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32M Microchips Employees Company-Wide

Three Square Market will become the first U.S. company to provide implanted microchip technology to their employees.
Chip Implant to be used by 32M
Chip Implant to be used by 32M

RIVER FALLS, Wis. – July 20, 2017 – PRLog — Three Square Market (32M) is offering implanted chip technology to all of their employees on August 1st, 2017. Employees will be implanted with a RFID chip allowing them to make purchases in their break room micro market, open doors, login to computers, use the copy machine, etc.  This program, offered by 32M, is optional for all employees. The company is expecting over 50 staff members to be voluntarily chipped.  32M is partnering with BioHax International and Jowan Osterland, CEO, based out of Sweden.

RFID technology or Radio-Frequency Identification uses electromagnetic fields to identify electronically stored information. Often referred to as “chip” technology, this option has become very popular in the European marketplace. The chip implant uses near-field communications (NFC); the same technology used in contactless credit cards and mobile payments. A chip is implanted between the thumb and forefinger underneath the skin within seconds.

A micro market, also known as a break room market, has become a staple in the U.S. with over 20,000 locations and growing.  While in existence for over a decade in the American workplace, the international community began to embrace this only a few years ago.  A micro market is a mini convenience store located right in the employee break room using a self-checkout kiosk, similar to what is found at many major retailers.  Businesses see multiple benefits when adding a micro market to their location, such as increased employee morale and productivity. 32M entered this growing industry over four years ago and is rapidly growing in market share and believes this technology will help it continue this trajectory.

“We foresee the use of RFID technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information, and used as payment at other RFID terminals.  Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.” commented 32M CEO, Todd Westby.

“When working with our operators over in Europe, we came across a company of chipped employees at BioHax International and the concept of using RFID with micro markets quickly grew,” commented 32M VP of International Sales, Tony Danna.  “We see chip technology as the next evolution in payment systems, much like micro markets have steadily replaced vending machines. As a leader in micro market technology, it is important that 32M continues leading the way with advancements such as chip implants” added Mr. Westby.

“The international market place is wide-open and we believe that the future trajectory of total market share is going to be driven by who captures this arena first,” said 32M COO Patrick McMullan.  “Europe is far more advanced in mobile and chip technology usage than the U.S. and we are thrilled with the growth opportunity this enhancement will bring to us.  Thanks to our market partners in Sweden, we met this innovative company and look forward to working with them to take our market share to another level.”

32M is envisioning this technology to help it grow its other self-checkout businesses.  “We see this as another payment and identification option that not only can be used in our markets but our other self-checkout / self-service applications that we are now deploying which include convenience stores and fitness centers,” added Mr. McMullan.

Employees will be chipped at the 32M inaugural “chip party” hosted at their headquarters in River Falls, WI on August 1, 2017.

32M based in River Falls, WI, is considered a leader in micro market technology.  With its’ patented technology and industry-leading smart phone application and inventory intelligence, 32M has grown to over 2,000 kiosks in operation in nearly 20 different countries plus it operates over 6,000 kiosks in its’ corrections industry business, TurnKey Corrections. For more information on 32M visit http://www.32Market.com or http://www.BreakRoomRehab.com or follow them on Twitter, @32Market, on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn by typing in 32Market.

BioHax International is a company based in Sweden on the forefront of implanted chip technology. Osterland was recently a guest speaker on the TED Talks. Visit http://www.BioHaxSweden.com for additional information.

32M is inviting the press to attended and partake in the event on August 1st, 2017 at 11 AM CST in River Falls, WI for more information please contact 32M directly.

Nutrition Information Functionality: In Case You Haven’t Heard!

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HUDSON, Wis. – Nov. 30, 2016 – PRLog — Three Square Market (32M) announced that it will be the first company to provide consumers nutrition information right on the point of sale kiosk.  This new feature will be one of several new features to be released between now and the next NAMA convention in April, 2017.

