Vending machines go mobile
The vending machines in the cafeteria have a new system of paying called PayRange.
The PayRange app uses the bluetooth in iOS and Android devices to connect to select vending machines. In order for PayRange to work, students must complete a quick set-up process. They must have a form of a wallet set up in their phone, such as Apple Pay or Samsung Pay. Students transfer money from their wallet into their PayRange account and that way, all they have to do is enter the code of the item they want and the machine takes the money straight out of their account.
Director of Food Services Stacy Lenihan implemented the change. Assistant Cafeteria Manager Patricia Palm explained that the change was made to “stay current with technology.Young children live their lives off technology. We need to move with you.”
This decision benefits the Conant community. Palm discussed how the transition would simplify things. “It’s easier on our lives, since we have to count the [vending machine] money everyday,” she said. “I’m sure it’ll make the students lives easier as well.”
The reaction from students have been positive. Leila Elrgdawy, ‘19 said. “A lot of the time when I want something from the vending machine, I won’t have money on me. Having PayRange at our vending machine is very useful for situations like this because I can use my phone instead of cash.”
This change is also improving Conant economically. Palm explained the sales they’ve had since they began with the new system. “It’s slow, but it’s picking up,” she said. “I’ve seen an increase over the last week.”