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First Fall Without AMOA Expo
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 9, September 2010
Once or twice you've had the fleeting thought: "Hey, it's nearly September! I'd better get busy and make my hotel and plane reservations for this fall's AMOA show." Then you remember: "Oh, yes -- there won't be an AMOA... by Marcus Webb
Author: Marcus Webb

The Wisdom Of Getting Smacked Upside The Head
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 9, September 2010
A science professor from my college days had the habit of stalking up and down rows of desks while he asked questions. He would ask a question while standing behind a student, and then deliver a glancing Three Stooges open-handed slap to the back of the head if the answer was incorrect... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Coping With Uncertainty
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 8, August 2010
This summer, financial and business experts latched onto a common mantra to explain why U.S. companies aren't hiring, aren't investing and aren't growing... by Marcus Webb
Author: Marcus Webb

The Shirley Temple Effect
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 8, August 2010
A longtime industry professional recently reminded me that "Even when times are tough, people need entertainment..." by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Will We Ever Learn?
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 7, July 2010
Today's amusement trade is blithely, deliberately and needlessly risking one of its most profitable markets. That market is the crane sector...by Marcus Webb
Author: Marcus Webb

The Perils Of Downsizing Outweigh The Myths
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 6, June 2010
Companies engaged in downsizing strategies might enjoy some short-term benefits, but the long-term results can be disastrous... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Are Amusements Necessary?
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 5, May 2010
Now and then the amusement industry gets scolded for its supposed failings in a very public -- and unfair -- way. An example is illustrated in a recent opinion piece penned by Pulitzer Prize winner George F. Will... by Marcus Webb
Author: Marcus Webb

Navigating The Complexity Of Change
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 5, May 2010
Spotting the subtle complexities of their business environments is second nature for many longtime bulk operators. But there are some operators who are shooting at ducks that are no longer standing still... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Hiring A Veteran Makes Good Business Sense
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 4, April 2010
Several months ago we posted a story online about the advisability of hiring military veterans. The response from those both inside and outside the industry was overwhelmingly positive. This is an issue that transcends personal politics... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

The Invisible Man
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 4, April 2010
The coin-op amusement industry’s recent progress in reestablishing communication with its paying customers is notable, but much more can be done to recognize them... by Marcus Webb
Author: Marcus Webb

Who Needs Common Sense?
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 3, March 2010
In reviewing our editorials over the past year, it seems that none has gotten more response than the modest rant against what is usually called "common sense." Judging from some of the emails we've received, you'd think that we kicked their dogs or advocated a change to the metric system. With that in mind, I've decided to double down and revisit the topic... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

One Show At Last…
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 3, March 2010
After 20 years of everyone agreeing that the U.S. music and amusement industry had "too many shows." At last … after 20 years of well-intentioned talks between a long series of negotiating teams from the AMOA and the AMMA. At last … after 20 years of association boards that could not, or would not, agree on management, money or scheduling. At last … after 20 years of painful compromises and tentative proposals that never quite jelled into signed contracts... by Marcus Webb
Author: Marcus Webb

Continuous Improvement
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 2, February 2010
One of the most revealing questions you can ask any operator is,"What's the most important thing that you have done lately to improve your business?" Over the years, this question has yielded some fascinating answers. Here are just a few of the better ones we've heard... by Marcus Webb
Author: Marcus Webb

When The Pressure Is On, Choking Is Not An Option
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 2, February 2010
A writer of popular nonfiction books recently gave an interview in which he described the difference between "panic" and "choking." Panic, he explained, was the amateur's response to being in over his head without the proper tools or skill set. Conversely, choking is the professional's temporary inability to access his or her expertise. Presented with both panic and choking, I think that choking is a far more interesting phenomenon... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

The Things We Can Change
Issue: Vol. 50, No.1, January 2010
While looking over 10 years’ worth of headlines for this issue’s "Decade in Review" report, I was reminded of the famous "Serenity Prayer," recently proved to have been originally authored in 1937 by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. The prayer begins: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference. The music and amusements industry is bedeviled with many situations that it cannot change... by Marcus Webb
Author: Marcus Webb

