QUICK LINKS: Vending Videos  |  Micromarkets  |

VT Classifieds

|

Buy a Classified Ad

|

Editorial Calendars

|

Circulation Data

|

Downloads

|

Bookstore

|

Operators Date Book

Search:      

Bookmark this site




Select from the options below to restrict your search.
search for
 
search using

Articles
Vol. 53, No. 2, February 2013

Vending Features
Beverage Sellers Ask Judge To Strike Down NY Soda Ban; Minority Groups Join Opposition
Emily Jed
Soda makers, restaurateurs and other businesses asked a judge to strike down New York City's ban on the sale of super-size soda at a hearing on Jan. 23, calling the proposed rule an unfair burden on small businesses...

Coca-Cola Bottlers Association Names President; Michael Faber Is A 2nd-Gen Bottler, Vending Operator
by Staff Reporter
Founded in 1914, CCBA is headquartered in Atlanta and operates as a subsidiary of Coca Cola Enterprises Inc. It represents Coca-Cola bottlers throughout the U.S...

Coca-Cola Publicizes Obesity Efforts In New TV Commercials
Emily Jed
The world's largest beverage company began airing a television commercial this week, broadcasting directly to consumers for the first time its efforts to help tackle obesity amid mounting public debate over soft drinks and their impact on public health...

Crane Co.'s Vending Division Reports 9% Sales Increase In 2012 Fourth Quarter
Emily Jed
Crane Co. reported sales of $94.2 million in its merchandising systems unit in the fourth quarter of 2012, a 9% increase compared with same period a year ago...

Crane's Suzanne Russell Retires After 29 Years In Vending
Nick Montano
Suzanne Russell spent most of her career at Crane Co. working with vending operators in California, Nevada and Oregon...

Cuomo's $2M Marketing Plan Uses Vending Machines To Promote New York-Made Foods And Drinks
Emily Jed
Called "Taste-NY," the marketing effort would include "next-generation luxury vending machines" at state-owned facilities that would sell New York-made products like Greek yogurt...

Fructomat Reengineers Countertop Juice Machine For North American Workplaces
Emily Jed
A new Fructomat juice machine designed to go head to head with office water coolers is rolling out to vending and OCS operators in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Offering a fresh take on beverage vending, the Fructomat postmix bag-in-box machine delivers...

Healthy Vending Franchisor Names USA Technologies Its Cashless, Telemetry Provider
Nick Montano
USA Technologies reports that Fresh Healthy Vending, a business-opportunity provider based in San Diego, will be incorporating USAT's ePort device and ePort Connect service in its latest machine...

Hostess Lines Up Lead Bidders For Drake's, Bread Brands
Emily Jed
Little Debbie snack maker McKee Foods has agreed to pay $27.5 million for the Drake's brand, which includes iconic treats like Ring Dings, Yodels, Devil Dogs, Yankee Doodles, Sunny Doodles and Drake's Coffee Cake...

Hostess Names Lead Twinkies Bidder
Emily Jed
Bankrupt baker Hostess Brands picks two private equity firms that made a joint $410 million offer as the lead bidders for its famous Twinkies brand and other iconic snack cakes...

Kentucky Lawmaker Seeks Vending Sales Tax Exemption
Emily Jed
State Rep. Steve Riggs (D) has introduced legislation in the Kentucky House of Representatives to exempt food sold through vending machines from the state's retail sales tax...

Magic Johnson To Keynote NAMA's OneShow Opening Session
Emily Jed
Basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson will kick off the OneShow's opening general session on April 24 at 1:15 p.m. at the Venetian-Sands Resort in Las Vegas...

Master Wholesale Agrees To Acquire Jones Vend & OCS Distributing
Tim Sanford
Master Wholesale and Vending Supply Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Jones Vend and OCS Distributing here, according to an announcement by the latter...

NAMA Reminds California Vendors Of New Labor Law Requirements, And How They Relate To Driver Commissions
Tim Sanford
The National Automatic Merchandising Association has sent a bulletin to members in California to explain new reporting rules mandated by California's Labor Code 2571. These rules took effect on Jan. 1...

NBC's 'Parenthood' Casts School Vending In Positive Light
Emily Jed
NBC's "Parenthood" comedy-drama series opened its fourth season this week with young Max, a main character, upset that his school's parent-teacher association removed vending machines from the campus...

Nebraska Lawmaker Wants To End Soda Tax Exemption
Emily Jed
Nebraska state Sen. Bill Avery (D) is sponsoring a measure that would end the Nebraska sales tax exemption for carbonated beverages...

