The Solutions Vending International offering is now closed and is no longer accepting investments.

Solutions Vending International

Proprietary kiosk and software platform.

Solutions Vending International

Proprietary kiosk and software platform.

Columbus, OH
Data/Analytics
Technology
Self-service and automation are the future of retail. PopCom is at the forefront with an automated retail technology platform for vending machines and kiosks that allows retailers to engage and understand customers, sell more products, and learn from big data.

$3,774,752

raised
5,980
Investors
$26.3M
Valuation
$0.55
Price per Share
$250.25
Min. Investment
Common
Shares Offered
Equity
Offering Type
$5M
Offering Max
0
Days Left

$3,774,752

raised
5,980
Investors
$26.3M
Valuation
$0.55
Price per Share
$250.25
Min. Investment
Common
Shares Offered
Equity
Offering Type
$5M
Offering Max
0
Days Left
This offering ended on October 22, 2021 and is no longer accepting investments.

Offering Circular | Selected Risks Related to this Offering Solutions Vending International SEC Edgar PageSigned to Trade Disclosureage


For more information on Solutions Vending International, Inc, download and review the Offering Circular. The Offering Circular should be reviewed before making an investment decision. 




Reasons to Invest

  • Top 10 Regulation Crowdfunding offering on StartEngine by number of investors, as of June 10, 2020
  • Past and upcoming paid pilots with Procter & Gamble (largest consumer product brand in the world), Cremers Coffeshop (premier cannabis shop in Netherlands), and a top 3 global wine seller
  • Our goal is to become the largest provider of automated retail sales and marketing operating systems by scaling out our existing software through partnerships and acquisitions


POPCOM: POWERING THE AUTOMATED FUTURE OF RETAIL

Female Founder | Minority Founder | Technology

 

Self-service and automation are the future of retail. PopCom has built an automated retail technology platform for vending machines and kiosks that allows retailers to engage and understand their customers, sell more products, and learn from big data.


After two successful and oversubscribed Reg-CF campaigns on StartEngine, the company is opening a Reg A+ offering to take its production-ready machines into mass production and fund additional Regulated Retail pilots with major alcohol and cannabis retailers.






Self-service and automation are the future of retail. But right now, it's a future without data. We're changing that. 


We're redefining omnichannel strategy for worldwide brands– from Fortune 500 companies to nimble e-commerce entrepreneurs, providing a completely new direct-to-consumer channel backed by unparalleled data and frictionless transactions.


 

 


Automation is at the heart of a colossal shift in the retail paradigm, and in the midst of this phenomenon deemed “the Retail Apocalypse”, the self-service retail industry is exploding.² In fact, a recent survey showed over two-thirds of retail customers now prefer self-serve retail experiences 4 and over 100 million people are projected to use vending machines or kiosks each day in the U.S. ³


While automation and self-service are booming , valuable data is being lost on low-IQ machines. This is an opportunity where we are positioned to dominate.



Advancements in automated retail aren't without their caveats. The devil is in the details.


While the majority of consumers enjoy added convenience and lower friction transactions, data also suggests that a personalized retail experience is still of great value in the buying process.5  Retailers, in the midst of reaping billion-dollar savings from self-service in the form of extremely low operating costs and 24/7 commerce, must address this need for personalized customer experiences without the help of humans at the point-of-sale. Hence, the arrival of smart vending machines was heralded. And with a forecasted CAGR of 34%, the industry is booming. 1


  


We believe we’re uniquely positioned in a market that is currently domiciled by slow-moving, behemoth hardware companies whose turnkey solutions are too expensive for even the largest CPG companies, let alone successful boutique brands. Our turnkey solution, the PopShop Kiosks with PopCom SaaS, are affordable for any team, from Fortune 500 to single-founder e-commerce brands. Not only is our hardware versatile, sexy, and affordable, we built exceptional software with features that facilitate fun, engaging customer experiences and allows retailers to glean powerful consumer insights and forge stronger relationships with their target demographic. 


The last piece pièce de résistance? It's our goal to white-label our kiosk software for use in the 18 million existing machines worldwide16, powered by our innovations, partnerships, and acquisitions.




"We think this is the innovation many companies we work with are going to be very interested in and believe in the founder and CEO, Dawn Dickson."

Bill Butler - CEO, KIOSK Information Systems

 






We're also disrupting a retail sector that has remained virtually untouched by automation: the Regulated Retail Economy. 


We define the Regulated Retail Economy as the system by which consumers and retailers interface with government-regulated goods which require identification, sales compliance, supply chain information, or a combination of all three. It is projected to represent over $4 trillion in global revenue by 2022 6-10 and is severely underserved by automated transactions.


Illustration of PopShop Kiosk use for demonstrative purposes





We've spent the months following our second successful Regulation Crowdfunding continuing to develop our pilot programs  with market leaders in the regulated retail industry. We're proud to announce that both regulated retail pilots have successfully moved to the full purchasing contracts with PopCom. We're also excited to soon be able to publicly announce our cornerstone customer in the alcohol space, one of the largest wine producers and distributors on the planet (by volume) with sales in 90 countries in excess of $5B per year. PopCom and this customer are working together to bring automated retail to the wine industry and have made significant progress in seeking regulator approval for a vending solution that is powered by digital ID-checks.




The PopCom team and investor network is a family. We regularly schedule investor meetups around the United States and spend time talking with our investors face-to-face. We're proud to be a hub for connections, friendships, and candid discussion about our company's progress, hardships, and massive accomplishments. You'll join a growing family of over 4,500 like-minded, forward-thinking individuals that are just as excited about the future of retail as we are. Just take a look at what some of our investors have to say about us below! **


** Testimonials herein are unsolicited and are non-representative of all clients; certain investors may have different opinions and feedback than that indicated. All writers' opinions are their own and do not constitute financial advice in any way whatsoever and none of the testimonial content should be relied upon for any investment activities. Unique experiences and past performances do not guarantee future results. 



Dawn is a serial entrepreneur with over 16 years in business development. Dawn has received numerous awards and regularly speaks on panels and workshops around the country. She's been featured in countless media outlets including Forbes, Inc Magazine, VentureBeat, Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, Ebony.com, Women’s World Daily, CNBC/Yahoo, MSNBC and on the cover of Black Enterprise.


*** All logos, brands, trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners. Use of these names, trademarks and brands does not imply endorsement. The photo above (top right) does not imply a current, future, or prospective listing on NASDAQ and should not be a relied upon whatsoever for any consideration of investment activity. More information on the NASDAQ Milestone Maker program can be found here. 



