then and Now

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Then Having worked in the vending industry for twenty five years and at a bottler for half of it, I've been witness to how bottlers within the U.S. market have evolved. In the late 90's the industry saw bottlers invest heavily into vending equipment supported by their respective parent companies. The goal was mainly to provide sampling, deploy "billboards" and drive volume. Heavy investments were made into infrastructure to support the selling, placement and servicing of hundreds of...

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Oh Canada, Not my Email!

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on 2014-07-28
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As an industry, we're all aware of the role legislation plays in protecting or hurting the profitability, processes, and rights of vending business owners and manufacturers. New currency, beverage taxes, wage laws, social awareness rulings, all impact our businesses in one way or another. Recently, Canada passed legislation around email communication that surprisingly may impact the way our industry educates and conducts business. The new law requires businesses to gain permission from their contacts through an...

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The Card 'Facts'

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on 2014-07-21
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Since the NAMA OneShow this year, we've continued to educate in the area of EMV, first through our technology panel recap video, contribution to an article written by Automatic Merchandiser, and then with a series of blog posts on our website. We read an article on EMV this month in Digital Transactions Magazine that we thought had some interesting content that our blog readers would also find educational. The article highlighted the projections...

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Sustainability Leadership

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on 2014-07-14
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Two weeks ago we wrote about leadership within the industry by CPI Associates. This week we want to talk about leadership on a broader scale. One of our guiding principles at MEI was around Sustainability, making a positive impact on our environment and communities we work in while running a successful business. We strongly believe that we can and must protect and preserve the environment we live in thru our active participation as associates in our business...

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The 'AND' in Vending Payment Systems

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CPI has been a leader in payment technology thru the MEI, Conlux, and Currenza brands for many years. MEI's legendary reliability of their VN/AE series bill validators and CashFlow 7000 coin mechs is well known. Currenza introduced the first 30 note recycler into Vending in 2007. In 2009, MEI introduced it's own 30 note recycler as a modular add on to the VN2700 bill validator. Both MEI and Currenza have cashless bezel solutions that...

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Trade Association vision

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CPI is proud of our colleague Ed Kozma, who not only is our Canadian Country Manager but is also the current President of the Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association. Ed's passion for our industry is never in question and that passion was acknowledged by his Canadian colleagues when he was elected President of CAMA late in 2013. Below is a letter he recently wrote that outlines his vision for CAMA and we felt it had applicability for us...

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CPI Associate Spotlight: Product Manager - Global Vending

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Meet Dave McLaughlin, a Product Manager for the Cashcode and NRI Vending products. Dave joins the CPI Americas and APAC Vending team via Crane Payment Solutions (CPS) but is actually no stranger to MEI products or the new "ex-MEI" colleagues he has at CPI. Dave has spent the last 3 years of his career at Crane Payment Solutions leading the NA Vending vertical for new product development and support, handling the Currenza product line. Interestingly enough, prior to...

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The Plus in the 4-in-1 Plus

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In late Spring of this year, CPI quietly transitioned from the manufacture and sale our contactless cashless bezel, the MEI CASHFLOW 4-in-1, to a new enhanced version of the bezel. Named the 4-in-1 Plus, this new cashless bezel includes all the same features of its predecessor model but possesses additional functionality, which aims to bring greater rewards to operators deploying cashless solutions. Originally launched in 2008, 4-in-1 functionality that remains the same in the Plus model includes: Contactless/NFC...

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Your Debit Card and the EMV Chip

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Fact: The proliferation of the EMV chips has not shown up on the debit cards we're carrying around in our pockets here in the States. ?Most of us however, have probably started to see the presence of chips on our newly arriving credit cards that have met their 2013/2014 expiration dates. We touched upon the arrival of CPI corporate cards with chips on them, in a blog post last year. After reading a recent article in Automatic...

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Prepare for your EMV Liability Shift with Alien Abduction Insurance

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There's a lot of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) around the October 2015 liability shift that will place the responsibility for fraudulent activity made with EMV enabled credit cards on the merchant and not the bank, if the merchant's point of sale terminal is not EMV compliant and capable by this date. The threat of a possible alien abduction also creates F.U.D. for some of us who may have already seen signs of extra terrestrials in their backyard or just...

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EMV Hardware: Compliant versus Capable

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One of the many unique insights that came out of the EMV Technology Panel we hosted with Crane Merchandising Systems during the OneShow this year was the differentation between EMV compliant hardware and EMV capable hardware. FACT: Currently, no-one in the United States is accepting and processing EMV transactions in Vending. While no-one may doing this in Vending yet, CPI has already stepped into the EMV pond here in the States. As our country and industry gears up for...

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PCI and EMV: What's the difference?

