A Mom in Alaska Created Her Own Vending Machine for Baby Products

Changing a DiaperAs any parent knows, traveling with kids can be stressful, especially when you’re underprepared.

That’s exactly what happened to Alaska mom Jasmin Smith, who found herself without a diaper for one of her twins at an Anchorage mall. After creating a makeshift replacement out of a pair of underwear and paper towels, she came up with a better solution—and a business opportunity.

Smith created Baby Vend, a vending machine that can be a life-saver for traveling parents. The machine sells diapers, along with a variety of other supplies that parents might carry in their diaper bags, such as changing pads, pacifiers, sippy cups and changes of clothing in case of an accident. Baby Vend also carries items for breastfeeding mothers, including nursing pads and lactation cookies.

The first Baby Vend machine was recently installed at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, and Smith plans to install more around the city.

The entrepreneur has bigger plans as well, and hopes to take Baby Vend national someday. She recently attended a casting call for the business-focused reality show “Shark Tank.”

“I eventually want Baby Vend to be anywhere a parent is that travels or has family outings,” she says.

We may not sell baby products, but you can count on Orsino Vending for all of your snack and beverage needs. We’ve been proudly serving the residents of New Jersey for over 20 years, and will even set up a vending machine at your location for free. Give us a call at (201) 871-9286 or contact us online to learn more.

Recent Research Finds Coffee Drinkers May Live Longer on Average

Cup of CoffeeDo you need that caffeine buzz to get your day started at work? Is the smell of fresh coffee the first thing you look forward to when you wake up? Your morning cup of joe might healthier than you think. according to at least two recent studies, coffee drinkers may live longer on average than those of use who don’t drink coffee.

You might have heard that coffee is bad for your health in the past, but as it turns out, much of the research supporting that theory was conducted when most coffee drinkers also smoked and suffered from the associated negative health effects. Researchers at the time did not necessarily track which subjects smoked and which did not.

A far more recent study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine followed half a million people ages 38 to 73 over a decade-long period. The researchers kept track of people’s coffee-drinking habits, smoking habits, health factors and mortality. They found that drinking anywhere from one to eight (!) cups of coffee a day was associated with a longer lifespan, regardless of how well the individual metabolized caffeine.

It’s interesting to note that the benefits extended to decaf drinkers as well.

Another study, reported in the British Medical Journal in 2017, linked coffee consumption with other health benefits, including a lower risk of diabetes, liver disease, certain types of cancer and more.

Orsino Vending makes it easy for your employees to satisfy their caffeine cravings, whether they prefer espresso, cappuccino or a plain cup of joe. We’ve been proudly serving customers throughout New Jersey for more than 20 years, offering healthy snacks, beverages and more to a variety of commercial clients. We’ll even set up a vending machine at your location for free! Give us a call at (201) 871-928 or contact us online today to learn more.

Create Healthy Workplace Meals With These Helpful Tips

Salad at WorkIt’s 1 pm, and your stomach is rumbling as you sit at your desk. A slice of pizza or a burger might sound delicious right now, but resist the temptation. You can easily create healthy workplace meals with these helpful tips:

Fill up on Fruits and Veggies

At least half your plate should be made up of fruits and veggies, which will provide you with the vitamins and nutrients you need to stay alert throughout the day. Eat the rainbow; choose produce in a variety of colors, such as red peppers, broccoli and leafy greens.

Include Lean Protein

Your lunch should always include a source of lean protein, such as Greek yogurt, seafood, poultry or eggs. Lean protein boosts your metabolism and keeps you full for much longer than if you just ate carbs. Vegan? Go for pulses, like lentils or chickpeas.

Stick to Whole Grains

Refined carbs, like white bread or regular pasta, won’t do the trick of satisfying your hunger all afternoon. Whole-grain products are a much healthier and more filling choice.

Add Flavor

Eating a flavorful meal at work will keep you satisfied and give you something to look forward to. Use fresh herbs, spices and even hot pepper. Just skip the fat-laden salad dressings and go for high-quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar instead.

For all your snack and drink cravings in between meals, you can rely on Orsino Vending. We’ve been proudly serving the residents of New Jersey for over 20 years, offering healthy snacks, beverages and more to a variety of commercial clients. We’ll even set up a vending machine at your location for free! Give us a call at (201) 871-9286 or contact us online today to learn more.

MTA Will Convert Empty Newsstands Into Vending Machines

New York City SubwayIn Japan, vending machines are remarkably popular. The country has the highest density of vending machine with more than 5 million machines across the country. You can kill time waiting for a train by getting everything from a shot of sake to bananas and fish soup from a vending machine. Vending is so ingrained with Japan’s subway culture that just this year a vending machine made from a recycled subway car was rolled out in the Tameike Sanno Subway Station.

