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Vol. 46, No. 11, November 2006

Vending Features
AMS Taps Garner For European Presidency, Introduces Styling Options At NAMA Expo
KEARNEYSVILLE, WV — Automated Merchandising Systems has announced the appointment of Colin Garner as president of AMS Europe Ltd. He comes to AMS from Automatic Products international, ltd., where he was senior vice-presdent of sales and marketing in charge of global operations...

Coinco Launches Guardian 6000 Changer With 6 Tubes, Simplified Setup And Service
Nick Montano
ST. LOUIS, MO — New from Coin Acceptors is the Guardian 6000, a 6-tube changer incorporating “practical intelligence” to expedite setup and field service. The new changer made its debut at the National Automatic Merchandising Association National Expo. According to Coinco, the Guardian 6000 is the industry’s first self-replenishing 6-tube changer that permits using a single cassette configuration to virtually eliminate “change starvation” and the need for multiple payout configurations. Optional $1 coin tubes allow the changer to deliver the highest change-making capacity, for large-denomination bill acceptance...

NAMA National Expo Spotlights Research, Outstanding Achievement In Vending, OCS
Tim Sanford
ORLANDO, FL — The National Automatic Merchandising Association celebrated its 70th anniversary with a new convention format, the presentation of new consumer research and recognition of distinguished service to the industry...

NAMA Seeks To Resolve Ongoing Coin, Currency and Cashless Issues
Thomas E. McMahon, NCE
HERNDON, VA — All business revolves around one thing: making the sale. In the vending business, making the sale requires the customer to select a product, insert the money, press the right button, and receive the product and change...by Tom McMahon, NCE 

NAMA Showgoers Chew On Potential Of ‘Dentyne Ice’ Sugarless Bulk-Vended Gum
Emily Jed
ORLANDO, FL — Super ProVending Group COO Tom Siciliano presented the opportunity to full-line vending and OCS operators to provide sugarless gum through bulk vending machines alongside their existing banks at the NAMA National Expo here and said their response exceeded his already high expectations.

Music and Games Features
Industry Pros Identify Latest Trends Reshaping The Coin-Op Music Sector
Marcus Webb
U.S.A. — Downloading jukeboxes of all brands continue to sell at a “frenzied pace,” reported Rowe International’s vice-president of sales and marketing John Margold. Equipment manufacturers and content providers estimate that digital formats represent 90% of commercial jukebox sales. They also agreed that hardware prices are no longer a major obstacle for most operators when deciding to purchase a new jukebox and when choosing CD or digital...

Industry Watches Usage Of Jukebox MP3 Adapter Kits
Marcus Webb
Mike Leonard of Coin-Op Specialists (Adrian, MI) reports that illegal MP3 conversion kits for jukeboxes are “all over the Internet” and have appeared on routes in various locations.

Operators Appreciate Low Price And High Reliability Of Coastal’s Nexus Countertop, Praise Company’s Service
Marcus Webb
LAKEWOOD, NJ — Operators who have tried the Nexus touchscreen countertop video game system from Coastal Amusements praise the product for performing reliably and earning well – up to 20% better than other brands, say some operators.

Bulk Vending
CEI’s Applebaum Launches New Company; Top Notch Toys Hopes To Capture Larger Share Of Capsuled Toy Market
Larisa Jayne Shewczyk
SAN JOSE, CA — Mike Applebaum of Cutting Edge Industries reports that he has started a new company to supply encapsulated and self-vended toys to the bulk vending industry. The company, Top Notch Toys, has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with CEI.

National Bulk Vendors Association Executive Committee Announces Major Changes To Trade Show Moving Forward
Hank Schlesinger
LAS VEGAS — During a meeting of the National Bulk Vendors Association executive committee held here last month, a number of key decisions were made that will impact the association as a whole, as well as its annual trade show and convention...

Editorial: Vending
EDITORIAL: Learning From History
Tim Sanford
During the formative years of office coffee service, a prolonged debate took place about the nature of the business. One party held that an OCS operation should establish a distinctive identity in its market area by developing and marketing its own high-quality private-label coffee line. The other argued that the profit resided in national brands, taking advantage of their strong marketing support, while developing a reputation for fast, reliable and helpful service...by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
EDITORIAL: Three Problems, One Solution
Marcus Webb
One of the few members of this industry who works, earns and thinks both as a manufacturer and as an operator every single day is Rick Caviglia. The owner of California Amusement Group (San Leandro) and president of View Interactive is forced to think through every issue from both perspectives. So when he talks about the industry’s biggest challenges today, we should listen...by Marcus Webb

Ahead of the Times: Vending
OCTOBER 24, 2006: Crane Acquires Dixie-Narco From Whirlpool
WILLISTON, SC — Crane Co. has announced the purchase of all the capital stock of Dixie-Narco Inc. for $46 million in cash. Dixie-Narco had been a subsidiary of Whirlpool Corp. since Whirlpool acquired its former parent, Maytag Corp., last year.

Ahead of the Times: Music and Games
NOVEMBER 20, 2006: Stories from the November, 2006, Ahead of the Times (Music & Games edition) email news dispatch…

IAAPA Sees Lighter Traffic, More Coin-Op Exhibitors

Many New Products Debut At Atlanta Show

Global Associations Ponder Action Against Redemption Copies

Three More States Pass Statewide Smoking Bans
Services Held For AAMA Cofounder Joe Robbins

NOVEMEMBER 13, 2006: Stories from the Ahead of the Times (Music & Games edition) email news dispatch…

Tim Jackson, Longtime Industry Sales Pro, Dies At 45

Two Industry Trade Press Figures Also Meet Early Demise

Arizona Operators Begin Forming State Association

IALEI To Co-Produce “Code Adam” Video; Seeks 2007 Speakers

AAMA Begins Lining Up PR Team; Sets 2007 Gala Dates

Leslie Murphy To Exit NDA Leadership Post

AMOA Plans Washington, DC, Lobbying Trip

European Court Reverses Greek Amusements Ban

What’s New: Ecast; Face Place; Incredible Technologies; Merit; Namco Bandai; Sega; Smart; Stern; TouchTunes

Upfront with the Publisher
UPFRONT: An Industry In Decline, Or Untapped Opportunity?
Alicia Lavay
Like many of you, I’ve recently returned from the NAMA National Expo in Orlando. The how was informative and entertaining, and it’s always great to catch up with old friends and sample the new products at the exhibits. I thought about devoting this space to kudos to NAMA for a job well done, but I’d be remiss not to mention that the exhibit was smaller this year, and there were fewer machine manufacturers…by Alicia Lavay-Kertes

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