In sort-of kiosk-like news, Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages is web-enabling about 5,000 vending machines that dispense Dr. Pepper, 7 Up, Snapple and other soft drinks in several major cities to accept Internet-based credit card payments, according to Internet Retailer. The technology, supplied by USA Technologies, allows users to pay by cash or magnetic card (credit, debit, etc.), as well as contactless radio-frequency payment devices from major credit card companies, for those brave enough to use that technology right now.
The e-Port system also allows the vending machines to be remotely managed via a web interface, allowing for more accurate and efficient stocking, cash collection and servicing.
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