Perhaps inspired by their Tokyo Metro counterparts, the New York City Transit Authority is now in the process of converting empty newsstands into vending machines.

Currently, around 40-percent of the MTA’s 326 retail spaces stand empty. These spaces used to house newsstands that sold everything from newspapers to snacks and toiletries. In recent years, however, the decline in purchases at the stands has left many of them closed.

In response to the shuttered stores, the MTA has been prototyping a number of new ideas. Recently, an underground market called the Turnstyle Project that offers food vendors, retail space and popup shops opened at Columbus Circle. The market also hosted popup stores at other empty locations in the system. Now, the MTA will deploy vending machines in some stations as well.

The new vending machines will start rolling out later this year. Although a spot of sake might make waiting for A-train more interesting, there are currently no plans for vending alcoholic beverages. Instead, the vending machines will sell food, drinks and a few personal necessities like toiletries.

The project is still in the planning stages of development, so there has been no announcement regarding which stations will be targeted first. The MTA has said they will not displace any current newsstand vendors or place vending machines in competition with them. The rollout is expected to begin this summer, just in time for commuters and tourists to be thankful for a cold drink at the press of a button.

Staying Hydrated Is Essential in the Workplace

Drinking Water at WorkAccording to a study conducted in 2018, almost 80 percent of American employees admit that they don’t drink enough water throughout the course of the average workday. This suggests that millions of Americans are chronically dehydrated and not able to put forth their best effort at work as a result. Today we’ll consider a few reasons why it’s so important to stay hydrated throughout the work day.

Being hydrated keeps people alert.

When you’re hard at work, it helps to be as alert and attentive as possible. If you’re not drinking enough water, however, you may find that you become easily fatigued and distracted from the task at hand. In addition to its negative physical affects, dehydration can also impair cognitive function, making it much harder to solve problems and think clearly at work.

It prevents lapses in productivity.

There is also a strong correlation between hydration and productivity. Some studies have found that a 1 percent drop in a person’s hydration level can contribute to a 12 percent decrease in productivity. By encouraging your employees to drink more water at work, you may find that their overall productivity increases significantly.

It helps keep sick days to a minimum.

From headaches and dizziness to fainting and even seizures, dehydration can cause a variety of unpleasant health issues. It can also make it harder for our immune systems to fight infections diseases like the flu. When your employees are properly hydrated, they’ll be less likely to miss work due to illness.

As you can see, dehydration can be a huge problem for many companies and their employees. At Orsino Vending, we offer convenient beverage machines that make it easy for people to drink plenty of water at work. To learn more, feel free to give us a call at (201) 871-9286 or contact us online today!

Bread-Baking Vending Machine Makes Its Debut at CES

Fresh BreadFrom traditional beverages and healthy snacks to high-tech gadgets like headphones and Bluetooth speakers, you can find just about anything in vending machines these days. In Washington state, one company is even taking things a step further by creating the BreadBot—a vending machine capable of baking loaves of bread automatically with almost no help from humans.

The BreadBot, which was first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, was designed and built by a company called Wilkinson Baking. It’s a vending machine that can mix, knead and bake up to 235 loaves of bread per day. According to the makers of BreadBot, it’s capable of baking regular white and whole-wheat bread, but it can also pump out nine-grain bread, rye bread, honey-oat bread and more.

The machine is outfitted with 70 sensors that monitor the baking process to ensure each and every loaf is baked to perfection.

The BreadBot does need a little bit of assistance from humans before it can start baking. At least one person is required to add a dry mix to the machine, slice the loaves once they’re done baking and clean the machine at the end of the day. But in a grocery store setting, these bread-baking vending machines could make bakery departments far more efficient. Wilkinson Baking claims there are already several stores interested in leasing the machines so that they can test them out and enjoy the considerable benefits of BreadBot.

Interested in outfitting your workplace with a modern, versatile vending machine? Give us a call or contact us online today to get started!

Healthy Eating Tips for People With Busy Schedules

Eating at WorkMaintaining a healthy diet can be a challenge for anyone, but it tends to be especially difficult for people who have very busy schedules. Who has time to look for the healthiest options when there is so much else that needs to be done? It won’t always be easy, but you can eat well even during your most hectic work weeks. Here are some tips to help you get started!

Schedule time to eat throughout the day

From meetings with clients to drinks with friends, you schedule everything else that you do throughout the day. So why not schedule breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks, too? Go through your schedule at the beginning of every week and set aside times to eat. Set reminders for yourself so that your phone tells you when it’s time to step away from your desk and grab a bite. This way, you won’t forget to eat altogether.

Put together a list of healthy eating options

One of the toughest parts about watching your diet is deciding what you’re going to eat. You can take the guesswork out of the equation by generating a list of the healthy options available to you. When it’s time to eat a meal or a snack, you won’t have to rack your brain thinking about what you’re going to eat. All you’ll need to do is consult your list and choose whichever option sounds best to you at the moment.

