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Vol. 56, No. 4, April 2016

Vending Features
A Quick Retrofit Adds Cashless Payment To Existing Machines
Sponsored Content by Intel
If your vending machines still can't accept anything but bills and coins, you're dramatically limiting your sales today, and the problem will only get worse in the future. Alain Huc, vending market director of Ingenico Group, says the industry needs to make it possible for customers to pay any way they want, or risk losing substantial revenue... sponsored by Intel

Coke Slaps Song Lyrics On Cans And Bottles
by Staff Reporter


Crane Co. Announces Date For First Quarter 2016 Earnings Release And Teleconference
Crane Co. Press Release
--press release

DEP: Lead In Crystal Spring Water Vending Machine Exceeds Safe Levels
Emily Jed


Employees Of A Tulsa, OK, Vending Operation Capture Shooting Suspect
Emily Jed
Police in Tulsa, OK, have a suspect in custody thanks to the bravery and swift action of Imperial Company employees...

Five Ways Connected Vending Machines Will Drive Profits
by Chris Stave
[SPONSORED] It's surprising how little the vending industry has changed over the last few decades. Today, the same machines are filled, cleaned and kept working by drivers running routes of less than $10,000 per week. In fact, owners are engaged in an upside-down business model. While employees are making decisions about merchandising and servicing, the owner must live with the financial consequences. It's time to rethink the status quo... by Chris Stave

Fresh Healthy Vending Plans Name Change, Appoints Director For Frozen Yogurt Vending Franchise
Emily Jed


Israeli Firm Hits Ground Running With U.S. Debut Of Quinzee Frozen Beverage vending Machine
Emily Jed
Nicevend Ltd. has invested heavily in building an infrastructure to support a large-scale U.S. rollout of its smoothie and slushie vending machine, as the warm weather approaches. Over the past year, the Tel Aviv company has opened a Miami office, signed a manufacturing deal, lined up some distributors and begun tests with some big vendors...

Jofemar Ships 100 Herbalife Nutrition Supplement Vending Machines
Emily Jed


John Healy Becomes NAMA Knowledge Source, Presents At 2016 OneShow
Tim Sanford


Lavit Donates Portion Of Capsule Sales To Safe Water Nonprofit
Emily Jed


Maryland-DC Trade Testifies Against Failed 'Healthy Vending' Law
Tim Sanford
Members of the Maryland-DC Vending Association testified before the Maryland Legislature in opposition to the "Maryland Healthy Vending Act," which was voted down a week later by the Senate Finance Committee and withdrawn by the House...

MasterCard Says Payment Verification By Selfie Will Be Ready By Summer
Emily Jed
To use the technology, cardholders will need to download a MasterCard app that will allow them to take a photo each time they make an online purchase...

NAMA OneShow Program Probes Latest Vending Technology And Market Changes
Tim Sanford
The National Automatic Merchandising Association is putting the finishing touches on the program for its upcoming OneShow convention and exposition. Slated for McCormick Place in Chicago from April 13 through 15, the 71st presentation of a NAMA tradeshow is themed "Seize Infinite Possibilities." The preliminary convention and exhibit schedule is as follows...

NAMA To Provide Training At BLAST Blind Vendor Conference
Emily Jed
The National Automated Merchandising Association will provide training at the National Association of Blind Merchants BLAST conference in May in Chicago...

New Vending Machine: Xpress Urban Café Pairs Hot Drinks And Refrigerated Food
Emily Jed


NYSAVA Sets Taste NY Legislative Day And Dinner Meet: Tuesday, Mar. 15
Emily Jed


PayLab's DexLink Vending Management Software Is Now Free
Emily Jed


PayRange Announces Price Increase On BluKey Vending, Amusement Hardware
Emily Jed
Effective Mar. 31, the unit price for PayRange's BluKey MDB mobile payment will be $79, and $99 for the BluKey Plus. The increase only affects the initial cost on purchases of new devices...

PayRange Wins Patents For Mobile POS Offers, Retrofit Vending Technology
Emily Jed
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued PayRange Inc. two additional patents covering inventive portions of its technology...

Private Equity Group Acquires N&W Global Vending
Nick Montano
An affiliate of Dallas-based Lone Star Funds has acquired Italy's N&W Global Vending, one of the world's largest vending machine manufacturers...

Rawls Distributing Pacts With USA Technologies For 100% Connected Machines
Emily Jed


Reebok Nixes Soda From Global Headquarters, Removes Vending Machines
Emily Jed


Rosenberg, Meskin And Wittern Are NAMA 2016 Industry Awards Winners
Emily Jed
The National Automatic Merchandising Association has announced the winners of its 2016 Industry Awards, which will be presented at the OneShow in Chicago on Wednesday, Apr. 13...

