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Small businesses say no to health care tax credit
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Congress created the tax credit in 2010 as part of the overhaul of the health care system. It was intended to be an incentive for small businesses to offer health insurance. But many companies have found that they don't qualify. The cumbersome process for filing a claim to get a credit has discouraged others from even trying. More



Beverages


Coinstar Inc. and Seattle's Best Coffee sign exclusive agreement to roll out thousands of the new Rubi kiosks in grocery, drug and mass channels
PR Newswire via MarketWatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Coinstar Inc. and Seattle's Best Coffee, part of Starbucks Corporation, announced an exclusive agreement to roll out Coinstar's new Rubi coffee kiosk in the grocery, drug and mass merchant retail channels featuring Seattle's Best Coffee beverages. The Rubi kiosk marks Coinstar's latest innovation in automated retail. For Seattle's Best Coffee, the agreement adds another strategic channel of distribution for its premium coffee offering. The kiosks will begin rolling out this summer with approximately 500 kiosks serving Seattle's Best Coffee expected by the end of the year and thousands of machines in the next several years. More

Nestle selling new coffee machines as recipe for growth
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Even as coffee culture goes ever-more upscale, with java aficionados demanding novelties such as micro-lot brews (from beans grown on a single plot of land), Nestle SA says it can help restaurateurs boost profits with a new twist on an old product: instant coffee. More



'Green' tea packaging: Tea producers opting for PET
Packaging Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
PET bottles are brewing up a niche in the ready-to-drink tea industry. Several companies are switching from glass to PET for several factors ranging from recyclability to its lightweight properties. Pure Leaf Iced Tea, a product of the Pepsi Lipton Tea partnership, recently introduced its new square-shaped bottles that are made of PET plastic. More

IBWA promotes hurricane preparedness by joining 'Be a Force of Nature' campaign
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Recognizing the importance of having access to safe, clean drinking water, especially in times of disasters and emergencies, the International Bottled Water Association is joining the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration in promoting the 2012 National Hurricane Preparedness Week, which calls upon Americans in areas of the country vulnerable to hurricanes and severe weather to "Be a Force of Nature." More

Coffee couple leaves no bean unturned
Farm Weekly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To say that Craig and Tamara McConville did their research before starting their own coffee roasting business would be a massive understatement. It was only after they had trekked through California, Mexico and every other coffee growing region in the world soaking up as much information and training as they could that the McConvilles decided to open their own business, the Yallingup Coffee Roasting Company. 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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Small business advice: The 5 keys to fighting fraud
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Desperate times call for desperate measures, the saying goes. So it's not surprising that fraud in the workplace increased during the economic crisis and recession. The median loss tied to occupational fraud is $160,000, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners' 2010 report, so companies have every right to be concerned. Moreover, the group says small businesses are especially vulnerable. More

Vending companies getting on wellness kick
Appleton Post Crescent    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is a shift happening in the snack industry. More varieties of food deemed smarter options or lower-calorie versions of traditional snacks are becoming more widely available as a growing segment of Americans seek out healthier options to curb the munchies. More

Swap-O-Matic: A vending machine for bartering with just about anything
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On any given day, the vending machine at Ample Hills Creamery in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, may offer anything from books to original artwork to toys. If you see something you want, however, no need to take out your wallet. The "Swap-O-Matic" vending machine allows you to swap and trade items, rather than buy them. More

Giant vending machine dispenses bikes and kayaks for tourism British Columbia
Ad Week    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's hard to help but think that Tourism British Columbia is showing off a little bit with the giant 14-foot tall, 10-foot wide bike-and-kayak-dispensing vending machine it built in San Francisco. It's easy to assume the point is to spread the word that you can have fun in British Columbia without a car. More


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AMERISOURCE

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


Social responsibility builds long-term success
CNBC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Start-up businesses and existing small businesses would be well-served to adopt a benefit corporation structure. Companies that seek to establish sustainable principles as part of their business and marketing strategy and, more importantly, their corporate DNA, are positioned for long-term success. More

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