Sources

1. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-global-intelligent-vending-machine-market-is-forecasted-to-grow-at-a-cagr-of-3441-during-the-period-2018-2022-300574545.html
2. https://www.cbinsights.com/research/retail-apocalypse-survival-technology-trends/ 

3. http://www.balancedforlife.net/pdf/About%20Vending.pdf

4. https://www.retaildive.com/news/study-73-of-consumers-want-self-service-technology/546044/

5. https://www.business2community.com/consumer-marketing/how-brands-can-personalize-the-online-to-offline-consumer-experience-0217187

6. http://pharmaceuticalcommerce.com/business-and-finance/global-pharma-market-will-reach-1-12-trillion-2022/ 

7. https://mjbizdaily.com/chart-us-marijuana-industrys-economic-impact-could-reach-80-billion-by-2022/ 

8. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/alcoholic-beverages-market-expected-to-reach-1594-billion-globally-by-2022---allied-market-research-618354513.html 

9. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170221006223/en/816-Billion-Cigarette-Market-Global-Industry-Trends 

10. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190606005537/en/Global-Gambling-Market-Reach-565-Billion-2022 

11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK343572/ 

12. https://www.fda.gov/tobaccoproducts/guidancecomplianceregulatoryinformation/retail/ucm205021.htm#references 

13. http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-bethlehem-sands-underage-fines-20160713-story.html

14. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-pot-shops-20160711-snap-story.html

15. https://www.greenentrepreneur.com/article/318967

16. https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/white-papers/retail-intelligent-vending-white-paper.pdf 


 


AN OFFERING STATEMENT REGARDING THIS OFFERING HAS BEEN FILED WITH THE SEC. THE SEC HAS QUALIFIED THAT OFFERING STATEMENT, WHICH ONLY MEANS THAT THE COMPANY MAY MAKE SALES OF THE SECURITIES DESCRIBED BY THE OFFERING STATEMENT. IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE SEC HAS APPROVED, PASSED UPON THE MERITS OR PASSED UPON THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE INFORMATION IN THE OFFERING STATEMENT.

THE OFFERING CIRCULAR THAT IS PART OF THAT OFFERING STATEMENT CAN BE FOUND HERE.

THE OFFERING MATERIALS MAY CONTAIN FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND INFORMATION RELATING TO, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE COMPANY, ITS BUSINESS PLAN AND STRATEGY, AND ITS INDUSTRY. THESE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS ARE BASED ON THE BELIEFS OF, ASSUMPTIONS MADE BY, AND INFORMATION CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO THE COMPANY’S MANAGEMENT. WHEN USED IN THE OFFERING MATERIALS, THE WORDS “ESTIMATE,” “PROJECT,” “BELIEVE,” “ANTICIPATE,” “INTEND,” “EXPECT” AND SIMILAR EXPRESSIONS ARE INTENDED TO IDENTIFY FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS, WHICH CONSTITUTE FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS. THESE STATEMENTS REFLECT MANAGEMENT’S CURRENT VIEWS WITH RESPECT TO FUTURE EVENTS AND ARE SUBJECT TO RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES THAT COULD CAUSE THE COMPANY’S ACTUAL RESULTS TO DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THOSE CONTAINED IN THE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS. INVESTORS ARE CAUTIONED NOT TO PLACE UNDUE RELIANCE ON THESE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS, WHICH SPEAK ONLY AS OF THE DATE ON WHICH THEY ARE MADE. THE COMPANY DOES NOT UNDERTAKE ANY OBLIGATION TO REVISE OR UPDATE THESE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS TO REFLECT EVENTS OR CIRCUMSTANCES AFTER SUCH DATE OR TO REFLECT THE OCCURRENCE OF UNANTICIPATED EVENTS.


WHILE THE COMPANY HAS SIGNED A QUOTATION AGREEMENT TO TRADE THE SECURITIES OFFERED ON STARTENGINE SECONDARY’S NEW ALTERNATIVE TRADING SYSTEM (THE “ATS”), A COMPANY WHICH INTENDS TO BE QUOTED ON THE MARKETPLACE WILL BE SUBJECT TO CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS WHICH THE COMPANY MAY OR MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SATISFY IN A TIMELY MANNER. EVEN IF A COMPANY IS QUALIFIED TO QUOTE ITS SECURITIES ON THE MARKET, THERE IS NO GUARANTEE AN ACTIVE TRADING MARKET FOR THE SECURITIES WILL EVER DEVELOP, OR IF DEVELOPED, BE MAINTAINED.  YOU SHOULD ASSUME THAT YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO LIQUIDATE YOUR INVESTMENT FOR SOME TIME OR BE ABLE TO PLEDGE THESE SHARES AS COLLATERAL.



Roadmap


In the Press

DAWN DICKSON’S ROAD TO $1 MILLION STARTED AT THE ENTREPRENEURS SUMMIT

Serial Entrepreneur Dawn W. Dickson, founder and CEO of PopCom, a software company for self-service retail, and Flat Out Heels, a producer of rollable flats for women and children sold online and through vending machines, always prepares for the next big opportunity.

Entrepreneur builds self-service kiosk for e-commerce

Dawn Dickson got into self-service retailing in 2011 with a very simple plan: create a vending machine to sell flat shoes for women on the run. But in the course of launching this business, she learned that self-service retailing technology was not sufficiently developed.

Meet The Women of The Blockchain: Dawn Dickson Founder & CEO of PopCom

I use my success and access to help other women and people of color, that is what I am most passionate about.

The State of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Today [Radio]

On this episode of StartupNation Radio, your host, Jeff Sloan, chats with Dr. Luke Pittaway, Ohio University College of Business Copeland Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Dawn Dickson, founder and CEO of PopCom and Flat Out of Heels.

3 black female founders share how they got funded in the Midwest

Female founders are underfunded and underrepresented, but black female founders bear a disproportionate share of the burden. While female founders overall receive 2.7 percent of all venture funding relative to their male counterparts, black female founders receive 0.2 percent.

PopCom Making the Vending Machine of the Future

Vending machines as we know them—a customer chooses an item, inserts cash and punches in the corresponding letter and number combination—are on their way out. Modern digital technology is finally catching up with standalone retail machines, and Columbus company PopCom, formerly known as Solutions Ve

PopCom: Are Vending Machines the Future of Retail? (#31)

When you think of cutting edge technology, it’s unlikely vending machines pop to mind. But Dawn Dickson has a plan to change that with her startup, PopCom.

This company is powering the future of retail…here’s how

In retail, every transaction is an opportunity. An opportunity to make an impression. An opportunity to build revenue and turn product into profit.

CES unleashes a gold mine of self-serve retail technology

As consumer technology brings new conveniences, retailers and brands are finding they have to work harder to stay on top of emerging innovations. Those attending the recent CES event in Las Vegas found a gold mine of self-service products designed to help retailers and brands stay relevant as e-comm

17 Top Black Influencers You Should Partner With In 2018

For a demographic that has a consumer buying power of $1.3T by the end of 2017, there still seems to be a huge gap or disparity with the representation of Black Influencers in various industries.

Marcus Lemonis says don’t sell, it may be the next big thing!

Flat Out of Heels sells rollable ballet flats for women. CEO Dawn Dickson launched the Miami-based company in 2012, and the product has been selling like crazy ever since.

Inc Magazine Top 100 Female Founders

Dawn Dickson, PopCom CEO, mentioned as one of the Top 100 Female Founders in 2018 by Inc Magazine.

Launch Pad: PopCom Builds a Smarter Vending Machine

Industry experts, investors, and users weight in on the potential of PopCom as a company. "...The PopCom kiosks fill every gap we've imagined."

How These Black Women Startup Founders are Using Blockchain

In the blockchain and crypto community, there’s a major gender imbalance that’s even more pronounced for black women. These two entrepreneurs are trying to change that.

Black-Owned Startup Finds New High-Tech Way to Crowdfund

PopCom CEO Dawn Dickson speaks about why the company was looking to an STO for funding and how it successfully raised $1,070,000.

PopCom raises $1M in equity crowdfunding for cannabis vending tech

Startup raises $1M in crowdfunding for high-tech vending machines that could dispense cannabis

StartEngine

StartEngine's CEO, Howard Marks, covers our CEO and our company's journey on the StartEngine Blog.

