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Candy Delivery By Cannon Fire
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
The Confectionery Cannon operates on four servo motors and a sophisticated face-tracking system. It aims and fires marshmallows into the mouths of users with a robust burst of 135 psi...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

C-N-A Upgrades Website
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
The website illustrates and describes the company's novel conversion kit, which enhances the reliability of Pearson's Mint Patties vending machines by rectifying common problems with double vends and product jams...
Author: Tim Sanford

LAI's Piñata Redemption Game Offers Unique Bulk Vending Opportunity
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 2, February 2014
While the game in ticket-redemption mode is a natural fit for amusement facilities, it also presents a new equipment option to bulk vendors when it operates as a skill-based candy vender for the "street"...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Pure Novelty Introduces High-Tech Pic N Mix Bulk Candy Cup Vender
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 2, February 2014
Pic N Mix is an eye-catching vending machine that displays 10 selections of bulk candy and enables the patron to purchase a cup with any or several of them. The machine is made by Pure Novelty of Leeds, England, and it's the brainchild of father and son team Steve and Daniel Perkins...
Author: Nick Montano

Proposed Phthalate Restrictions Cause Little Concern In Bulk Industry
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 1, January 2014
Although some segments of the toy industry apparently viewed the proposed legislation with trepidation, the announcement caused far less anxiety in the bulk vending community...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Ottawa Seeks 'Small' Vending Machine Services; Gum Would Be Banned
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 1, January 2014
Canada's capital city is seeking bids for a company to operate "small" vending machines in city recreational sites, but gum and peanut products will be forbidden...
Author: by Staff Reporter

Senator Calls On Fed To Ban Phthalates In All Children's Products
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 1, January 2014
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is calling for new federal reforms that would completely ban several chemicals now allowed in toys and other common items marketed to children...
Author: Emily Jed

ParSal Scales Up All American Chicken Vending Machine For Higher-Traffic Locations; Appoints Shaffer Master Distributor
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 12, December 2013
ParSal Vending Co. has launched the next phase of its campaign to return the animated vending machine to its former prominence. Shaffer Distributing Co. becomes ParSal's master sales agent. Giant Chicken Machine offers greater product capacity to meet demands of higher-traffic locations...
Author: Nick Montano

New Book Traces The History Of Candy
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 12, December 2013
A new book tracing the history of candy is now available from Faber & Faber. Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure packs 416 pages on the history of the sweet stuff, tracing its evolution from luxury treat to everyday snack food...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Andy Paris 'The Bubblegum King' Is Remembered By A Texas Town
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 12, December 2013
It's not every day that bubblegum history is venerated. But on Oct. 11, the McAllen Texas Historic Preservation Council and the Hidalgo County Historical Commission formally unveiled the Texas Historical Commission plaque honoring Andrew "The Bubblegum King" Paris...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Bulk Vending Operators Map Strategies To Implement Price Adjustment
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 12, December 2013
Higher vend prices appear to be at a tipping point. Standard pricing for capsule merchandise has been steadily edging up to the 75¢ and $1 price points, which seem poised to become the "new normal" in bulk vending. This pricing level, formerly explored by the adventurous, and viewed with suspicion by more traditional operators, is quickly becoming commonplace...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

What Can Bulk Vending Operators Expect From Holiday Pedestrians?
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2013
Ready, set, shop! Brick-and-mortar retailers are getting aggressive this gift-giving season in an attempt to draw consumers into their stores. What does this mean for bulk vending operators and other coin-op professionals with mall and big box store accounts?
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Could Financial Pinch During Holiday Season Impact Vendors Who Operate In Malls?
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2013
Will the recent government shutdown keep consumers out of the malls this holiday shopping season? If so, then that could spell bad news for some bulk vending operators...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Culprits Busted In UK's Valentine’s Day Condom Machine Heist
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2013
Two men from London have been sentenced to 27 months behind bars for a string of ambitious condom machine robberies...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

NBVA Appoints Marzs Vending's Matt Miller 2014 Seminar Chairman
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 10, October 2013
The National Bulk Vendors Association has named Matt Miller of Marzs Vending (Kingwood, TX) chairman of its next seminar program, which will take place on March 25 in Las Vegas...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Allstar Brings Duck Dynasty To Bulk And Flat Vending
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 10, October 2013
Matching the right license with novelty vending is Allstar's specialty, and the supplier shows no signs of slowing down its branding effort. Allstar Vending is now offering vendable stickers celebrating the popular "Duck Dynasty" series from A&E Networks...
Author: Nick Montano

Top Notch Toys Reboots Corporate Image And Product Strategies
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 10, October 2013
What's new at Top Notch Toys? Just about everything. The bulk and flat vending supplier has just completed a makeover that reinforces its staff, products, promotions and website. TNT's new logo and motto, Kids Engaged, reflects the company's transition...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

NBVA Plans To Expand Educational Program At Amusement Expo
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 9, September 2013
The National Bulk Vendors Association is planning an enlarged seminar program for next year's Amusement Expo. Taking advantage of the amusement and bulk vending event's new format that consists of a two-day exhibit and one full day devoted to business sessions, the NBVA said it is looking to provide its member operators with something special for the educational component...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Vending Location Watch: Are Supermarkets Doomed?
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 9, September 2013
Is the supermarket destined for the dustbin of history? Will some of the most profitable bulk vending locations cease to exist in the coming years?
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Shopping Center Sets Record For World's Largest Bulk Vending Machine
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 9, September 2013
The largest capsule bulk vending machine in the world is on display in the Berjaya Times Square shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur. It stands higher than 32 feet and has a globe circumference greater than 45 feet...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

'Forensic Accounting' Curbs Internal Theft At Capital Vending
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 8, August 2013
Losses caused by bulk vending route personnel are far more costly than those caused by vandals. Even small thefts can substantially affect the bottom line in the long run, if not detected in time...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

SweetWorks Appoints Joel Brown To Supply Chain Manager Position

Issue: Vol. 53, No. 8, August 2013
Author: Tim Sanford

Hispanic Traffic Grows In C-Store Sector
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 8, August 2013
The Hispanic population is increasingly favoring convenience stores, which have become lucrative bulk vending locations in some markets, as shopping destinations...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

NBVA Hosts Its First Bulk Vending Roadshow In Atlanta
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 7, July 2013
The roadshow was conceived as a symposium with a focus on nuts-and-bolts strategies for increasing sales, expanding routes and receiving up to date information on the latest trends across a wide variety of topics...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Sugar Reform Suffers Bipartisan Defeat
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 7, July 2013
Candymakers and baked goods manufacturers suffered a close defeat in a 206-221 vote in the House of Representatives for adoption of a sugar reform amendment in the 2013 farm bill...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

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