The trend in university dining services is undeniably one toward technology, with mobile ordering, delivery robots, pick-up lockers and self-service kiosks all playing a role in campus dining. One of the most technology-driven dining experiences could be that of the University of Arizona, where all of these solutions have been deployed.
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Food-service provider, Sodexo is plotting some advancements in campus food service for students across the U.S. Starting this spring, the company is implementing the "eat>NOW" autonomous campus grocery store concept, as well as new vending and virtual dining concepts with robot delivery on select campuses.
Transact has partnered with RFID, software and services provider, ELATEC, to provide a new, multi-technology card reader that is compatible with all Transact credentials. The company's TWN4 MultiTech NFC and RFID reader will now be available to Transact partnering campuses as a reader option for a number of on-campus transaction environments.
A student at UCLA has gone viral on social media, posting a how-to video detailing the campus' COVID-19 test vending machine. As campuses across the country continue their efforts to provide safety measures for students, a COVID test vending machine certainly ranks among the more innovative ideas.
The University of California San Diego is stocking new on-campus vending machines with free COVID-19 test kits for students and campus community members. The initiative will see UC San Diego students use their campus card to access the self-administered COVID test kits.
Virginia Commonwealth University has installed campus vending machines stocked with personal protective equipment for its campus community to access via their student ID card. VCU now joins a host of other universities, including New Mexico State, now using campus vending machines and the campus card to dispense masks, sanitizer, gloves and other PPE items.
New Mexico State University is deploying new campus vending machine on its Las Cruces campus this fall that dispense face masks and other safety supplies designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The new vending machines are the result of a joint effort between the university and industrial and safety supplies reseller, Fastenal.
A study conducted by researchers at Michigan State University, along with vending and payment solutions provider USA Technologies, has found significant performance boosts in cashless-enabled vending machines as compared to units only accepting cash and coin. The report highlights the common practice of outfitting only high-volume machines with cashless technology, but the study's findings suggest that low-performing vending machines can provide significant revenue growth once equipped with cashless hardware.
Students at San Diego State University can now use their SDSUCards to grab a quick snack from campus vending machines after the university added vending functionality to the student credentials. The university has decided to bring vending purchases back to give the SDSUCards more functionality around campus.
With the swipe of a student ID card, Grand Rapids Community College is offering free laptop rentals to students. The service is being offered via vending machine, giving students an alternative to accessing the technology needed to support their academic work.
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