A BIOMETRIC VENDING MACHINE FOR DISPENSING LEGAL CANNABIS

Spotted: The American startup PopCom is working on a vending machine that would allow the legal purchasing of government-regulated items. So, alcohol, medication and cannabis vending machines could be around the corner.

Meet the Entrepreneurs In Our Fall 2019 Milestone Makers Cohort

Read about PopCom & our CEO Dawn Dickson in the extremely competitive Nasdaq Milestone Makers Cohort.

Self-checkout beats the drum hard at NRF 'Big Show'

Read about PopCom and the automated retail landscape at NRF 2020.

PopCom’s Interactive Retail Kiosk Incorporates Facial Recognition, Data Collection

Self-checkout is one of the hot-button technologies retailers are embracing as they embark on "store of the future" omnichannel initiatives. Checkout this breakdown of PopCom's tech.

Serial Entrepreneur Vows to Make Vending Machines Smarter

Columbus native and Ohio State graduate Dawn Dickson has spent the last two years spanning the globe, marketing PopCom, a software company which uses data analytics for self-service retail.

US House Committee to Hold Hearing on Blockchain Benefits for Small Businesses

Read about PopCom in an upcoming hearing in front of the US House of Representatives.

How Blockchain Can Spark Efficiencies, Innovation in Small Businesses

Experts tell Congress how the technology can drive costs down, while boosting security and operations.

Ohio Small Business Owners Explain Benefits of Blockchain to Congress

On Wednesday, Dawn Dickson was one of two Ohio entrepreneurs in Washington to testify before the House Small Business Committee about the type of technology her company has embraced.

This Is What a Productive Congressional Blockchain Hearing Looks Like

Read about PopCom at the Building Blocks of Change: The Benefits of Blockchain Technology for Small Businesses hearing at the US House of Representatives.

Building Blocks of Change: The Benefits of Blockchain Technology for Small Businesses

Dawn Dickons (PopCom CEO) is a witness at a US House committee hearing. Get the info here.

Congress Looks At Upside Of Blockchain In A Hearing On The Technology

Read about PopCom's conversation with Congressional lawmakers.

Forbes

How Women Entrepreneurs Are Navigating The Effects Of COVID-19

Black Enterprise

Dawn Dickson Raises Capital Amid COVID-19

Rolling Out

Entrepreneur Dawn Dickson Explains How Crowdfunding Jump-Started Her Biz

BLACKNEWS

Founder of Black-Owned Startup Makes History, Raises $2.3 Million Through Crowdfunding

Forbes

Dawn Dickson: Forbes Blacklist 2020

Coin Telegraph

Smart Vending Machine Maker Popcom Crowdfunds $1.3M

AFROTECH

PopCom’s History-Making Dawn Dickson Raises Over $2M in Crowdfunding Capital

Updates

It’s a wrap - a huge thank you to all of our investors & followers!

about 1 month ago


Greetings PopCom followers & investors,

It’s a wrap! Our offering is now closed. THANK YOU to all the investors around the world that invested and helped spread the news. We're immensely excited about what's to come next for us. All investors will automatically be added to our investor mailing list featuring monthly + quarterly updates from Dawn and the team. Investors will also be invited (via email) to our virtual quarterly summits where we share important updates from finance, sales, engineering, product, marketing, and of course Dawn. All further company updates will be sent via email and our virtual summits, not StartEngine. Thank you again, and we'll be in touch soon.


Want to meet fellow PopCom investors from around the world? Click here to join our PopCom Investor Community on Facebook.

* Note: we have to check all investors against our lists manually so it may take up to a week to verify and accept your entry into the Investor group. Thank you for your patience. 


To learn more, please read our offering circular (https://bit.ly/3059jVk), selected risks related to this offering (https://bit.ly/2G4awoM) and the offering supplement (https://bit.ly/3n6kx8l).  This Reg A+ offering is made available through StartEngine Primary, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Like other investments on StartEngine, this investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment. In addition, as described in the Offering Circular, the Company retains the right to continue the offering beyond the Termination Date, in its sole discretion.

 

Your opportunity to invest in PopCom ends in less than 12 HOURS!

about 1 month ago


Greetings PopCom followers & investors,

Pardon the yelling but we want to make sure it is crystal clear: there’s LESS THAN 12 HOURS LEFT TO INVEST. Our offering closes tonight at 11:59PM Pacific. In past offerings we have had many late-comers complain that their investment didn’t go through and that they were now on the waiting list. We want people that might be waiting until the last second to make their investment decision that:

  • The form to create your investor account and make your investment is not short and may take up to half an hour to complete (possibly longer if you don’t have your identity documents nearby when you start)

  • Your fund clearance can take up to a few hours and in the unlikely event your card/payment method runs into authorization issues, you may need time to call your bank

  • Investments after the close date may be possible if another investor’s transaction fails or their investment is cancelled, but the waiting list could be long. If you are serious about investing, you probably don’t want to end up on the waiting list and should consider completing your investment before the close. 

And one last time for the people in the back, here’s the updates from the last 12 months that we think make PopCom an exciting startup to invest in: 

  • Two enterprise kiosk deals with multi-billion dollar companies

  • On-time delivery of our software roadmap

  • Our next series of machines ready to roll off the production line

  • New deals and upcoming kiosk launches in the cannabis and alcohol space, and a launch of a new sales program that saw our lead pipeline reach $12,000,000 in kiosk sales leads and over $6,000,000 in annual software license sales leads.

  • $3,000,000+ in equity crowdfunding raised thanks to you all!

The revolution is only beginning. Don’t get left behind.

 

LESS THAN 12 HOURS LEFT TO INVEST - OFFERING CLOSES TODAY AT 11:59 PDT . 

 

To learn more, please read our offering circular (https://bit.ly/3059jVk), selected risks related to this offering (https://bit.ly/2G4awoM) and the offering supplement (https://bit.ly/3n6kx8l).  This Reg A+ offering is made available through StartEngine Primary, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Like other investments on StartEngine, this investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment. In addition, as described in the Offering Circular, the Company retains the right to continue the offering beyond the Termination Date, in its sole discretion.

Only 1 DAY Left to Invest and Join PopCom in Revolutionizing Retail!

about 1 month ago

Greetings PopCom followers & investors,

This is it! The last day to invest in PopCom and join us in our revolution has arrived. When we reflect on this offering and the year we've had (even with COVID), we've never been more excited to turn our heads to the future and continuing to deliver for our investors, customers, and team:

  • Two enterprise kiosk deals with multi-billion dollar companies
  • On-time delivery of our software roadmap
  • Our next series of machines ready to roll off the production line
  • New deals and upcoming kiosk launches in the cannabis and alcohol space, and a launch of a new sales program that saw our lead pipeline reach $12,000,000 in kiosk sales leads and over $6,000,000 in annual software license sales leads.
  • $3,000,000+ in equity crowdfunding raised thanks to you all!

Today is your last day to join us as we revolutionize retail!


ONLY ONE DAY LEFT TO INVEST - OFFERING CLOSES THURSDAY OCTOBER 21 . 


To learn more, please read our offering circular (https://bit.ly/3059jVk), selected risks related to this offering (https://bit.ly/2G4awoM) and the offering supplement (https://bit.ly/3n6kx8l).  This Reg A+ offering is made available through StartEngine Primary, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Like other investments on StartEngine, this investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment. In addition, as described in the Offering Circular, the Company retains the right to continue the offering beyond the Termination Date, in its sole discretion.

