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NAMA Announces Release of VDI 2.0 Technical Standard

Supports More Efficient Information Exchange Between Vending Management Systems and Micro Markets

ARLINGTON, Va. — March 5, 2024 — The National Automatic Merchandising Association has announced the release of the Vending Data Interchange (VDI) technical standard, VDI 2.0, to improve two-way data exchange between vending management systems and micro markets with privacy enhancements.

“The convenience services industry is reliant on technology for smooth business operations and to efficiently serve customers and consumers,” says Chad Francis, vice president of software development and engineering at 365 Retail Markets, chair of the NAMA VDI Task Force, which is responsible for the standard. “NAMA’s VDI 2.0 standard ensures that all equipment can uniformly send and receive data, giving operators maximum flexibility to choose equipment that meets the specific needs of each customer.”

The new standard, officially named Vending Data Interchange 2.0, enables aggregated reporting, expands messaging and management capabilities, and establishes more stringent data security.

Expanded error reporting and messaging capabilities give convenience services operators more detailed information about the status of information flowing between vending management systems and micro markets. New reporting features include integration with inventory and financial management systems. VDI 2.0 also supports an interface with planogram and restocking specifications and brings a substantial advance in data security.

The NAMA VDI 2.0 standard is available on the NAMA Website.

NAMA represents the $34.9 billion U.S. Convenience Services Industry. By providing advocacy, education, and research, NAMA works to promote and protect the industry’s over 160,000 hardworking employees. Through traditional vending and micro markets, office coffee and pantry services, product manufacturing, and small-drop distribution, convenience services meets the needs of over 40 million American consumers daily at work, home, school, and play.

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