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Vol. 48, No.1, January 2008

Vending Features
G.R. Schreiber Dies At 85
Tim Sanford
LAKE BLUFF, IL (January 2008)  George Richard (Dick) Schreiber, a pioneer vending journalist and past-president of the National Automatic Merchandising Association, died here in mid-December. He was 85.

Kasavana Urges Industry To Take Next Step Forward – To ‘VendZing’
Tim Sanford and Emily Jed
CHICAGO (January 2008) — As innovative self-service technologies move to the forefront of the fast-paced retail environment, the vending industry’s strategic position as the pioneer in retail automation should give it a clear competitive advantage. By embracing new technology and seeking innovative applications for existing ones, operators can help drive the transformation from vending as it has been perceived for decades to a revolutionary new interactive retailing method. “VendZing” is the term coined by Michael Kasavana, Ph.D., NCE, NAMA-endowed professor of hospitality business at Michigan State University, to describe this concept.

NAMA Organizes Opposition To Vender Labeling Proposal

CHICAGO (January 2008) — Most vending operators would be required to post conspicuous signs near machines selling consumable items, under legislation recently introduced in the House of Representatives. The National Automatic Merchandising Association is urging members to express their strong opposition to the measure.



NAMA Reports Strong Registration For Feb. NJ OCS Education Summit
Tim Sanford

CHICAGO (January 2008) The pace of advance registration for the upcoming Coffee Service Education Summit  shows that the ground-breaking event meets a real industry need, according to the National Automatic Merchandising Association. The event is set for February 12 and 13 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ.



NRA Projects Slower Sales Growth In ’08
Emily Jed

WASHINGTON, DC (January 2008) — Foodservice sales in the United States will slow in 2008 to a modest 4.4%, or 0.9% adjusted for inflation, according to the National Restaurant Association’s recently released 2008 Restaurant Industry Forecast. Despite the slowdown, the industry is on track to achieve its 17th year of consecutive growth; the NRA forecasts $558 billion in sales in 2008, compared with $536.9 billion this year.



OCS Access Eliminates Fees For High-Volume Customers

DENVILLE, NY (January 2008) — OCS Access has streamlined the pricing structure for its business-to-business accounts. The company offers an Internet-based service that enables operators to integrate a sophisticated online ordering system for their clients with their own management software, providing great flexibility and tight control without undertaking extensive website development.



Vendors Equipment Adds Astro Systems Validators To Line, Reports Record Visits To Enhanced Website During 2007
Tim Sanford

WATERBURY, CT (January 2008) — Vendors Equipment reports that it now is offering banknote validators from Astro Systems Inc. (Las Vegas) to operators looking for reliable note readers. Models available on the Vendors Equipment website include the ST1 (with and without lockable cassette) and HR1 stackerless validators. Astro Systems is a unit of AstroSys International Ltd., an international leader in payment system technology. They’re covered by a one-year factory warranty.

Vendors Equipment’s Jason Malagutti  noted that his company now sells more than 100 vending and amusement validator models, from all major manufacturers.



Music and Games Features
Apple Industries’ Weisberg Acquires Face Place Assets
Nick Montano

BAYCHESTER, NY (January 2008) — Allen Weisberg of Apple Industries said that he purchased the assets of photobooth company Face Place LLC. Weisberg said pursuant to a court order by the Superior Court of New Jersey, “all assets” of Face Place have been transferred to his ownership, including phone numbers, customer lists, licenses, parts, intellectual property and works in progress.



Bay Tek Terminates Distribution Relationship With Betson
Nick Montano

PULASKI, WI (January 2008) — Bay Tek Games, headquartered here, announced in December that Betson Enterprises (Carlstadt, NJ) no longer retains authorized distributor status for its products. Bay Tek’s decision, which cited Betson’s increasing efforts to market its own redemption novelty products as a factor, went into effect on December 1.



Club Lucky Grows Ranks, Establishes Nationwide Tournament Base
Marcus Webb

U.S.A. (January 2008) — Club Lucky LLC, initially established as a select alliance of operators dedicated to national promotions and contests, has evolved into a powerful buying consortium with a current membership of 32 as of December, according to he group’s vice-president, Jason Rubin of A.J. Video Amusements (Baltimore). Rubin said the organization planned to add several more operators in January, ensuring that its proprietary videogame tournaments would be offered in most major markets throughout the United States.



Coin-Op Watches Public Play Of Home Viddies
Nick Montano

BALTIMORE (January 2008) — A leading music and games vendor on the East Coast reports seeing a growing number of locations and mobile DJs offering free play on home videogame consoles. Jason Rubin of A.J. Video Amusements (Baltimore) confirms that Xboxes and PlayStations are being connected to big-screen TVs in locations where patrons are playing popular music-based games as Activision’s Guitar Hero and Electronic Arts’ Rock Band.



IT Buys State Street Games, Increases Technical Staff

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (January 2008) — Incredible Technologies has acquired State Street Games, a videogame software developer based in Chicago’s western suburbs.



Bulk Vending
Coinstar Reduces Operations At Folz Vending’s Long Island Home
Hank Schlesinger

OCEANSIDE, NY (January 2008) — Coinstar Inc. (Bellevue, WA), a nationwide operator of vending, amusement and coin-counting equipment, has dramatically reduced the staff and functions of its Folz Vending Co. manufacturing plant and offices, located here on Long Island.



NBVA Awards Scholarships, Begins Convention Planning
Larisa Jayne Shewczyk
CHICAGO (January 2008) — The National Bulk Vendors Association recently awarded scholarships to 10 students. The association gave out $15,000 in total for the 2007-'08 school year. The NBVA also is gearing up for its annual convention and trade show, set for April 17-19.

EDITORIAL: It’s An Ill Wind That Blows No Good
Tim Sanford

The arrival of a new year always prompts thoughts on where we’ve been and where we may be going. This year has opened with some alarming economic warnings, but we have a feeling that it will be a good one...By TIM SANFORD



EDITORIAL: Salute To A Winner: Congratulations, AMOA
Marcus Webb

The 60th anniversary of the Amusement and Music Operators Association arrives on January 21. Every industry member should raise a glass of something fizzy to celebrate this outstanding organization. Over its life, AMOA has chalked up countless successes – but its greatest achievement has been to unify, modernize and professionalize the American operator...BY MARCUS WEBB



Upfront with the Publisher
UPFRONT: The Energy And Imagination That Characterize People Like Roger Folz Are Rare And Valuable Qualities
Alicia Lavay
When I left for Christmas vacation in late December, our executive editor reminded me that I had forgotten to submit my Upfront column for the issue you are now reading. “Go away and relax,” he said. “Maybe you’ll be inspired to write something while you’re gone.”...By ALICIA LAVAY-KERTES

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