Celebrating $3,000,000 Raised! – And a Note on Investor Perks

about 1 month ago

Hi everyone,

We’ve reached $3,000,000! Thank you to all of the investors around the world that made this possible and who have joined us on our journey. The offering isn’t over yet though – please remind friends, family, and colleagues that are still on the fence that the last day to invest is just around the corner on Thursday October 21.

As a special note, we’ve had some questions about the investor perks that have been offered, especially the ones around joining the PopCom team for in-person summits and events. We plan to honor these perks in 2022 (COVID-permitting) and we intend to host our first in-person investor summit in Columbus in Spring 2022. (Live-streamed, of course). We have held our quarterly investor summits online for the last 18 months and are looking forward to meeting many of you in person during this event. Planning around this event is still in the works and we’ll keep everyone informed when a date is decided. For other perk related questions, our team can be reached at shareholders@popcom.shop. 

 

OFFERING CLOSES OCTOBER 21. DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO INVEST IN OUR REGULATION A+ OFFERING!

 

To learn more, please read our offering circular (https://bit.ly/3059jVk), selected risks related to this offering (https://bit.ly/2G4awoM) and the offering supplement (https://bit.ly/3n6kx8l).  This Reg A+ offering is made available through StartEngine Primary, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Like other investments on StartEngine, this investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment. In addition, as described in the Offering Circular, the Company retains the right to continue the offering beyond the Termination Date, in its sole discretion.

3 DAYS Left + Almost to $3M!

about 2 months ago


Time is well and truly counting down – only 3 days left! We're also approaching an important milestone of $3,000,000 raised, so thank you to all the investors that have joined us on our journey to revolutionize retail. This year has been outstanding with new team growth, sales growth, product offering expansion, and enterprise deals – and we're only just getting started. If you are still on the fence or have friends & family that are on the fence, time is running out to confirm your investment. 


DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO INVEST: OFFERING CLOSES OCTOBER 21. 


To learn more, please read our offering circular (https://bit.ly/3059jVk), selected risks related to this offering (https://bit.ly/2G4awoM) and the offering supplement (https://bit.ly/3n6kx8l).  This Reg A+ offering is made available through StartEngine Primary, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Like other investments on StartEngine, this investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment. In addition, as described in the Offering Circular, the Company retains the right to continue the offering beyond the Termination Date, in its sole discretion.

ONE WEEK Left + New PopShop Factory Videos

about 2 months ago


Greetings PopCom followers & investors,

Time is ticking down – there is now only ONE WEEK left to invest. PopCom has had an incredible year of growth:

  • Two enterprise kiosk deals with multi-billion dollar companies
  • On-time delivery of our software roadmap
  • Our next series of machines ready to roll off the production line
  • New deals and upcoming kiosk launches in the cannabis and alcohol space, and a launch of a new sales program that saw our lead pipeline reach $12,000,000 in kiosk sales leads and over $6,000,000 in annual software license sales leads.

If you've been waiting for the right time to invest - the time is now! 


NEW VIDEOS FROM THE POPSHOP FACTORY FLOOR

Our team is in Connecticut doing final tests on our upcoming batch of Popshops and we have some exciting new videos to show.

VIdeo 1   |   Video 2


To learn more, please read our offering circular (https://bit.ly/3059jVk), selected risks related to this offering (https://bit.ly/2G4awoM) and the offering supplement (https://bit.ly/3n6kx8l).  This Reg A+ offering is made available through StartEngine Primary, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Like other investments on StartEngine, this investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment. In addition, as described in the Offering Circular, the Company retains the right to continue the offering beyond the Termination Date, in its sole discretion.

New enterprise deal with Qatari multi-billion dollar telecom giant Ooredoo

about 2 months ago

This is it – the game-changing news we've been hinting at for a few weeks now. This release will be going out to wire/publications over the next few days, but we wanted to give our followers and investors a first look. Without further ado, here it is:

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PopCom expands enterprise customer portfolio to the Middle East to supply Qatar-based telecom giant Ooredoo with autonomous retail technology


October 13, 2021 – (Columbus, OH) – Solutions Vending International (“PopCom” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce today that it has entered an agreement with Qatar-based telecom giant Ooredoo (ORDS.QA) to supply PopCom autonomous retail technology within Ooredoo stores, starting in Qatar. Ooredoo is one of the world's largest mobile telecommunications companies serving 121 million people across 10 markets worldwide.

Ooredoo’s new PopShop® autonomous retail machines are imminently shipping and could launch in Ooredoo stores as soon as December 2021. PopCom’s products will be among a host of other industry-leading and cutting-edge retail solutions in the next generation of Ooredoo’s self-service focused stores, giving their shoppers a frictionless and unique experience powered by automation.

“We’re delighted to be working with PopCom on this initiative, which aligns perfectly with our strategic aim of digitalization. We invest heavily in innovation in our pursuit of complete customer satisfaction, actively seeking partnerships such as this one through which we can expand and enhance our offering, and we look forward to rolling out PopCom’s autonomous retail technology across our shops for the benefit of our customers,” said Sabah Rabiah Al-Kuwari, Director PR at Ooredoo.  

PopCom considers this a monumental achievement in growing the company’s international enterprise portfolio and is looking forward to working together with Ooredoo to drive innovation in Qatar and beyond. “PopCom’s autonomous retail technology is simply best-in-class and we are excited to be bringing our technology to the Ooredoo shopping experience,” said Dawn Dickson, PopCom founder & CEO. “We believe this is a win-win for Ooredoo’s customers and Ooredoo’s commitment to innovation.” 


ABOUT POPCOM:

PopCom is an automated retail technology company that builds software to revolutionize automated retail. PopCom is at the forefront of the evolving retail industry with an autonomous retail technology platform that allows retailers to engage and understand customers, sell more products, and learn from big data.

ABOUT OOREDOO:

Ooredoo is a Qatari multinational telecommunications company headquartered in Doha, Qatar. Ooredoo provides mobile, wireless, wireline, and content services with market share in domestic and international telecommunication markets, and in business (corporations and individuals) and residential markets. It was the first operator globally to launch commercial 5G services in Qatar and is one of the world's largest mobile telecommunications companies, with over 164 million customers worldwide.

LESS THAN TWO WEEKS LEFT TO INVEST + New enterprise deal announcing tomorrow!

about 2 months ago


Hi everyone,

The last ten days of our offering is here! PopCom has had an exceptional year with new enterprise deals with two multi-billion dollar companies (one to be announced TOMORROW), on-time delivery of our software roadmap, our next series of machines ready to roll off the production line, new deals and upcoming kiosk launches in the cannabis and alcohol space, and a launch of a new sales program that saw our lead pipeline reach $12,000,000 in kiosk sales leads and over $6,000,000 in annual software license sales leads.

If you've been waiting for the right time to invest - the time is now! 

 

OFFERING CLOSES OCTOBER 21. DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO INVEST IN OUR REGULATION A+ OFFERING!

 

To learn more, please read our offering circular (https://bit.ly/3059jVk), selected risks related to this offering (https://bit.ly/2G4awoM) and the offering supplement (https://bit.ly/3n6kx8l).  This Reg A+ offering is made available through StartEngine Primary, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Like other investments on StartEngine, this investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment. In addition, as described in the Offering Circular, the Company retains the right to continue the offering beyond the Termination Date, in its sole discretion.

