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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

How Vendors Can Even Out Cashflow With Credit Savvy
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 10, October 2008

NEW YORK CITY — In a slow economy, credit is an important cashflow tool that can help small businesses cover temporary cash shortages and emergency expenses, as well as invest in growth opportunities. But as useful as credit is, it’s critical to make it part of a complete cash management plan. Otherwise, you may be prone to overusing or misusing credit, instead of making it work for your business… By RAYMOND JOABAR, American Express OPEN


Author: by Raymond Joabar, American Express OPEN

WHAT’S NEW IN BULK? September Product Review
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 9, September 2008
NEW YORK CITY (Sept. 2008) — Allstar’s Madagascar stickers coinciding with blockbuster sequel, A&A’s high-end tat designs, Brand’s collectible figurines and deals from Cardinal spur back-to-school excitement in the bulk vending channel…
Author: Larisa Jayne Shewczyk

Vend-A-Mation Brings Out-Of-This-World Bulk Vender To Market
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 9, September 2008
HOUSTON (SEPTEMBER 2008) — Vend-A-Mation is rolling out a bulk vender that incorporates a unique video component to attract customers and encourage sales. The result of four years’ research and development, it is the company’s first product and will be shown at the Amusement and Music Operators Association International Expo (September 10-12, Las Vegas Convention Center) …
Author: Larisa Jayne Shewczyk

‘High-Perceived Value’ Remains Essential, But Elusive In Bulk Sector
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 8, August 2008
U.S.A. (AUGUST 2008) — Though it might be common to talk about “high-perceived value,” it often is difficult to actually define the traits and characteristics that give this designation to both capsuled and flat-vend merchandise. Why will one line quickly attract consumers’ attention while others remain unsold? Determining which products elusive bulk consumers will perceive as having a high value can be a tricky proposition…
Author: Hank Schlesinger

L.M. Becker Offers Bilingual Displays And Entire Line Online
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 7, July 2008

APPLETON, WI (August 4, 2008) — Now available from L.M. Becker & Co. are bilingual display cards, offered in English and Spanish or English and French. The company also announced that its entire line, including Toy ‘n Joy bulk vending products, is available through its online store, Novelties-a-GoGo… [full story]


Author: Tim Sanford

Coinstar Q2 Revenues Rise 60%; Bulk, Crane Placements Continue Slide
Issue: Vol. 47, No. 7, July 2007

BELLEVUE, WA (August 1, 2008) — Coinstar's nationwide coin- op crane, bulk vending and kiddie ride business continued to decline during the second quarter, despite strong performance in other divisions. For the three-month period ended June 30, the company reported that its bulk vending and "other" installations, which includes kiddie rides, fell 33% from 205,000 in the first quarter to 138,000, while its skill crane placement dropped 8% from 25,000 to 23,000… [full story]


Author: Emily Jed

Hershey Debuts Bulk Vending Program During NBVA Show
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 5, May 2008
LAS VEGAS (May 2008)  — The Hershey Co., one of the most recognizable names in confectionaries, is reentering the bulk vending market. The candy giant is now offering three of its best-known product lines for direct sale to bulk vendors, and will provide display cards for them.
Author: Hank Schlesinger

NBVA Sees Lean Bulk Show Turnout, Elects Chilton President
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 5, May 2008
LAS VEGAS (May 2008) — A generous assortment of new products and equipment, diverse educational lineup and the election of new officers offset a weak turnout at National Bulk Vendors Association recent trade show and convention. The NBVA elected Randy Chilton, Coinstar, president.
Author: Hank Schlesinger

WEB EXCLUSIVE: How Does The CPSC Reform Act Affect Your Vending Business?
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 4, April 2008
COCKEYSVILLE, MD (April 2008) — On February 25, Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) sponsored the Senate’s version of the Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Act of 2008, which he hails as the legislation needed to let American consumers be sure that the toys they purchase are safe. As part of the legislative process, the House of Representatives already passed a similar version. What bulk vending operators need to know about the new Federal product safety rules… By PHILIP BRILLIANT
Author: by Philip Brilliant, A&A Global Industries

Cardinal, What’s Up Announce Cross-Marketing Agreement
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 4, April 2008
BALTIMORE (April 2008) — Cardinal Distributing Inc., based here, and What’s Up LLC (Appleton, WI) have announced a cross-marketing agreement that will help strengthen the promotion of bulk vending products from both suppliers. Under terms of the agreement, Cardinal has acquired exclusive production and distribution rights to the What’s Up brand.
Author: Nick Montano

NBVA Opens 58th Show In Las Vegas, Welcomes New Exhibitors, Products
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 4, April 2008
LAS VEGAS (April 2008) — The 58th annual National Bulk Vendors Association trade show and convention, scheduled for April 17 through 19, promises to be among the most memorable in recent history. Set to return to Caesars Palace hotel and casino here, officials expect this year’s show to attract a better-than-usual turnout of operators and exhibitors. 
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Proper Merchandising Of Bulk Equipment Improves Sales And Customer Retention
Issue: Vol. 48, No.3, March 2008
U.S.A. (March 2008) — Merchandising has always presented unique challenges for the bulk vending operator. 
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Oak Leaf Acquires Rights To Nerds Gumballs From Nestlé
Issue: Vol. 48, No.3, March 2008
TORONTO (March 2008) — Oak Leaf Confections, a leading supplier of ball gum and other confectionary vendibles, has announced the reintroduction of Nerds Gumballs to its product line. A longtime favorite in the bulk vending industry, Oak Leaf acquired the rights to manufacture the brand after Nestlé’s Willy Wonka Candy Factory division decided to discontinue it.
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Vroom Foods And Mad Dog Introduce Mint Chocolate Energy Chew In Vending
Issue: Vol. 48, No.3, March 2008
COSTA MESA, CA (March 2008)  — The vending partnership of Vroom Foods Inc. and Mad Dog Energy Products Inc. has added Buzz Bites mint chocolate energy chews to its bulk vending, single-serve offering (see VT  February). Like Buzz Bites chocolate energy chews, each mint chocolate Buzz Bite contains 100mg. of caffeine and the energy equivalent of a single cup of coffee or 25% more than the leading energy drink.  
Author: Emily Jed

L.M. Becker Distributes Tommy Bear Type II Large-Capsule Vender In The U.S. Market
Issue: Vol. 48, No.3, March 2008
APPLETON, WI (March 2008) — L.M. Becker & Co. reports that it will distribute a new capsule vender designed for larger merchandise in the U.S. market, and will also provide products to be sold through the machine.
Author: Larisa Jayne Shewczyk

Slingshot Enters Bulk Vending With Product Bonanza: Speed Racer’ Novelties Highlight Capsule And Flat Merchandise
Issue: Vol. 48, No.2, February 2008
AGOURA HILLS, CA (February 2008) — Slingshot Promotions makes its bulk vending debut this month with a variety of inventive products directed at young patrons. Two capsuled novelty lines, along with figurines and flat merchandise coinciding with the release of the upcoming Wachowski brothers’ feature film, highlight the rollout.
Author: Nick Montano

The Homieshop’s New Fight Club Figurines Target $1 Vends
Issue: Vol. 48, No.2, February 2008
HERCULES, CA (February 2008) — New from the Homieshop is Fight Club, a collectible figurine series that taps into the growing sport of mixed martial arts fighting. Standing a full 2.5 ins. tall and decked out with tribal tattooing, these are some of the most detailed figurines created by urban artist Dave Gonzales, founder of the Homieshop.
Author: Nick Montano

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