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Vol. 44, No. 9, September 2004

Vending Features
Intelligent' Vending Boosts Sales, Cuts Expenses, Tightens Control With Cashless Options, Enhanced Audit And Energy Management
Tim Sanford
LAS VEGAS - The present status of the Vending Industry Data Transfer Standard, based on the DEX/UCS protocol, and the growing number of options available for DEX-compliant machines were explored at a panel discussion conducted during the National Automatic Merchandising Association Spring Expo here. Panelists were Glenn Butler, Streamware; Alex Kiriakides, Atlas Food Service; and Jim Turner, USA Technologies. Moderating the session was Dr. Michael Kasavana, NAMA Endowed Professor at The School of Hospitality Business in the Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University.

Market Revival Moves Technology To Vanguard Of Vending Rebound
Tim Sanford
U.S.A. - Computer and communications technologies advanced and converged rapidly during the 1990s, impelled by widespread and growing demand for faster and more flexible access to information. This development had an effect on vending whose full impact has not yet been experienced.

NCA '04 Fall Education Conference Highlights Coffee Market Trends
Emily Jed
NEW YORK CITY - The Marriott New York at Brooklyn Bridge hotel will host the National Coffee Association of USA's annual Fall Education Conference from October 27 through 29. A three-track program offers content of interest to everyone from marketing and sales personnel through retailers to roasters, manufacturers, importers and exporters.

Music and Games Features
Pool's Play Pricing Continues To Move Upward
Marcus Webb
U.S.A. - Pool is back. After decades of taking a back seat, first to video and then redemption, the category has leapt back into first place as the biggest moneymaker for operators. The VENDING TIMES annual operator Census of the Industry continues to show pool earning about a third of every dollar that operators make.

Bulk Vending
Tootsie Roll To Buy Concord
Hank Schlesinger
CHICAGO - Candy maker Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. has announced an agreement to buy Canadian-based Concord Confections. The sale price was reported to be $197 million plus another $20 million to discharge Concord's debt. It will be paid in cash via short-term bank financing

Editorial: Vending
Where Do We Go From Here?
Tim Sanford


Editorial: Music and Games
Where The Fun Is'
Marcus Webb


Ahead of the Times: Music and Games
Sept. 10, 2004: Global VR To Get New CEO - Bharvirkar Becomes Chairman; GVR Drops Counterclaims Against Incredible Technologies; Dave & Buster's Reports Second Quarter Earnings; Hurricane Fallout: Benchmark Is Fine; Green Announces Financing


Sept. 16, 2004: Sammy, Sega Vow Big Profits; TouchTunes Receives Patent; IT Comments On GVR Legal Action; UK's Blair Responds To Violent Video Game


Sept. 22, 2004: Accomplished Women Set To Head AMOA, IALEI; Hurricane Recovery Finance Offer Expanded; AMOA Seminar Will Focus On Success Stories


Sept. 27, 2004: Rowe, Firestone Offer Financing Plan; Skee-Ball Creates Giant Crane Division; Duke To Exit Tsunami To Launch New Firm


Sept. 29, 2004: Ecast Will Continue Support For Rowe-Ecast Juke; Bob Snyder Seminar: Secrets, Discounts, Fun, Food; Tsunami Expands Eghbal's Role; UltraCade Boosts Line; Team IT Names Exclusive Canadian Distributor


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