You Are Invited: PopCom CEO Town Hall

about 2 months ago

You Are Invited: PopCom CEO Townhall

As one of PopCom’s StartEngine campaign followers, we would like to offer you a special invite to a new type of event — a Townhall held by our CEO, Dawn Dickson. If you are on the fence about investing, this is not an event you’ll want to miss!

This will be a small, exclusive, and private event with only 35 spots open per session for you to ask questions directly to the CEO of PopCom. We encourage you to join from a video-enabled device and keep your video on while you attend the townhall and ask your questions.

There are multiple available slots to book into on Tuesday, October 12, 2021: 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm EDT. Please only choose one slot. Read the rules and RSVP here - slots are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.  See you on Tuesday!


 

REMINDER: OFFERING NOW CLOSES OCTOBER 21. DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO INVEST IN OUR REGULATION A+ OFFERING!

As was recently announced, our Reg A+ campaign will now close on October 21st, which means there's only two weeks left to make an investment in this offering. If you haven’t invested in the future of retail, now is the time! Make your investment in PopCom today.

 

To learn more, please read our offering circular (https://bit.ly/3059jVk), selected risks related to this offering (https://bit.ly/2G4awoM) and the offering supplement (https://bit.ly/3n6kx8l).  This Reg A+ offering is made available through StartEngine Primary, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Like other investments on StartEngine, this investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment. In addition, as described in the Offering Circular, the Company retains the right to continue the offering beyond the Termination Date, in its sole discretion.


PopCom CEO Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene is on Inc.'s 2021 Female Founders 100 List!

about 2 months ago

PopCom is proud to announce our founder and CEO has been selected by Inc. as one of the top 100 Female Founders of 2021.

To cap off an excellent year of media coverage and accolades, PopCom and its founder have been recognized by one of the business world's premier publications, Inc. The company's founder and CEO Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene was selected for Inc.'s 2021 Female Founders 100 List alongside many other exceptional female leaders across the world. See Dawn's section and the full list of 2021 Female Founders 100 on Inc.'s website. 


REMINDER: OFFERING NOW CLOSES OCTOBER 21. DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO INVEST IN OUR REGULATION A+ OFFERING!

As was recently announced, our Reg A+ campaign will now close on October 21st, which means there's less than three weeks left to make an investment in this offering. If you haven’t invested in the future of retail, now is the time! Make your investment in PopCom today.


To learn more, please read our offering circular (https://bit.ly/3059jVk), selected risks related to this offering ( https://bit.ly/2G4awoM) and the offering supplement (https://bit.ly/3n6kx8l).  This Reg A+ offering is made available through StartEngine Primary, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Like other investments on StartEngine, this investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment. In addition, as described in the Offering Circular, the Company retains the right to continue the offering beyond the Termination Date, in its sole discretion.

The PopCom Assembly Line is Heating Up - $500,000/week Capacity! 👀

2 months ago

We're pleased to announce that our new batch of machines are rolling off the assembly line in Connecticut in just a few short weeks. This represents a monumental achievement – after final QC, these machines will be going across the USA for our PopShop Local program and also to a new exciting international region and huge enterprise telecom customer (soon to be announced). At full throughput, this assembly line can output 20 machines per week, which can support a sales volume of $500,000 per week. Not pictured is the hardware for our cornerstone wine vending partner (annual revenue ~$5B per year) which we cannot yet show publicly but will allow customers to use a digital ID created on their mobile phone to buy alcohol at the machine – no humans required. We're very excited about all these developments and will be sharing videos of the machines in action in the coming days. 


REMINDER: OFFERING NOW CLOSES OCTOBER 21. DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO INVEST IN OUR REGULATION A+ OFFERING!

As was recently announced, our Reg A+ campaign will now close on October 21st, which means there's only three weeks left to make an investment in this offering. If you haven’t invested in the future of retail, now is the time! Make your investment in PopCom today.


To learn more, please read our offering circular (https://bit.ly/3059jVk), selected risks related to this offering ( https://bit.ly/2G4awoM) and the offering supplement (https://bit.ly/3n6kx8l).  This Reg A+ offering is made available through StartEngine Primary, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Like other investments on StartEngine, this investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment. In addition, as described in the Offering Circular, the Company retains the right to continue the offering beyond the Termination Date, in its sole discretion.

🚨 PopCom’s Planned Listing on StartEngine Secondary

3 months ago

Hello to all of our investors and followers. What a year it’s been for PopCom. We’re excited to bring you more great news. We’re proud to announce that as of this month, PopCom has agreed to be listed on StartEngine Secondary. This agreement means that investors in PopCom may soon have the ability to trade their shares through StartEngine Secondary, one of the first markets in the US where non-accredited investors can publicly trade investments in private startups that have raised capital via Regulation Crowdfunding and Regulation A+.

What does this mean for investors in PopCom?

The planned listing will allow investors in any of our previous Regulation Crowdfunding offerings and our current Regulation A+ offering to buy, sell, or trade their PopCom shares. StartEngine Secondary is an alternative to waiting for a liquidity event, such as an acquisition or IPO, giving investors the option to trade available shares in a company with other investors.

When will PopCom’s shares start trading?

We must close our current Regulation A+ offering to enable trading. Therefore, we have added a new offering close date on our current offering: October 21, 2021. The earliest PopCom’s listing will go live on StartEngine Secondary is thus October 22, 2021, but there will likely be a short diligence period once our Reg A+ is formally closed.

What actions do investors need to take?
None. We’ll publish more information in the coming weeks as we approach the offering close. Keep a close eye on our updates.

What does this mean for people that have not yet invested in PopCom?

If you want to lock in your investment at the current offering’s price per share, you need to invest before October 21, 2021. After this close date, the price per share value is not static and may change.


A company which intends to apply to list its securities on the marketplace will be subject to certain requirements which it may or may not be able to satisfy in a timely manner. Even if a company is qualified to quote its securities on the market, there is no guarantee that a demand for these securities will exist. Even if a company does meet the requirements for listing its securities, we do not know the extent to which investor interest will lead to the development and maintenance of a liquid trading market. You should assume that you may not be able to liquidate your investment for some time or be able to pledge these shares as collateral.

To learn more, please read our offering circular (https://bit.ly/3059jVk), selected risks related to this offering ( https://bit.ly/2G4awoM) and the offering supplement (https://bit.ly/3n6kx8l).  This Reg A+ offering is made available through StartEngine Primary, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Like other investments on StartEngine, this investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment. In addition, as described in the Offering Circular, the Company retains the right to continue the offering beyond the Termination Date, in its sole discretion.

🚨 Critical Company Announcement

3 months ago

We have an exciting announcement that is critical information to both current and prospective investors that we are publishing on September 16, 2021 at 5PM EDT via YouTube. This announcement represents a major milestone for our company and due to the time-sensitive nature of the announcemement, we encourage all investors and followers to register for the announcement here: www.popcom.shop/sept16


A company which intends to apply to list its securities on the marketplace will be subject to certain requirements which it may or may not be able to satisfy in a timely manner. Even if a company is qualified to quote its securities on the market, there is no guarantee that a demand for these securities will exist. Even if a company does meet the requirements for listing its securities, we do not know the extent to which investor interest will lead to the development and maintenance of a liquid trading market. You should assume that you may not be able to liquidate your investment for some time or be able to pledge these shares as collateral.

