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Vol. 56, No. 9, September 2016

Vending Features
Apriva Adds ITC Systems To Its Portfolio Of Campus Card Connections
Nick Montano


AVS Relocates Wisconsin Office; Larger Distributorship Will Sell Vending And Amusement Machines
Nick Montano


Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association Announces 2016 Vending And OCS Award Winners
Emily Jed
Lorna Kane of Kane’s Distributing Inc. (St. Catherines, ON) and Distribution QM (Montreal, QC) is the winner of CAMA's Don Storey Memorial Award...

Coke Consolidated Expands Distribution Territory And Purchases Manufacturing Facilities
Emily Jed
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated has signed agreements with an affiliate of Coca-Cola Co. to expand the bottler's distribution territory to include parts of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and West Virginia, and to purchase manufacturing facilities...

Expovending & OCS Planners Re-Slot Brazilian Show To March 2017
Tim Sanford


FDA Releases Vending Machine Labeling Guidance Documents
On Aug. 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released guidance documents to help operators comply with the agency's final rule on calorie disclosure for foods sold from vending machines...

Flowers Foods Inc. Reports Second-Quarter 2016 Results: Sales Increase 5.2%
Flowers Foods Press Release
--press release

Georgia's A&A Vending Deepens Relationship With USA Technologies, Upgrades 1,200 Machines
Nick Montano


Maryland's Black Tie Services Sees Strong Results In Hello Goodness Test Run
Emily Jed
Scott Meskin of Black Tie Services Inc. piloted the first four dozen Hello Goodness machines in the Baltimore market beginning last April. The operator says he has the data to prove he is reaching a new segment of consumers that he was unable to achieve with previous attempts with his own vending machines dedicated to "healthy" products...

Mondelez Abandons Hershey Takeover Bid
Nick Montano
Mondelez is stepping back from the potential $23 billion takeover about two months after it had offered $107 per share for Hershey, half in stock and half in cash...

NAMA Issues 2016 Midyear Report Enumerating Accomplishments
Staff Reporter
The National Automatic Merchandising Association has released its 2016 midyear report, which details the association's achievements during the first half of the year...

NAMA Offers Eight Tips To Help Vending Industry Prepare For FDA's Dec. 1 Calorie-Disclosure Deadline
The National Automatic Merchandising Association's government affairs team has created a list of tips to help its members prepare for business under the new rule. The team's eight tips are...

National Automatic Merchandising Association's Advocacy App Speeds Communication With Legislators
Tim Sanford


Oakland Soda Tax To Be Included On November Ballot
Emily Jed


Omron Introduces HVC Human Recognition, Interpretation System For IoT Devices, Including Vending Machines
Tim Sanford
New from Omron Corp. are human recognition and interpretation devices. The manufacturer describes the technology as a human vision components (HVC) system for the Internet of Things. Those things include vending machines...

Online Purchases Via Apple And Android Pay To Reach $8 Billion By 2018, Up 15-Fold
Juniper Research Press Release
New findings from Juniper Research claim that the value of digital and physical goods purchased through mobile 'OS-Pay' platforms will increase by fifteen times in the next two years [press release]

PepsiCo's Hello Goodness Vending Initiative Delivers 'Healthy' Snacks And Drinks At Scale
Emily Jed
The snack and drink giant has been on a decades-long journey to broaden its product portfolio and offer consumers the foods and beverages they want. The groundbreaking Hello Goodness program makes PepsiCo the first "scale player" supplier with vending machines filled only with products that conform to specified nutritional criteria, branded to communicate that to consumers...

Performance Food Group Reports Q4 And FY 2016 Results: Net Sales Up; Vistar Moves Cases
PFG Press Release
--press release

Plan For Disaster Before It Strikes: Vending Industry Experts Share Experiences
Emily Jed
No vending or office coffee service company is invincible to the potential impact of a hurricane, flood, fire, power outage or other disaster. Yet many fail to plan for how they will maintain the continuity of their businesses in the aftermath of a natural or manmade disaster. Three industry veterans share recent experiences their companies have endured. They urge: be ready, not get ready...

Quality Brokerage Appoints Wayne Molnar And Jeff Hahn To Sales Team
Nick Montano


Study Suggests Berkeley Soda Tax Drops Sugary Beverage Consumption
Emily Jed
A new study from the University of California shows a 21% drop in the consumption of soda and other sugary beverages in Berkeley's low-income neighborhoods following the city's penny-per-fl.oz. tax on the beverages...

