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Vending News & Features

The world’s first Coca-Cola cold beverage vending machine to run exclusively on solar energy made its debut at the National Automatic Merchandising Association's recent OneShow in Chicago...
Crane Merchandising Systems has released next-generation snack and food machine, the Merchant Media with 7" touchscreen. According to the manufacturer, the new Merchant Media is equipped with new retail tools designed to revitalize vending by attracting and engaging consumers...
The plug-and-play FanWise unit can be installed in any machine. It connects via the multi-drop bus (MDB) chain, and interfaces using the MDB 3.0 standard....
The U.S. Mint said it is accepting public comments on its mandate by Congress to research alternative metallic content of coins to lower production costs and the National Automatic Merchandising Association is urging industry members to lend their voice...
Avanti said it plans to release the antitheft device by the end of the second quarter...
2M Spectrum Networks LLC says it is planning to build and operate what it's calling the first licensed, all-IP, wireless machine-to-machine network in the United States...
Crane Merchandising Systems said it has formed a partnership with USConnect, a nationwide network of independent full-line vending operations that has adopted a management doctrine based on wireless wide-area communications in order to improve profitability...

Coffee Service News

The brand refresh includes new packaging graphics, a new logo and several new product varieties, all supported by the new campaign...
Flavia Barista brewer Mars Drinks has taken the wraps off its Flavia Barista brewer, designed to authentically craft espresso and a wide range of coffeehouse-style hot beverages in the workplace at the touch of a button. The premium brewer features the required high pressure of up to 15-BARs to offer full-bodied, Italian espressos...
Leading off the rollout is Buffalo Soldier, a dark-roast 100% Rainforest Alliance coffee, characterized as an "earthy" blend with bold and complex flavors...

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Guest Columns

In our business, the customer base is a potential pot of gold, if you know how to fill that pot. I have always preached at conventions and in my articles over many years (too many) that it is a crime not to work at building your allied sales and services within your dedicated, proven account base... by Len Rashkin
While the Food and Drug Administration works to finalize the rules and regulations required by Section 4205 of the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act, which mandates that nutritional information be visible to consumers before they make their selections, we might pause and consider the wider implications... by Matt Greenwald
This issue should arrive in time for the OneShow, NAMA's annual fête with Chicago as this year's host. Trade shows are where ideas and the future lie as bedfellows. If you are diligent, there is much to be garnered by attending... by Kevin Daw
In a recent Vending Times editorial, Hank Schlesinger noted that the "first hints" of applying innovative pricing strategies through smart card technologies are just starting to hit the market. These tools are actually available to FEC operators now, however, and many of them are fully developed. Let's take a look at what they can do | David Goldman

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Coin-Op Music & Games

Thomas Laird "Tom" Keil, who dedicated his adult life to the amusement industry, died on April 18 following a battle with cancer. He was 63. Most recently, Keil was a sales manager for Sega Amusements...
The American Amusement Machine Association honored BMI Merchandise as its Supplier of the Year in an awards ceremony at the 2014 Amusement Expo in Las Vegas...
Social media, gossip websites and mommy blogs are abuzz about the antics of a young Florida girl who climbed inside a large skill crane and began handing out plush to other kids in an arcade...
Bobby Hogin, Hogin Amusement Co., AMOA The Amusement and Music Operators Association installed Bobby Hogin as its next president on March 27. Hogin brings to the yearlong term some three decades of experience as a coin machine operator. He succeeds John Pascaretti of Michigan’s Pascaretti Enterprises, an equipment distributorship. Pascaretti describes his successor as a Tennessee gentleman who is a nuts and bolts operator who knows the industry...
Some 170 amusement operators, who specialize in family entertainment centers, took part in the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions' FEC conference late March in Las Vegas...

Bulk Vending News & Features

The National Bulk Vendors Association's 64th annual convention and trade show are being hailed as unqualified successes by NBVA officials. It was fourth bulk vending show to collocate with the Amusement Expo...
Has the time come for bulk vending operators to take another look at so-called "down-market" locations? According to retail analysts, dollar stores and other discounters are expanding at a record rate, outpacing and outselling such long-established chains as J.C. Penney and Sears. And this may be good news for bulk operators...
The National Bulk Vendors Association has elected Judi Heston of Theisen Vending Co. as its president. She succeeds Steven Schechner, Capital Vending (Florence, AL), who held the association's top post since 2012...

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Editorials & Opinions

I recently provoked a lively discussion on LinkedIn that generated a lot of interest. The topic: "Coke buys stake in Green Mountain to develop soft drink brands for single-cup use." Here's a synopsis of that dialogue | Alicia Lavay
Everyone from President Obama on down is promoting technology as the key to America's future prosperity, and it's hard to disagree with that. What usually is overlooked in the public conversation about technology is that inventing and manufacturing wonderful new things is a very worthwhile endeavor -- but somebody has to know how those things work, and how to repair them when they don't | Tim Sanford
I was out with a group of small business owners recently who were bemoaning the difficulty of doing business in New York City. Taxes, regulations and cutthroat competition are the major complaints. Of course, if you want access to a marketplace of eight million potential customers, those sound like petty obstacles | Hank Schlesinger

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