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Over the course of the next few weeks our blog posts will carry on the EMV discussion we started at the NAMA OneShow, during our Technology Panel co-hosted with Crane Merchandising Systems. To continue the conversation we'll review one of the questions that was raised from the audience: What is the difference between PCI and EMV, which are two compliance related certifications in the cashless payment space. Here's a quick overview of the difference. PCI compliance centers around the cashless infrastructure...

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United Technology Brings Greater Cashless Rewards

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Earlier this year we ran a print ad in the vending industry trade journals that made the exclamation that 'United Technology Brings Greater Rewards' and in fact it has! If you visited our NAMA OneShow booth this year, you heard how the union of MEI with Crane was already bringing together unique features from Vending Management Software packages EASITRAX and VendMax into a new, combined, 'best of both' solution as part of a long term roadmap or the...

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Piecing Together the Vending Puzzle

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Filling a vending machine with technology is a lot like piecing together a puzzle. Like the puzzles we put together as kids, or even as adults, the vending technology pieces we need to source for our machines is very similar work- flipping around those little cardboard pieces, examining each closely, making sure they all connect together in one seamless working picture. But once the puzzle all finally fits together, the right validator, the right coin mech, the right cashless...

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The Facts on US Coin Consumption

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Last month we covered the facts on US bill use in one of our blog posts, which showed support for the case to deploy bill recycling. Now, weve got the facts on those coins we rely on so much to accept and make change in our vending machines. The vending coin mech, which MEI happened to invent the first electronic version of over 40 years ago, is certainly the workhorse of our machines. These coin facts are by...

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2014 CPI NAMA OneShow Recap

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It's hard to believe it was just a month ago that we were all together in Chicago for the NAMA OneShow. We hope you took the advice from a blog post of ours written before the show and you took along these 5 things on your trip. We also hope you had time to stop by our booth to hear some the exciting things we had to announce this year. First was officially announcing and inaugurating...

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Get in Tune with the AE26Q2

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As 2013 came to a close, MEI launched a new validator for the Amusement Industry with relatively low-key fanfare. The payment system, an AE26Q2, was one specifically designed for use in TouchTunes Virtuo jukeboxes. The timing of its initial release happened to compete with both year end and holiday activities and so entered into the market quietly. But, as we progressed through 2014 and geared up for this year's Amusement Expo we put it in its rightful position-...

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5 Things Not to Forget to take to Chicago for the OneShow

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1) An appetite - It's important this week that you come to the OneShow with a big appetite. Between the delicious Chicago deep dish pizzas, sizzling charbroiled steaks, Italian dipped beef sandwiches, and beloved Chicago hot dogs there will be plenty of good meals to devour this week, with your vending colleagues and business associates. It will also be important to have an appetite for new information. With close to 300 exhibitors, there will be plenty...

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CPI at the NAMA OneShow. Research It. Trust it. Do it.

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There's a little over a week to go until the 2014 NAMA OneShow begins. The CPI team (the now combined MEI and CPS teams) is certainly excited to get out to Chicago for 3 worthwhile days of events and networking with our industry! Operators will have plenty to do this year between navigating the vast show floor of over 250 exhibitors and attending all the great NAMA sponsored educational seminars. During the week we hope that operators...

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CPI is Born

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We, the US Vending channel, have officially announced our new company name! CPI, Crane Payment Innovations is born! And we're kicking it off during the time of year when the industry unites to educate, communicate and celebrate- at the NAMA OneShow! CLICK HERE to read the Press Release about the new name and how we plan to officially inaugurate the company during this year's NAMA OneShow. It's easy to see the new logo blends design and naming elements from our...

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An Open Forum

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During the past 2 NAMA OneShows MEI has hosted a 1-hour Technology Panel that took a deep dive into topics we felt critical to enabling an operators’ success and profitability. This year will be no different. 

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The Facts on Self Service Convenience

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We came across this great infographic online last week, from Kiosk Marketplace and Self-Service World, that depicts the places where consumers prefer self-service checkout, which to no surprise is just about everywhere!    

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A Diary of Cash Use in the US

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The Cash Product Office of the Federal Reserve just issued their preliminary report on the future of cash. They asked consumers to keep a diary of what form of payment they used and the value of each purchase.  Their findings may surprise you in light of all the excitement around cashless and the ‘death’ of cash as a key form of payment by consumers.

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Bill Recycler Float: A Consideration and Strategy

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Par: [pahr] 

Noun an average, usual, or normal amount, degree, quality, condition, standard, or the like

Synonymous with:
 


Float [floht]
British.Noun: 

a sum of money used by a storekeeper to provide change for the till at the start of a day's business.

The amount of float you leave in your vending machine coin changers to manage customer payback can be decided a few ways: 

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INFOGRAPHIC: Cash Considerations for Bill Recycling

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By enabling higher bill acceptance through bill recycling, coin mechanisms are less taxed with work -less subject to entering exact change mode - AND the vending store is always open!



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