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Vol. 56, No. 8, August 2016

Vending Features
Accent Food Services Acquires Wes-Tex Vending
Emily Jed


All State Manufacturing Opens Nevada Warehouse To Expedite Western Sales And Shipping
Nick Montano
ll State Manufacturing reports that it has contracted with Extra Express here for warehouse space that will speed access to its condiment and coffee stands for its customers on the West Coast...

American Food And Vending Selects PayRange For Its Machines In 35 Cities
Nick Montano
Vending machines equipped with PayRange's BluKey "dongle," which installs in seconds, enable customers with phones running the PayRange app to make cashless purchases...

Canadian National Vending Alliance To Equip 100% Of Machines With PayRange
Emily Jed
A coalition of some of the largest vendors in Canada has reportedly partnered with PayRange to bring mobile payments to vending machines across the True North...

Coca-Cola Co. Provides Update On North American Refranchising Initiative
Emily Jed
Coke has announced several agreements that further its plan to reshape its North American bottling system. Financial terms were not disclosed...

Coke Sales Flat In Second Quarter Amid Soda Declines
Emily Jed
The Atlanta-based beverage giant said second-quarter net income rose to $3.45 billion, or 79¢ a share, compared with earnings of $3.11 billion, or 71¢ a share, in the year-ago period...

Cummins Allison ATMs Are EMV-Compliant On First Data Network
Hank Schlesinger


Five Star Partners With Chattanooga Community Kitchen To Feed The Hungry
Emily Jed


Forrest E. Mars Jr. Dies At 84
Emily Jed
Forrest E. Mars Jr., who helped build Mars Inc. into a multibillion-dollar candymaking empire, died on July 26. The retired Mars co-president, his brother John and sister Jacqueline inherited the company, whose iconic brands include M&M’s and Snickers, in 1973 from their father...

IoT Publication Honors USA Technologies' Maeve McKenna Duska In First Annual List Of Leaders
Tim Sanford


MagexUSA Launches 'Alaska' Frozen Food Vending Machine
Emily Jed


Maxon Files Patent Complaints Against Four Competing Liftgate Manufacturers
Tim Sanford


NAMA's Fly-In Draws 275 To Washington; Participants Tell Vending Industry's Story
Tim Sanford
The second annual Fly-In legislative conference and grassroots outreach program organized by the National Automatic Merchandising Association attracted some 275 industry members to the nation's capital in mid-July. This year, participants were invited to bring younger family members with them, both as an educational experience and a demonstration of the family-centered nature of small business...

Outerwall Inc. Announces 2016 Q2 Results: Profits Rise Amid Declining Sales At Redbox Venders
Outerwall Press Release
--press release

Parlevel's Vending Management Solution Now Prints Calorie-Disclosure Sheets
Emily Jed


Prime Vending: In West Virginia, A Novice Operator Turns Biz-Op Lemons Into Lemonade
Emily Jed
Michele Sparks got off to a rocky start in the vending machine business when she signed on with a "healthy" vending franchisor, which she says promised her far more than it delivered. Deterred, but determined, she severed ties with the business-opportunity promoter and turned to established vending industry resources, notably machine manufacturer Jofemar. Sparks is continuing to grow her enterprise, now operating 40 machines and counting...

State Council Meeting Reviews Local Initiatives, Upcoming Calorie Rules And Public Health Duty
Tim Sanford
Leaders of NAMA'S affiliated state councils gathered for their annual breakfast during the association's OneShow in Chicago. The affiliation program for state vending associations has been a mainstay of NAMA's success in fostering communication between the industry and state lawmakers, over the past six decades...

U-Vend Inks Ice Cream Vending License Deal With Major League Baseball
Emily Jed


USA Technologies Cites Sales Lift As Coastal Canteen EPort Deployment Continues
Nick Montano


Micromarkets
365 Retail Markets Partners With McCarthy Capital To Accelerate Growth In Micromarket Sector
Nick Montano
Omaha, NE-based McCarthy Capital, which manages more than $1 billion of investment wealth, specializes in backing software businesses in partnership with their management teams...

Avanti Markets Makes Inc. 5000 List, Recognizing Huge Growth Of Its Micromarket Business
Nick Montano
Companies named to the 2016 Inc. 5000 are considered the champions of the U.S. economy. Avanti Markets Inc. is one of them...

Avanti's New Micromarket App Incorporates Loyalty Features
Emily Jed


SandenVendo America Grows Micromarket Design Team, Restructures Sales Department
Emily Jed


Music and Games Features
AMI's Olympic-Themed Playlist Cheers Team USA On Jukeboxes
AMI Entertainment Press Release
--press release

AMOA Plans 2016 Road Scholar Program For Oct. 21-23 In Arizona; Foundations Runs Concurrently
Nick Montano


AMOA Sets 2017 State Association Confab For Tampa, FL: Jan 26-28
Nick Montano


Embed Installations Continue For Round One And ACS Amusements
Tim Sanford
Embed reports that it has accelerated the deployment of its revenue management system by completing the latest in an ongoing series of installations for clients Round One Entertainment (Osaka, Japan) and ACS Amusements (Cincinnati, OH)...

Golden Tee 2017 Begins Shipping Sept. 26; Incredible Technologies Is Now Taking Preorders
Nick Montano
Golden Tee 2017 features five new 18-hole courses, bringing the total number of virtual courses to 60. They are Pine Coast, Teal Gardens, Juniper Falls, Sandy Reef and Ruby Rock...

