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Vol. 44, No. 12, December 2004

Vending Features
Market Shifts Accelerate Demand For Away-From-Home Refreshment
Tim Sanford
U.S.A. - The vending, foodservice and coffee service industry continues to confront a seeming paradox as it enters the new year. Continuing economic strength is reinforcing demand for away-from-home refreshments, but ongoing structural change is eroding the traditional large workplaces that today's full-line vending method was designed to serve.

Music and Games Features
American Changer Introduces Battery-Operated Change Machine: $299
Nick Montano
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - New from American Changer Corp. is the "AC300B" battery-operated dollar bill changer, an advance in change machine technology that the company expects to benefit both amusement and vending "street" locations. The new machine, which will begin shipping in January, will roll out with $299 price tag.

Review & Outlook: Smaller-But-Stronger Music And Games Industry Embraces Change During 2004
Marcus Webb
U.S.A. - 2004 brought mixed profitability , and momentous changes , to the amusement machine industry. Leading street operations were largely healthy and top FECs so much so that their new trade association president worried aloud about "complacency." Many manufacturers and distributors complained throughout the year that cash-rich operators remained excessively cautious when it came to buying new equipment. Operators, for their part, grumbled that "there is not enough affordable equipment available." This song may have been a familiar duet, but it was far from two-part harmony.

Bulk Vending
IN STEP WITH LAURI LOGUE: Flat Vend Innovator Advances Genre By Emphasizing Merchandise Value
Hank Schlesinger
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Shhhhhhh' Lauri Logue is one of those "quiet trailblazers." Since co-founding Brand Imports more than a decade ago, she's not only become a bulk vending icon, but has led the way for women in the industry. Although not the first woman in bulk vending, she might be called the First Woman of Bulk Vending. Certainly she has become one of the most successful, if not the most visible.

Editorial: Vending
Need To Know
Tim Sanford

In the wake of the election, one topic that has received a good deal of discussion is the growing inability of exit polls to deliver an accurate picture of what voters actually are doing. Citizens have become adept at expressing views that they regard as acceptable to their peers, and reserving their own opinion for the voting booth.

Editorial: Music and Games
The Outlook For 2005
Marcus Webb
If you want to know what's going to happen next year, ask a guy who got that question right last year. David Cohen, the friendly but realistic CEO of Firestone Financial in Newton, MA, is privy to financials from many operators, and to the strategic thinking of many manufacturers and distributors.

Ahead of the Times: Music and Games
Dec. 21, 2004: Shaffer, Cleveland Coin Distribution Merger; Illinois Seeks Crackdown On Violent Videos; Dave & Buster's Reports Q4 Results

Dec. 28, 2004: AMOA Delays State Associations Meeting; BACTA Agrees To Sell; Rock-Ola, Firestone Launch Finance Program

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