Swire Coca-Cola Finalizes Refranchising For Arizona And New Mexico
Emily Jed


Swyft Inc. Acquires Zoom Systems In Japan With Clients NTT And Proactiv
Nick Montano
Swyft Inc. said it has acquired Zoom Systems' business in Japan. Zoom Systems Japan operates automated retail stores for NTT Communications, the world's largest communications company by revenue, and Proactiv, a popular global skincare brand...

Texas's VendPro Plans To Deploy USAT's EPort Interactive On 1,800 Vending Machines
Emily Jed


USA Technologies Schedules Fourth-Quarter And Fiscal-Year 2016 Earnings Release And Conference Call: Sept. 13
USAT Press Release
--press release

Vengo And All Star Services Team Up To Expand Vending Network In Michigan
Nick Montano
Port Huron, MI's All Star will offer Vengo's compact, wall-mounted vending machines to its existing clients. The Michigan vending operation also will employ the Vengo platform to help drive new business...

Micromarkets
365 Retail Markets Named To Inc. 5000 List For Second Consecutive Year
Emily Jed


Louisiana Tom's Vending Deploys Parlevel Micromarket Solution
Emily Jed


Music and Games Features
AMOA Flyer Illustrates Amusement And Music Route Business Model
Hank Schlesinger
The document titled "What Is An Amusement Route Operator?" explains the music and games industry from the operator's viewpoint...

At 15,000 Feet Above Sea Level, The World's Highest ATM Is Claimed By Pakistani Bank
Hank Schlesinger


Bala Cherukooru Joins Timezone Australia As New Store Director
Nick Montano


Benchmark Games Taps Anthony Medina To Lead Bilingual Sales Initiative
Nick Montano


Brian Conway Joins Betson Enterprises As Amusement Sales Consultant To Support FEC Market
Nick Montano


CEC Entertainment Says 2016 Q2 Same-Store Sales Rise 2.6%
Nick Montano


Chuck E. Cheese's To Replace Tokens With Semnox's RFID Cashless System
Nick Montano
Chuck E. Cheese's is hoping to replace the tokens used to activate its arcade games with a cashless payment system at all its stores. It reportedly is using Semnox Solutions' RFID) system for the job...

Coast To Coast Begins Shipping Ticket Zone
Nick Montano


Elaut Patents E-Claw Crane Machine Mechanism
by Staff Reporter


Free White Paper On ATM Cash Cassette Security Available From Association
Hank Schlesinger


Incredible Technologies Plans 2017 Golden Tee World Championship For Las Vegas In May
Nick Montano
The championship will feature 64 of the best players in North America squaring off for more than $70,000 in prize money -- and, of course, Golden Tee "immortality." Online qualifying on Golden Tee 2017 machines will get under way in November, and will include opportunities for players in every game format through March...

LAI Games' Vault Brings Fantasy Bank Heist Fun To Arcades
Nick Montano
The Vault challenges players to line up targets in an attempt to unlock the "vault" to win prizes. LAI said its new machine is 100% skill-based...

Latest RIPPER Malware Makes Appearance In Thailand's ATMs
Hank Schlesinger


Mario Makes Entrance To Remember At Olympic Games
Hank Schlesinger
The James Bond entrance with Queen Elizabeth II to the Olympics in London may have been a show starter to remember, but Japan gave Great Britain a run for its money at the end of this year's Games...

National Dart Association Moves Into New HQ; Glasgow Begins General Manager's Job
Nick Montano
Effective Sept. 1, the AMOA-National Dart Association will be administered by William T. Glasgow Inc. in Mokena, IL. WTG's executive vice-president, Brian Glasgow, will also serve as NDA's new general manager...

Pioneer Hosts AMI Entertainment Service School For Midwest Jukebox Operators
Nick Montano
The Wisconsin event gave area operators the chance to get a closer look at the new AMI jukeboxes introduced at this spring's Amusement Expo International in Las Vegas, including the NGX Ultra dual-screen model optimized for music videos and the NGX Mini 2....

