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How personal credit cards can outperform their business counterparts
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Among the many protections and stipulations implemented by the new credit card law (CARD Act) are changes that actually make personal credit cards better in many cases for small business owners than business credit cards. The CARD Act restricts credit card companies from restructuring the interest rates on existing balances held on personal credit cards and from applying penalty APRs on such cards until you are 60 days delinquent but does not guarantee similar protections for business credit cards. Likewise, this legislation instituted a more consumer-friendly payment structure for personal credit cards while providing no such provisions for business credit cards. More

Government Affairs

NAMA Government Affairs
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NAMA's Government Affairs team focuses on federal and state legislative news that impacts your company's growth and profitability. Required reading for all members! Click Here for recent Legislative Alerts. For additional information contact Ned Monroe at More

NAMA Member Value Reminder!

New $ (dollar) coin promotional materials (including decals, posters, clings) are once again available from the U.S. Mint!

NAMA members have asked about these decals, which the Mint had discontinued for a while. All materials are available at no charge and must be ordered by phone. A link to the website is below will allow access to the free information and free support materials for use on vending machines.

Please click here to visit this website for information!

Coffee & Water

Coffee sector hot on the trail of fast growth    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is hope for the local coffee industry. After decades of decline in the production of coffee in the country, the industry is finally showing signs of an imminent return to growth. With collective help from concerned organizations, individuals and the government, efforts are being undertaken to "rehabilitate and rejuvenate" coffee farms around the country to further boost their production yield to maximize capacity. More

New tests could phase out Starbucks cards    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Adding to the list of changes Starbucks is currently making to its stores, the coffee chain announced it's expanding its Starbucks Card Mobile payment test to nearly 300 company-owned stores in New York City, and Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island. For the past year, Starbucks tested the payment option — using the newly-launched Starbucks Card Mobile app — in 16 Seattle and Northern California locations along with 1,000 Starbucks in U.S. Target stores. More

Business / Industry

The great banana challenge
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The big push for vending machines to sell healthier snacks has overlooked something: It isn't easy for a machine to deliver an unbruised banana. The Wittern Group Inc., one of the biggest makers of vending machines, and fruit and vegetable marketer Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. say they are tackling this problem with a new machine specifically designed to dispense whole bananas and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. At Wittern's headquarters in a suburb of Des Moines, refrigeration engineer Jerry Parle shows off the new device, its red and orange exterior festooned with Del Monte logos and pictures of whole pineapples and other fruit. The machine — which went on the market earlier this year — has two temperature zones. The top is loaded with bananas kept at about 57 degrees. The bottom zone — kept at about 34 degrees — holds packages of fresh-cut fruit and vegetables. More

World's most affordable healthy vending machines arrive at Miami schools
PR Web via San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An age-old myth is being dispelled — eating healthy no longer means burning a hole in your pocket. Recognizing that local Miami school officials have long been frustrated by the lack of affordable healthy food and drink options for their students, HUMAN Healthy Vending has created a "$1 ONLY" healthy vending machines program made specifically for schools. As the country's main proponent for increasing the availability of healthy snacks and drinks through vending machines, HUMAN is able to purchase products from America's largest healthy food manufacturers and distributors at the most affordable rates. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

Odwalla juices switching to sugarcane-based PlantBottle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Odwalla, the juice-making Coca-Cola subsidiary, will switch the packaging for all of its single-serve drinks to bottles made almost entirely of plant-based plastic by next March. The company is adopting Coca-Cola's PlantBottle packaging, which is made in varying amount of plastic derived from molasses and sugarcane juice. More


NAMA Member QCCP Graduates

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