Sneak Peek of Atlantic Coast Exposition (ACE) 2018

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Are you looking forward to the 2018 Atlantic Coast Exposition (ACE)?

The Atlantic Coast Exposition is a three-day trade show featuring suppliers to the vending, office coffee and food service industry. The exhibit attracts all of the major industry suppliers of product, equipment, and services.

U-Select-It is proud to be an exhibitor at the upcoming show on October 11th-13th at Embassy Suites Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

This year’s exciting theme is “Sand, Sun & Fun” – the event is sure to be the perfect mix of work and play.

Here’s are some topics of conversation to be expected at this year’s ACE show:

All work and no play? No way. This year, ACE will be hosting all of the following events:

U-Select-It will be featuring our Evoke Snack 6 merchandiser.  https://evokesnack.uselectit.com/snack6/

 

To learn more about our machines, visit our website.

To register for the event, visit www.atlanticcoastexpo.com.

Until next time,

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Global Developments are Leading to a Greater Reliance on Mobile Transactions

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As anyone can tell you, technology around the world is expanding at breakneck speed and is most noticeable right in the palm of your hand. Apps ranging from topics such as communication to games to productivity are changing the way we live. They are even changing the way we pay.

Mobile Payments On The Rise

According to a report by Allied Market Research, increased usage of smartphones as well as the need for smoother transactions are driving the mobile-payments market which is expected to reach a value of over three billion dollars in the next five years. People are becoming more accustomed to making digital payments even for smaller amounts. This trend is showing that digital transactions are on the rise, poised to overtake cash payments for the number one way small transactions are made.

Industry Giant, PayPal, is  getting into the mobile payment side and also keeping up with the trend. They have recently acquired financial tech company iZettle, creating a payment powerhouse.  iZettle is known for hardware and software targeted to smaller businesses.

“Small businesses are the engine of the global economy and we are continuing to expand our platform to help them compete and win online, in-store and via mobile,” said PayPal President and CEO Dan Schulman. “iZettle and PayPal are a strategic fit, with a shared mission, values and culture-and complementary product offerings and geographies”

Mobile Payment Within Vending

PayRange is helping the vending industry keep up with the mobile payment trend by working with key partners such as U-Select-It. Through this partnership,  PayRange is built in to U-Select-It’s new, open-architecture FLEX control board. The FLEX board is featured in the new Evoke Snack series machines, as well as across its full vending equipment product line. This out-of-the box integration provides customers with a no hardware cost  mobile payment option that drives vending product sales.

Why Consumers Love PayRange

Convenience today means consumers get what they want, where and when they want it.  With PayRange mobile payment system, consumers simply swipe and go. Consumers love PayRange because it is Simple, Fast, and Secure.

Simple.

Gone are the days of digging for loose change or waiting for your card to process.  With a swipe up on your phone, making vending product payments is simple.

Fast.

Faster than inserting coins into a machine, PayRange is the quickest way to pay for products from vending machines.  Use all major credit and debit cards or add funds via Apple Pay, Android Pay, or Masterpass.

Secure.

Paying with your phone is the smart and safe way.  Your card details are never sent to the machine. Plus, adding funds to your wallet is simple.

Want to learn more about USI’s Evoke Snack series featuring on-board PayRange mobile payment capability? Call us at 1-800-247-8709 or fill out this form.

 

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Don’t miss out! Save the date for the 2018 NAMA DC Fly-In

Don’t forget – the NAMA DC Fly-In is coming up this July!

Join U-Select-It along with other  business and industry leaders in Washington, D.C for two powerful days, the 24th and 25th this July, of letting your voice be heard in Congress! U-Select-It (USI) is proud to announce our participation as a sponsor of NAMA’s signature advocacy event – the 2018 DC Fly In.

New for this year, sessions have been added geared to various NAMA constituencies: Women in the Industry (WIN), Emerging Leaders Network (ELN), suppliers, and machine manufacturers. And of course, we will be spending Wednesday with policy makers on Capitol Hill talking about issues important to the industry.