Ask your office to add healthy options to vending machines

Does your office have vending machines in the break room? If it does, you should request that the office manager stock them with some healthy options. If these options aren’t available in your office’s current machines, you might also suggest that they invest in a fresh food vending machine. This will give you and your coworkers quick, convenient access to healthy snacks whenever you need them.

Interested in learning more about all the healthy food options we offer in our machines at Orsino Vending? Give us a call or contact us online today to speak with a representative!

Vending Machine Dispenses Free Books to Children in Buffalo, NY

Child Reading a BookThese days, vending machines are capable of doing more than just keeping workplaces stocked with convenient, nutritious food options. From cars to clothing, you can find vending machines that dispense a wide variety of other products as well.

In Buffalo, New York, for example, one public elementary school is even using a vending machine to promote literacy among its young students.

At the Arthur O. Eve School of Distinction #61, students are receiving golden tokens that given them access to free books from a new vending machine that offers age-appropriate literature for children in Pre-K through 4th grade. Rather than giving out books as rewards for good behavior or attendance, every student at the school will have an opportunity to choose a book from the vending machine based on a monthly rotation. The students are then encouraged to take these books home and use them to start their very own libraries.

The book vending machine was funded by the Community Action Organization of Western New York, which purchased the machine for $2,000 and provided an additional $1,000 to fill it with books. Another local nonprofit organization called The Teacher’s Desk has offered to keep the machine stocked with books in the future.

“One of the biggest issues we have in this district is literacy,” said Buffalo School Board member Sharon Belton-Cottman in a recent interview. “If our children can read, they can survive.”

Thanks to the efforts of the dedicated educators in Buffalo, this vending machine will be providing treasured reading material to the students at PS 61 for years to come.

Study Finds Coffee May Protect the Brain From Cognitive Decline

Office CoffeeIt’s no secret that a fresh cup of coffee can give us a boost of energy and alertness in the morning, but new research suggests that drinking coffee could have long-term benefits on our cognitive health as well. Thanks to the presence of chemical compounds called phenylindanes that develop during the brewing process, coffee may contribute to a reduced risk of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

 

That’s what researchers at the Krembil Brain Institute in Toronto found after analyzing the chemical compositions of light roast, dark roast and decaffeinated dark roast coffees.

“Coffee consumption does seem to have some correlation to a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease,” said Dr. Donald Weaver, co-director of the Krembil Brain Institute in a statement. “but we wanted to investigate why that is—which compounds are involved and how they may impact age-related cognitive decline.”

Weaver and his research team studied the effect of coffee on the brain by exposing three different coffee extracts to the amyloid beta and tau proteins which form “clumps” during the development of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. They found that all three extracts inhibited protein clumping, which suggests that coffee could help to stave off the progression of these neurodegenerative diseases.

They also noted that while both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee extracts inhibited protein clumping, the effect was more pronounced with dark roast coffee. This is likely due to the fact that phenylindane concentrations tend to increase in coffees with longer roasting times.

“By heating things up, the chemicals undergo changes,” said Dr. Weaver in a recent interview. “As well, the heating process gives us access to chemicals that would normally not be there.”

Ultimately, Dr. Weaver hopes that his research might help scientists develop a phenylindane-based treatment that prevents protein clumping, thereby slowing or even stopping cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

As if we needed one more reason to start our day with a hot cup of coffee.

The London Underground is Getting Laundry Vending Machines

Dry CleaningDry cleaning your professional attire is a great way to prolong the lifespan of some of your nicest clothing, but taking weekly trips to the cleaners can be a huge hassle. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a simpler way to dry clean your clothes without being forced to add one more thing to your to-do list?

In London, many commuters can now drop off their dry cleaning on their way to work thanks to a local company called VClean Life.

This startup recently introduced vending machines called VDrop machines that are designed to make dry cleaning easy for busy professionals who can’t always make it to the cleaners. Now, commuters can deposit their clothing in one of the machines—which are conveniently located in London Underground stations throughout the city—and have them dry cleaned, folded and ready to be picked up in just 24 hours.

To start using VClean Life’s unique new service, all people have to do is sign up for it online and receive a QR code from the company. Using this code, customers can drop clothes off at any VDrop machine in the city. Then, the clothing will be picked up, transported to a facility owned by VClean Life, dry cleaned and returned to the same machine in under a day. Despite the added convenience, the service expected to cost a fraction of the price of working with a traditional dry-cleaning company.

At Orsino Vending, we’re always excited to see what companies like VClean Life are doing with vending machines these days. We’re also working hard to provide companies with everything they need to incorporate vending machines into their own businesses. Call us at (201) 871-9286 to get started today!

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