Justice Department Upholds Music Licensing Agreements, Dealing Blow To PROs; NRA Applauds Action
Nick Montano
After reviewing its 75-year-old consent decrees that govern how music rights organizations set rates for licensing songs, the Department of Justice is proposing no changes...

New Bill Proposes To Treat New Jersey Skill Cranes As Games of Chance
Hank Schlesinger
State Sen. Nicholas Scutari's bill would treat skill cranes as games of chance, monitored by New Jersey’s Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission...

New Overtime Rules Could Put Squeeze On Operators; AMOA Joins Workplace Coalition
Nick Montano


Smart Industries' Crane Machines Get New Brains (And New Looks)
Hank Schlesinger


TouchTunes Celebrates Olympic Games With Team USA Jukebox Playlist
TouchTunes Press Release
--press release

TouchTunes Executive Sales VP Phil Cohn Exits Company
Nick Montano
Phil Cohn, who headed TouchTunes' sales organization, has reportedly left the company 10 months after his promotion to executive vice-president of sales and corporate marketing. Cohn joined TouchTunes, the largest jukebox company in the U.S., in September 2011...

TouchTunes Jukeboxes Host Pokémon Go Contest
TouchTunes Press Release
--press release

Victor Germain Joins TouchTunes Media As Advertising Division Sales Chief
Tim Sanford


Vending Video


Sega Launches Mario & Sonic Sports-Themed Game At 2016 Olympics
Nick Montano
Athletes from around the world participating in the Summer Olympics in Rio also have the chance to compete on a new arcade game, developed by Sega in cooperation with Nintendo...

Bulk Vending
Beaver Machine Relocates; New Facility Will Produce Bulk Venders and BMC Media Kiosk
by Staff Reporters




MIT Researchers Create Interactive Temporary Tattoos
Hank Schlesinger
DuoSkin is a wearable decorative input/output interface worn on the skin. In essence, the tattoo enables interaction between devices through a technology that has been dubbed "skinput"...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
NAMA Fly-In Promotes Understanding
Tim Sanford
The National Automatic Merchandising Association's annual Fly-In outreach and advocacy program brings together people with an upbeat industry success story to tell and the lawmakers who need to hear and understand it... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
The State Of Coin-Op Play: Static Answers Can't Address Dynamic Questions
Hank Schlesinger
The British have an expression, "state of play," which is genius on a number of different levels. Loosely translated, it means "current situation." But in the subtext conveys a suggestion of action that the current situation is naturally in a state of flux -- like a soccer game... by Hank Schlesinger

Coffee Service News
For Millennials, The Pursuit Of Happiness At Work Means Having Purpose; Everyone Else Just Wants Control: Mars Drinks Study
Mars Drinks Press Release
"People want to know their opinions matter," said Dr. Tracy Brower, Mars Drinks global vice-president of Workplace Vitality. "The most important factor in fostering a sense of wellbeing is offering employees the opportunity to make meaningful choices." [press release]

NAMA Opens Registration For Coffee Tea & Water; Nashville Conference Will Spotlight 'Workplace Café Of Today'
Emily Jed


Guest Columns
Industry Hall-Of-Famers Are Irreplaceable Knowledge Sources For Vending And Coffee Service Operators
by Kevin Daw
Learn from experience while you can! If you’re attending the National Automatic Merchandising Association's Coffee, Tea & Water conference, it will be worthwhile to chat with the industry pioneers enrolled in its new Hall of Fame ..by Kevin Daw

Recent Green Coffee Price Rise Doesn't Reflect Tighter Supply
by Kevin Daw
I wrote about the green coffee market as recently as this March, but I think it is worth another look, in the light of recent developments, especially its sizeable upward push... by Kevin Daw

Win-Win Sales Stimulation: Use Promotions To Reduce Leftover Seasonal Inventory
by Len Rashkin
In the mid-1960s, the office coffee service industry provided only a dozen or fewer products. Fifty years later, today's OCS businesses might provide more than 1,000 SKUs. As an operator, you have to become a marketer to sell all these products and get your inventory to turn over... by Len Rashkin

Hardware/Tools
Airtow Drop-Deck Enclosed Trailers Keep Equipment And People Safe
Tim Sanford


Meetings/Events
Connecticut Vending Association Plans Sept. 29 Golf Outing And Dinner


Names in the News
PDQ Merchant Services Appoints Sales Administrator
Nick Montano


Upfront with the Publisher
Preparing For Higher Labor Costs
Alicia Lavay
Agitation for a higher minimum wage, and new Labor Department rules for "hourly" workers, will have consequences for employers. The outcome is likely to be greater interest in productivity improvement and automation, which may erode employment... by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
AdvancePierre Debuts Big Az Sriracha Chicken Sandwich
Emily Jed


Inventure Foods Adds Hotdog-Flavored Chip To Nathan's Famous Line
Emily Jed


Law Firm Drops Personal Injury Suits Against Monster Energy
Emily Jed


Marley Beverage Adds Zero-Calorie Relaxation Drink, One Drop RTD Coffee Flavors
Emily Jed


Vending Video


Coffee Nut Is M&M's "Flavor Vote" Winner
Emily Jed


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