Plus, NAMA recently announced that Kyle Trygstad, National Journal Hotline editor, will be the featured speaker Tuesday, July 24 at the association’s Fly-In Evening Reception.

“With his perspective, as a seasoned political media professional, Kyle will share an ‘insider’s view’ oKyf the upcoming elections. Hired out of college by NBC-TV’s Chuck Todd, Kyle will deliver remarks, followed by a dynamic Q and A session, making this another ‘don’t miss’ event for our industry,” said Jason Eberstein, Government Affairs Director of NAMA.

Fly In attendees will advocate on behalf of the industry on issues related to calorie disclosure, commercialization of rest areas on interstate highways and promoting the economic impact of the industry.  Below are a few examples of how NAMA’s Government Affairs team works to protect and promote members and the convenience service industry.

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Registration for the Fly-In is free for NAMA members; family members and colleagues are also invited.  Are you attending?

By attending, you can:

Watch this video to see first-hand testimonials about how NAMA affects the hundreds of people participating in this event!

“Fly-In participants will have a very positive experience,” NAMA legislative affairs director Jason Eberstein predicts. “Together, we can do much more work, with greater meaning and benefit for all.”

Founded in 1936, NAMA (The National Automatic Merchandising Association) is the association representing the $25 billion U.S. convenience services industry. With more than 1,100 member companies – including many of the world’s most recognized brands – NAMA provides advocacy, education and research for its membership. Visit NAMA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

You can register for the Fly-In here. Hope to see you there!

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Creating Customer Engagement Through Touch

Our Evoke Snack Series delivers an exceptional experience through its iCART touch screen interface. Featured on a large & durable 10”touchscreen glass, the iCart helps customers interact with Evoke in ways that traditional vending machines would never be able to.

With the iCART interface, we are able to provide a “real shopping experience” with iCART’s Shopping Cart Mode more fit for the modern technological world.

Have you ever gone to a vending machine and wished that instead of making another transaction to get a granola bar to go with your bag of pretzels, you were able to do it all at once? With our new shopping cart mode, you are able to purchase up to three items during one transaction.

Providing more user-friendly interface is crucial to increasing vending sales, and delivering great service to the customer. Having navigable sections through iCART’s “browse mode” allows the user to not feel overwhelmed by the many selections. It can be separated into product categories such as Chips or Candies.

Another benefit of the iCART touch screen interface is the nutritional information display of a product before purchase to inform the customer of the product’s nutritional information and expedite a customer’s decision.  Plus, the ability to display caloric data allows vending operators to comply with the FDA’s Calorie Disclosure Law.

Having a modern, functional vending machine means a more interactive transaction. Learn more about the Evoke Snack Series here!

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5 Reasons Why Every Company Should Have a Vending Machine

As many of you already know, having a vending machine in your office, school, or business place is an amazing way to generate additional profit. However, some reasons fly under the radar more than others. Here are five reasons why every company should have a vending machine.

Low Maintenance

High quality vending machines such our machines at U-Select-It means the machines are easy to maintain, with very low overhead costs. Plus, our machines have have been proven to work like new after 10, 15 and even 20 years in the field!

More Productive Employees

Employees are the backbone of any company. Keeping them well-fueled in a convenient fashion is a vending machine’s job, which allows for more productivity out of your staff. Plus, increase the satisfaction of your employees by you can conducting a survey to see what kind of product selections to put in your vending machine.

Flexible Options To Promote Growth

Another benefit of vending machines is the ability to choose what kind of foods you want to put in them. It can be healthy and energizing food and drinks such as granola bars and energy drinks that have been proven to spike productivity in workers, or popular favorites such as candy bars and sodas to keep them coming back! You can test out different kinds of products and see which promote more commerce in the area.

