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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 Piñata 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

Ottawa Seeks 'Small' Vending Machine Services; Gum Would Be Banned
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 1, January 2014
Canada's capital city is seeking bids for a company to operate "small" vending machines in city recreational sites, but gum and peanut products will be forbidden...
Author: by Staff Reporter

Senator Calls On Fed To Ban Phthalates In All Children's Products
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 1, January 2014
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is calling for new federal reforms that would completely ban several chemicals now allowed in toys and other common items marketed to children...
Author: Emily Jed

ParSal Scales Up All American Chicken Vending Machine For Higher-Traffic Locations; Appoints Shaffer Master Distributor
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 12, December 2013
ParSal Vending Co. has launched the next phase of its campaign to return the animated vending machine to its former prominence. Shaffer Distributing Co. becomes ParSal's master sales agent. Giant Chicken Machine offers greater product capacity to meet demands of higher-traffic locations...
Author: Nick Montano

New Book Traces The History Of Candy
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 12, December 2013
A new book tracing the history of candy is now available from Faber & Faber. Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure packs 416 pages on the history of the sweet stuff, tracing its evolution from luxury treat to everyday snack food...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Andy Paris 'The Bubblegum King' Is Remembered By A Texas Town
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 12, December 2013
It's not every day that bubblegum history is venerated. But on Oct. 11, the McAllen Texas Historic Preservation Council and the Hidalgo County Historical Commission formally unveiled the Texas Historical Commission plaque honoring Andrew "The Bubblegum King" Paris...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Bulk Vending Operators Map Strategies To Implement Price Adjustment
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 12, December 2013
Higher vend prices appear to be at a tipping point. Standard pricing for capsule merchandise has been steadily edging up to the 75¢ and $1 price points, which seem poised to become the "new normal" in bulk vending. This pricing level, formerly explored by the adventurous, and viewed with suspicion by more traditional operators, is quickly becoming commonplace...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

What Can Bulk Vending Operators Expect From Holiday Pedestrians?
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2013
Ready, set, shop! Brick-and-mortar retailers are getting aggressive this gift-giving season in an attempt to draw consumers into their stores. What does this mean for bulk vending operators and other coin-op professionals with mall and big box store accounts?
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Could Financial Pinch During Holiday Season Impact Vendors Who Operate In Malls?
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2013
Will the recent government shutdown keep consumers out of the malls this holiday shopping season? If so, then that could spell bad news for some bulk vending operators...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Culprits Busted In UK's Valentine’s Day Condom Machine Heist
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2013
Two men from London have been sentenced to 27 months behind bars for a string of ambitious condom machine robberies...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

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