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  1. I think it varies regionally. Coke around here did buy some Royal Visions and they are still being used today, but it seems most of their newest glass fronts are BevMax 4s, and Coke does seem to be happy with them. Coke seems to be in the process of retiring their DN5000s and replacing them with new BevMax 4s around here. All Vendo Vues seem to be gone as well (Coke apparently wasn't happy with those machines).
  2. I have wondered about this, and there seems to be a big difference between the default messages on the alphanumeric displays on D-N vs. Vendo machines. This trend started with the Pepsi HVVs and continued with glassfronts. Usually, D-N's messages seem to be short and simple, while Vendo's messages tend to be long and verbose. I wonder why the difference. For example, for the default programming on the Pepsi HVVs, a D-N HVV says "Sold Out", while a Vendo HVV says "Sorry That Selection is Not Available". I haven't seen a Royal HVV in person before, so I am not sure what they say. In addition, on the glassfronts, display on the D-N BevMax 2/3/4 is a single row full matrix display, while the Vendo Vue display is a dual row fixed character display (probably to accommodate Vendo's more verbose messages). I wonder why D-N prefers short simple messages while Vendo prefers long verbose messages? Of course, I know Coke usually likes to put in custom programming for the displays on its machines, while Pepsi usually uses the default programming.
  3. The chips you are referring to are EMV chips. EMV is more secure than the traditional magstripe technology since the information gets encrypted in each transaction. Now, EMV comes in two flavors: chip-and-signature and chip-and-PIN. Most EMV cards currently being issued in the United States are of the chip-and-signature type. However, many expect that eventually chip-and-PIN cards will become more common, since they are the standard used in much of the world.
  4. Pepsi used to have a few Vues, but due to numerous problems with them they have largely been phased out in favor of the BevMax 4. Also, I remember seeing some Coke Vendo Vues at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Not sure if they are still there.
  5. Note that last week I think I saw some brand new Pepsi-owned D-N BevMax 4s at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. I think these machines were brand new since they were in the same new light blue Aquafina livery as the GGFV I saw at WinCo Foods. They could potentially be refurbished machines, however, if they are brand new I wonder if they are older or newer than the GGFV that I saw at WinCo Foods. If they are newer, perhaps the local Pepsi bottler could already be kicking the Vendo GGFV to the curb as they did previously with the Vue.
  6. As stated earlier, I presume the reason for some Pepsi bottlers trying out these machines despite minimal problems with the D-N BevMax 4 is due to pricing, since most Pepsi bottlers in western states buy most of their conventional stack machines from Vendo, which means that Vendo probably gives preferential pricing to these western bottlers, thus they probably got better pricing on the Vendo GGFV than on the D-N BevMax 4.
  7. So, do new HVVs no longer have the TriTeq locks? The HVVs (initially available from Vendo and Dixie-Narco, with Royal releasing their version a few years later) were the first machines to have them, followed by the Vendo Vue and D-N BevMax 2/3/4; not sure if Pepsi Royal Visions have them (I have seen one Pepsi Royal Vision in Las Vegas, but I can't remember if it had an external T-handle lock or not). The BevMax Media machines have been out for a few years now, but I have yet to see one in person.
  8. Yep, if these machines turn out to be another disaster like the Vue I expect they will go back to the D-N BevMax 4. I wonder if the local Coke bottler will also give them a try, however, they don't seem to buy much from Vendo much around here; almost all of their stack machines are from Royal while they have only bought a few Vendo Vues in the past in addition to the Royal Vision and most recently the D-N BevMax 4. When I started this thread I did state that Pepsi was more likely than Coke to try out the GGFV, and it looks like that is happening as expected. Now, I wonder if Pepsi is really moving away from the electronic locks, since the GGFV that I saw had a conventional T-handle lock.
