Retailers say lower debit-card swipe fees will mean consumers save
Consumer Reports Share
Now that new regulations cap the dollar amount banks collect from merchants every time someone pays with a debit card, some in the retail industry are saying that savings can now be passed on to consumers. Under the new regulations, which took effect Oct. 1, the interchange or swipe fees banks charge merchants to process debit-card purchases have been capped at no more than 21 cents per transaction. More
Coffee vs. tea: Which is healthier?
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For centuries, coffee has been praised for its invigorating properties. And it is truly healthy for you. Coffee stimulates the flow of blood in the brain and decreases mental fatigue. It rouses the mental faculties. However, when comparing coffee and tea — and which one is healthier — it all depends. More
Study: Green tea inhibits weight gain
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There has never been a better time to go green, according to a team of U.S. food scientists who say that green tea may slow weight gain and has the potential to play an integral role in the battle against obesity. More
Vending machine payment processor hopes to preserve interchange incentive
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Apriva Inc., a major processor of payment transactions from vending machines, told machine owners that it is working to assure their card-acceptance costs will remain stable despite the uncertain status of a program it has with Visa Inc. that gives them an interchange break if they install hardware to accept contactless cards. The program could expire at the end of the year — just three months after the Durbin Amendment's debit card price controls took effect. Another vending-machine payment processor fears the price controls could actually raise its acceptance costs by 200 percent or more for some transactions. More
Pizza in 90 seconds — from a vending machine
Los Angeles Times Share
Need a pizza, stat? A new vending machine in testing stages can bake a white, cheese or pepperoni pie in 90 seconds. With a formula that makes fast food sound slow, the mechanical pizza producer can dispense a pie — complete with vented box, disposable pizza cutter, napkin and spices — in 3.5 minutes from order to pick-up. More
Corporate social responsibility: A rapidly changing landscape
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The size and scope of corporate social responsibility is a topic of ongoing and vigorous discussion. Some stakeholders include sustainability concepts in CSR, while others make distinctions between the two terms, with sustainability considered more closely aligned with environmental activities. The social area, rather than environmental, is where explicit references to occupational safety and health generally are found. CSR still is in the early stages in most businesses, with the U.S. market lagging the EU and some less developed regions just starting to see their first signs of activity. More
NAMA mourns death of Brian Allen
Industry veteran and widely-respected leader in government relations & legal issues Share
The National Automatic Merchandising Association is saddened by the death of friend and colleague, Brian Allen, NAMA Interim CEO, Dan Mathews announced today. Brian passed away suddenly on October 6 at the age of 59. Brian, who joined NAMA in 1979, was Senior Director of Government Affairs when he took an early retirement in December 2009. He continued to serve NAMA and the industry as a Knowledge Source Partner until early in 2011. He was most recently employed as the Product Development Specialist at the American Association of Insurance Services. More
Celebrate America's love for vending!
NAMA has launched Vend.Love.Win — a Facebook contest that invites fans to post creative photos or videos of their favorite vending machines or vended products for a chance to win prizes! Click here to join in the fun!