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Vol. 56, No. 3, March 2016

Vending Features
All Star Services Donates Bottled Water To Flint, MI, Residents
Emily Jed
"Our hearts go out to the residents of Flint and we wanted to support them any way we could," said All Star president and chief executive Jeff Smith...

American Vending Sales Acquires Wisconsin's Midwest Equipment Supply
Emily Jed
merican Vending Sales has acquired Midwest Equipment Supply LLC, effective Mar 1. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed...

Aramark Q1 Profit Climbs, Revenue Remains Steady
Emily Jed


AriZona, SuperNaturals Capsules Expand Lavit Cold Drink Menu
Emily Jed


Better-For-You Movement Leads To Record-High U.S. Bottled Water Sales In 2015
Emily Jed


Broncos Super Bowl Kicker Is Son Of Vistar's Susan McManus!
Emily Jed
Vistar director of national accounts Susan McManus is a familiar face in the vending industry, but did you know that her son is Brandon McManus? Yes, that Brandon McManus, placekicker for Super Bowl 50 champs the Denver Broncos...

Cantaloupe Systems Awarded Fourth Patent For Dynamic Scheduling Technology
Emily Jed
Dynamic scheduling is the underlying technology for Seed Pro, Cantaloupe's cloud-based data analytics software...

Chicago Cubs' Owner Tom Ricketts Extends Windy City Welcome To OneShow
Emily Jed


Coca-Cola Consolidated Pacts With Coke For Expanded Distribution
Tim Sanford


Coca-Cola Quickens Pace Of Bottler Refranchising In North America, Unveils Similar Initiatives In China And Other Countries
Tim Sanford
The Coca-Cola Co. has announced a speedup in the pace and scope of its bottler refranchising program. Plans now call for refranchising all company-owned North America bottling territories and all cold-fill production facilities by the end of next year...

Cost Cuts And Price Hikes Boost Coca-Cola's Q4 Profit
Emily Jed
The beverage giant's profit climbed to $1.24 billion, or 28¢ a share, during the quarter ended Dec. 31, from $770 million, or 17¢ a share, a year earlier. Revenue fell 8% to $10 billion...

Cupid Countdown: Find It At A Vending Machine On Valentine's Day
NAMA Press Release
If you're pressed for time this Valentine's Day, look to a vending machine to find a timely gift for your special someone [NAMA press release]

Father And Son Found Guilty In $11 Million Vending Machine Biz-Op Scheme
Emily Jed
A father and son behind a vending business opportunity scheme were convicted on Feb. 3 for their roles in the enterprise that swindled more than 1,300 would-be entrepreneurs out of nearly $11 million. Kenneth Levin, 69, and Taylor Levin, 34, were convicted after a three-week jury trial...

Feeling Squiffy? No Condom For You! Vending Machine Requires Patrons To Pass Breathalyzer
Hank Schlesinger
The popular dating site has come up with a vending gimmick aimed at pubs in the United Kingdom. If a patron can pass a breathalyzer test, the Johnny Be Good machine vends a free condom...

Flowers Foods Inc. Reports Q4 And FY 2015 Results: Record Adjusted EPS Of $0.92 Per Share
Flowers Foods Press Release
--press release

Gimme Begins Shipping Vending Management System
Emily Jed


Locali Quick-Serve Chain Brings ‘Healthy’ Menu To Vending
Emily Jed
The Los Angeles-based health-focused quick-service restaurant chain here has kicked off a vending machine program aimed to bring organic and natural products to communities nationwide...

Maryland Lawmaker Introduces 'Healthy' Vending Bill
Emily Jed


MasterCard Brings Payments To Luxury Brand Watches And Wearables
Emily Jed


New Orleans Wins Accolades For Updated Healthy Vending Policy
Emily Jed
The City of New Orleans has announced stricter vending and foodservice guidelines intended to influence healthier eating habits on municipal properties. The policy change has earned the city the silver medal for...

OTI Receives Approval To Support Payments For Vending Machines In European Union
Emily Jed


Outerwall's Q4 Revenue, Profit Fall As Redbox DVD Rentals Plunge
Emily Jed
Movie rentals from Outerwall's Redbox kiosks fell 24.3% in the fourth quarter, contributing to an overall 61% decline in net income and 17% drop in revenue...

Parlevel Exports Its Vending Management Solution To UK
Emily Jed


PayRange Signs Up 1,000th Vending Operator
Emily Jed
The mobile payment provider said it has operators throughout all 50 states and across Canada and is adding new vending and amusement operators every week....

PepsiCo's Sales Rise In North America, Revenue Beats Estimates
by Staff Reporter
PepsiCo Inc. reported better-than-expected quarterly net revenue today, citing higher sales of snacks and noncarbonated beverages like Gatorade in North America...

Shark Tank Stars Will Headline NAMA OneShow Session On April 13
Tim Sanford
Plans call for the Shark Tank hosts to oversee a novel “Swim with the Sharks” competition in which teams of hopeful innovators will pitch their industry-related ideas to the “sharks” for the opportunity to win a $10,000 prize pool...