To learn more, please read our offering circular (https://bit.ly/3059jVk), selected risks related to this offering ( https://bit.ly/2G4awoM) and the offering supplement (https://bit.ly/3n6kx8l).  This Reg A+ offering is made available through StartEngine Primary, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Like other investments on StartEngine, this investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment. In addition, as described in the Offering Circular, the Company retains the right to continue the offering beyond the Termination Date, in its sole discretion.

PopShop Brands and Locations Announced for Launch

5 months ago

It has been an exciting summer for the PopCom team. We are continuing to test and improve our software, preparing for the launch of the first 10 machines, and navigating unexpected challenges as a result of COVID-19 related supply chain delays. 


HARDWARE UPDATE

The pandemic has affected global supply chains with material shortages and logistics constraints; this has affected many of our suppliers causing them to have depleted or idling material. Unfortunately, these supply issues have affected our production units, delaying the shipping timeline to the middle of Q3 2021 for the PopShop and Gallo machines.

The most critical material delays were our wire harnesses (custom cables), which were delayed 6 weeks and just arrived to our manufacturer last week. The manufacturer can now continue to build the final assembly and test the machines and we are aiming for a mid August delivery. These delays are out of our control, however they have affected our plans for launch events across the country.

To plan for future builds, our team has already started to procure components with longer than average lead times so we can avoid these excessive delays in upcoming builds. We will continue to review our critical components with our suppliers to stay on top of any changes to inventory levels and lead times.

Despite our shipment date being pushed from June to August, we have continued to push forward and plan for the launch of the PopShop in our flagship cities and continuing to onboard small and medium size companies for the PopShop Local program. We have two machines live today and we are working with the retailers in each launch city to increase awareness about the PopShops and drive more sales/traffic through hosting launch events. Below is a list of the brands and locations/cities that we will launch with this summer. The dates are to be announced based on when the manufacturing is completed. We are excited to have such strong brands and venues. We hope that you can all join us for the launch events in each city.


BRANDS AND CITIES FOR POPSHOP ANNOUNCED

We are excited to share the first brands and cities for the PopShop machines this summer. Dates TBD once the manufacturing is completed.

Total Machines Launching in August 2021:
1. Brew and Feed; Concord Mills; Concord, NC
2. Teas with Meaning; The Metreon; San Francisco, CA
3. Walker Beauty Retreat; Katy Mills; Houston, TX
4. Brow Dr.; Summit Mall; Akron, OH 
5. Destination to Your Nation; Atlanta Airport; Atlanta, GA
6. Flat Out of Heels; TBD; Nashville  
7. The Wellness Shop; Washington, D.C.
8. Flat Out of Heels, Hollywood & Highland (Los Angeles, CA)
9. Worth it Salon, Beverly Hills, CA
10. Ooredool; Landmark Mall; Doha, Qatar
11. Flat Out of Heels, Hawaii
Launching in Sep/Oct 2021: 3 machines
1. Tierra Goes Green; TBD
2. Cartooli; TBD
3. Essentials on the Geaux; TBD 
4.Drink Fresh Juice 


UPCOMING EVENTS

The team is also gearing up for our first in-person conference since February 2020. We will be speaking and having a booth at the Entrepreneurs & Angels Retreat in Austin, TX - August 26- 28. We have also secured our spot at the 2022 NRF 2022 - Retail Big Show in New York. Follow us on social media @PopComTech to stay updated.


June 2021 Product & Software Update

5 months ago

We've got some great product updates to announce ahead of our PopShop Local launch just a few weeks away.


Platform UI & Scalability Revamp – RELEASE IMMINENT

We’re now in final UAT testing of our revamped Web, API and POS apps which were converted to the more modern Laravel framework. This was a significant effort but positions our platform for growth, flexibility, and stability. Our backend web app has a cleaner more modern UI and includes all of our current functionality. We plan to deploy this platform as soon as possible and test on our two live accounts prior to rollout of our next 20 machines in July.  During this code migration, we’ve also been able to squeeze in the following enhancements:

  • Improvements to the Key Product Image functionality
  • Improved Dashboard Menu
  • Exports directly to Excel vs CSV
  • Preview of how client’s logo will look on the POS
  • Advertisement image and video preview improvements
  • Improved search feature on nearly all pages
  • Quick links for improved navigation
  • Confirmation that our machines can accept digital wallet options 

 

PopShop Local Pilot - RELEASE IMMINENT

To pilot our first PopShop Local machines, we needed a way to associate product variants with a vendor in order to extract sales data for each vendor that shares the machine. We will use the new Product Identifier field as a quick way to do this – for example, Flatout product identifiers start with FL and Black Owned products start with BL. Sales exports can be sorted based on this preface for quick sales reporting from our backend. Meanwhile, we’ll continue to discuss and refine other PopShop Local features as we get some experience and feedback.

 

Adomni Integration - EARLY JULY 

We’ve developed a way to run programmatic advertisements on our machines using an integration with Adomni, an online OOH (Out of Home) ad exchange. Once this integration is finalized, machines that enable the integration will be able to generate passive revenue from ads displaying on the screen. These ad spots are bought wholesale on Adomni's exchance by major US advertisers (e.g. Coca-Cola, P&G, Amazon, Apple, etc) or sold directly by our team.

 

Ticket Purchase Implementation - MID/LATE JULY 

Another feature for our PopShop Local implementation, we’ve developed the ability to take a customer directly to a ticketing website (i.e. CityPass site) from the POS using iFrames. We’re using Commission Junction, an affiliate aggregator to generate the URL links and track sales. To fully test, we’ll need to develop additional POS screens to take customers to whatever ticket options are set up for the machine, as well as add that information in the backend web-admin. We can also track which links were clicked. 

 

Shopify/Website Shopping Cart Integration - EARLY/MID OCTOBER

Several customers have requested the ability to pull in their full Shopify product sets into the PopShop storefront so that their machine's visitors can browse both instant-fulfillment and shipped products. We're endeavoring to take this work up just after the PopShop Launch in July and are targetting an October release. 

PopShop Local Program: A Blockbuster Month!

6 months ago

We have some great news hot off the press! Our PopShop Local program has had a blockbuster month with leads increasing sharply and a very good cost-per-lead that will help us continue to grow our local program. 

For those that don’t want to read the whole update, the headlines are: 1) our paid campaigns have led to a ~400% increase in PopShop Local leads; and 2) we currently have $606,000 in Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) from qualified leads in our Local deal pipeline. 

Let’s hop into the full update!


PopShop Local: A Refresher

As a reminder, the PopShop Local program will see dozens of our newly manufactured machines sent across the country to top placements (venues, hotels, event centers, etc) which will feature the best brands from the local area. 


Metrics

The Local program will allow us to extract a much higher ARPM (Average Revenue Per Machine) because each machine will feature multiple brands, all of which are paying $500+ per month to house their products in our machines. Each brand will receive exceptionally detailed data on their brands performance and the customer metrics we promise all of our operators. This is just one example of the freedoms that our advanced platform affords our company. (And our customers!) 

One of the linchpins of this new sales strategy was the ability to get interest from small businesses for the machines. Thanks to our large press footprint and expansive network of investors, we were able to get a great head start on getting the word out about the program. However, we needed a sustained and trackable source for leads. Thus, we kicked off paid marketing qualified lead (MQL) campaigns on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. The results are in: and we’re very happy with the outcome.