RSA Management Group: How John Murn Is Leveling The Playing Field for Blind Vendors
Emily Jed
John Murn achieved the level of success and professionalism at Answer Vending in the sophisticated metropolitan New York City market to which every operator aspires. He is continuing to make his mark on the industry by focusing on bettering business opportunities for vending operators who are blind through the establishment of RSA Management Group...

Snyder's-Lance Completes Diamond Foods Acquisition
Emily Jed


Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council Holds Open Meeting At CoffeeMatt
Emily Jed
The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council enjoyed a record turnout for its open board and general membership meeting. Levittown, PA-based CoffeeMatt Corp. Inc. hosted the event in conjunction with its first-ever open house...

USA Technologies Promotes Lawlor To Chief Services Officer, Ups Board To Seven Members
Emily Jed


USConnect Reports 2015 Charitable Donations Totaling Nearly $50K
Tim Sanford
USConnect raised nearly $50,000 for charity in 2015 by contributing 1.5% of every dollar customers spend with their USConnectMe accounts to the cause of the their choice...

USG Publishes Micromarket Merchandising Roadmap
Emily Jed
The purchasing cooperative said the merchandising guide is based on its micromarket data and a thorough analysis of it by seven USG supplier partners...

Vending Veteran Don Phelps Dies, 84
Emily Jed
The longtime vending veteran who once served as president of the California Automatic Vending Council, died on Mar. 3 in Newport Coast, CA...

Vengo Pitches Its Mini Vending Machine On Tonight’s Shark Tank: Friday, Mar. 18.
Emily Jed
Tune in to see Vengo bring vending to the forefront of the startup world on ABC's Shark Tank tonight -- Friday, Mar. 18 -- at 9 p.m. EST...

Vengo Scores $2 Million Deal On A 'Shark Tank’ Episode
Emily Jed
Vengo Labs cofounders Brian Shimmerlik and Steven Bofill secured a $2 million deal with "Shark Tank" investors Kevin O'Leary and Lori Greiner, paving the way, with celebrity fanfare, for a large-scale rollout of their company's mini touchscreen vending machine...

Vermont Vending Association Hosts First Annual Legislative Day At State Capitol
Emily Jed


Wellness-Themed Snacks From Direct Eats Debut At NAMA OneShow
Tim Sanford


Micromarkets
365 Retail Markets To Host User Group Meeting In Conjunction With OneShow
Emily Jed


500 Micromarkets And Growing: Five Star Food Service Celebrates Milestone
Emily Jed
Five Star Food Service has reached a major milestone in mid-February with the installation of its 500th self-checkout store. No. 500 opened at its hometown newspaper and longtime vending customer, the Chattanooga Times Free Press...

Cantaloupe Systems Introduces Seed Markets For Micromarkets
Cantaloupe Systems Press Release
--press release

Five Star Food Service Signs Deal For 365's Verii NanoMarkets
Emily Jed


Vending Video


M&M's Kicks Off Yearlong 75th Anniversary Campaign
Emily Jed
Mars Chocolate North America is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its iconic M&M's candy with the launch of the largest marketing campaign in the brand's history. The yearlong "Celebrate with M" puts a modern twist on an iconic classic [video]

Music and Games Features
$50,000 Gift Establishes AAMA's J. Richard Oltmann Memorial Scholarship
Nick Montano
The American Amusement Machine Association has announced the formation of a scholarship fund in memory of the celebrated game designer. Diane Oltmann presents $50,000 check...

190+ Entertainment Pros Throng F2FEC's Idea-Exchange Program
Nick Montano
The popular Face 2 Face Entertainment Conference, or F2FEC, closed its second annual sell-out experience in San Diego, CA, early in March...

AAMA Announces New Programs For Family Entertainment Center Operators And Suppliers
Nick Montano
The American Amusement Machine Association reports that it has expanded the scope of its new Family Entertainment Center Committee, which is now supported by subcommittees that address five different business areas. Established one year ago, the committee is chaired by Joe Camarota and George Smith...

AMI Entertainment Streamlines Ad Manager, Introduces Priority Play Jukebox Option
Tim Sanford
Several updates and new features for products across AMI’s jukebox and TV lines are designed to simplify management, increase location dwell time and boost revenue.