Oregon May Make Cigarettes A Prescription Drug
Marcus Webb
Cigarettes would become a prescription drug, as tightly regulated as anabolic steroids, if Oregon lawmakers pass a bill proposed by a Democrat from Portland...

Self-Service 'Collect & Go' Sites Add Convenience For Grocery Shoppers In Finland
Emily Jed
The self-service pickup sites are being piloted by S Group, one of Finland's largest supermarket chains. The concept was developed by Digital Foodie as an extension to its online shopping program...

Settlement Allows Retailers To Add 'Checkout Fees' For Credit Card Purchases
by Staff Reporter
Retailers in most states now have the option to charge a fee to consumers who pay with a credit card. The new "checkout fee" went into effect on Jan. 27...

USA Technologies, Cashless Vending Leader, Rings Nasdaq Closing Bell To Commemorate First Profitable Quarter
Emily Jed
USA Technologies Inc. chairman and chief executive Stephen P. Herbert rang the Nasdaq Stock Market closing bell on Jan. 29 in celebration of USAT's first profitable quarter in its 21-year history...

USDA Issues Proposed Nutritional Guidelines For School Vending
Emily Jed
The Department of Agriculture released guidelines on Feb. 1 that establish nutrition standards for "competitive" foods and beverages sold in schools. All food items sold in vending machines cannot exceed 200 calories...

Vending Machine Lends Students Laptops On Drexel University Campus
Emily Jed
Students can borrow a MacBook dispensed from a vending machine to work on projects and assignments during the late-night hours after staffed services close...

VendMAX Upgrade Boosts Dynamic Scheduling And Cashless Reconciliation Feature For Vending Machines
Emily Jed
Crane Merchandising Systems releases VendMAX 5.0.5 for its Streamware-branded vending management system. It updates annual maintenance functions and adds new capabilities to its dynamic scheduling and cashless modules...

VendScreen Says Its Touchscreen Device Will Comply With Calorie-Disclosure Rule
Emily Jed
The high-tech company said its multipurpose user interface for vending machines is capable of displaying calorie and nutritional information for products prior to their purchase...

Washington State Wants Stringent 'Healthy' Vending Guidelines
Emily Jed
Washignton is planning to implement nutritional guidelines that will further restrict the foods and beverages allowed in vending machines at state agencies and institutions...

Washington's Outgoing Gov Proposes New Soda Tax, And Repeal Of An Exemption On Confections
Emily Jed
Gov. Christine Gregoire has included a proposal in her final budget a new tax: 19¢ per fluid ounce on carbonated beverages...

Music and Games Features
91% Of W. Virginia's VLTs Must Be Upgraded Or Replaced
Marcus Webb
Some 6,800 of West Virginia's 7,471 video lottery terminals need to be upgraded or replaced in the next three to five years, according to the state's Lottery Commission...

A Location In Oregon Offers More Evidence For 'Pinbar' Potential
Marcus Webb
The Blairally Vintage Arcade is proving that pinball and adult beverages are a popular combination in the working class neighborhood of Whiteaker...

AAMA, AMOA Leaders To Lobby Congress Feb. 26-27
Marcus Webb
Leaders of the American Amusement Machine Association will make their quarterly visit to Capitol Hill on Feb. 26 and 27 to meet with members of the new Congress....

Apple Augments Website Integration With Mobile Media For Face Place Photobooths
Tim Sanford
Video features now available at the Face Place website include an instructional segment that shows operators how to configure Apple's Smile 2.0 software when installing it for the first time...

Coin-Op Amusement Industry Members Form California Entertainment Machine Association
Marcus Webb
Some 40 amusement industry members in the Golden State voted unanimously to establish the California Entertainment Machine Association...

Gaming And Gray Update: VLTs, Sweepstakes Video, Electronic Pull-Tabs, More
Marcus Webb
Conditions are good for video poker in Illinois and Delaware. Legal environments for sweepstakes video and eight-liners are down in S. Carolina and Texas. In Minnesota, bars are slow to adopt tablet pull-tabs...

Gold Standard Games Reports 3 New Air Hockey Models Are Shipping
Tim Sanford
The top-of-the-line Premium model features an overhead scoring and playfield light. The header is equipped with an outward-facing video monitor...

Jersey Jack's The Wizard Of Oz Pinball Ships On March 13; Development Of The Hobbit Begins
Nick Montano
After more than two years of meticulous labor, The Wizard of Oz flipper game is making its final journey along the road of yellow bricks at the Jersey Jack Pinball factory in Lakewood, NJ...

