The BillPro-CRX increases vending sales by offering payment flexibility in the form of bills, credit or debit cards, and coupons. The intuitive vertical card path is ergonomically designed to optimize use in vending equipment to ensure reliable card swipes. A multi-line, high-contrast LCD display and audible feedback provide the consumer with a continuous transaction status.
"The BillPro-CRX is developed to be consumer friendly," said Tom Paczkowski, director of marketing at Coin Acceptors Inc. "The ergonomic design and styling offers simplicity of use, which translates to increased sales through the vending machine. The illuminated vertical card path not only draws more attention to stimulate sales, but also provides a clear distinction between the card and bill inlets."
The Coinco combo unit is specifically designed to operate in conjunction with card processing technology offered by Transaction Network Services (TNS) and USA Technologies, two of the leading providers of wireless credit and debit card transaction services in North America.
Coin Acceptors Inc. also offers a variety of bill validator upgrade options which allow operators to have bill acceptance in machines that did not originally offer this feature, like the APi 4000 series snack vender.
Some retrofit kits support stored value cards which allow operators to grow their business by interacting with consumers in ways never before possible. Stored value cards collect consumers' money in advance, providing a frequent use discount. This enables the concept of "happy meals" to be introduced into the vending channel and also reduces transaction time.
DEX retrofit kits make machines state-of-the-art Since its adoption as a data standard by NAMA in 1986, there have been many articles exploring the advantages of DEX. The industry has generally concluded that DEX utilization technologies, which include wireless communication, will reinvigorate the vending business. The two major suppliers of DEX retrofit kits are inOne Technology with the EASY 1 Audit System, and MEI, which offers the EASYTRAX® Retrofit Audit System (RAS).
The EASY 1 Audit System installs in most vending machines, including glassfront snack machines, single-price can venders, and coffee and food machines. The system offers tamper-proof cash accountability and product sales tracking, and interfaces with all of the major software providers. EASY 1 plugs in between the existing harnesses and is completely non-intrusive and UL-certified.
MEI EASYTRAX® RAS is a retrofit audit system for single-price venders and glassfront snack machines. It provides electronic cash and selection data. The system is designed with "T" cabling, which easily installs in between the existing harnesses, and is UL-listed. The EASYTRAX® Remote Data Port (RDP) also offers DEX with the addition of the ability to send data wirelessly via cellular telemetry.
Depending on the level of functionality an operator needs and the budget with which he is working, an older machine can be upgraded with many of today's "latest and greatest" features. The various retrofit kits give operators a variety of options from which to choose.