As with every industry, there's always something changing in vending or news stories worth sharing. New products, technology, and strategies are always being tried and tested. Here are five noteworthy stories from the vending industry.A soft-serve ice cream vending machine has opened in New York City. Dubbed the first soft-serve vending machine in America, customers can purchase "Hot Honey vanilla, dairy-free dark chocolate, or twist soft serve ice cream, and add toppings (for $.50 each) like sprinkles, honeycomb, Legasea black-out cookie, and Greek yogurt chips."
Popular athletic apparel company Lululemon has installed vending machines in New York City and Chicago. As part of a marketing campaign, the machines offer running supplies such as water and energy bars or gels for free. Customers are asked for their email address and to share their photos on social media.
Chicago vending machine start-up Farmer's Fridge has secured $30 million to expand their business across the Midwest. The company sells salads and other meals through vending machines.
A high school in Dalton, GA sells artwork made by students through a vending machine. The goal is to help raise money for supplies for the school's art department.
10-year-old starts his own vending business venture at his local car wash.