Survey: Small business owners fear going under in 2012
The Washington Post Share
Many small firms are worried about whether they'll be in business next year, and they're blaming their fears on Uncle Sam. More than 1 out of 3 small-business owners are moderately or very worried about going under in 2012, according to a recent Gallup/Wells Fargo poll. Roughly the same number of owners are concerned they will be unable to hire new employees, unable to pay their current workers and struggle to compete with their large competitors. More
For coffee fans, a collection of virtual treasure maps
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The rise of coffee houses has been a blessing and a curse for coffee lovers. If you're far from your favorite spot, the search for a decent replacement can be excruciating. Mobile software should be able to solve this problem beautifully. It's not quite beautiful yet, but it is passable. Smaller developers are building indexes of cafes, and a few are off to a promising star. More
The power of green tea
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Green tea has a soothing, comforting connotation, and its concentrated power may be able to put pre-cancerous prostate cells in their place. A drug called polyphenon E, a concentrated extract from green tea leaves, has shown promise in lab and animal studies at controlling pre-cancerous prostate conditions that could develop into prostate cancer. More
For meat lovers, a vending machine like no other in Odenville, Ala.
The Birmingham News via Alabama Live Share
It could be the ultimate convenience for carnivores — a vending machine that dispenses filet mignon in the same way you would buy a cola. What may be Alabama's first-ever meat vending machine exists at an Odenville store, and the Birmingham company that created it has beefy expectations to expand the concept. More
Patent reform may clear path for renewed vending innovation
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President Barack Obama signed the America Invents Act into law in late September. The measure, enacted with bipartisan support, aims to streamline the process by which patents are granted. The new law overhauls how we encourage and protect innovation. For instance, instead of supporting the "first to invent" concept, it changes the criterion to "first to file." There is also a fast-track option that can expedite patent application processing to permit a decision in a year or less, rather than the three-year period that has become standard. More
California attorney general files plastic bottle lawsuit
California attorney general Kamala D. Harris has filed a lawsuit against three companies over claims that they misled consumers by marketing plastic water bottles as biodegradable. More
Coca-Cola Japan aims for vending machine power savings
As Japan continues to struggle with power shortages following this year's earthquake and tsunami even vending machines can apparently make a difference. Coca-Cola Japan and its 12 bottling companies said it will cut power consumption of its vending machines to save power. Starting in December through March, vending machines will stop compressors during peak usage periods. More
Social media means transparency into corporate social responsibility
We tend to, collectively, think of social media as either "personal," "political," or "commercial." "Personal" is connecting with old friends from high school, or sharing your love of your beer can collection. "Political" is voicing your beliefs in a way never before seen in such a scale. "Commercial" is our ability to interact with a company as equals, from how we buy to how we express our opinions of that company. However, with corporate social responsibility, we have the perfect blend of all three in social media. 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!