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Vol. 47, No. 1, January 2007

Vending Features
‘Coffee On The Move’ Themes 96th NCA Confab In March
NEW YORK CITY — The National Coffee Association is putting the finishing touches on plans for its 96th Annual Convention, which will be held March 1-4 at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, AZ. This year’s theme is “Coffee on the Move: Forging New Profiles.”...

Cashless Transactions Take Center Stage As Small-Payments Card Use Accelerates
U.S.A. — The dramatic increase in the use of cashless payment media – credit and bank debit cards – for small transactions was the subject of several educational events late in 2006...

NAMA Expands Education Services, Sets Agenda For 2007 Spring Expo
Tim Sanford
CHICAGO — The National Automatic Merchandising Association has announced the inauguration of an internship program, under which operator members are invited to offer intern positions to college students majoring in hospitality, vending or food marketing at a NAMA University Partner school...

Music and Games Features
Game Networks Provide Steady Operating Model
U.S.A. — Eight U.S. game suppliers – Arachnid Inc., Incredible Technologies, Merit Entertainment, JVL Corp., Sega Amusements USA, Bulldog Entertainment and Raw Thrills – report that they now feature networking technology at the hearts of their current systems, or expect to do so by the middle of 2007...

IT’S ENTERTAINMENT SHOPPING!: Chuck E. Cheese’s Karyn Gitler Reveals Art Of Selecting Prizes For Redemption Operations
DALLAS — Although redemption is sometimes described as “entertainment shopping,” the arts of merchandise selection and display for redemption centers represent very different disciplines than stocking the shelves of a retail store...

Vendors Exchange, MEI Develop Cashless System For Games
Nick Montano
CLEVELAND — Vendors Exchange International Inc. and MEI are teaming up to market a new cashless payment system tailored for the amusement industry. Now available through MEI distributors, it consists of MEI’s Series 2000 Combo Acceptor, a remote data port and a control board created by Vendors Exchange...

Bulk Vending
OK Rolls Out Bounce-A-Roo Equipped With Bill Acceptor
SALT LAKE CITY — OK Manufacturing Inc., a leading provider of bulk-vending and prize-merchandising equipment, said its new bulk vender, tentatively called the Dollar-Bounce-A-Roo, is now available. The unit updates the firm’s standard Bounce-A-Roo vender with a bill acceptor...

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: Idea Vending’s Aartsen Discusses Bulk Vending’s Growth In Europe
Hank Schlesinger
AMERSFOORT, Netherlands — Among the small-but-growing number of suppliers in the European bulk vending industry, Idea Vending B.V. is one of the largest. A distributor of equipment and merchandise, the Netherlands-based Idea services an operating community throughout Western and Eastern Europe. VT recently sat down with the company’s Bram Aartsen for an update on their business and the European bulk vending market...

Editorial: Vending
EDITORIAL What Is At Stake?
Tim Sanford
A recent news story details an exchange between critics of school cold-drink vending and an industry trade group. At issue is a report prepared for the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Public Health Advocacy Institute. It is said to be a multi-state analysis of school systems’ contracts with beverage companies...by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
EDITORIAL: Machine Sales, Squaring The Circle
Marcus Webb
Why aren’t more operators buying more new equipment? Certain manufacturers say the reason is, “We haven’t communicated our message to the operator.” In other words, they believe the problem is operator ignorance. For example, a top sales pro who represents photo booths says, “Many operators still don’t seem to realize that modern digital imaging products no longer involve all those messy chemicals.”  ...by Marcus Webb

Upfront with the Publisher
UPFRONT: It Makes A Difference To Be Regarded As A Good Supplier
Alicia Lavay
By the time you read this column, I hope that you will have recovered from your food hangovers and other consequences of seasonal indulgences. I am writing this in the aftermath of our own Vending Times holiday party, so those consequences are in the forefront of my mind...by Alicia Lavay-Kertes

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