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Vol. 56, No. 2, February 2016

Vending Features
'Let Your Star Shine' Will Theme October's ACE Vending Trade Show
Emily Jed
"Let Your Star Shine at ACE 2016" will be the theme of this year's Atlantic Coast Exposition. The Southeast's largest annual vending trade show and convention will return to the Embassy Suites Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, SC, Oct. 13-15...

Apriva's Arizona State Deals App Links Campus And Local Businesses
Tim Sanford


AVT Makes PayRange Mobile Payments Standard Feature On Its Vending Machines
Emily Jed
AVT machines will be equipped with the PayRange BluKey inline module that sends and receives BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) signals locally...

AVT President Says Vending Machine Manufacturer Is 'Overcoming Challenges'
by Staff Reporter
In a statement issued on Jan. 14, AVT Inc. president Wayne Salvino said that 2015 was a year of challenges for the company and that it has laid the groundwork to capitalize on new opportunities in the year ahead...

Black Tie Services Acquires Jades Vending
Emily Jed
Baltimore's Black Tie Services has acquired Jades Vending Corp. (Rockville, MD), marking its fourth acquisition in the past three years...

Can A Smart Card Compete With Smartphones As Payment System?
Hank Schlesinger


Coca-Cola Co.'s New Global Marketing Approach Unites Cola Brands
Nick Montano
For a long time, Coca-Cola Co. has been successful at marketing its main brands as different products. Now, as consumers look to cut back on sugary drinks, the beverage giant is unveiling a global campaign that for the first time unites its flagship cola with lower-calorie versions [video]

Crane Co. Reports Q4 Results; Vending And Payments Sales Decline 2%
Emily Jed


Deadpool Thieves Attempt ATM Robbery
Hank Schlesinger
Two men dressed as the Marvel Comics' anti-hero Deadpool (aka "Merc with a Mouth") entered a gas station in Cocoa, FL, and attempted to steal an ATM...

Former OCS Supplier Tami Pearl Reestablishes Vending Industry Ties In New Career As Bail Bond Agent
Emily Jed
It's unlikely that many vending and office coffee service operators have the number of a bail bond agent in their phone contacts, but it's more important than one may think, according to Tami Pearl, who has close ties to the industry...

Google Exec To Present At Sweets & Snacks Expo
Emily Jed
Google senior partner leader Amy Margolies will examine how retailers can reach their customers in a new way through digital engagement...

Luvo Selects Burdette Beckmann For Nationwide Vending, Micromarket Distribution
Emily Jed


Michael R. Houseknecht Dies At 38; Operated Batavia, NY's Loose Ends Vending
Emily Jed
Michael R. Houseknecht, a vending industry veteran, died here on Jan. 7. He was 38...

NAMA OneShow Registration Opens; Early Bird Savings Available Through Feb. 1
NAMA Press Release
--press release

NAMA Wants Nominations For Its 2016 Vending Industry Awards, Due Feb. 8
Nick Montano
The National Automatic Merchandising Association is now accepting nominations for its 2016 vending industry awards. Online nominations can be made through Monday, Feb. 8...

Nestlé Loses Bid To Trademark Kit Kat Shape
Nick Montano


Parlevel Integrates VMS With VendScreen Devices
Emily Jed
Parlevel Systems has integrated its vending management technology with VendScreen's network of touchscreen devices, giving operators increased insight into their routes...

Pristine Springs: Tennessee's Ken Frohlich Meets Growing Demand For Pure Water
Emily Jed
Ken Frohlich took his water business to a whole new level last year when he purchased a natural spring and bottling plant and began delivering his clients the purest of water straight from the source. Pristine Springs Water Co., provides water and coffee service to some 2,200 -- and counting -- businesses and homes throughout northeast Tennessee, southeastern Kentucky and southwest Virginia. "We consider ourselves to be in the hydration business, and we take providing the very best water and premium coffee very seriously," Frohlich told Vending Times... by Emily Jed

Registration Opens For Blind Merchants BLAST Conference In Chicago
Emily Jed


San Francisco Supervisor Proposes Legislation Regulating Items In City Vending Machines
Emily Jed
Legislation introduced on Jan. 13 by San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell would require food sold in vending machines on city property to meet stern nutritional standards...

