Chicago Mayor Wants To Sell Advertising On Vending Machines On City Property

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to sell advertising space on vending machines in addition to bridge houses and trash cans, allowing promotional sponsorships of public programs, according to The Chicago Tribune. For the full story, click here

Editor’s Insight: The National Automatic Merchandising Association and the Illinois Automatic Merchandising Council should formally oppose this plan. The city should award vending contracts based on meeting the needs of consumers, not on who can fork over the fattest check to the city.

The vending industry should view this as an opportunity to educate the public about the benefits it offers consumers. 11-28-11 By Elliot Maras