Feed The Rat
Issue: Vol. 50, No.1, January 2010
The name Julian Vincent “Mo” Anthoine isn’t widely known today, but during the 1970s and ‘80s he was one of the best mountain climbers. When asked about his drive for adventure, he quipped that he had to “feed the rat.” That was his way of describing his hunger for challenges and adventure that pushed him to ever more challenging mountains and rock faces. The description stuck. What does this have to do with bulk vending? by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Mottos Are Not Enough When It Comes To Best Business Practices
Issue: Vol. 49, No.12, December 2009
Businesspeople, particularly owners of small businesses, are in a state of constant combat. They are fighting not only against competitors or regulations, but very often with themselves. The internal conflict is not a simple one: it’s a constant struggle between what they know versus what they believe. Though some folks have taken to using “know” and “believe” interchangeably, it is not a fine distinction. Confusing the two can... by Henry Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Good News For Neighborhood Bars
Issue: Vol. 49, No.12, December 2009
Ever since Louis Glass first installed the very first nickel-in-the-slot music machine in San Francisco’s Palais Royale Saloon exactly 120 years ago, taverns have been the most important locations for street operators. But the bar market has been under a ferocious assault for the past 25 years. First came wave after wave... by Marcus Webb
Author: Marcus Webb

Big Lessons From Small ‘Apps’
Issue: Vol. 49, No.11, November 2009
The amusements industry has survived the "Great Recession." The shrinking of the Gross Domestic Product is over, according to an Oct. 29 announcement from the U.S. Commerce Department. The economy actually grew 3.5% during the third quarter of 2009. However, unemployment will probably top 10% by mid-2010, economists admitted. So, for the next year at least, location traffic will probably remain light and the national cashbox will probably remain "less than overflowing." But the coin-op trade is populated by tough... by Marcus Webb
Author: Marcus Webb

Efficiently Managing Change Is An Essential Business Strategy
Issue: Vol. 49, No.11, November 2009
If we believe the conventional wisdom surrounding bulk vending, then we’re apt to accept that not much changes in the industry. Gumball and capsule machines are simply a sleepy little hamlet of nickel-and-dime commerce. Of course, nothing could be more inaccurate. The past decade has seen unprecedented changes in the industry. Machines may still look more or less the same, but... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Are Small Vendors Up To Playing A Leading Role?
Issue: Vol. 49, No.10, October 2009
To quote the playwright, actor and songwriter, producer and director Noel Coward, "People are wrong when they say opera is not what it used to be. It is what it used to be. That is what's wrong with it." The same could be said for bulk vending, and not just because I enjoy the odd pairing of bulk vending with the elegance and genius of Coward... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Shifting Landscape
Issue: Vol. 49, No.10, October 2009
It was hardly a shock when the Amusement and Music Operators Association announced that it would merge its International Expo with the American Amusement Machine Association's Amusement Showcase International. For one thing, it's nearly impossible to keep a secret in this small industry, and insiders had known since at least August that this move was coming... by Marcus Webb
Author: Marcus Webb

Capitalism Viewed From The Sidewalk
Issue: Vol. 49, No.9, September 2009
Here's a novel idea that you won't hear in corporate boardrooms or business schools: The most basic principles of business success can be found in the smallest of enterprises. In bulk vending terms, whether an operator has 50 or 5,000 locations, he's dealing with the same issues. Similarly, a small business is a microcosm of the large multinational... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

The Gambling Dilemma
Issue: Vol. 49, No.9, September 2009
The U.S. amusements industry has always had a complicated relationship with gambling. For most of the mid-20th century, America's puritanical anti-gambling attitudes forced the amusements industry to proclaim loud and long that, "We are not about gambling; we are about innocent fun." From New York to California, that argument helped legalize everything from free pinball replays to cranes, merchandisers and redemption games... by Marcus Webb
Author: Marcus Webb

Cheap Or Free Investments Every Operator Can Make
Issue: Vol. 49, No.8, August 2009
For years I've been hearing the phrase "invest in your business." Mostly it's used to sell stuff. All kinds of stuff. Some of those investments are things small businessmen actually need: new equipment, technology upgrades and fuel-efficient vehicles. But some stuff touted as a "business investment" is entirely useless in business... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

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