Plopsa Group's Van den Kerkhof Will Keynote IAAPA's GM And Owners' Breakfast
Nick Montano
The 2016 IAAPA Attractions Expo takes place Nov. 14-18 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL; the GM's breakfast takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 8:15 a.m. in the IAAPA Theater...

Singapore Rolls Out Video ATMs So Patrons Can Chat With A Teller Live
Hank Schlesinger


Stern Pinball Will Celebrate 30th Anniversary With Epic Party: Oct. 14
Nick Montano
The event takes place at 8 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire, IL. Tickets are $35 a person. Celebrity performers and partygoers include Ed Robertson, Barenaked Ladies lead singer, and Ghostbusters star Ernie Hudson...

Vending Video


Dave & Buster's Goes Full Trekkie With Proprietary Arcade Game And Collectible Cards
Hank Schlesinger
Dave & Buster's proprietary Star Trek game was developed by Belgium's Elaut NV; it is similar to Elaut's popular Wizard of Oz pusher and awards collectible Star Trek cards as prizes...



Owl Viewers Merge Coin-Op Classic With Augmented Reality
Hank Schlesinger




Robotic Foosball? Swiss Researchers Make It A Reality
Hank Schlesinger
At first glance, the concept may seem like child's play. However, at the heart of the research project is the ability to program robots that can quickly improvise movement and strategy [video]



Video Documents Dance Dance Revolution
Hank Schlesinger


Bulk Vending
Does FDA's Calorie-Disclosure Rule Apply To Coin-Op? Bulk Venders (Yes), Amusement Machines (No)
Nick Montano
Just like their full-line counterparts, bulk vending operators who have 20 or more machines on location are required to comply with the Food and Drug Administration's calorie-disclosure rule that goes into effect on Dec. 1...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
You Have To Start Somewhere
Tim Sanford
It's easier than ever to enter the vending industry, but success calls for rethinking the old business model. Opportunity still knocks... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
The Secret To Adding Value To Street Locations Is In The Hoopla
Hank Schlesinger
Ubiquitous smartphones and eager networkers hold promise for getting full effect from promotional programs. Operators need to look at social networks as traffic-builders... by Hank Schlesinger

Coffee Service News
EPA Releases Energy Star Standards For Commercial Coffee Brewers
Emily Jed
The requirements that commercial coffee brewers in offices, cafeterias, hotels and similar establishments will have to meet to earn the Energy Star standard will provide "significant energy savings to users and reduce greenhouse gas emissions," the EPA reports...

Marley Coffee Chief Warns Licensing Woes Could Put Company Out Of Business
Emily Jed
The family of Bob Marley wants to sever ties with Marley Coffee, threatening the end for the coffee company and its struggling parent, Jammin Java Corp....

Smucker Discontinues Millstone Coffee; Discount Coffee Acquires Remaining Stock
Emily Jed
Citing lack of "sustainable demand," J. M. Smucker Co. recently discontinued its Millstone Coffee brand...

Guest Columns
Managing Your Message: How To Keep Disparate Teams Focused On Companywide Objectives
by Ben White
A business with mobile, dispersed workers benefits from teaching them to focus on customers and understand what's possible. Common doctrine reduces the need for supervision... by Ben White

Reducing Expenses Boosts Value Of Effective Selling In Vending And Office Coffee Service
by Len Rashkin
Excellent sales training and performance pay off best for vending and coffee operations that eliminate unnecessary expenses. Let's look at how controlling costs can help optimize sales success... by Len Rashkin

Hardware/Tools
Maryland County Implements Aerohive Wireless Network Solution
Tim Sanford


Names in the News
U-Vend Appoints Ice Cream Veteran Michael Crone To Marketing Post
Emily Jed


Upfront with the Publisher
No Gain Without Pain: Learning From Mistakes
Alicia Lavay
In the 28 years I have been with Vending Times, I have seen many business opportunities -- some of them "blue sky" promotions -- and have heard many accounts of the diverse pathways along which operators have gotten started in vending. And some hopeful entrepreneurs were able to make lemonade from "biz-op" lemons... by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
Energy Bombs Chewing Gum Delivers Boost
Emily Jed


Gold Peak To Launch RTD Tea Lattes And Cold Brew Coffees
Emily Jed


Inventure Foods Invests $6 Million To Ramp Up Kettle Chip Production
Emily Jed


New Gatorade Drink Has An Organic Twist
Emily Jed


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