Sanders Repeats Vow To Cap ATM Fees At $2
Hank Schlesinger
Speaking at Manhattan's Town Hall, Brooklyn-born Bernie Sanders unleashed his wrath on the American financial system at the venerable W. 43 St. venue...

Southeast Operators Take Part In NAMA Panel On Education
Emily Jed


U-Select-It's K-Top Single-Cup Beverage Capsule Vender Goes Into Production
Tim Sanford
The K-Top has a 256-capsule capacity, and can display as many as 16 varieties. It offers locations a range of products and styles, including a broad spectrum of coffees, teas and tisanes...

U-Vend Opens Facility To Support Entry Into Canadian Market
Emily Jed


U-Vend Opens Las Vegas Warehouse For Mini Melts Vending Operation
Emily Jed


USA Technologies Acquires VendScreen For About $5.6 Million In Cash
Nick Montano
USAT paid about $5.6 million in cash for Vendscreen's assets, which include its customer base and intellectual property. USAT used approximately $2.6 million in cash on hand, with the balance funded by converting $3 million drawn from its line of credit into a term loan...

USA Technologies Announces Appointment Of Interim CFO
Emily Jed


USA Technologies Inc. Posts Record Revenue, Continued Growth In Second Quarter
Emily Jed
USAT said it added 20,000 net new connections and achieved revenue of approximately $18 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016...

VAMA Plans Legislative PAC Reception, Education Conference: Feb. 23-24
Emily Jed


Vengo Inc. Partners With Canteen To Place Compact Vending Machines, Ramps Up Production For Sales To Operators
Nick Montano
The vending-focused tech startup announced a distribution partnership with the nation's largest vending machine operation. Vengo Inc. says that Canteen, which maintains 200 branch offices throughout the U.S., has agreed to place its wall-mounting, compact vender in college and university locations...

Micromarkets
Micromarket Leader Three Square Announces Six Key Appointments; Curt Giles Becomes Prexy; Lieberman's Kurt Johnson Joins As Sales VP
Emily Jed


USConnect Releases Payment And Loyalty App For Its Vending, Machines, Micromarkets
Emily Jed
USConnectMe app users can redeem exclusive promotions and earn and redeem rewards points. They can also make purchases by scanning an app-enabled phone at USConnect's vending machines, micromarkets and cafeterias...

Vending Video


Teen Builds Cheerios Vending Machine Using Legos
Emily Jed
--video

Music and Games Features
AMI Entertainment Is Running A Black Sabbath Vinyl Giveaway On Jukeboxes
AMI Press Release
--press release

AMI Entertainment Releases 2015 Jukebox Music Rankings; Weeknd Wins In New Category; 'Uptown Funk' Is No. 1 Video
Tim Sanford
AMI’s most popular music video was the smash pop hit “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. Coming in second was “Blurred Lines,” last year’s chart-topper from Robin Thicke...

Apple Industries Begins Photobooth Certification Program For Distributors
Tim Sanford
Apple Industries plans to offer a certification program to ensure that its distributors are thoroughly familiar with its Face Place photobooths' array of new profit-enhancing features...

Arcade Expo 2.0 Kicks Off A Weekend Of Classic Coin-Op: Banning, CA, Jan. 15-17
Hank Schlesinger


Bay Tek Ships New Fireball Fusion Arcade Alley Game
Hank Schlesinger


Benchmark Unveils Lofty Power Drop Xtreme Arcade Game
Nick Montano
Despite its imposing height, the Power Drop X-treme -- aka PDX -- is sized to fit a surprisingly large variety of amusement machine locations...