AMOA-National Dart Association Appoints New Management Team; Kelleher And Glasgow Take Charge In Fall
Nick Montano


Amusement Expo 2016 Closes On Strong Note; Registration Slides 3%, Education Day Jumps 20%
Nick Montano
Now in its third year under a new format that dedicates two days to product exhibits and one for education, Amusement Expo International recorded growth in several key metrics, according to the tradeshow's manager Brian Glasgow. After several years of increases, however, there are signs of a leveling-off, suggested by modest declines in the number of visitors and exhibitors...

Andamiro Introduces Baseball Pro Game At 2016 Amusement Expo
Nick Montano
Andamiro has unveiled its Baseball Pro sports-themed game at the 2016 Amusement Expo International here, timed to coincide with the start of the Major League Baseball season...

Apple Industries Realigns Photobooth Marketing Team; Link Is Sales VP For Distribution And FECs
Nick Montano
"We are better aligning our salesforce to enable Apple to sustain and supply our ongoing growth spurt in demand in every market across the board," said Apple chief operating officer Scott Avery...

Beatselecta Readies U.S. Launch Of Operator-Run Background Music System, Retains Bob Cooney
Nick Montano


Confirmed: Video Shows Sandy Hook Shooter Playing Dance Game In Movie Theater
Hank Schlesinger


Face Place Photo Studio Deluxe Wows Crowds At Pinstack Fun Center
Tim Sanford
The first production unit of Apple Industries' Face Place Photo Studio Deluxe is now on location at the flagship Pinstack family entertainment center Plano, TX. According to Apple, the new photobooth quickly has established itself as "an unprecedented moneymaker"...

In Georgia, A Veterans' Charity Store Is Raided, Video Poker Games Seized
by Staff Reporter


Incredible Technologies Unveils Tickle Monsters 'Videmption' Game
Tim Sanford
Incredible Technologies has unleashed Tickle Monsters, which it describes as "a new and irresistible touchscreen game for everyone who loves laughter"...

Kevin Williams Announces Partnership With VR Arcade Conference
Nick Montano


Main Event Entertainment Opens New Dallas-Forth Worth Location, Adds Zip Line To Attraction Mix
Hank Schlesinger


Main Event Entertainment Targets Demographic Sweet Spots
Hank Schlesinger
The amusement operation's formula for success at first seems simple: open an FEC ranging in size from 48,000 square feet to 75,000 square feet, fill it with bowling, rock-climbing, laser tag, ropes and pool tables, along with a generous helping of arcade games, and add a trio of dining options. But a closer look reveals there is more to Main Event's success than meets the eye...

PayRange Launches BluKey Smart Cashless Interface For Amusement Machines
Nick Montano
BluKey Smart provides the same mobile payment functionality as the original PayRange BluKey and BluKey Plus devices that were developed for vending, but accommodates multiple power inputs and connections for integration with a variety of amusement machine interfaces...

Play Mechanix Announces April 1 Release For Big Buck HD Update
Hank Schlesinger
The update includes a new Big Buck hunting adventure entitled Bighorn Sheep. It also includes three all-new bonus games...

Redemption Expert Keitha McBride Joins BMI Merchandise
Nick Montano


Ringleader Of Atlanta's Notorious 'Green Team' ATM Theft Crew Gets 10+ Years Behind Bars
Hank Schlesinger


Smart Industries Begins Shipping Ducky Crane
Hank Schlesinger


TouchTunes Advances In-Venue Entertainment With Redesign Of Popular Jukebox Mobile App
by Staff Reporter
Touchtunes' new app allows users to be the DJ and take control of its jukeboxes in 65,000 bars and restaurants, among other social hotspots, in North America...

TouchTunes' Phil Cohn Will Be AMOA-New York's Man Of The Year
Nick Montano
The Amusement and Music Owners Association of New York has selected TouchTunes' Phil Cohn as its 2016 Man of the Year. An event honoring Cohn will be held in New York City on May 10 in conjunction with AMOA-NY's Jukebox Artist of the Year Award...

Who's Stern Gonna Call For The Next Pinball Machine Hit? Ghostbusters!
Nick Montano


Young Man Uses Make-A-Wish For Coastal Arcade Games
Nick Montano




Bandai Namco To Open Pop-Up VR Arcade In Japan To Collect Consumer Data
Hank Schlesinger




Hidden Menus Uncovered In Mortal Kombat Arcade Videogame
Hank Schlesinger
The menu causing a stir is the type of standard operator controls regularly included in coin-op videogames of the MK era...

