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More than 200 industry members converged on the nation's capital for the National Automatic Merchandising Association's first formal "Fly-In" legislative relations program -- and almost half of the event's registrants represented operating companies. Called, "NAMA Takes the Hill," the fly-in is the latest initiative in NAMA's ongoing campaign to make legislators and regulators at all levels of government more aware of the essential role played by the workplace refreshment service industry in the U.S. economy...
Howard S. Strauss, 66, of Jericho, NY, and Mark Benowitz, 68, of Midlothian, VA, were sales officials at Multivend LLC (dba Vendstar)...
--press release
The company said it is seeking a leading salon-industry software partner to assist in integrating AVT's inventory-control unit into scheduling and other salon management systems...
Kraft Foods and the H.J. Heinz Co. closed their mega merger this month, forming the world's fifth-largest food and beverage company, and North America's third-largest...
--press release

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A new nonprofit organization is determined to make food available to schoolchildren whose access to traditional school meals is constrained by time and facilities. Feed More Kids proposes to provide the technology, including vending machines, to enable schools to serve healthy breakfast, lunch and (soon) dinner meals quickly, and benefit from often-untapped federal reimbursable school meals program funds...

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A well-executed audio-video promotional message, run periodically as an alternative to an operation's regular advertisement, can attract attention and lead to new inquiries. Here's one aimed at office managers … by Len Rashkin
Private labeling can help to set a coffee service operation apart from its competitors. It can be done with single-cup coffee, and it's worth the operator's while to consider the advantages and drawbacks of doing it... by Kevin Daw
Over the past 47 years in the office coffee service arena, I have learned much about sales from my own observations and experiences, as well as from many of my fellow operators throughout the U.S. and Canada. During that time, I developed my "Golden Rules in Selling," which we'll explore this article... by Len Rashkin
The lifeline for cash in an increasingly cashless world, ATMs are finding a new calling nowadays as digital currency terminals. Viewed in a historical context, ATMs could be jumping from one end of the currency spectrum (cash) to the other (cashless) as they help make digital currency available to consumers.... by Elliot Maras

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Now that China has lifted its longstanding ban on sales of home videogames, family entertainment center operators will be put to the test as Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony rush into a market estimated to be worth upwards of $22 billion. China's Ministry of Culture announced the end of the 15-year-old ban last week...
Harold Ray "Pete" Kauffman, the founder of Exidy, died on July 3. A pioneer in the videogame field, Kauffman started Exidy -- short for Excellence in Dynamics -- in Palo Alto, CA, in 1973...
The UK's amusement association says the Gambling Commission reclassified certain types of machine that now operate as "skill with prize" (SWP) as "category D noncomplex" crane grab machines. The change affects machines that accept no more than £1 and can deliver nonmonetary prizes worth £50 or less...

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Bullyz and Homies Big Heads, two new vendable series created by celebrated artist David Gonzales, are expected to ship by the end of July...
July marks the two-year anniversary of the management and name change that turned OK Manufacturing into Gumball Depot. How are things going for the iconic bulk vending company with the new name as it enters its third year? Very well, according to management...

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Much has been written about the opportunities to interact more closely with patrons offered by new technology. That surely is worth doing, and we think it is best done in conjunction with the proven customer-relations techniques developed by the vending industry on its five-decade journey from a novelty to the retailing mainstream... by Tim Sanford
Coin-operated amusement devices are once again red hot. At no time since the Golden Age of Video Games have they occupied such a prominent place in pop culture and the public consciousness. Of course, many operators would argue with that premise, based on what they've been seeing in their cashboxes... by Hank Schlesinger
Consumers today are demanding "healthier" snacks that combine a wider variety of flavors and on-the-go appeal with main-meal attributes. NCA's Sweets & Snacks Expo highlighted the opportunity that this trend offers us... by Alicia Lavay

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Video and camera technology is used in a wide range of vending machines from food and beverage-type dispensers to ticketing kiosks and ATMs. Applications range from video security to prevent damage and theft, to uses of cameras as an intrinsic part of the transaction, such as reading barcodes or QR codes for access control... by Steve Heard, sponsored by IDS
In January, I had the opportunity to attend one of the world's best playgrounds for a technology fan like myself. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been a technology tradition since 1967 and has never been open to the public -- industry only. Speakers such as Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Cisco CEO John Chambers, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, amongst others, share their visions of the future with 150,000 gamers, fanboys, geeks, freaks and tech industry types from all over the world | by Joseph Hessling, Sponsored by 365 Retail Markets

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