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For One Operator, Higher Price Points Change Bulk Rack's Sales Dynamic
Issue: Vol. 49, No.6, June 2009
Although many in the industry agree that raising vending prices is a necessity, the hesitation on the part of most bulk vending operators remains somewhat puzzling. Not so for Great Dane Cranes’ John Honeycutt, who successfully transitioned his entire route to higher price points...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

GOT LOCS? New Client-Finding Service Redefines Locator
Issue: Vol. 49, No.6, June 2009
Lee Park is out to change the way many operators think about locating services. The top salesman at Got Locs? -- as in "got locations?" -- stresses creativity in opening up new locations for operators of bulk vending, coin-op amusements, ATMs and wireless Internet service...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Revive Mints Bring Energy Drink Alternative To Bulk Patrons
Issue: Vol. 49, No.6, June 2009
Rylo Products' new turnkey Revive Energy Mint vending program is helping bulk operators capture new business by bringing consumers a quick and affordable energy fix...
Author: by Staff Reporter

NBVA Launches Fundraising Effort To Fight CPSIA Labeling Requirements; BOSS Cancels Annual Fall Meeting
Issue: Vol. 49, No.5, May 2009
The National Bulk Vendors Association has begun a fundraising drive to aid a critical lobbying effort aimed at gaining industry exemption from a key component of the controversial Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008...
Author: by Staff Reporter

CPSC Votes Down Delay In Labeling Requirement
Issue: Vol. 49, No.5, May 2009
The Consumer Product Safety Commission split on a one-to-one vote to delay enforcement of a section in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 that deals with product tracking. The law is scheduled to go into effect on Aug. 14...
Author: by Staff Reporter

Beaver Machine Debuts Tube Vender, Square Globe
Issue: Vol. 49, No.5, May 2009
Beaver unveiled the NB Tube Dispenser in prototype form at the recent National Bulk Vendors Association trade show. Also new is a square globe for the company’s smaller RB bulk venders...
Author: by Staff Reporter

President Fills CPSC Posts; Agency Will Receive 71% More Funding
Issue: Vol. 49, No.5, May 2009
President Obama named new leadership to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and asked Congress for $107 million for the agency, increasing its budget by almost three- quarters, just short of his promise of doubling it over fiscal 2007, according to the White House...
Author: by Staff Reporter

A&A Expands Licensing Agreements For Pro Sports Brands
Issue: Vol. 49, No.5, May 2009
A&A Global has inked deals to bring official MLB and NBA merchandise to bulk venders. It also has obtained a three-year license renewal for NFL merchandise...
Author: by Staff Reporter

Rats Inc. Introduces Mechs And Bases For Gacha Bulk Venders
Issue: Vol. 49, No.5, May 2009
Now available from Rats Inc. are coin mechanisms, metal bases and other replacement parts for Tomy's Gacha bulk venders. Components support machines in U.S., Mexico and Canada...
Author: Nick Montano

Bulk Vending Show Sees Success Amid Weak Trade Atmosphere
Issue: Vol. 49, No.4, April 2009
A reinvigorated National Bulk Vendors Association shined at Bally's Casino Las Vegas, where the association held its annual convention and trade show from April16 to 18. The NBVA show exceeded expectations, and drew rave reviews from both operators and exhibitors...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Hiring A Vet: Patriotic And Good Business
Issue: Vol. 49, No.4, April 2009
Unemployment among veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan is significantly higher than rates in the general population. Veteran organizations are looking to small and midsize companies to help fill the gap...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

President Acts To Stimulate The Nation's Small Businesses
Issue: Vol. 49, No.3, March 2009
President Obama's small-business stimulus package will attempt to lubricate the lending policies of banks receiving federal bailout money. The plan, announced on March 16, includes $730 million to immediately reduce small-business lending fees...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

NBVA Show Sets Stage For Renewed Association
Issue: Vol. 49, No.3, March 2009
The NBVA is hoping its annual convention and trade show in mid-April will not only prove strong in terms of attendance, but will also succeed in showcasing a newly revitalized trade organization...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Vroom Taps Power-Up Energy To Distribute Energy Chews In Bulk
Issue: Vol. 49, No.3, March 2009
Power-Up Energy said it has reached an agreement with Vroom Foods Inc. to become the exclusive U.S. distributor of Vroom’s Buzz Bite energy chews to the bulk vending industry...
Author: Emily Jed

The Phthalates Issue: CPSC Reverses Stance On Existing Inventories
Issue: Vol. 49, No.2, February 2009
New York City - A New York Federal District Court judge ordered the CPSC to have all toys made with "toxic" chemicals removed from retail sales. The court ruled that the agency must eliminate a loophole allowing some substances to remain in toys made before a ban went into effect on Feb. 10...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

CPSC Grants 1-Year Stay On Testing For Certain Products
Issue: Vol. 49, No.2, February 2009
Washington - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted 2-0 to issue a one-year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products, including products intended for children 12 years old and younger...