Strawhecker Survey: Only 37% Retailers Made Shift to EMV Technology
Strawhecker Press Release
--press release

USA Technologies Announces Second Quarter FY2016 Results: Revenue up 44%, Connections Jump 28%
USAT Press Release
--press release

USAT's EPort Receives 2015 IoT Evolution Smart Machines Innovation Award
Emily Jed


Visa Brings Secure Payments To Internet Of Things
Emily Jed
Emerging IoT companies will join device manufacturers already in the program, most of which come from the mobile payments industry...

Walter Reed, Longtime NAMA Public Relations Head, Dies At 91
Tim Sanford
Walter W. Reed, who served as public relations director of the National Automatic Merchandising Association for 31 years, died on Jan. 13. He was 91...

Zwipe ID Uses Fingerprint Authentication To Control Vending Machine And Door Access
Emily Jed


Micromarkets
Kimble's Food By Design Showcases Fit Pick-Branded Micromarket With Relaunch Event
Emily Jed
Kimble Carter and his team celebrated the reopening of the company's year-old Fit Pick micromarket with new better-for-you options, including a product sampling from cosponsors Coca-Cola, General Mills and Kraft Heinz...

Micromarket Panelists Probe Processes Required For Profit
Tim Sanford
Launching and expanding a successful micromarket operation was the topic of a novel business session conducted in conjunction with the Atlantic Coast Exposition. Organized "by operators, for operators," the session dealt with four topics that startup micromarket operators need to address in order to maximize their chances for a successful launch and steady growth. These are people, products, processes and profit. In this article, we conclude our series on "The Four Ps of Micromarkets" with processes and profit...

Vending Video


Coca-Cola Unveils 'It's Mine' Unique-Graphics Diet Coke Promotion
Tim Sanford


Music and Games Features
A&A Global Industries Ramps Up Redemption Prize Supply Business
Hank Schlesinger
A little more than a year after launching its redemption product portfolio, A&A Global Industries Inc. says it's making its mark in the prize supply sector, thanks to a winning strategy...

AAMA Streamlines Its Charitable Foundation's Fundraising Activities; Forgoes Spring Golf
Nick Montano
A new approach to soliciting industry support for the American Amusement Machine Charitable Foundation will go into effect with the upcoming Amusement Expo International in Las Vegas in March. AAMCF David Cohen explains the strategy...

AMI Jukeboxes Begin Running Sam Smith CD And Vinyl Combo Giveaway
AMI Entertainment Network Press Release
--press release

Bay Tek Acquires Skee-Ball, The World's Oldest And Renowned Arcade Alley Game Brand
by Hank Schlesinger and Nick Montano
Bay Tek Games took to Twitter on Feb. 23 to reveal its acquisition. "Bay Tek Games is excited and honored to announce the acquisition of the Chalfont, PA-based organization, Skee-Ball!" the tweet read...

Betson Appoints Vignola As Audiovisual And Security Sales Manager
Nick Montano


Golden Tee World Championship Finalists Chosen; 32 Top Players Compete Live At Amusement Expo
IT Press Relase
--press release

Heritage Great Britain Names Dentith And Edwards To Head Management Team Of Mattel Play! Liverpool
Hank Schlesinger


IAAPA's 2016 Membership Benefits Include Leadership Training, Telemedicine, Food Purchasing Co-Op, And Safety Self-Assessment Tool
IAAPA Press Release
--press release

January's London Shows Deliver Strong Performances; Registration Tops 5,000
Nick Montano
The total number of unique visits at this year's EAG and VAE held at the London Exhibition and Convention Centre (ExCeL) in mid-January was 5,236 -- almost identical to the number of registrants for last year's show...

Jolly Roger Debuts 2 Switchable-Body Rides
Hank Schlesinger
Jolly Roger’s Ezee Swap system accommodates interchangeable rides on a standard platform, while its new projector videogame puts players’ feet in control of the game...

Main Event Expansion Continues With Opening Of Second Arizona FEC
Hank Schlesinger
Main Event Entertainment, Main Event second Phoenix location, Avondale Main Event, John Safin, family entertainment center, arcade games, Ardent Leisure Group

NCR's Silver POS System Aids Videogame Arcade
Nick Montano


Pinball Playfields Opens Feb. 27; The Strong Museum Partners With Stern For New Exhibit
Nick Montano
Pinball Playfields visitors will have a chance to experience more than 80 years of pinball history, ranging from countertop games of the 1930s to the electronic versions that remain popular today...

Play Mechanix Strives To Extend 20-Year Winning Streak With MotoGP Simulator
Hank Schlesinger
What's ahead for Play Mechanix as it celebrates its 20th anniversary? It's a safe bet that operators and players can expect more of the same. That's good news, since the company has built its enviable reputation on the kind of innovation that fills cashboxes...