Multiple Types of Vending Machines

You are not just limited to offering snacks in a vending machine. Depending on the type of vending machine, you  may sell multiple different items dependent on your business and what you think will generate profit. This may range from a snacks, cold drinks, refrigerated food,, frozen food, or even office supplies! A wide range of machines that can accommodate a variety of types of products, as well as various packaging shapes and sizes will allow you to capitalize on any quick trends that you see in the market.

Saves Time and Money

Going off-site to buy snacks and beverages for your company is a hassle. A vending machine not only solves that problem, but allows for your employees to stay on-site rather than going outside for “a minute” to get a quick snack or refreshment. This allows for less wasted time, and more savings for you – in addition to increased employee morale.

 

To find out more information on vending machines and our company, check us out on our website here!

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The Evoke Snack 6

Everybody loved the Evoke Snack 5 – now, we are proud to announce the all-new Evoke Snack 6. The Evoke Snack 6 is bigger, better, and hotter than ever before. Sleek, durable, and smart – it’s the ultimate customer service experience.

What makes this vending machine so special? We’re happy to tell you.

Did you know, your customers can even pay with their phones using our PayRange software? Yep, they totally can. How’s that for convenience? You can read our product guide here for a full list of all of the specifications.

The Evoke Snack 6 is the premier merchandiser for premier locations, providing industry leading technology with a sleek yet durable design to please all of your customers.

“Evoke’s sophisticated exterior stylings are cohesive with modern workplace décor and is an ideal piece of equipment for office buildings, airports, educational institutions, hospitals, and many other types of facilities.” -Customer Testimonial

Learn more about the Evoke Snack 6 vending machine and contact us here.

Until next time,

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Come to the NAMA D.C Fly-In!

Are you attending the NAMA DC Fly-In this July? Join business and industry leaders in Washington, D.C for two days to bring your voice to Congress! U-Select-It (USI) is proud to announce our participation as a sponsor of this event.

By attending, you can:

Watch this fun video to see first-hand testimonials about how NAMA affects the hundreds of people participating in this event!

Founded in 1936, NAMA is the association representing the $25 billion U.S. convenience services industry. With more than 1100 member companies – including many of the world’s most recognized brands – NAMA provides advocacy, education and research for its membership. Visit NAMA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

You can register for the Fly-In here. Hope to see you there!

Until next time,

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Happy Earth Day! Did you know about our GREEN initiatives?

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APRIL 22, 2018

 

Mark your calendars – Earth Day is on April 22nd! Did you know about USI’s green initiatives? We have quite a few! Here at USI, we value our community and environment and want to make a conscious effort to be as socially responsible as possible in running our business. USI takes a proactive approach to our environmental responsibilities that shows in many corporate, design and production processes and initiatives.

Here’s a list of our commitments:

Waste Reduction and Recycling Programs

USI incorporates common sense recycling programs for its facilities including paper, aluminum, steel, plastic bottles and other recyclables. It’s really quite simple, but surprisingly it’s not as common sense as you might think for some companies!

Energy Reduction

In moving toward a more energy efficient facility, U-Select-It has implemented programs to transition to a lower energy office environment. PC’s, copy and print systems are changing over to high efficiency models and all computer monitors have been upgraded to lower energy consuming LCD models. Also, facility lighting is moving to higher efficiency lamps.

Green Commitment to Our Customers

USI products incorporate design features that take advantage of the latest production and component technologies in order to minimize environmental impact and increase product value.

Green Purchasing Policies

USI is committed to conducting our business in a way that least impacts the environment. We’re always looking for new and different ways to meet that commitment. We are proud to have supplier partners as interested in helping the environment as we are and work with them developing RoHS programs to restrict the use of certain hazardous materials including lead, cadmium and mercury.

Energy Efficient Designs

USI products are engineered to make use of the latest in electrical, lighting, refrigeration and communication technology making our products the most energy efficient and highest value products on the market. Products include energy saving features such as long life LED lighting; onboard power management controls enabling timed shut down of lighting and refrigeration; and fuel saving remote telemetry options for monitoring of inventory and service needs.