Bulk Vending
A&A Global Industries Acquires Bulk Vending Supplier Top Notch Toys
Hank Schlesinger
A&A Global Industries said it has entered into a limited asset purchase agreement with Top Notch Toys of San Jose, CA. The deal, according to both companies, will combine the strengths of the two bulk vending powerhouses. Financial terms were not disclosed...

Flat Vending Gets Artsy In Original Sticker Series
Hank Schlesinger
Jeff Knight claims to have settled the timeless conflict between art and commerce with bulk vending. Two years ago, the Fargo, ND, native purchased a pair of used flat vending machines from an online auction, had a friend refurbish them and then filled the two units with stickers designed by local artists...

Lights, Camera, Bulk Vending! Video Production Set For NBVA Trade Show
Hank Schlesinger


Parisi Vending Appoints Larry Goldstein To Marketing Manager Post
Nick Montano
The marketing manager will be headquartered at Parisi's new Dallas office. The company's plans also call for opening a Texas distribution center for the Parisi line of machines and products, according to president Frank Parisi...

Police In Canada Investigate Pill Found In Bulk Vending Machine
Hank Schlesinger


Editorial: Vending
Editorial
Straws In The Wind: What To Look For At A NAMA OneShow
Tim Sanford
NAMA's annual OneShow offers a once-a-year opportunity to see the latest developments in vending technology, products and marketing. These endeavors are driven by innovators' beliefs in the wants and needs of the contemporary market. For this reason, it has been fascinating to watch the intersection of improving capability and unpredictable changes in demand... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
How Social Media Can Quickly Escalate Small Problems Into A Public Relations Nightmare
Hank Schlesinger
When a low-level employee at Yelp publically complained online about her low salary, the company responded quickly and decisively. She was summarily fired, at which point she went public about her termination... by Hank Schlesinger

Coffee Service News
Coffindo's In-Cup Brew Packs Eliminate Need For A Machine
Emily Jed
The Indonesian coffee roaster is rolling out a new single-cup brewing solution that only requires one of its unique filter pouches of coffee, hot water and a cup...

Colombia Coffee Federation, Government Support Growers Affected By El Niño
Emily Jed


Investor Group Completes Keurig Acquisition, Taking Single-Cup Giant Private
Emily Jed


Wolfgang Puck Coffee Extends 'Compostability' To Single-Serve Packaging
Emily Jed


Foodservice News
Cambro Offers Flex Station For School Foodservice
Emily Jed


NPD: Millennials Have Nothing On Boomers When It Comes To Snacking
Emily Jed


Guest Columns
Polling Protocol: Judge Salespeople And Drivers By Their Questions
by Len Rashkin
One of the most informative protocols that I follow, prior to making a sales presentation for a private refreshment provider's sales team, is to send out a questionnaire, or request for information (RFI)... by Len Rashkin

Meetings/Events
Eleven Selected For Candy Hall Of Fame Induction; Ceremony Set For Tampa, FL, In October
NCSA Press Release


NAMA Hosts Headshot Lounge At OneShow
Emily Jed


Names in the News
Nik Wright Joins Fresh Healthy Vending As Director Of Operations
Emily Jed


Quality Brokerage Clarifies Employee Titles


Smucker Appoints New President And Chief Executive
Emily Jed


Small Business News
FBI Issues Warning On Vehicle Hacking
Hank Schlesinger


Free ATM Anti-Fraud, Anti-Skimming White Paper Now Available
Hank Schlesinger


Upfront with the Publisher
'Shark Tank' Discovers Vending
Alicia Lavay
It's an exciting time to be in the vending business, and it seems that ABC-TV "Shark Tank" hosts agree with me. Costars Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec will headline the general session at next week's NAMA OneShow in Chicago. But the real excitement happened last month, when Vengo Labs founders Brian Shimmerlik and Steven Bofil negotiated brilliantly for a $2 million deal... by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
AdvancePierre Pretzel Melts Now Available In Hand-Wrapped Paper
Emily Jed


Den's Debuts All-Natural Version Of Its Vendable Hot Dogs
Emily Jed


Monster Beverage To Acquire American Fruits & Flavors
Emily Jed


Mrs. Freshley's Debuts Two Limited-Edition Berry-Flavored Mini Donuts
Emily Jed
Now available for a limited time from Flowers Foods are Mrs. Freshley's frosted strawberry and blueberry mini donuts, available for retailer purchase through July 31...

Mrs. Freshley's Rolls Out Peanut Butter Cupcakes In 4-Oz. Twin Pack
Emily Jed


Powers Foods Adds French Onion To Kettle Kups Soup Line
Emily Jed


Shasta Debuts 'Clean Label' Sparkling Beverage Line
Emily Jed


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