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Revenues increase more than 135% [press release]
The National Automatic Merchandising Association said its charitable and education wing is accepting scholarship applications for the next Executive Development Program at Michigan State University...
The Southeastern Vending Association will welcome comedian Jim Breuer to its upcoming convention, which takes place Aug. 9-11 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Mimamar, FL...
Operators in California are now required to post bisphenol A (BPA) warning labels on any vending machines that carry products which might contain the controversial chemical. BPA has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s, including those used in food and drink containers, such as water bottles...
Cantaloupe Systems' all-in-one Seed Cloud solution is helping vending operators across the country combat expensive and time-consuming driver turnover [press release]

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The world's leading producer of mild washed arabica coffee produced a total of 43,000 60-kilo bags in April. This was a 13% increase compared with the 924,000 bags Colombia produced during April 2015...

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rand Theft Auto III, Legend of Zelda, Oregon Trail and Sims round out The Strong's finalists [press release]
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The Japan Crane Game Association hosted its first workshop and competition for children. Hosted by the Sekaiichi no Gemu Senta Eburidei Gyoda, a renowned game center located in the Saitama Prefecture...
Bay Tek Games Inc. said it is on schedule to move production of its Skee-Ball amusement machines to its Pulaski, WI, factory. Bay Tek is expected to shut down Skee-Ball's Chalfont, PA, facility and start up the Skee-Ball game assembly lines by this summer. Bay Tek announced its purchase of Skee-Ball Amusement Games in February...
The National Dart Association's Team Dart is held annually at Bally's, right in the center of the Las Vegas strip. It is one of the largest coin-op game competitions in the world, featuring more than 300 electronic dartboards spread across 85,000 square feet of tournament space...

Bulk Vending News & Features

New from Parisi Vending Co. is a line of 2" premium toy-filled vendible egg capsules. Parisi Vending is the manufacturer of the popular All American Chicken Machine, an animated bulk vender...
The bulk vending industry has chalked up another successful convention and trade show. The 66th annual confab, collocated with Amusement Expo International 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center from March 15 to 17, is being hailed as a success by operators and exhibitors alike. "I feel that this was one of the strongest shows to date," said NBVA president Judi Heston-Donnell, Theisen Vending Co. (Minneapolis)...
The new vending system employs a traditional machine rack supporting nine bulk heads, which are complete vending machines incorporating a product storage globe, dispensing and coin mechanisms...

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Full-size "bean-to-cup" hot beverage venders styled for public locations and offered "bundled" with branded products might work equally well in business-and-industry and institutional sites.A specialty coffee roaster today who seeks differentiation and understands online advertising might find upscale vending to be a highly visible solution... by Tim Sanford
NAMA's 2016 OneShow continued the event's steady rebound, with more than 70 first-time exhibitors.This reminds us that there's real value in an industry-specific exhibition. As valuable as the Internet is as a component of ab effective communication program, face-to-face interaction and "tire-kicking" is more vital than ever in marketing... by Alicia Lavay
Millennials have shown that they enjoy interactive shopping in physical as well as virtual venues. FEC-goers soon may expect personalized, on-site experiences mediated by their smartphones. Some very basic initial programs to build engagement might include bonus gameplay coupons, redemption-point tracking and food and beverage discounts... by Hank Schlesinger

Guest Columns

A full-color marketing brochure or menu tells prospects (and reminds clients) who you are, why they should deal with you and what you offer. It's the best medium for promoting your equipment, products and services when used by your sales team in prospecting for new business, and can boost sales and solidify relationships with clients... by Len Rashkin
One of the most informative protocols that I follow, prior to making a sales presentation for a private refreshment provider's sales team, is to send out a questionnaire, or request for information (RFI)... by Len Rashkin
In the late 1980s, videogames and pinball machines were called the ruin of American youth. Cities and towns quickly acted to ban and restrict their use. In the '90s, tobacco became the new "hate" product in vending. Now it's calories in vended snacks and drinks... by Michael J. Grandone
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