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Gumball Bandits Are No Laughing Matter In High-Risk Sites
Issue: Vol. 52, No. 9, September 2012
Newspapers have increasingly reported thefts of bulk venders. Almost invariably, the thieves are described as "gumball bandits." Of course, it is not the gumballs they're after, but what's in the cashbox. Let's revisit some tips on how to protect your bulk vending assets... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

The Long And Winding Road
Issue: Vol. 52, No. 9, September 2012
The Illinois video lottery market is expected, at long last, to "go live" around the end of September or early in October. This expectation is based on the twin assumptions that a planned two-week test of VLTs in five locations around the state will go well, and that no major glitches will be discovered with the lottery terminals themselves or with the central computer system... by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

Safeguarding Your Company's Online Profile And Reputation
Issue: Vol. 52, No. 8, August 2012
Today, everyone has an online presence. Like it or not, the chances are that there's enough data about you floating around the Internet to fill a book. Of course, this is old news. The newer news is that information is now available online about even the smallest businesses, too... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Who Wants $1 Coins?
Issue: Vol. 52, No. 8, August 2012
Okay, here's a quick test. Did you interpret this headline to mean, "Nobody wants dollar coins?" If so, please go back and read it again -- and stop trying so hard to read a political spin into plain English. The headline is an honest question. But its seeming ambiguity reflects the confusion that surrounds this complex issue... by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

Tempting Consumers By Keeping Up Appearances
Issue: Vol. 52, No. 6, June 2012
Small luxuries become even more important once larger ones move out of economic reach. The trick for the bulk vending industry is to find a product that strikes a chord with its customer base... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

What’s New?
Issue: Vol. 52, No. 7, July 2012
The amusement industry has a complicated and paradoxical relationship with the concept of newness. Some operators believe staple equipment requires only periodic updating to remain competitive. Others believe industry growth demands offering experiences that consumers cannot get at home. Which side of this debate is right? by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

The Big Five-O – Or, Life Begins At Fifty
Issue: Vol. 52, No. 5, May 2012
Don't look now, but somebody is having a silver anniversary. Vending Times printed its first edition in 1962 (after incorporating in 1961), and is 50 years old this year... by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Money?
Issue: Vol. 52, No. 5, May 2012
Future trends are difficult to predict. They can be debated endlessly, though it may be helpful to consider that payments for purchases have all been trending toward ever-greater convenience for centuries... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

A New Generation Of Professionals Enters Vending
Issue: Vol. 52, No. 4, April 2012
In speaking with NBVA convention-goers last month, I got a sense there's renewed optimism in the air. This shouldn't be surprising -- entrepreneurs are naturally optimistic... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

After Ecast, What?
Issue: Vol. 52, No. 4, April 2012
Ecast's abrupt departure created something of a shock for many industry members. Why? Exploring the reasons behind the industry's surprised reaction to the "not-so-surprising" news may reveal some interesting things... by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

Fun, Funner, Funnest
Issue: Vol. 52, No. 3, March 2012
As Vending Times' humble music and games editor, my mind keeps returning to the subject of fun. Specifically, the importance of fun; the value of fun... by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

Talking Tough To China? It's No Time For Cowboy Diplomacy
Issue: Vol. 52, No. 3, March 2012
Politicians can always find common ground as long as they can identify a common threat. Right now, for instance, Republicans and Democrats are uniting for some China bashing... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Going Social
Issue: Vol. 52, No. 2, February 2012
There's a fast and simple way for operators to appear more relevant and likable in their communities. It's called "going social" -- but it's not about Facebook. We're talking about community activism and image... by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

Publications Outline Current Transformation Of Business Practices
Issue: Vol. 52, No. 2, February 2012
In the bulk vending and coin-op businesses, there are important lessons to be learned from some odd goings on in contemporary business literature... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Jumping Off A Cliff
Issue: Vol. 52, No. 1, January 2012
There comes a time in the life of every person, and every business, when the safest thing to do is take what appears to be an enormous risk -- and when the most "reasonable" thing to do is jump off a cliff... by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

The Sturdy And Enduring Optimism Of The Small Businessperson
Issue: Vol. 52, No. 1, January 2012
Small businesspeople can be much more optimistic than their corporate counterparts. And being on the frontline in bulk vending means coins-in-the-cashbox capitalism... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Why Not Make Business Resolutions?
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 12, December 2011
There's something hopeful to be said for the traditional list whose sole purpose is self-improvement. It is one of the rare traditions that implore us to take stock of ourselves... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Working 'On' Your Business
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 12, December 2011
Successful businesspeople often talk about the importance of working "on" your business, not working "in" your business. Others stress "becoming a real entrepreneur. Sounds interesting, but what does it mean? by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

'Tis The Season To Think About Holiday Bulk Vending Strategies
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 11, November 2011
The holidays have always been a busy time for bulk vending and cranes, but few operators make plans to capitalize on this fact. Here are some of the strategies of those bulk vending and amusement operators who do... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Go Loud
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 11, November 2011
Many music and games operators take a quiet pride in keeping quiet. Years ago, they may have taken modest ads in the Yellow Pages. Today it might be basic websites. How do these quiet guys survive? by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

A Prescription For AMOA
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 10, October 2011
The 63-year-old Amusement and Music Operators Association conducts an in-depth member survey for the first time since the 1990s, getting some constructive feedback from its operator members... by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

Patent Reform May Clear Path For Renewed Vending Innovation
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 10, October 2011
The America Invents Act, a new law that overhauls how we encourage and protect innovation, was passed and signed unnoticed. But it's a very big deal... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Is It Time To Push The Envelope In Bulk Vending?
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 9, September 2011
Pushing the envelope is a well-known aviation expression. It refers to testing the limitations of aircraft and flight. Who could blame businesspeople for adopting the phrase? There are even bulk vendors pushing the envelope... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Lemons And Lemonade
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 9, September 2011
Discretionary spending accounts for 70% of America's economy -- and 100% of music and amusements. So when economists analyze consumer spending, their findings are extremely pertinent to the amusement trade... by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

Supreme Triumph, Times Two
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 8, August 2011
Operators are breathing more easily after U.S. Supreme Court rules against videogame censorship, Illinois Supreme Court upholds operator-run VLTs... by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

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