Results

Our MQL campaigns kicked off in Apr 2021 and in the first month we were able to increase our monthly deals by about 400%. May has already surpassed April for the number of leads despite still having almost two weeks left in the month. We’re anticipating May will end with over 100 new deals, meaning we’ll have increased our pre-MQL-campaign monthly leads by 500%.

One of the main campaign KPIs we are tracking is Cost Per Lead (CPL). Traditionally our company has not spent money on MQL campaigns because we had enough organic leads via enterprise deals, accelerator programs, and our press footprint. With the introduction of the paid campaigns, it is critical for us to track how much each lead is costing us. We’re pleased to share that our CPL is currently at $28 across our campaigns. Here’s how that looks in terms of “startup metrics”:

Local Program CPL: $28

Lead Conversion Rate: 10%

= True PopShop Local Cost Per Acquisition (CAC): $280

Minimum Local Lifetime Value (LTV) at $500/month and 1 Year License: $6,000

= Paid Outreach Return on Ad Spend (ROAS): 21.42


In summary, we are getting about 21X return on the paid campaigns we are currently running taking into account the minimum LTV of each PopShop Local brand (license terms are annual hence the $6,000 minimum LTV) .

Sales Qualified Leads (SQLs) are leads that our sales team have deemed “qualified” and brought into our PopShop Local deal pipeline. The Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) opportunity for this pipeline currently stands at: $606,000. 


What’s Next

These are great results and it means there’s a lot of interest in the local program. Next up for our marketing and sales team is to build out geographic and commercial personas of our converting Local customers to build targetable audiences that are “high intent” and “highly qualified” so that we can increase our Lead Conversion Rate, introduce repeatable onboarding processes, and scale this program to 250 placements around the US. This would net us roughly $6,000,000 per year in SaaS fees with 4 brands per machine. With marginal improvement in the above metrics, we see a path to get there. 

Thanks for reading – hopefully you made it through the many acronyms that our marketing and sales team speak! The headline is the Local program is now graduating from an experimental sales program to a cornerstone growth strategy that takes into account (and indeed magnifies) our company’s unique juxtaposition of hardware and software. 

PopCom Featured by Hubspot as a Case Study in Productivity

6 months ago

The Hubspot team traveled to the PopCom headquarters in Columbus, Ohio to meet the team, learn more about our sales process, and how using Hubspot has increased our productivity. WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW.

PopCom’s Productivity Skyrockets by Using the HubSpot CRM Platform for Its Application Process


               PopCom uses the HubSpot CRM platform to manage program applications, automate tasks and facilitate collaboration among teams to work more efficiently, better qualify leads, shorten time to close and lower its customer acquisition costs. PopCom CEO and entrepreneur Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene is also using the platform’s analytics to support the raising of additional investor funds. 


CLICK HERE TO WATCH




PopCom is a Webby Honoree

7 months ago

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences has announced that PopCom been recognized during this banner year for the 25th Annual Webby Awards. 


 PopCom is a Webby Honoree in Apps and Software: E-Commerce (Official Listing)


Earning the distinction of Webby Honoree, as recognized by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences is a significant achievement—granted to only the top 20% of the nearly 13,500 projects entered in the 25th Annual Webby Awards. We are so excited to have our work honored among the best of the internet. 


PopCom Launches New Machine in Texas

7 months ago

We are excited to announce that our second PopShop machine, the fully re-engineered product that we will scale with, is now live in Stonebriar Centre in Frisco, Texas (outside of Dallas). The machine sells Flat Out of Heels and is independently owned and operated by PopCom customer Vision Tactus. If you are in the Dallas area please check out the machine, make a purchase, and post a picture (don't forget to tag us)! 


More PopShop machines are launching soon as a part of our PopShop Local program that was announced in March. The program seeks to convert unused spaces in hotels, airports and convention centers into contactless retail shops. This lease model program gives entrepreneurs and small retailers an opportunity to gain more exposure locally and the opportunity for national visibility. 

We are currently accepting new applications for the PopShop local program. Interested brands can apply online at www.PopCom.Shop/local.



PopCom Named the Top Self-Service & Automation Investment of the Year

7 months ago

We are excited to announce that PopCom is the recipient of the Angels Invest 2021 "Self-Service & Automation" Investment of the Year award!




REPLAY: Fireside chat with PopCom CEO Dawn Dickson and "Mr. Wonderful" Kevin O'Leary

9 months ago

On Thursday February 11, renowned businessman Kevin O'Leary, aka "Mr. Wonderful", sat down with PopCom's CEO & Founder Dawn Dickson to discuss her entrepreneurial journey, her experiences with investor bias and why she has turned to equity crowdfunding, and how her company PopCom is changing the future of retail. Click HERE to watch the replay.


PopCom CEO Featured in Entrepreneur Magazine

9 months ago

PopCom CEO Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene is featured in the March issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, on newstands now. In the article, Dawn talks about problem solving in business and what led her to start PopCom. Pick up a copy today!


Hear PopCom Investors Talk About Why they Invested

9 months ago

PopCom has raised over $3M in equity crowdfunding since 2019 and we now have over 4500 investors. We absolutely LOVE our investor family, they are so active and engaged. We have a private Facebook group where we send regular updates and chat, we send a monthly email update to all investors, and we host regular investor meet ups (now virtual). In 2019 we held four meet ups and over 500 investors attended, watch this video to hear some of our investors talk about what made them 'cut the check'. 



"This testimonial may not be representative of the experience of other customers and is no guarantee of future performance or success."

Offering Circular: https://bit.ly/3059jVk, Selected Risks: https://bit.ly/2G4awoM - Reg A+ offering available through StartEngine Primary, LLC.Just like every other offering on StartEngine, this investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

PopCom Featured in Forbes Magazine & Forbes.com

10 months ago

Greetings PopCom Investors, Supporters, and Fans: We are very excited to be able to share that PopCom has been featured in Forbes Magazine and Forbes.com! This is a monumental moment for our company; one that will see our story, our products, and our vision shared to the world on a scale that comes with a feature from the one of the world's most respected business publications. We don't want to completely spoil the surprise, so see below for the details!


Forbes Next 1000

You can catch us on Forbes' website in their newly released Next 1000 site, or in the current issue of Forbes' magazine. The Next 1000 issue is a special edition that covers America's small businesses, where PopCom found itself in the Super Achievers category. 

Link to the Feature

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Watch the Interview

Forbes also came by our office and did a great video that shares a bit of our story, our vision, and our products. It's a great watch, don't miss it!

Link to the Video

Join PopCom CEO Dawn Dickson and "Mr. Wonderful" Kevin O'Learly for a FREE Fireside Chat

10 months ago

On Thursday February 11th at 9am PST, renowned businessman Kevin O'Leary, aka "Mr. Wonderful", is sitting down with PopCom's CEO & Founder Dawn Dickson to discuss her entrepreneurial journey, her experiences with investor bias and why she has turned to equity crowdfunding, and how her company PopCom is changing the future of retail. Click HERE to register to join us. 



 This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

 Kevin O’Leary is a paid spokesperson for StartEngine. View the details here: https://www.startengine.com/17b 

PopCom Named Among the Top Companies to Invest in for 2021

10 months ago

Greetings PopCom investors, supporters, and fans! 2021 is off to a great start for the PopCom team, we recently completed our Q1 team retreat and have our KPIs and strategy set for the year. Thanks to your investments, we were able to hire four new team members in the last six months and they are making a real impact and the media is taking notice. Check out the recent features and stay tuned for some exciting announcements coming soon!


