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MEI Software Selected to Manage New York City Department of Education’s 3,000+ Drink Vending Machines

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WEST CHESTER, Pa., July 29, 2010 —MEI EASITRAX® vending management software system was selected to manage the New York City Department of Education’s vast network of 3,000+ drink vending machines in public schools. These machines are exclusively managed by CC Vending, Inc. of Bronx, N.Y., the vending operator charged with the software purchase decision.
CC Vending made the decision to purchase MEI EASITRAX because the installation required a sophisticated, proven vending management system that could support the complex needs of 850 unique facilities.

The MEI EASITRAX vending management system will be used to manage the CC Vending current inventory warehouse management needs as well as its future needs for advanced forecasting and dynamic routing functionality.

“Our goal was to fulfill all of the DOE’s reporting needs while building a fully DEX-compliant database that could be used for future services,” said Tim Fitzgerald of CC Vending. “We could easily ‘uplift’ the database to a hosted environment to provide a more convenient pay-as-you-use solution. The EASITRAX software had the features and technical flexibility to support this contract as new technology evolves.”

MEI’s EASITRAX vending management software is a complete, end-to-end solution for controlling and monitoring all aspects of the vending operation…from cash and product to machines and drivers.

EASITRAX – currently being used to manage over 4,000 machines from 1,000 different CC Vending accounts in addition to the NYC DOE – allows for increased efficiency and accountability at the driver level and improved profitability overall.

New York City education officials selected CC Vending in part because it offered the best operating and monitoring systems, according to a recent article in The New York Times (www.nytimes.com).

“This program represents the next stage in the evolution of the vending business,” said CC Vending President Michael Cascione. “We’ve been moving toward a more healthful vending standard for years, but it took a committed client such as NYC DOE to really take the concept to the next level. We’re excited to be partners with Pepsi and NYC DOE in such an industry-leading initiative. We hope this project will be transformative for the students and the schools.”

About MEI EASITRAX

MEI EASITRAX is a powerful, scalable vending management software and hardware solution developed specifically for vending, office coffee, and bottled water operations. It delivers the simple, powerful functionality that vending operators need most to improve business and grow profits. EASITRAX helps operators control revenue and inventory – and streamline operations for accelerated sales growth and overall cost reduction. For more information on MEI EASITRAX, visit www.easitrax.com.

About CC Vending

CC Vending, Inc. is a full line vending operator serving the Greater New York, New Jersey and lower Connecticut marketplace. Established in 1989, CCV currently operates over 35 routes from its New York and New Jersey facilities. In addition to the Department of Education, CCV manages the NYC Health and Hospitals Corp. and Housing Authority vending programs as well as a wide variety of business, health care, university and government clients.

About MEI

MEI, headquartered in West Chester, Pa., holds the world’s largest installed base of unattended payment systems, handling over two billion transactions per week in more than 100 countries. The company developed the first electronic coin mechanism in the 1960s, followed by the first electronic non-contact bill validator, and more recently its credit card capability and vending management solution. Recently, MEI reached a milestone of selling more than four million bill validators and five million coin mechanisms worldwide. Its products are in widespread use in the vending, soft drink, gaming, amusement, transport, retail, and kiosk markets. For more information on MEI and its products, visit www.meigroup.com or call 800-345-8215.