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A Popular auxiliary service provided by hospitality businesses is automatic merchandising, more commonly known as vending. Recent advancement in vending technology (v-commerce) has changed the way vending machines are monitored, replenished, maintained, and reconciled. As the hospitality industry searches to reduce its reliance on labor intensive processes, automatic merchandising represents and effective way to provide unattended points of sale and service. Smart machines featuring quality products with high levels of auditabile control may me more appealing to the hospitality industry. While a hospitality manager does not need to have knowleds of the vending distribution channel or machine maintenance, it is important to understand available technology and the opportunity it provides for operational efficiencies and revenue enhancement.
Kasavana, Michael L.
"V-Commerce: Vending Machine Technology,"
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Available at: http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/hospitalityreview/vol21/iss1/1