Vending Insight 42

A Personal Insight from The Vianet Group – Vending Insight

A Personal Insight: Welcome to Issue 24  of ‘Vending Insight’, a regular feature from Planet Vending, sponsored by Vianet, which focuses on today’s cashless, connected, IoT (Internet of Things) society. For the first time we’re allowing product news in Vending Insight or about the providers of those products. However it’s still our intention to provide those vending operators, who are hungry for information on developing technologies, with some satisfying food for thought. If you have previously been a Thought Leader on Vending Insight and would now like to talk about your own business, please get in touch, its free.

This time we have Matt Lane, MD of Vianet, kicking off the first Personal Insight from Vianet and Vendman. HERE

Matt Lane

As usual, we’ll provide our Ten Top Links that will take you to stories that have appeared across the Internet. They won’t all be about vending: in fact, we’ll steer you, through these stories, in the direction the world is heading. We hope that Vending Insight will inspire you to investigate how to apply the features of cashless payments, data collection and connectivity to the advantage of your vending business.

From the Internet:

Why going cashless has its issues!  ‘In an increasingly cashless society, we need to ensure there are such adequate financial services for all demographics, both consumers and retailers alike. But the way in which this varies nation-to-nation is remarkable.’ (Global Banking and Finance Review)

Right now, coming up to Christmas, there’s the debate of choosing a full on bricks and mortar retailing experience or going on line. The truth is that we do both don’t we? (Digital Commerce 360) Retailers have to find a balance.

EE is rolling out 5G connectivity to 16 UK Cities: Read about it HERE (ITV)

TESLA is replacing Elon Musk with a new Chairman steeped in experience of Connectivity, a perfect fit for tech laden Tesla? HERE

What does the car of the future look like? Is it electric? Almost certainly. Is it autonomous? Probably. Is it connected? Absolutely. But better-connected cars are what Bentley customers want right now. And what Bentley customers want, they often get. (Motoring Research)   HERE


According to Bosch there will be over 20 billion interconnected devices by 2020. All of which will be generating an immeasurable quantity of data, and “data is the oil of the future” as the firm’s promo video states. Iota’s decentralized marketplace aims to collect that data and make it available to ‘compensating parties (News BTC) HERE

More and more demanding clients, expecting to be connected not just in their cars but also whilst flying and business users particularly are considering connectivity capabilities when choosing airlines. (NBAA) HERE

How do you fancy being able to command your car using Siri? Brilliant yes? But, in this article you find out why you do so at your peril! HERE (Network World)

Like it or not, IoT is coming to a store near you. Amazon are ahead of the game, read more  (Network World) HERE.

Why AI is the most pressing issue facing humanity – bigger than climate change or poverty AIs have already moved out of science fiction and into our everyday lives, working unnoticed, very often behind the scenes.  (iNews) HERE

About the author

Yvonne Reynolds-Young

Planet Vending’s MD and Publisher is Yvonne Reynolds-Young. An island of corporate common sense surrounded by oceans of creative madness, Yvonne is the person to call if your intention is to make something happen. (She controls all the diaries and all the money, FYI). She’s also our Social Media Queen, single-handedly responsible for building PVs presence on LinkedIn, FaceBook and Twitter and thereby driving record volumes of traffic onto the site.

‘Customer service is my responsibility and it’s my job to make sure we’re always ahead of deadlines’ she says. ‘My background in big business means I speak the same language as our corporate clients and understand the particular pressures they face when working in the vending arena.’

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