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Vice Profiles Bulk Vending Legend Bradley Ellison: Losing Millions On Homies
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 8, August 2014
Vice is an international magazine focused on arts, culture and news topics. The magazine's portrait of Bradley "Sugarman" Ellison, one of bulk vending's most colorful operators, is poignant...

Andrew Lieberman Designs AcuCount Scales For Use On Route
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 8, August 2014
When Andrew Lieberman introduced the AcuCount coin counter several years ago, he was following a family tradition. The Lieberman name is familiar to bulk vending veterans because Andrew's father founded U-Seal-It Vending half a century ago. That iconic Philadelphia-based company manufactured and operated a pioneering line of flat merchandise machines and became a fixture in some of the nation's largest retailers for decades...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

In Texas, An Operator Creates Niche In Marketing Family-Oriented Products
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 6, June 2014
Matt Miller of Marzs Vending (Kingwood, TX) has found a Texas-size niche in bulk vending. The operator who serves the central Texas market is promoting family-friendly bulk products that eschew the more edgy designs and themes. With a route comprised of some 100 locations, primarily mom and pops, Miller has found that wholesome product makes for happy consumers and location owners...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

As Retailers Struggle To Keep Up With Changes In Consumer Habits, Coin-Op Traffic Remains Uncertain
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 6, June 2014
According to several disparate sources, consumer spending and shopping habits appear to be changing in a dramatic and long-term manner. Evidence of this can be seen in one survey conducted by the market research firm NPD Group. As the survey discovered, families aren't eating out as much as they did just a few years ago...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

OK Manufacturing Returns Under New Management; Bulk Vending Machines Roll Out
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 6, June 2014
OK Manufacturing Co. is back. The company that pioneered giant and kinetic bulk vending machines is under new management. Purchased in an employee buyout in August 2013, OK is now a division of Salt Lake City's Gumball Depot...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Benchmark Applies Amusement Know-How To Kinetic Bulk Vender
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 6, June 2014
Benchmark Games, best known for its amusement redemption devices, has developed its first bulk vending machine line. The factory's Beat the Alienz and Beat the Monsters venders are scheduled to ship in the fourth quarter...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Sticky Situation For Gum: U.S. Sales Continue Decline
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 6, June 2014
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Roger Folz, A Bulk Vending Legend, Is Dead At 86
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
Roger Folz, bulk vending Roger Folz died on April 29. A bulk vending legend, Folz eschewed a career on Wall Street to found Folz Vending Co. in 1949 with is brother Harold. Starting with $600 and one vending machine, Folz would eventually create the first national bulk vending company...

VTAIL Acquires Big Bear, Sets New Course For Glow Machine Vending Concepts
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
VTAIL, a new automated retailing concern, has acquired Big Bear Import Brokers, better known as Glow Machine. Entrepreneur Adrian Sedlin is leading the new bulk vending venture...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

64th Annual Bulk Vending Show And Convention Wins Kudos For New Format
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
The National Bulk Vendors Association's 64th annual convention and trade show are being hailed as unqualified successes by NBVA officials. It was fourth bulk vending show to collocate with the Amusement Expo...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Thinking 'Down Market' May Raise Bottom Line For Bulk Vending Operators
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
Has the time come for bulk vending operators to take another look at so-called "down-market" locations? According to retail analysts, dollar stores and other discounters are expanding at a record rate, outpacing and outselling such long-established chains as J.C. Penney and Sears. And this may be good news for bulk operators...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Theisen Vending's Judi Heston Is Elected NBVA President
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 4, April 2014
The National Bulk Vendors Association has elected Judi Heston of Theisen Vending Co. as its president. She succeeds Steven Schechner, Capital Vending (Florence, AL), who held the association's top post since 2012...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Anton Conaway Marks 25 Years At A&A Global Industries
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
Conaway is division manager of A&A Global Industries' Sylmar, CA, branch. He started his career as a warehouse laborer at A&A's headquarters on the East Coast...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

NBVA Booths Sell Out In Record Time; Bulk Vending Floor Opens March 26
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 4, April 2014
The National Bulk Vendors Association is primed for one of its best trade shows in years. According to association president Steve Schechner, all of NBVA's available booth space has been booked...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Your Bulk Vending Innovation Could Be Worth $300 At Upcoming Trade Show
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 4, April 2014
Your best bulk idea could win you $300. The National Bulk Vendors Association's seminar program at the upcoming Amusement Expo will offer a chance to win $300. The Most Innovative Operator award will be presented on the spot...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

National Entertainment Network Promotes Jim Sevalt To Senior VP
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 4, April 2014
Author: Nick Montano

Al (Peanuts) Swiderski Expands Internet Pay Workstation Operation
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
"Acquiring these accounts gave us the operating platform we required, and we have agreed to build systems for them as needed," Swiderski told VT. He added that his organization has worked hard over the years to develop the banknote-activated workstation...
Author: Tim Sanford

C-Stores Continue On Road To Expansion: 151,282 And Counting
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
Convenience stores, an important location category for bulk vending, continue to show signs of robust growth. According to the 2014 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count, the number of U.S. c-stores increased to 151,282 as of Dec. 31, 2013. That's a 1.4% increase, or 2,062 stores, compared with the previous year...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Outgoing NBVA Prexy Reflects On His Two-Year Term
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
Steven Schechner of Capital Vending & Distribution (Florence, AL) sees the past two years in bulk vending in terms of "consolidating the progress" made in the previous lean years and creating a blueprint for future gains. "I hope I'm leaving the association in a stronger position for the future," Schechner told Vending Times...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Irvin G. Gardner Dies; Attended The First Bulk Vendors Meeting
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
Irvin George Gardner, former secretary and treasurer of Gardner & Lose Co., a Shively, KY-based bulk vending company serving four states, died on Feb. 1. He was 90...
Author: Hank Schlesinger



Candy Delivery By Cannon Fire
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
The Confectionery Cannon operates on four servo motors and a sophisticated face-tracking system. It aims and fires marshmallows into the mouths of users with a robust burst of 135 psi...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

C-N-A Upgrades Website
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
The website illustrates and describes the company's novel conversion kit, which enhances the reliability of Pearson's Mint Patties vending machines by rectifying common problems with double vends and product jams...
Author: Tim Sanford

LAI's PiƱata Redemption Game Offers Unique Bulk Vending Opportunity
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 2, February 2014
While the game in ticket-redemption mode is a natural fit for amusement facilities, it also presents a new equipment option to bulk vendors when it operates as a skill-based candy vender for the "street"...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Pure Novelty Introduces High-Tech Pic N Mix Bulk Candy Cup Vender
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 2, February 2014
Pic N Mix is an eye-catching vending machine that displays 10 selections of bulk candy and enables the patron to purchase a cup with any or several of them. The machine is made by Pure Novelty of Leeds, England, and it's the brainchild of father and son team Steve and Daniel Perkins...
Author: Nick Montano

Proposed Phthalate Restrictions Cause Little Concern In Bulk Industry
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 1, January 2014
Although some segments of the toy industry apparently viewed the proposed legislation with trepidation, the announcement caused far less anxiety in the bulk vending community...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

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