AirVend, a company based in Provo, Utah, USA, says it is ‘dedicated to revolutionizing the vending industry’.
The company has unveiled an innovative touchscreen solution it says will ‘improve profitability and ensure a vending company is in compliance with Affordable Care Act requirements.’
They refer to legislation in the USA, but, as Planet Vending reported in December, The UK Food Standards Agency, under the auspices of DEFRA, has invited the AVA to comment on EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation No 1169/2011 – Allergen Labelling Provisions .
These requirements compel vendors to disclose calorie or nutritional information on the food products offered to customers, but the jury is out as to how the new regulations will be enforced.
AirVend, Inc. claims its ‘advanced solution ensures that regardless of what the government’s final ruling might look like, AirVend customers will be ready.’
The company states that its mission is ‘to enhance the lagging role of technology within the vending industry by improving ROI through low-cost hardware, increased sales, and cutting-edge innovations.’ Chad Francis, co-founder, of AirVend, Inc., told PV ‘Members of my family have been in the vending industry for more than twenty years. As a software engineer and technologist, it always pained me to see such a lack of technology in the industry. My team and I are very pleased to be in a position to make a real difference.’
Apparently, there’s much more to AirVend’s solution than simple compliance. It’s AV 7 device provides cashless payment options with credit card acceptance and NFC technology, aimed at ensuring operators are no longer ‘leaving sales on the table’. The device is also wirelessly connected to AV Live, a cloud-based system providing real-time sales data, machine alerts, inventory tracking, and more.
With simple over-the-air software updates, the AV 7 platform becomes an extremely dynamic interface on a very static machine. This means all the latest innovations from AirVend such as advertising, loyalty programs, promotions, and new cashless payment methods can flow to the machines as they become available.
‘Now, making mobile hardware solutions for business use is much more affordable than ever before.’ David Loveland
David Loveland, Co-founder and CMO of AirVend, said, ‘for those of us passionate about solving business problems with technology, the last few years have been very exciting. The release of Android, a free operating system, as well as consumerisation of tablets and smartphones has commoditised small, powerful computing devices and components. Now, making mobile hardware solutions for business use is much more affordable than ever before.’
AirVend claims that it ‘provides a single multipurpose hardware device that can do it all, at a price point that makes mass adoption of this technology possible.’
If that’s the case, it might put the cat amongst the pigeons. AirVend will make its formal debut at the upcoming National Automatic Merchandising Association One Show in Las Vegas, from April 24 – 26.
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