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Introducing PayRange: our NEW mobile payment solution

Advancements in Payment Technology
Perfect Choice is committed to evolving with technology
as demand for safe and secure payment methods increase.
Our vending operation has gone mobile! Introducing:

The world’s simplest mobile payment solution for machines.
Easy To Use

Download the PayRange App (free in the iTunes App Store) to begin using. Move your smartphone within arms length of your preferred vending machine to automatically connect. A simple “swipe” on your smartphone screen will complete payment for your desired product.
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Easy to Fund

The PayRange App accepts all major credit & debit cards, and funds can be added through Apple Pay. Personal and payment information is securely managed by a PCI Compliant Processor, and is never shared with the machines.

Accepted payment options.

Water.IO Transforms Ordinary Bottle into ‘Smart Bottle’

Interview: Water.IO transforms ordinary bottle into 'smart bottle'
Interview: Water.IO transforms ordinary bottle into ‘smart bottle’

The demand for “smart” packaging has greatly increased this year, with reports predicting 8% annual growth to $3.5bn by 2017, in the US alone. Earlier this year, we reported on Hidrate’s bottle revolutionising water intake and Johnnie Walker’s smart bottle that alerts the consumer when the drink is nearly gone. However, unlike its predecessors, Water.IO are approaching this sector from a different angle. A start-up from Israel, Water.IO has invented a smart cap which fits onto most standard bottles – turning existing disposable bottles into smart bottles! We spoke to co-founder Yoav Hoshen about the company, the technology and the consumer drinking experience.

What is Water.IO and what inspired you to start up the company?

Water.IO is all about providing smart solutions to help prevent dehydration, while at the same time push the beverages and food industry into the Internet of Things (IoT) and big-data arena. People don’t drink enough water during the day, and we all forget to drink. We would like to help people by making their disposable water bottles remind them when they need to drink. So we’ve developed smart caps technology sensors that can be used by any cap or closure manufacturer and any bottler, and that actually enable the bottle to measure how much drink is in the bottle and alert with blinking lights when the customer needs to drink more, based on his personal profile. So actually we help turning every standard disposable bottle into a smart bottle. At the same time, this smart cap also sends information to the customer’s smartphone and the beverages companies get, for the first time, real-time analytics about who their customers are, how they drink, when, where and how this is related to other factors like weather, sport activity, geography, age.

Tell us about the development process for the smart bottle caps. What technology have you used?

We’ve been working in the last year on developing an advanced, patented sensors technology that can get into any standard bottle cap, and come in different form factors. We also developed the application on the smartphone that can be branded with the beverage company, which now can benefit from a direct engagement with its customers; and we also developed the analytics dashboard that provides the beverages companies with the real time analytics about their customers – think about it as if every beverages company can get the type of information companies like Facebook or Google get about their customers. Water.IO is actually the first to add Internet of Things (IoT) into the packages of beverages and food in such a model.

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How will the smart bottle caps enhance the consumer drinking experience?

We help customers improve their health and wellness by understanding their hydration needs. Let’s say you are used to drink a beverage X that now comes with the Water.IO sensors in the cap. So you download for only the first time an app to your smartphone (we tailor our app to get the look and feel of that company) and after adding basic information for only the first time – like your age, height, weight, the app builds a personalised drinking profile for you. Now, every time you use any of those drinks from company X, the smart cap measures the amount of liquid in the bottle, and when you need to drink more, your bottle starts to blink. If this is a hot day, the algorithm is being updated in the background and you get recommendations to drink more. If you walked a lot outside, again, you get updated alerts, personalised just for you. We also have models of our caps that don’t need the smartphone and can alert the user based on time that has passed from the last time he drank before…

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New Vending Era With Micro Markets

Seattle Visionary Ushers In New Vending Era With Micro Markets

When Jim Brinton, president of Evergreen Vending, felt the impact of the 2008-2009 Great Recession, he was concerned. His 34-year-old vending operation based in Seattle, WA, was weathering the turbulent economic times, but the future didn’t look as bright as the past. His concern deepened as he visited other vending operators around the U.S. in the capacity of NAMA Chairman. “I was feeling the same pain as the operators I was seeing across the country,” he said. With businesses closing or reducing employees, vending locations were disappearing. Wage freezes or reductions were leading to significant decreases in revenue. With no major changes to the vending industry since glass front vending machines and the bill validator, operators found it hard to highlight their service versus their competitor and drive the higher prices they needed to maintain profitability. Many saw a bleak future. However, visionaries see things differently. That is why, despite this time of uncertainty, Brinton decided to launch into a new enterprise that would not only reinvigorate his operation, but the entire industry — micro markets.

Micro markets were a much needed solution to Brinton’s concerns thanks to their ability to attract customers willing to pay higher prices for a greater variety of food as well as meet demands of an increased number of larger locations. In addition, the recovering post-recession economy made it an even more promising time to launch a new workplace refreshment segment.

“I often say the stars aligned,” joked Brinton about how he got into the micro market business. And he also credits it for keeping him in the industry. “I might not be here — my company that is — without micro markets,” Brinton added seriously.

The job he always returned to

Brinton began his vending career in 1976, at age 17. He installed a vending machine in his father’s auto supply store because employees kept enjoying his soda without paying him for it. Once he had one machine, he started looking for other places he could install the venders. When Brinton left for college he turned the business over to his younger brother to run for him. “It wasn’t his passion,” explained Brinton, who had to return to run the company. He grew his business by 250 percent in the next year, organically and by buying a few routes from other operators. Then in 1985, still young and full of too much energy, Brinton decided to also pursue a career in law enforcement with the City of Seattle after the encouragement of some friends. After 10 years, the unpredictability of the job led him back to vending full time. Since then, Evergreen Vending has grown to include 54 routes and 165 employees operating from four different locations throughout Western Washington and Oregon.

An industry is born

After the challenges of the recession, Brinton knew his company’s future had to be different. Probably the biggest change he made, both for his company and the industry, was going into business with another operator on a self-checkout system that did not use RFID tags, but allowed users to scan the existing bar codes on products. Up until that point, the systems marketed to the industry had needed RFID tags affixed to each product which added labor and physical label costs. Brinton thought there had to be another way and placed a few kiosks in locations for testing in 2009…

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