Vending machines were among the first categories to accept contactless mobile payments, but they still rely heavily on cash for impulse snack purchases — at least for now.

USA Technologies is working hard to provide more payment options at vending machines, a strategy that is fueled in part by its planned $5.6 million acquisition of assets from VendScreen, a cashless payments technology company. The deal, announced Monday, will add about 4,200 active vending machine connections to USAT's NFC-enabled fleet of 300,000 machines nationally, out of 350,000 total acceptance points.

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