THE YEAR AHEAD IN BULK: Industry Pros Expect Some Improvement
Issue: Vol. 49, No.1, January 2009
Although 2008 saw the American economy battered by high fuel prices, tight credit, flagging retail sales and high-profile business failures, bulk industry pros seem cautiously optimistic about 2009. In a casually unscientific survey of both operators and suppliers, bulk experts pointed to a number of key indicators that could suggest a better year ahead...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Tomy Europe Acquires Yujin Subsidiary
Issue: Vol. 49, No.2, February 2009
Tomy Europe, a leading toymaker based here, has acquired Tomy Yujin Europe, which supplies the novelty vending market, from Yujin Japan and will rename it Gacha International. The agreement will enable the two companies to take advantage of shared operating costs and distribution channels...
Author: Nick Montano

Newsweek Says Malls Are ‘Dead’; Operator Disagrees
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 12, December 2008

PUNTA GORDA, FL A recent article in Newsweek magazine predicted the death of the American shopping mall. The story points out a sluggish economy, bad business models and a decline in key population groups. The story even pointed to the website deadmalls.com. But Larry Freshman of Kworterz Vending Inc says journalists are premature in writing the obituary for America’s shopping centers…


Author: Hank Schlesinger

TOP BULK VENDING STORIES: Consumer Groups Sue CPSC; Tomy Yujin To Exit U.S Market
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 12, December 2008

A recent decision by the Consumer Product Safety Commission allowing the sales of products containing phthalates, before a congressional ban goes into effect early next year, is being challenged by two consumer advocacy groups… Tomy Yujin Corp., which brought its Gacha machine and merchandise to the nation’s bulk vendors almost a decade ago, will cease all U.S. vending operations on February 28, 2009…


Author: Hank Schlesinger

Bulk Vending Organization Restructures; NBVA Cites Need For Change, Membership Growth
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 11, November 2008

CHICAGO — As part of a major restructuring plan, the National Bulk Vendors Association said it will reassign several administrative functions previously handled by the association’s legal counsel, Morrie Much of Much Shelist Denenberg Ament & Rubenstein P.C. The reorganization was approved in October by the NBVA’s board of directors. The association names Kaydee Moonie administrator…


Author: Hank Schlesinger

Have Bulk Vending Products With Phthalates Won Temporary Reprieve?
Issue: Vol. 40, No. 11 / August 25, 2000 - September 24, 2000

WASHINGTON, DC A recent letter from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s general counsel may spell good news for bulk vending operators and suppliers. Cheryl Falvey’s letter, dated November 17, suggested that products containing phthalates, a plastic-softening chemical used in some vendible novelties, might still be sold through bulk vending machines without fear of prosecution, if those products were manufactured prior to February 10, 2009, the effective date of the new CPSC standards…


Author: Hank Schlesinger

‘Score’ Provides Free Consulting To Owners Of Small Businesses
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 10, October 2008

WASHINGTON, DC — Though world-class experts in their own fields (such as vending), American small business owners typically lack the management expertise needed to see them smoothly through rough economic times. Howard Svigals is an expert and counselor in the SBA’s Score program. He offers advice to small vending operators facing a tough business environment…


Author: Hank Schlesinger

New CPSC Legislation Mandates Compliance From Bulk Vending Industry
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 10, October 2008
With the passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, bulk vending suppliers and operators share the responsibility for product safety… By Phil Brilliant
Author: by Philip Brilliant, A&A Global Industries

WHAT’S NEW IN BULK VENDING? October Product Review
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 10, October 2008

Allstar leverages Hispanic TV sensation “Lola” in new tat series for girls; A&A Global highlights extraterrestrial toy mix. TNT/CEI and VenDynamics introduce their latest flat vending products…


Author: Larisa Jayne Shewczyk

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