“With the industry requirements for vending requiring nutrition information to be viewable, we felt it was time to apply technology and be ahead of the regulatory curve and show all nutrition information right on the kiosk for any product” said Patrick McMullan, Chief Operating Officer for 32M.  “This is another industry-first feature that we are certain both our operators and end user clients will be thrilled with.  And this feature will also be available on our jail technology as well, an industry-exclusive in the inmate commissary arena also”.

The 32M nutrition information will be a seamless upgrade for all operators globally.  Current markets will see this feature released this week and all new markets opened in December will automatically have this feature.  “Operators will have to do absolutely nothing for this to appear on their kiosks” added 32M President Curt Giles.  “And when our total caloric consumption feature comes out next year, no one will touch the wellness impact 32M will bring to the marketplace.  With nutrition information requirements and consumer tastes evolving constantly, a 32M customer will always have the latest information with a scan of the product”.

2016 has been an outstanding year for 32M.  Not only has the company doubled in size, 32M also successfully launched a fixture division of their company that has made significant growth in less than 6 months.  Plus, 32M has also launched a full-service initiative where they become the warehouse for the market operator supplying literally everything that goes in to the store including coolers, fixtures, beverages, dry goods and more.  “We are a one-stop shop where an operator could literally be virtual – they would have no overhead whatsoever” added Mr. Giles.

Three Square Market operates locations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Saudi Arabia, Australia and New Zealand.  New markets will be opening soon in additional countries.  32M is a subsidiary of TW Companies which also owns corrections technology leader TurnKey Corrections (TKC) and TurnKey Correctional Supply.  In addition to breakroom solutions, 32M is providing self checkout technology now in other industries.  32M manufactures all of their own kiosks and fixtures at their headquarters.  32M and TKC will be moving in to their state of the art new headquarters in River Falls, WI in December, 2016 also.  “Our new headquarters will house our next era of growth and provide a new level of service to our clients” added Mr. McMullan.  “There isn’t anything in our new building that won’t be first class in every aspect”.

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Press Release: 32M and TKC Announce Critical New Hires for Maximum Potential in 2016

HUDSON, Wis. – Jan. 20, 2016 — Three Square Market (32M) and TurnKey Corrections (TKC) announce critical new hires for the first quarter of 2016. “These incredibly important additions are a big step towards the continued growth and excellence of our companies” commented COO Patrick McMullan. “These critical hires also are going to allow our executive management team to further specialize in to aspects of our business. Todd Westby, our CEO and Founder, will work in conjunction with his brother Tim, to be Co-Chairman and work with our Board of Directors to fine tune our products and market presence to position our company for major growth in 2016 and beyond.”

Curt Giles: Curt is the new President of Three Square Market. Curt joins 32M after spending nearly the last decade working for two different vending companies in the Twin Cities area. In the past two years, he has opened and operated nearly 20 markets with Three Square Market and has been a major advocate for 32M in the vending community. Curt has a long history with the Twin Cities and Minnesota community and has a national presence as well. Born and raised in Manitoba, Canada, Curt graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and played for over a decade in the National Hockey League, primarily for the Minnesota North Stars. He was also a member of the 1992 Canadian Olympic Team. After retiring from the NHL, he built a successful warehouse operations business for a large company in the MSP area until entering the vending business with Breaktime Beverages. He built their portfolio for nearly five years until recently joining Taher where he opened the majority of his 32M locations. With his background, Curt has strong business connections in many industries and his diverse experiences will be a major asset for 32M in 2016 and beyond. “Curt is a winner in many aspects of life and it is those characteristics we want to continue to instill in our businesses – he is natural fit for our business” added McMullan.

