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Blogging for business: How to humanize your business and connect with customers
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The scenario is all too common: You have a question for company X, you call their "customer service" number, and you struggle to yell instructions at a pseudo-human recording for half-an-hour. The ubiquity of the process reinforces my position that robots will one day completely colonize all interactions between businesses and their clientele. Already, so many businesses seem like impersonal monoliths: Flat, boring and impenetrable. But a remedy to this alienating distance is readily available to even the smallest business. It can help make your business more human, more engaging, and more interactive for your customers. It's called blogging. More

Coffee & Water

Coffee and tea: Your best bet against bacteria?
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It may be immune to antibiotics, but methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus bacteria — a.k.a. MRSA — does not fare so well when faced with coffee or tea. At least, that's what a new study in the Annals of Family Medicine suggests, which found that hot tea and coffee drinkers are about half as likely to have MRSA in their nasal passages than people who don't drink those beverages. More

Amid drought, companies tout bottled rainwater
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Getting into the Central Texas rainwater collection business doesn't seem like the brightest move in the middle of a drought. Earlier this month, in a sprawling warehouse that once served as a shrimp farm, partners in Agana Rain Water flipped the switch on a conveyor belt that fills half-liter bottles with rainwater collected from the roof. Theirs is one of at least three companies that capture rainwater in scorched Central Texas. A fourth company, based in Austin, ships in bottled rainwater from Oregon for distribution. More

Government Affairs

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Business / Industry

A vending machine that can dispense ebooks
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There seems to be a vending machine for just about everything nowadays. From a vending machine that dispenses wedding rings, to another that dispenses USB cables to LCD displays, to more practical vending machines such as the one by the Red Cross that exchanges chocolates, drinks, and even an iPod for money to be donated to their cause, so it's really not surprising to see another vending machine that has the ability to dispense ebooks. More

Soda drinkers' creativity gets free rein with high-tech machine
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If you thought cable TV offered too many choices when it started displacing the big three broadcast networks, the newest Coca-Cola Freestyle soda machines probably aren't for you. The Freestyle machine is billed as the "Fountain of the Future," a touch-screen, Wi-Fi-enabled, tracking-chip-equipped, soda-dispensing gizmo designed by automaker Ferrari. It uses medication-dosing technology to create some 125 Coca-Cola products, many of which, like Orange Coke and Vanilla Sprite Zero, aren't available in bottles anywhere. More

On the move
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The frigid, winter air swirled off Lake Michigan onto Northwestern University's campus in Evanston, Ill., — less than 12 hours earlier, snow had blanketed the area. Backpack-laden students trudged through snow banks as they crossed the central campus toward classroom buildings, a scattered but determined mass. Parked a block away from the Kellogg School of Business just before noon was a massive, 28-foot custom Freightliner food truck, the mobile kitchen for the newly-launched Hummingbird Kitchen. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

The real-world application of corporate sustainability
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Ask 10 different experts to define "corporate sustainability" and you are likely to receive 10 different answers all based, to a large extent, on their own experiences. Part of the problem in defining such an amorphous term arises from its continuing evolution along with the ever-increasing entry of new stakeholders, an inconsistent set of state and federal reporting standards, and the constant onslaught of newly adopted federal and state laws and regulations. More


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CT&W 2011 will be bigger and better this year, 2 roundtable workshops, 2 networking events and much more. Your registration fee includes, breakfast, lunch, all of the education sessions, and networking events.

  • Exciting Keynote Speakers — One Each Day!
  • 12 Education Sessions
  • 5 hours of Tabletop Displays
  • 90+ Suppliers
  • $79 room rate at Bally's

  • Contact person: Roger Stewart,NCE5, CCS
    NAMA Director, Coffee & Water Service

    To get all the details about CT&W 2011, click here.

    Phone: 616.299.6483

    Now is the time to enhance those skills which enable you to become a more dynamic leader. Attend the 2011 Michigan State University/Executive Development Program. Oct. 23-27, East Lansing, Mich.

    Designed for senior level leaders in vending, coffee service and foodservice, who are key decision-makers in areas of finance, marketing, operations and human resource management. Network and brainstorm with other industry leaders through classroom discussion and interactive case studies. Register now!


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