Green Painting Processes

Our state-of-the-art electrostatic paint system incorporates a multi-stage pre-wash process that recycles the water for multiple uses as well as electronically controlled spray system precisely controlling the amount of paint used on parts. The paint is applied in environmentally controlled booths that are 99.9% efficient in reclaiming unused paint and recycling it with new paint for coating of follow on parts.

Environmentally Friendly Foaming Process

Our new refrigerated and frozen vending equipment models use ecomate® blowing agent featuring zero ODP (Ozone Depletion Potential) and zero GWP (Global Warming Potential). It also is VOC exempt, meaning it does not contribute to smog.

Dedicated Refurbishing Center

USI is committed to sustainability and is able to efficiently and cost effectively extend the useful working life of vending equipment. We also provide a seamless solution to collection, recycling, treatment and disposal of end of life vending machines.

We are totally 100% committed to contributing positively to our employees, customers, community and environment. What are you going to do this Earth day to show gratitude to your community and environment? Comment below!

Until next time,


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Highlights from the NAMA Show 2018!

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U-Select-It (USI) was a proud participant as a Silver Sponsor at The NAMA Show 2018! NAMA, the National Automatic Merchandising Association, is the national trade association for the entire convenience services industry, including the food and refreshment vending and coffee service and food service management industries.

During this industry-wide event at the Las Vegas Convention Center on March 21-23, we had the amazing opportunity to meet with our customers and partners, and make new connections as well.

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This year, we featured our new Evoke Snack 6 glass-front merchandiser at our Booth #1000, as well as in NAMA’s New Product Zone.

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Ideal for high traffic, high volume locations, the Evoke Snack 6 enables operators to improve operational efficiency, drive bottom-line performance, and support business expansion.

How does Evoke Snack 6 stack-up to the competition?

More total product capacity

Larger product display window

Bigger user interface touchscreen

More vertical product space

Also, on display at The NAMA Show, we showcased our full-line of versatile, location driven equipment including the industry’s best refrigerated/frozen food merchandisers.  From the Alpine Elevator refrigerated food and cold drink merchandiser to our Geneva Coffee Vending Machine, USI is all about innovation!

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We’re already looking forward to next year and we hope to see you there!

Until next time,

-USI

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Join Us at the NAMA OneShow 2018!

WHAT: The NAMA Show

WHERE: The Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada – U-Select-It Booth 1000

WHEN: March 21st-23rd

WHY: Experience vending convenience with U-Select-It’s new Evoke Snack 6 merchandiser at The NAMA Show.  Plus, visit us at the show (Booth 1000) to learn about USI’s exclusive Show Floor Only specialo.

U-Select-It is pleased to announce that we will be attending the The NAMA Show this March in Las Vegas! We’ll be featuring our new Evoke Snack 6 merchandiser.. Evoke Snack 6 offers the same durability and quality that U-Select-It is known for – with a sleek new look!

How does Evoke Snack 6 stack up to the competition??

U-Select-It will also be showcasing our versatile product line at The NAMA Show from our Geneva Coffee Machine to the Alpine Combi 3000 to the Alpine 5000 Food Elevator merchandiser.  Some highlights include:

ALPINE ELEVATOR

  • The industry’s best refrigerated/frozen food merchandisers.
  • The Alpine comes single temp and variable temp to offer maximum product variety within a single machine footprint.
  • Alpine Elevator utilizes a soft elevator delivery for food and beverages.
 

GENEVA COFFEE MACHINE

  • Simplistic design is easy to operate.
  • Machine’s small footprint is ideal for locations of all sizes.
  • Allows up to 36 beverage combinations to satisfy a variety of customer preferences.
  • High quality brewing system produces cafe style experience in every cup.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the show, and can’t wait to reveal everything U-Select-It has to offer! Stay tuned for more information as we draw closer to the show.

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