McDonald's And Coca-Cola Co. Own Most Florida Sweeps Games, Say Officials
by Staff Reporter
Florida officials say there are about 1,000 Internet sweepstakes cafés in Florida, and most of them are owned and operated by two large companies...

Namco Pushes Arcade Video Thrills To New Height; Dark Escape 4D Ships With Heart-Rate Sensors
Nick Montano
The winner of IAAPA's Brass Ring Award for Best New Product in the arcade category, Namco Bandai's latest arcade shooter is well positioned to be one of the most talked about games of 2013...

Networked Phoenix Dart Game Features Live Video Images Of Remote Competitors
Marcus Webb
Pennsylvania's Lansdale Amusement is placing communicating soft-tip dart bards in locations. The VSPhoenix is made by South Korea's Hong International...

Obama Calls For $10 Million CDC Study On Violent Media Images And Videogames
Marcus Webb
President Barack Obama included videogames among his targets on Jan. 16 when he proposed a wide-ranging package of laws and executive actions that the White House said were designed to reduce gun violence...

Pepsi-Branded Digital Jukeboxes Coming To The UK
Staff Reporter
British manufacturer Sound Leisure signs a deal with leading producer of branded soft drinks to create a Pepsi Max-branded digital jukebox...

Pinball Poised For Comeback, Say Time And BBC
Marcus Webb
Pinball may or may not be making a comeback in commercial amusement operations, but it is clearly enjoying rising interest among fans around the world, which mainstream media are recognizing...

Police May Have Oklahoma City's 'Jukebox Bandit' In Custody
by Staff Reporter
It appears the same suspect has been caught on surveillance videos in multiple locations using a crowbar to break into at least four locations, where he pries open the jukeboxes...

Scientific Games To Acquire WMS Industries
Marcus Webb
Gaming machines manufacturer WMS Industries Inc. is being swallowed up by its larger rival Scientific Games Corp. for $1.5 billion in cash and debt...

Sega's SuperBooth Recreates Real Photo Shoot Experience
Nick Montano
Sega Amusements says its new photobooth is a radical change from most of the automated picture machines available today. Dave & Buster's rolls out SuperBooth in 61 stores across the nation...

South Carolina Bill Would Ban Sweepstakes Videogames
by Staff Reporter
The state Senate's Judiciary Committee has favorably reported out a law that would expand South Carolina's longtime ban on video poker games to include sweepstakes games...

Stern Debuts 'Pin' Platform For Consumers; Low-Cost Pinball Draws Big Crowds At CES
Nick Montano
Stern Pinball Inc. makes inaugural appearance at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where it unveils new home game. Transformers is first title in a novel flipper line dubbed "Pin"-- and it's half the weight (120 lbs.) and half the price ($2,500) of the cheapest coin-op games...

UNIS's After Dark Arcade Viddie Mixes Shooting And Steering
Nick Montano
Universal Space, better known as UNIS, took the wraps off its latest arcade innovation at the EAG International Expo in late January in London...

USPTO Assigns Jukebox-Game Combo Patent To AMI
Marcus Webb
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office assigns patent No. 8,353,758 to AMI Entertainment Network. It covers an "amusement device having electronic game and jukebox functionalities"...

Bulk Vending
Allstar Vending Names Alan Liverman COO
Nick Montano
The bulk supplier's new chief operating officer was previously a partner at a national accounting firm and has been an owner of several import and distribution businesses over the past 20 years...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
Interesting Times
Tim Sanford
Once the vending machine had evolved beyond the simple "sales stimulator" model, it began to be seen as an extension of -- even a replacement for -- conventional retail outlets. On either side of World War II, retailers experimented with vending as an alternative to human clerks... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Can Innovation Save Coin-Op?
Marcus Webb
Beyond the music and games industry, the hottest buzzword in today's business world is innovation. From the Fortune 100 to tiny startups, companies are eager to portray themselves as innovative innovators who are innovating endless innovations (innovatively, of course)... by Marcus Webb

There Ain’t No App For That
Hank Schlesinger
It's possibly one of the most overused phrases in the age of mobile devices. But this expression hit me profoundly recently when uttered by a friend... by Hank Schlesinger

Bulk Vending and Crane Products
February 2013's Spotlight on Product for Bulk Vending, Cranes and Redemption


Coffee Service News
Compass Group Delivers Customers Nutritional Information With MyFitnessPal App
Emily Jed
Compass's 7,500-plus menu items are now integrated into MyFitnessPal's existing database of more than two million foods...