  1. Top 11 Black-Owned Tech Companies to Invest in For 2021
  2. Top Columbus Startups and Tech Companies to Watch in 2021 
  3. The Midwest’s Top Female Founders to Watch in 2021 
  4. The Best of 2020: TechOhio’s Top Ten Stories of the Year
  5. These digital pop-up shops could be the future of contactless shopping — Future Blink

PopCom Manufacturing Update

11 months ago

Happy New Year! We made it past 2020 and PopCom is starting 2021 on the right track. In November, we visited our new manufacturing partner in Connecticut to walk through the production schedule and demo the new robotic arm that we are using in all of the PopShops. Adding the robotic arm to the machine instead of our previous dispensing mechanism gives the PopShop much more flexibility on the types of products our customers can dispense and the capacity. Watch the video to see the robotic arm in action. 





PopCom unveils it's latest PopShop kiosk at the Polaris Mall in Columbus, Ohio

12 months ago

PopCom unveils it's latest PopShop kiosk at the Polaris Mall in Columbus, Ohio with more to come in 2021


PopCom is pleased to deploy their patented PopShop digital pop-up shop at The Polaris Fashion Place in Columbus, Ohio. The sleek new age vending machine is located adjacent to Ann Taylor Loft and Black & White in the middle of Central Ohio’s premier shopping mall. The PopShop sells Flat Out of Heels, ultra stylish roll-up flats for women which have been worn by celebrities and socialites. PopCom is targeting hundreds of locations including hotels, malls, shopping centers, and airports for placement of the PopShops in 2021. Although previous Flat Out of Heels vending machines were successfully placed in locations such as the Atlanta Airport, Club LIV and Bayside Marketplace in Miami and the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, the 2020 PopShops include cutting edge technology and advertising capabilities to improve the customer experience.


The Popshop digital pop-up shops are available to retailers nationwide to purchase in order to sell their own products/brands. Far less expensive than brick and mortar shops, retailers can maintain a brick-and-mortar presence using this contactless retail approach.


READ THE FULL STORY HERE




Watch Demos of our PopShop and Kiosk

about 1 year ago

Our patented PopShop digital pop-up shop is a vending machine that retailers can use to sell, sample and deliver products. PopCom has more than one market ready product, you have all seen our patented PopShop digital pop-up shop, but have you seen our PopCom Kiosk? It is a standalone kiosk used for ordering, information, and lead generation.


Watch these videos as our CEO Dawn Dickson walks you through the user experience for both of PopCom's market ready products. 

PopShop Demo



PopCom Kiosk




PopCom Featured on the Homepage of CNN

about 1 year ago

PopCom CEO Dawn Dickson was interviewed by Kristina Hooper for Invesco QQQ about smart vending technology and the future of retail in the e-commerce age.  The story was featured on the homepage of CNN.com giving PopCom amazing global exposure. 


You can watch the full feature HERE


PopCom Awarded a Patent on the PopShop

about 1 year ago

The PopCom team has been working on the design of the PopShop digital pop-up shop since 2017. We have developed several prototypes and conducted numerous tests on our mission to develop a vending machine that changes the way people see and think about automated retail. When we started this journey three years ago, our #1 goal was to think 'outside of the box' literally and figuratively. We simply did not want a box shaped machine, we wanted to create a design that is cool, unique, and high tech that demonstrates the ideal use case for our software. We filed for our design patent on the PopShop and it was awarded to us in September 2020.


U.S. PATENT #D896310


WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE POPSHOP?

Here are a few key points that makes the PopShop unique:

  1. Sleek new design, inspired by the iPhone, we like to call it "the iPhone of vending machines"
  2. The PopShop has two cameras installed on the exterior of the machine to collect anonymous customer data including age, gender, emotion and how the customer engages with the machine. To do this, the camera counts traffic passing by against daily sales to measure conversion rates.
  3. The PopShop 15" point of sale (POS) machine to mirror the e-commerce shopping experience. The software can deliver targeted ads, messages and product suggestions to the customer in front of the machine.
  4. The PopShop is equipped with a full 32" advertising screen to allow retailers to monetize their machines by selling advertisements in addition to selling products.
  5. Digital product display. Unlike traditional vending machines, the PopShop does not display the products to the customer, they can view product images and information on the POS
  6. The PopShop is completely cashless, it accepts all major credit cards (chip, swipe, and tap) - we have digital currency acceptance in our future plans, along with 'pay with face' and other biometric payments
  7. The PopShop can be used with a pen, stylus, or gloves, making it truly 'contact-less'
  8. Unlike traditional vending machines, the PopShop is powered by the PopCom software which allows the entire store, including inventory, to be managed remotely
  9. The PopShop can accommodate various product sizes and packaging types due to our improved bin dispensing system.
  10. The PopShop has wheels and castors which allows it to be easily moved and transported safely.


We are so excited to reach this important milestone!

PopCom Now Accepting New Investments + Q4 Update

about 1 year ago

Greetings to Our Followers & Investors on StartEngine!

We hope all of you are staying safe and healthy. Like the rest of the world, 2020 has been quite the year for PopCom. Our team is expanding, we have adjusted to the new world we live in post-pandemic, and we are focused on scaling. Since the pandemic we have made a few key changes in our business model:

  1. We have moved our manufacturing supply chain from China to the U.S.
  2. We are re-engineering the PopShop dispensing mechanism to be able to accommodate more products and packaging sizes
  3. We have added new ‘contactless’ screens to our PopShop that can be used with gloves, pens or a stylus
  4. We have introduced our new ‘Starter Program’ to give select retailers the opportunity to lease the PopShop in order to get to market faster

These necessary changes caused a delay in our product release however we are excited to be back on track with a December 11 delivery date for our new PopShop. We are focused on making 2021 our best year yet, and we are raising more capital to make that happen.

We have exciting news to share – our Regulation A+ equity crowdfunding campaign is live and we are now accepting investments in PopCom. As you are aware, we have been working to get qualified by the SEC to raise capital via a Regulation A+ offering (what’s that?) for some time now. While waiting for our qualification we open and closed yet another oversubscribed Reg CF campaign in May only 47 days after going live.  The process to get qualified was long and the due diligence was extensive (and expensive), however we are excited to now be qualified to raise up to $5 million to scale PopCom.

The minimum amount to invest is $250.25. As always, investment rounds are limited in amount and time so we invite you to take a look at our offering and invest today.

Although the timing is sensitive due to the COVID pandemic, we must continue to look towards the future and deliver our products to the market. While some industries are hurting, we believe that the retail market will continue to move towards self-service and contactless retail. Vending machines and convenience services are becoming more essential, and retailers are looking for more ways to deliver their products direct-to-consumer with less human friction. We are excited about what is to come.

We are raising capital to grow our operations, build our sales team, reach more customers, go into full production of the PopShop, and scale our age-gating and ID-verification product for regulated retail. Your investments will help us reach the next milestones to success. 

Our new offering is now live: https://startengine.com/popcom

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Offering Circular: https://bit.ly/3059jVk, Selected Risks: https://bit.ly/2G4awoM - Reg A+ offering available through StartEngine Primary, LLC. This investment is speculative, illiquid, and involves a high degree of risk, including the possible loss of your entire investment.

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