Stewart McMullan: Stewart joined us as the new Chief Financial Officer in December of 2015. Stewart comes to us from the University of Minnesota, where he was CFO of the Medical School. Stewart spent over two decades working in Economic Development and Financial Management positions for the State of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota. “As we enter a new level of growth in our company, we needed someone who was well versed in managing large budgets for multiple initiatives” added Patrick McMullan. “We didn’t have to look beyond the family dinner table for these skills”. Stewart has a Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas and is well-respected in government agencies across the Midwest.

Gina Washburn: Gina joins 32M from the State of Idaho Blind Enterprise Program. Gina oversaw the growth of the visually impaired vending program in Idaho. Idaho is a nationally recognized leader in the visually impaired arena, and Gina is well known as a leader in this field. The visually impaired vending program, a part of the Randolph Shepard Act, gives visually impaired entrepreneurs priority on federal property. Most states have expanded this to include state, city and county locations. “Growing this sector of our business is a major initiative for our company – and Gina is going to lead this charge” added McMullan. “We currently serve as the tech provider for nine states, and we are the largest supplier to the visually impaired community. We intend to double if not triple in 2016 and also work with BEP operators to enter the corrections business using our TurnKey brand.”

Clint Moxey: Clint has joined 32M and TKC as the Western U.S. Regional Sales Manager. Clint is based in Reno, NV and has operated Moxey Machines for nearly a decade. He purchased an existing vending machine repair and distributor business about six years ago in addition to running a highly successful vending business. As 32M started to grow, Clint became a highly successful distributor and also become instrumental in helping TKC land accounts in Nevada. “Clint knows both companies, and we expect Clint to make a significant and fast impact in the Western U.S. for both TKC and 32M” added Patrick McMullan. Prior to opening his vending business, Clint proudly served our nation for over a decade as a pilot in the U.S. Navy.

Kurk Johnson: Kurk will be joining 32M as the Vice President of Sales starting February 1st. Kurk worked as the first official distributor of Three Square Market under the Lieberman Companies in the MSP area. Kurk has been our leading sales representative and promoter of 32M for the past three years. Having worked for years in the industry, Kurk is incredibly knowledgeable in both vending and micro market products. We are very fortunate to have Kurk heading off our sales team. “Kurk has been a major advocate for not only 32M, but micro markets as a whole. With Lieberman selling their business, we wanted to ensure that without question, Kurk remained as a critical piece for our growth plans and we are fortunate to have him on our team” added McMullan.

Jim Bergstrom: Jim has joined us as our new Purchasing Manager. Jim comes to us with a great deal of purchasing experience, having been in this line of work since 1998 for companies like Target, NAPCO, and Precision Coatings. Most recently, Jim has been a Project Manager at Floor Store, Inc. since 2011. “Jim will be working on purchasing projects for all three of our companies, 32M, Turnkey Corrections and our rapidly expanding institutional supply division, American Institutional Supply” added Patrick McMullan. “We have developed both domestic and international relationships in the production and sale of products and we felt his expertise would help improve both our acquisition costs and quality.”

These key hires will allow 32M to allow Todd Westby also to focus more on IT Development. “Technology is the cement in our foundation” added Mr. Westby. “My time needed to be spent on what I am best at, thus we made the investment in to bringing in these top quality people so that my brother, Tim, and I can ensure our company has the resources necessary to make our customers and employees successful”.

About TW Companies (TWC): TWC owns TurnKey Corrections, Three Square Market, and American Institutional Supply. 32M now has opened over 1300 markets in less than 3 years and continues to forge new relationships that will grow their brand. To learn more about Three Square Market visit their website http://www.32Market.com or follow them on social media (@32Market or http://www.facebook.com/32Market). TurnKey Corrections services jails in 26 states. Learn more about TKC by visiting http://www.TurnKeyCorrections.com or follow them on social media (@TKCKiosk or http://www.facebook.com/TurnKeyCorrections). American Institutional Supply provides products to numerous markets including vending, micro market operators, jails, prisons, YMCA’s, hotels, schools and more. Learn more about AIS by visiting Amerisup.com.