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Vol. 43, No. 9, September 2003

Vending Features
In Memoriam: Victor Lavay And ITP
Alicia Lavay
by Alicia Lavay-Kertes ...Thank you all so much for the outpouring of sympathy and support we have received in the aftermath of my father's unexpectedly sudden death. Many people have commented that they didn't know that Vic was sick. In fact, he didn't know. No one knew.

MAMC Votes To Appeal Adverse Tax Relief Ruling
Emily Jed
EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - The Minnesota Automatic Merchandising Council's board of directors has voted to continue its legal efforts to overturn inequitable provisions of the state's sales tax law, in the wake of an adverse ruling by the Minnesota Court of Appeals last month. MAMC has filed a "petition for review," asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to hear the case on appeal.

Uniting Sales And Audit Interface Enhances EDP Investment Return
Tim Sanford
U.S.A. - The computer has no precedent in the history of machines. It is the first tool whose uses are defined by the user, and easily changed from one user-selected task to the next. The vending industry is beginning to come to terms with the value this flexibility has in widening and deepening management control and oversight, improving customer service, and realizing service enhancements that otherwise would be impossible or impractical without "stored-program" computers.

Music and Games Features
Pinball 2003: Market Remains Rock-Steady As Equipment Quality, Reliability Improve
Marcus Webb
U.S.A. - The state of the coin-operated pinball market today can be summed up simply: steady as she goes. New pinball production by Stern Pinball Inc., the world's sole manufacturer of flipper games today, remains in the 8,000 to 10,000 per year range as it has since 1999. This year's production totals are up a bit from last year's, but still within that spread.

Pool Catches Up To The 21st Century: New Models, Electronic Features, Play Modes And Manufacturers Mean More Choices For Operators
Marcus Webb
U.S.A. - Pool remains solidly in place for the fourth year in a row as the top-earning category of equipment for most American operators nationwide, according to the latest VENDING TIMES Census of the Industry. Against this backdrop of stable earnings performance, the basic features of coin-operated pool haven't changed much in 50-odd years. After all, what else is needed beyond a slate, six pockets, and a coin mechanism?

Rowe Petitions For Chapter 11 Reorganization To Facilitate Sale And Continue Operating
Nick Montano
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Rowe International Inc. has announced the  filing of a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. According to Rowe chairman and chief executive officer J. Douglas Johnson, the action was taken to facilitate the sale of the company while moving forward with its product development, manufacturing and marketing activities.

Bulk Vending
Industry Census Reveals Healthy Growth In All Bulk Vend Segments
Hank Schlesinger
NEW YORK CITY - With the publication of the VENDING TIMES Census of the Industry 2003, operators across all coin-op market segments are once again getting an unbiased look at the industry. For those in bulk vending, the news this year was once again good. According to figures reported in the Census, bulk vending made gains in virtually every category and market segment.

Kworterz Vending: Thinking Big And Dreaming Big, Florida Operator Leads Way Into Mall Locations
Hank Schlesinger
PUNTA GORDO, FL - Larry and Audrey Freshman of Kworterz Vending Inc., based here, have not only specialized in providing bulk vending in malls for the past decade, they've also pioneered many of the concepts that are now standard operating procedure for mall locations.

Editorial: Vending
Making Progress
Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Now For The Good News
Marcus Webb

Ahead of the Times: Vending
All Seasons Raises $9.2 Million In New Capital
Emily Jed

Cadbury Schweppes Changes Unify Key Beverage Groups
Emily Jed

Hershey To Sell Gum Brands To Farley & Sathers

Ahead of the Times: Music and Games
AMOA International Expo And Fun Expo Pre-Registration Figures Up 15%

Atlas Closes Louisville, KY, Branch

Sept. 11, 2003: Garland Garrett Sr. Dies; Southwest Rowe, Rock-Ola Distribution Changes; CompUSA and NVIDIA Back LAN Players; Tsunami AMOA Expo Event Correction


Sept. 17, 2003: Valley-Dynamo Taps Prexy; Rowe And Ecast Renew Agreement; Bay-Tek Finalizes Meltec Purchase; AVS Becomes Sega Distributor

Sept. 24, 2003: AMOA Expo, ASI Merger Update; Theater Chain Pulls Violent Viddies; Court Rejects IT's Injunction Against Global VR

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