Betson Bolsters Pittsburgh Office Following Lou Larson's Departure
Nick Montano


Dave & Buster's Q3 2015 Results: Comparable Store Sales Rise 8.8%
Dave & Buster's Press Release
--press release

Dispatch News Asks: Will Alaska Soon Get A Dave & Buster's?
Nick Montano
A story published on Jan. 7 by the Alaska Dispatch News reported that Dave & Buster's might be opening its first location in Alaska...

Ex-Microsoft Exec Ross Honey Is TouchTunes' New President And COO
Nick Montano


Gaines Butler Will Be Installed As 2016-17 AMOA President In March
Nick Montano
The board of directors of the Amusement and Music Operators Association has chosen Gaines Butler, Metro Distributors (Norcross, GA), as its next president. The appointment was confirmed at AMOA's midyear leadership meeting in Portland, OR, last fall. He will succeed Jerry Johnston, Amusement Unlimited (Eugene, OR), in the post...

Gateway To Success: Industry Converges On Las Vegas For 2016 Amusement Expo International
Nick Montano
Excitement is building in anticipation of this year's Amusement Expo International, slated for the Las Vegas Westgate Resort & Casino and adjacent Las Vegas Convention Center from Mar. 15 through 17 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). Show organizers expect a strong turnout for the event, which has been growing in scope and diversity since its first staging seven years ago...

Jack Kelleher Will Exit AMOA In Fall, Lori Schneider Succeeds As Exec Veep
Nick Montano
During its State Council Meeting, the Amusement and Music Operators Association announced that AMOA deputy director Lori Schneider will become the association's chief staff executive. Schneider will succeed Jack Kelleher as executive vice-president on Oct. 1, 2016, becoming the Chicago-based association's 12th top staff executive during its 68-year history...

Jersey Is Hit With Wave Of ATM Skimmers
Hank Schlesinger


New Book Features Classic Videogame Artwork
Hank Schlesinger
Scheduled for publication in April, Artcade is sure to bring back memories from the Golden Age of videogames..

One-Day Event Highlighted Videogames In Art
Hank Schlesinger


Selfie Kissing Photobooth Coming To Times Square For Valentine's Day
Hank Schlesinger


South Dakota Operators Defeat Proposed Coin-Op Tax Structure
Hank Schlesinger
The Music & Vending Association of South Dakota scored a victory in the state Legislature here by defeating a bill that would have replaced the longstanding "sticker" licensing of coin-operated amusement devices with a sales tax...

TouchTunes Posts Jukebox Playlist For 2nd Phase Of Breakout Band Contest
Nick Montano
The contest is designed to give unsigned artists across the country a chance to win a live audition with an artists-and­-repertoire executive at Warner Bros. Records, $3,000 and a music promotion on TouchTunes jukeboxes...

Walter Day Coin-Op Trading Card Museum Opens In California At Arcade Expo
Nick Montano
The official Walter Day Trading Card Museum will be dedicated on Jan. 16 during Arcade Expo 2.0 in Banning, CA [video]



Want To See An ATM Dropped From A 100-Foot Crane? Sure You Do!
Hank Schlesinger
--video

Bulk Vending
Bulk Vendors Will Reprise State of The Industry Summit At Annual Meet In March
Hank Schlesinger
The National Bulk Vendors Association says it's bringing back its "State of the Industry" summit. The session will be held during the NBVA's annual convention and trade show, which take place from Mar. 15 to 17 in Las Vegas...

Wal-Mart To Shutter More Than 150 U.S. Stores
Hank Schlesinger
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it plans to close 269 stores in the U.S. and globally. The closures are part of a previously announced review of the company's portfolio. Walmarts were once prime locations for vending machines and coin-operated amusement equipment...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
A New Day Dawns For Vending
Tim Sanford
The vending industry often has been accused of a lack of imagination, especially by innovators who need to get a new technology adopted quickly in order to cover its costs of development. The usual complaint was that "vending operators won't buy anything that doesn't have a coin slot in it." Some (like us) replied that a small business without a research-and-development budget partially funded by Defense Department contracts showed good sense by reserving its major capital investments for assets that generate revenues immediately... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Stop Worrying And Start Managing Innovation
Hank Schlesinger
Innovation is a concept we hold in high esteem in the abstract, but it is feared in the real world. This is particularly true in business in which many believe the status quo will carry them through to next week, next quarter and maybe even into retirement... by Hank Schlesinger

