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In This Economy, The Right Estate Plan Often Becomes Your Best Investment
Issue: Vol. 52, No. 1, January 2012
It's sad, but true. All estate plans are not created equal. This article is targeted to help everyone who has a completed estate plan in place, but is not 100% delighted with the plan... by Irving Blackman
Author: by Irving Blackman

Mental Preparation: Review The Fundamentals When Preparing Your Presentation
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 12, December 2011
Over the past 43 years that I have been involved in the OCS, I have lived by a series of essential principles or statements that I kept always in mind when preparing to present to a potential customer... by Len Rashkin
Author: by Len Rashkin

What Will Be The Most Important Amusement Machine Location Of The 21st Century?
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 12, December 2011
Everything is changing in the amusement industry, from entertainment types to locations. Even the language is changing. The familiar term "coin-op" is less and less applicable every day. Why? by Kevin Williams
Author: by Kevin Williams

Collateral Damage: Regulation Is No Substitute For Integrity, And Costs A Lot More
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 12, December 2011
In speaking with some of the folks we buy from, I learned that they too had accounts with MF Global. Since coffee trading is the only thing they do, the numbers involved represented a far greater percentage of their total cashflow and the impacts ranged from the not too good to the utterly disastrous... by Kevin Daw
Author: by Kevin Daw

Making The Connection: Relate Features To Benefits In Selling Filtered Water Service
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 11, November 2011
Last month, we covered bottled water cooler service. This month, I will be discussing filtration coolers, commonly known as "point-of-use" coolers... by Len Rashkin
Author: by Len Rashkin

Finally, An Easy Way To Turn A Negative Into A Positive; And Beat The Tax Collector In The Process
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 11, November 2011
A full-page ad in a national weekly magazine stopped me cold: "5 YEARS after you quit smoking, your risk of stroke is like someone who's never smoked." Yet, the ad doesn't tell the whole story...Irv Blackman
Author: by Irving Blackman

An Updated Survey Of Technology For The Amusement Industry
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 10, October 2011
A few years back I wrote a column that surveyed amusement industry support technologies and made several predictions about them. Let's look at what happened four years later... by Frank Seninsky
Author: by Frank Seninsky

Both Sides, Now: Whatever You Sell, It Helps To Understand The Alternatives
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 10, October 2011
How can you sell filtration cooler service to a potential customer who currently has a bottled water dispenser unless you understand what you want them to switch from? by Len Rashkin
Author: by Len Rashkin

Location, Location, Location: Identify Market Area To Get Best Results From Search Engines
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 10, October 2011
In today's market, every business needs to have an online presence. In the world of office coffee, the need is especially great... by Timothy Hands
Author: by Timothy Hands

Passing The Word: Written Memos Clarify Communication And Avoid Confusion
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 9, September 2011
In real estate, the three most important things are location, location and location." In every other business, it's communication, communication, communication... by Len Rashkin
Author: by Len Rashkin

Tavern And FEC Customers Want To Have Their Cake And Eat It Too
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 9, September 2011
It's a funny thing about consumers. They increasingly refuse to respect the commercial boundaries that businesses and industries try to set up. So how will this influence the way tomorrow's street routes and FECs are operated? by Kevin Williams
Author: by Kevin Williams

The End Of Calm Markets? Renewed Price Volatility Requires Greater Operator Vigilance
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 9, September 2011
The economic, social and natural disasters befalling mankind at present have the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster. From earthquakes to hurricanes to the flailing of global markets, we are witnessing quite a smorgasbord of craziness this summer... by Kevin Daw
Author: by Kevin Daw

How To Expand Location Base In A Tough Economy
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 8, August 2011
In a marketplace in which everyone is competing for the same kinds of location, there are real rewards in finding profitable new niches... by Frank Seninsky
Author: by Frank Seninsky

Coin-Op Gameplay: Fast & Furious SuperCars
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 8, August 2011
Building on continuing success of The Fast And The Furious street-racing movies, Raw Thrills' Fast & Furious Supercars offers new cars, courses, cabinet and familiar action... by Evan Kirby
Author: by Evan Kirby

Wasting Asset: Attention To Coffee Freshness Keeps Customers Coming Back
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 8, August 2011
Time spent to understand coffee package date codes and to adjust inventory for the fastest possible turns keeps coffee fresh and patrons happy... by Kevin Daw
Author: by Kevin Daw

When The Going Gets Tough: Step Up Sales Efforts, Training, Promotions To Maintain Profits
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 8, August 2011
When the going gets tough, the tough sell harder by providing the training, tools and reassurance their sales forces need to bring in more business... by Len Rashkin
Author: by Len Rashkin

Direct Or Not Direct? That Is The Question!
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 6, June 2011
Shakespeare asked the immortal question, "To be or not to be?" -- and today many amusement manufacturers are asking, "Shall we go direct or not?" by Frank Seninsky
Author: by Frank Seninsky

Coin-Op Gameplay: Let's Go Island
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 6, June 2011
Sega makes another big splash on the video scene with Let's Go Island: Lost on the Island of Tropics, a sequel to the hit game Let's Go Jungle...by Evan Kirby
Author: by Evan Kirby

A Pig In A Poke: Pre-Employment Assessment Can Prevent Expensive Mistakes
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 6, June 2011
As companies get older, just about every employee position will have rolled over from a founding employee to the next generation... by Kevin Daw
Author: by Kevin Daw

One Hand Does Not Wash Itself: Business Networking Group Can Be Valuable Source Of Leads
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 6, June 2011
For many years, I drove to a local country club on Long Island every Wednesday morning to take part in one of the best sources of getting new accounts... by Len Rashkin
Author: by Len Rashkin

Coin-Op Gameplay: Shhh...! Welcome To Frightfearland!
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 5, May 2011
When playing Taito's Shhh…! Welcome to Frightfearland, two words immediately came to mind to describe this game: fun and unique... by Evan Kirby
Author: by Evan Kirby

Aftershock: How Disaster In Japan Is Impacting The Worldwide Amusement Industry
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 5, May 2011
Around the world the amusement industry is finding itself increasingly vulnerable to the economic impact of natural disasters. The latest example of the butterfly effect impacting the industry is not theory, but a tragic fact... by Kevin Williams
Author: by Kevin Williams

Adjusting Coffee Prices To Reflect Higher Costs Is Necessary For Survival
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 5, May 2011
The coffee market remains very bullish. The price per pound is about $1.60 higher than it was a year ago. As a result, OCS operators must consider when and by how much to increase their prices... by Kevin Daw
Author: by Kevin Daw

How To Make Money In Today's Amusement Industry
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 4, April 2011
There's still money to be made in the amusement industry, and what was true 50 years ago is still true today. Let's revisit four proven moneymaking strategies... by Frank Seninsky
Author: by Frank Seninsky

Build Account Loyalty By Educating To Create Mutual Respect
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 4, April 2011
Contract or no contract, there is never a guarantee that any client will stay with your company for a predictable period of time... by Len Raskin
Author: by Len Rashkin

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