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Welcome to the Automated Services Blog.  Joe and Francesca will be posting everything from industry commentary, to vending tips, to philosophical musings.  We hope you find this section enjoyable and informative.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
 Charlotte, NC & Corona, CA– September 12, 2010 - Automated Services International (ASI) and Choice Equipment Sales (CES), leading distributors of quality used and reconditioned vending machines, announced today that they have entered into a strategic marketing and sales agreement with Betson Enterprises, a leading distributor of vending & coffee products, amusement parts and services.ASI, Betson, & CES will work together in the areas of sales, service, marketing and technical support. Together, they will offer a wide selection of products and services to operators and locations in the Northeast region of the United States.  > more
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010
         The Food Channel recently posted "The top 10 Snack Trends of 2010" on its website.  This trend report can offer valuable insight to vending operators about the changing appetites of their customers.  Feed the demand, and watch your products fly off your spirals!  Of course, the top 10 report will not apply perfectly to every local market or type of location.  We trust that you as the operator know your customer enough to gauge whether or not the items on this list might appeal to them. Since we at Automated Services love to eat and snack, we inevitably have a few opinions about the specific products in each of the "Top 10" list that would get our hearts racing and and our hands reaching for our wallets.  > more
Monday, January 11, 2010
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009
A couple of young Wisconsin inventors have created a vending machine where people bring their own reusable bottles and cups to a machine that dispenses soda like a soda fountain with one spigot.  This device cuts down on the amount of plastic bottles used, and even allows students to make up their own "soda flavor mixtures".  The article does not address the labor required to keep the machine clean, however.  I would wonder how easy it may be for an operator to keep it sanitary and stocked.   Here is the link to view the article:  > more
Saturday, March 28, 2009
The "Fling" chocolate snack comes packaged in an attractive pink and silver wrapper, and contains 2 chocolate "fingers" (similar to how a Twix bar is packaged).  Each finger is 80 calories and about 4.5g of fat.  The manufacturer describes them as: "A delicate truffle on a subtle, crisp layer enrobed in shimmering chocolate."     As a young woman who constantly craves sweets, but usually does not purchase them because I worry about my waistline, I was delighted to see a new, "lighter" chocolate treat available.  For years it seemed like 3 Musketeers bars were my only option, and I was ready for some variety and sophistication!   You may have noticed that most of the main chocolate manufacturers have been coming out with "fancier" versions of their original products, and have priced them at a premium.  > more
Friday, February 20, 2009
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