  9. Sorry to bump an old thread, but for the first time today I have encountered a Vendo GGFV at a newly-opened WinCo Foods in Chandler. It is a Pepsi-owned Aquafina-branded machine. Apparently, this machine had an elevator failure; the elevator was jammed and crooked. It looks like the local Pepsi bottler may be dealing with another lemon as the Vue was a disaster for them. I presume they may be giving these machines a try since I think they get preferential pricing from Vendo since they are the main supplier of most of their conventional stack machines. Interestingly, this machine had a conventional T-handle lock instead of the electronic locks typical to most newer Pepsi machines (all HVVs, Vendo Vues, and D-N BevMax 2/3/4s). I wonder if Pepsi is moving away from the electronic locks.
  10. Vendo now has a new glassfront vendor out known as the GGFV. I have yet to see one in person, however, looking at the specs, the design appears to be totally different from the Vue, which has been poorly received by most Coke and Pepsi bottlers due to the many issues with them (here in Arizona you don't see many Vendo Vues anymore). The shelves have been totally redesigned, and the product catcher is now a simpler cup-like design similar to that of the Dixie-Narco BevMax 4, rather than the more complicated claw mechanism that the Vue used. I wonder, could Coke or Pepsi bottlers give the Vendo GGFV a chance? The Vue has largely been a fiasco for most bottlers of both, however, Pepsi bottlers in western states still buy most of their conventional stack machines from Vendo rather than D-N despite the dissatisfaction with the Vue. Because of this, I find Pepsi bottlers more likely to try them out than Coke. What does anyone here think?
  11. For conventional stack machines, yes Coke is almost now exclusively Royal. However, for glassfronts in recent years I have seen more Coke D-N Bevmax 4s than Royal Visions. Coke Vendo Vues are becoming pretty rare nowadays.
  12. I read about the Pepsi Interactive Vending Machine, and I have yet to see one in person. I was wondering, if anyone here has seen one, does anyone know who is the manufacturer of these machines? I know that manufacturer preferences for Pepsi bottlers seem to vary regionally. Pepsi bottlers in western states currently seem to mostly buy Vendo for stack machines (with some Dixie-Narco) and Dixie-Narco for glassfronts. On the East Coast, Dixie-Narco seems to have a near monopoly with Pepsi, although there are some Royals in the northeast. I tried to do a search on Google to see who is the manufacturer, but no luck.
  13. The Vendo Vue is generally considered to be the least desirable of the current glassfront machines. Typically the Dixie-Narco BevMax 4 is rated the highest, although the Royal Vision also gets good reviews as well. However, the Vendo Vue does typically sell for less money on the used market than its competitors, especially compared with the D-N BevMax 4 which can sell for a significant premium and is less readily available. The smaller capacity version of the BevMax 4 the DN 3800-4 is especially hard to find on the used market.
  14. Hello there. Just for curiosity, I was looking on how much current glass front vending machines sell for on the used market, and it seems that the D-N BevMax 4 sells for a premium compared to its competitors, and tends to be less readily available. On the other end of the spectrum, the Vendo Vue generally sells for the least amount of money on the used market and tends to be the most readily available. Is there any particular reason why the BevMax 4 sells for a premium compared to its competitors on the used market? I know it is generally the highest-rated current glassfront by most here, although the Royal Vision also gets good reviews as well. Perhaps vending companies and bottlers are quite happy with their BevMax 4s that they are unwilling to let them go. It seems that most of the newest Coke and Pepsi glassfronts I have seen are BevMax 4s. In fact, the local Pepsi bottler in Phoenix has largely gotten rid of most of their Vendo Vues, with very few still in service here. The local Coke bottler experimented with both the Vendo Vue and Royal Vision, but has since standardized on the D-N BevMax 4 for all new glassfronts.
  15. Looking at the AP UltraFlex and GPL Fusion on Crane MS' website, they appear to be identical. It looks like Crane MS is offering them as low-cost alternatives to the high-end National Merchant series. So, are there ANY differences at all between the two? Why would Crane MS sell the same exact machine under two brands? Might as well drop the GPL brand and focus on the National, Dixie-Narco, and Automatic Products brands.
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