Bulk Vending and Crane Products
S&B Hails Collection Reports For Latest Star Wars Candy And Toy Mix
Tim Sanford


Coffee Service News
Colombia Yields Record Coffee Crop In 2015
Emily Jed


Flavia's Creation 500 Brews Up New Hot Options For Office Refreshments
Emily Jed


Fred Schaeffer Becomes President Of Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee
Emily Jed


Starbucks Delivers Record Q1 Revenues And EPS
Starbucks Corp. Press Release
--press release

Starbucks Might Sever Ties With Keurig, But Remains Committed To K-Cup Market
Nick Montano
In Starbucks' first-quarter earnings call on Jan. 21, chief executive Howard Schultz said that, while the company plans to continue to sell its coffee K-Cup packaging, its relationship with Keurig may not continue...

Study Dispels Link Between Caffeine And Heart Palpitations
Emily Jed


Foodservice News
Styrofoam Ban Goes Into Effect In Washington, DC
Emily Jed


Guest Columns
Different Styles Of Salesmanship Can Build A Profitable Business
by Len Rashkin
In business, nothing happens until there are sales. This is a simple statement that summarizes the essence of our capitalist economy. Over the years, I have encountered many OCS salespeople with different selling styles and abilities... by Len Rashkin

Familiar Market Forces May No Longer Determine Coffee Prices
by Kevin Daw
I'd like to take a look at the coffee market: where we've been, where we are and where we seem to be headed. So far I am batting a thousand when it comes to predictions on the future direction of coffee pricing that I've made in this publication. I am relieved and pleased by this record, but it will not be easy to maintain. We are in a range, futures-price-wise, that leaves lots of room for interpretation and assumption... by Kevin Daw

Operators Should Pay Attention To Single-Cup Capsule Bans
by Kevin Daw
Recently, we saw an article about Hamburg, Germany's banning coffee capsules in government buildings. The bestselling portion-pack in Europe is not the K-Cup, but rather the Nespresso capsule. This is claimed as the first city prohibition of coffee capsules, and though Hamburg has a strong record of banning many items deemed bad for mother earth, it may not be the last city to do this by a long shot... by Kevin Daw

Under Fire -- Again
by Michael J. Grandone
In the late 1980s, videogames and pinball machines were called the ruin of American youth. Cities and towns quickly acted to ban and restrict their use. In the '90s, tobacco became the new "hate" product in vending. Now it's calories in vended snacks and drinks... by Michael J. Grandone

Hardware/Tools
Google Maps Gets New 'Backseat Driver' Features
Hank Schlesinger


Names in the News
European Vending Giant Selecta Initiates CFO Search, Appoints Rougier For Interim
Nick Montano


Kimberly Kuo Joins Coke Consolidated As Public Affairs SVP
Emily Jed


Sherry Howell Joins CenterEdge To Direct New Client Success Department
Tim Sanford


Small Business News
Gas Prices Drop Below $2 A Gallon
Hank Schlesinger


Upfront with the Publisher
One Hand Cannot Wash Itself
Alicia Lavay
In our February issue, we share the success story of Ken Frohlich, an operator who runs Pristine Springs Water Co. in Kingsport, TN. One of the things that struck me about Frohlich's narrative is that he credits much of his success to the many industry veterans who have helped him along the way... by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
Big Az Convenience, Vending Sandwiches Now Ship In 10-Ct. Cases, Using 20% Less Packaging
Emily Jed


Hershey Contest Seeks Solution To Summertime Shipping Dilemma
Emily Jed


Hershey Relaunches Take5 With Help From Millennials
Emily Jed


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