NAMA Sets 2013 Coffee, Tea & Water Symposium For Nashville, Nov. 12-14
Tim Sanford
The collocation of NAMA's CTW symposium and the International Bottled Water Association's annual business conference, with a common trade show, will be repeated in 2013...

Cover Stories


Evolving Workplace: Office Coffee Service Pros Update Strategies For New Needs Of Clients
Emily Jed
Today's economy has forced many employers to revisit their coffee service budgets. Many -- to the industry's dismay -- are even resorting to buying their own supplies. These and other challenges are forcing even seasoned workplace refreshment providers to take a new look at their marketing and delivery approaches. Two leading OCS pros, Jim Mosely of Georgia's Southern Refreshment Service and Tom Steuber of California's Associated Services, tell VT what they're doing to please today's clients...

Guest Columns
Conquering The Estate Tax Monster Takes More Than A Local Lawyer
by Irving L. Blackman
What’s the problem? The tax law. It’s complicated. When it comes to estate planning, tax complexity is over the top. So much, it’s impossible for any one person to know it all. Therein lies the problem. Most estate planning advisors even when they admit not knowing it all, attempt to do it all (the entire estate plan)... by Irv Blackman

New Law Opens New (Wow!) Opportunities For Successful Family Business Owners
by Irving L. Blackman
Enter a concept called "Spousal Access Trusts." The President signed a new tax law, avoiding the "fiscal cliff," on Jan. 2. The part of the law concerning estate taxes lowered the top rate to 40% (55% by old law) starting in 2013 and continues forever $5 million (tied to inflation) that is free of the gift or estate tax, effective Jan. 1. Because of inflation, the free amount rose to $5.125 million in 2012 and is $5.25 million in 2013. Are you married? That's times two or $10.5 million for 2013; and will grow in future years, boosted by inflation... by Irv Blackman

Reasons To Buy: Detailed, Distinctive Proposal Ups Chances Of Making The Sale
by Len Rashkin
Sometimes, after making your presentation to a prospect, the decision-maker will ask you to put your proposal in writing. So, how do you write a coffee service proposal that will sell your products, services and equipment? by Len Rashkin

The Coming Attraction For Vending: Mobile Is Next Step In Cashless Revolution
by Jason Oxman
The next big thing in vending won’t be a trendy new product or delivery system. Rather, it will appear when we figure out just how stationary vending systems will adapt to an increasingly mobile world. The rapid growth of electronic transactions, particularly in the mobile payments sector, has produced promising advances and not a few intriguing challenges for the vending industry...by Jason Oxman

Hardware/Tools
Medeco M100 eCylinder Adapts Classic Mortise Locks For RF Control
Tim Sanford


Pyramid Unveils Sentry Ticket-Validation Module For Phoenix Printer
Nick Montano


Meetings/Events
AAMC Sets Legislative Confab, Board Meeting For Phoenix On Feb. 21
Tim Sanford


AMAF Urges Participation In Legislative Day, March 21 In Tallahassee
Tim Sanford


Amusement Expo Launches Mobile Texting Update Service
Marcus Webb


Micromarkets
Brad Bachtelle To Host Daylong Micromarket Seminar At NAMA OneShow
Emily Jed


Names in the News
Crane Co. Taps Mitchell President And COO, Announces More Management Changes
Nick Montano


Kraft Foods Names Deanie Elsner Company's First CMO
Emily Jed


Upfront with the Publisher
Editorial
Time To Stand Up For Common Sense
Alicia Lavay
Freedom of choice is paramount to consumer satisfaction, and free enterprise is vital to the future of the vending business. The location, not the operator, has the final say about what is sold through a vending machine... by Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
34 Degrees Adds Single-Serve Snack Packs To All-Natural Crisps Lineup
Tim Sanford


AriZona Expands Drink Range With New Flavors, Packaging
Emily Jed


Dean Foods Reformulates TruMoo Chocolate Milk With Less Sugar
Emily Jed


New Look: El Monterey Butcher-Wrapped Burrito Packaging


Oregon Café Latte Espresso Simplifies Gourmet Drink Preparation
Tim Sanford


Retro Mike And Ike Flavors Return For Limited Time
Emily Jed


SmileSnacks Deliver Fresh Fruit Supply To Employee's Desks
Emily Jed


Copyright © 2014 Vending Times Inc. All rights reserved. 
P: (516) 442-1850 | F: (516) 442-1849 | subscriptions@vendingtimes.net
55 Maple Ave. - Ste. 304, Rockville Centre, NY 11570