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Business plan basics: Get your business on track
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When starting a business, a solid business plan can help you secure financing and win those crucial first customers. It can be your best asset, but a faulty business plan can create obstacles that could derail your new business before it has a chance to succeed. More


Study finds java drinkers live longer
The Associated Press via The Daily Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One of life's simple pleasures just got a little sweeter. After years of waffling research on coffee and health, even some fear that java might raise the risk of heart disease, a big study finds the opposite: Coffee drinkers are a little more likely to live longer. Regular or decaf doesn't matter. More

Volcafe sees Indonesian coffee harvest peaking in June or July
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Harvesting of the 2012-13 coffee crop in Indonesia, the world’s third-biggest robusta grower, is likely to peak in June or July, according to Volcafe, the coffee unit of commodities trader ED&F Man Holdings Ltd. More

North American Tea Championship names MaryAnna's Summer Sweet Tea the best tasting flavored iced tea in the market
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The World Tea Media, producers of the North American Tea Championship, announced the winners of the 2012 Iced Tea Class on May 15. MaryAnna's Summer Sweet Tea won first place in the Ready-to-Drink Flavored Black Tea category of the 2012 Iced Tea Class. More

Americans guzzling more bottled water than ever
Fast Company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite organized anti-bottled-water campaigns across the country and a noisy debate about bottled water's impact, Americans are buying more than ever. More

Alpine® "Flowing with technology™"
Alpine® is the industry leader in (POU) point of use water filtration solutions. Alpine® recently introduced their new high end Aurora POU cooler using digital technology, tri-temp, UV sanitization, filter monitoring, leak detection, etc. Microsoft® picks Aurora™ as best in the industry.
Bottom Line Benefits of using GPS North America

Reduce operating expenses - including fuel costs, overtime pay, and insurance premiums, and enhance safety and reduce liability. Better measure, monitor, and manage fleet performance while increasing driver productivity and enhancing customer service.
Vagabond: Vending operations management at your fingertips
Live machine views, net profit reports, inventory management—they're available in real time on your desktop or mobile device with Vagabond. A cloud-based vending operations software tool, Vagabond helps you carry less inventory and increase revenue as it learns product/sales trends. As machines are serviced less frequently and more efficiently, Vagabond customers report a reduction of up to 25% in labor costs!

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The future of stuff: Vending machine that prints in 3-D
Wired    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
No matter how fast postal delivery gets, nothing beats the immediate gratification of pushing a button on a vending machine and having your purchase tumble down into the delivery box. The Chinese live crab dispenser and Art-O-Mat are old news. Meet the machine of the moment: the DreamVendor — a set of four MakerBot Thing-O-Matics that sit behind glass and 3-D print your tchotchke of choice. More

Will vending machines be your phone's next tandem screen?
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Mobile interactivity with other larger screens almost certainly will not be confined to the familiar living room "second screen" scenarios. The potential for using phones to link with, activate, or play off of out-of-home signage of all sorts is phenomenal. But one of the most promising screen-to-screen connections may be the simple vending machine. More

Innovative Pillow Pack Brew Cone

Curtis Gold Cup’s Innovative brew cone - designed for pillow packs. Stand-off ribs create a mini-vacuum, fully extracting coffee flavors for perfect cups! Learn more!

In this time of economic pressure, Ameri-Source makes sense: it cuts your costs, and helps deliver more profit to your operation.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Mars Drinks unveils recyclable packaging, cuts carbon 40 percent
Environmental Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mars Drinks North America is releasing two teas for its Flavia single-serve brewing system in recyclable packs, reports Packaging World. English Breakfast and Earl Grey teas sold under Mars' Bright Tea Co. branding will be available in 100 percent recyclable Flavia Freshpacks from fall 2012. A revamped manufacturing process has removed the aluminum foil layer from the Flavia Freshpacks and reduced the number of materials needed to manufacture it from 3 to 1. More

Coinstar reimagines responsibility
Convenience Store Decisions    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Coinstar Inc. released its first corporate social responsibility report, "Reimagining Responsibility." The report highlights the company's engagement and sustainability efforts and shares future commitments to advancing the long-term well-being of Coinstar, its employees, the environment and the communities it serves. More


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Hyatt Regency Hotel Reservations

This video shows a brief glimpse of the damage Hurricane Katrina did to the New Orleans area and the Hyatt Regency. Then fast forward 7 years and see the progress the city has made and what the Hyatt looks like today. This video was made in celebration of The Make It Right organization helping to rebuild the lower 9th ward. CT&W 2012 is an event you don't want to miss. The hotel and the staff are first class and look forward to welcoming you.

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