Seven Charged In Manhattan Federal Court With Crimes Related To ATM Skimming And Counterfeit And Stolen Credit Cards
DoJ Press Release
--press release

Smart's Shoot To Win Hosts Coin-Op Basketball Match Between Tonight Show's Fallon And NBA Legend Abdul-Jabbar
Hank Schlesinger


Stern Pinball Begins 30th Anniversary Contest To Find Ultimate Fan; Win A Free Machine
Nick Montano
The world's largest pinball machine manufacturer has kicked off a contest for enthusiastic players and other aficionados of the game to help celebrate its history. The social media challenge celebrates Stern Pinball Inc.'s 30th anniversary.

TouchTunes Jukeboxes Feature Valentine's Day Playlist And Custom PhotoBooth Experience
TouchTunes Press Release
--press release

Unique Feature On Team Play's Photobooth Leads To Wrongdoer's Capture
Nick Montano
A man from Aurora, IL, was charged this week with criminal damage to property and theft in an incident that involved a photobooth at the Funway family entertainment center in Batavia, IL...

Unis Broadens Market Reach With New Kiddie Rides And Value Games
by Staff Reporter
New from Universal Space (Unis) is a range of amusement machines streamlined for more compact size and lower price...

World's Smallest Disco Is Coin-Operated
Hank Schlesinger




Animated Film With Coin-Op Diorama Is Academy Award Contender
Hank Schlesinger
"Bear Story," a 2016 Oscar nominee for Best Animated Short Film, features a coin-op diorama created by Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala of Chile's Punkrobot...

Bulk Vending
A&A Global Industries Makes Transition To 100% Solar Power
Hank Schlesinger
A&A Global Industries is about to complete a 1.63-megawatt roof-mounted solar array that will offset 100% of its current energy needs...

Bulk Vending Group Announces Officer Slate For 2016 Election At Next Week’s Amusement Expo
Hank Schlesinger


Jewelry Highlights Brand's Bulk Vending Novelty Line For New Year
Nick Montano


Editorial: Vending
Editorial
Relating To The Public: How Walter Reed Did It For Vending Operators
Tim Sanford
Walter Reed, who served as public relations director for the National Automatic Merchandising Association from 1958 to 1989, tirelessly and meticulously assisted vending operators in building rapport with local news media, and in conducting their businesses in a way that communicated professionalism and cleanliness... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Getting Back To Basics Means Understanding Your Business
Hank Schlesinger
When in doubt, I like to return to first principles. I revisit the most basic foundational element of the subject in question... by Hank Schlesinger

Coffee Service News
Keurig Kold Is An Edison Awards Finalist
Emily Jed
The Keurig Kold Drinkmaker has been named a 2016 award finalist by Edison Awards...

NCA Will Preview 2016 Coffee Drinking Survey At Annual Convention In Mid-March
Tim Sanford


Touch Coffee & Beverages Files Patent Dispute Injunction Against Keurig Green Mountain
Emily Jed
Touch Coffee & Beverages LLC has filed a motion for preliminary injunction against Keurig Green Mountain Inc. for patent infringement. Touch Coffee claims that its four U.S. patents cover the Keurig 2.0 series of brewers...

Foodservice News
Chobani Rejects PepsiCo's Bid For Stake In Greek Yogurt Giant
Emily Jed


Sodexo Switches To Beef-Mushroom Blend Burgers In K-12 Schools
Emily Jed


Guest Columns
How Vending Operators Can Make More Money By Managing Margins
by Ben White
Percentage margins don't matter, according to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos. What matters always is dollar margins. Profit margins -- the money we're supposed to be making after paying our expenses -- have been notoriously slim in the automated retail industry for decade. Let's examine four simple ways to increase margins for a healthier, happier bottom line... by Ben White

Imaginative Promotions Engage Customers And Boost Sales
by Len Rashkin
Tony Robbin said: "If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten." I personally love new marketing ideas and I would like to share with you two with which I have created and been successful... by Len Rashkin

Hardware/Tools
RapID Eliminates Need For Passwords On Mobile Devices
Emily Jed


Meetings/Events
CoffeeMatt Hosts Tri-State Vending Luncheon And Open House: Feb. 11, Levittown, PA
Emily Jed


VE South Hosts Customer Appreciation Day: Feb. 26
Emily Jed


Names in the News
Coke Consolidated Realigns Senior Leadership: Chambless, Katz And Deal Move Up
Emily Jed


FHV Taps Former Juice It Up COO To Head Up Marketing
Emily Jed


Lieberman Cos. Hires Molly Stewart To Head Up ATM Sales
Emily Jed


Upfront with the Publisher
The Greatest Generation: Remembering Walter Reed
Alicia Lavay
When I joined Vending Times as an assistant editor in 1988, our editor, Tim Sanford, spoke very highly of a man named Walter Reed. He mentioned that Walter was one of a number of remarkable people who really had put the vending association on the map... by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
Mars To Remove All Artificial Colors From All Food
Emily Jed


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