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Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014

Vending Features
Analyst Advises To Steer Clear Of Stock; AVT Responds With $100 Million Libel Suit
By Staff Reporters
AVT Inc. has filed a $100 million against analyst Alan Brochstein, who allegedly called the Corona, CA, vending machine manufacturer a "scam company" and made "defamatory" and "untrue" statements in articles he authored...

Apriva Processes Record $9.55 Billion In Wireless Transactions In 2013
Emily Jed
The processed transactions in excess of $9.55 billion in 2013 represent a 17.3% gain over 2012...

Apriva Wins Patent For Wireless Encryption Technology
Emily Jed
Patent No. 8,627,061 covers methods that support highly secure encryption technologies for mobile endpoints like specialized government devices and iOS and Android smartphones and tablets...

Aramark Profit And Sales Climb In First Quarter; Foodservice Grows 7%
Emily Jed
For the three months, ended Dec. 27, Aramark net income rose to $44.9 million, or 21¢ a share, from $43.2 million, or 20¢ a share, in the year-earlier period -- and its first reporting period since returning to the public market...

Baltimore Man Sentenced To 27 Years In Prison For Precision Vending Burglary And Killing
Emily Jed
Pedro Rodriguez Garcia has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for a 2009 armed robbery at a Baltimore vending business that resulted in the owner's death...

Betson Enterprises Enters Distribution Agreement With Three Square Market
Emily Jed
Steven Betti, vice-president of Betson’s vending business, said the distributorship plans to expand into the self-service market and its new relationship with Three Square will play an important role to that end...

California Legislation Seeks Sugary Drink Safety Warning Labels
Emily Jed
The nation's first legislation requiring safety warning labels on sugary drinks sold was introduced on Feb. 13 in California by state Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel)...

Candy Returns To New York City Hall Vending Machines
by Staff Reporter
Vending favorites like M&Ms, Snickers and Kit-Kat -- off limits in City Hall under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg -- have made a triumphant return to vending machines, reports NY Post...

Chapco Inc., A Contract Designer And Manufacturer, Acquires Fastcorp LLC
Tim Sanford
Connecticut's Chapco Inc. has acquired Fastcorp, whose robotic vending system has transformed ice cream and other temperature-critical product dispensing since its introduction nearly a quarter of a century ago...

Chip-Enhanced Credit Card Technology Offers Greater Security; Is Vending Ready?
Hank Schlesinger
Is the vending industry, including coin-op amusements, ready for smartcards? Starting late next year, the United States will make the switch and join much of the rest of the world in the advanced technology that puts microchips into the plastic people use every day...

Clark Seeks Industry Input To Aid Philadelphia Mechanics Program
Tim Sanford
"The program is being evaluated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education on March 6 and evidence of industry need and support for the program is not up to date," Jim Clark explained...

Coca-Cola Buys $1.25 Billion Stake In Green Mountain In Pact For Upcoming 'Keurig Cold' Platform
Emily Jed
The Coca-Cola Co. has signed a 10-year agreement to develop its iconic soft drink brands for single-cup use in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' Keurig Cold at-home beverage system, set to launch in 2015...

Coke Closes On $1.25 Billion Green Mountain Stake, Setting Stage For Keurig DIY Cold Platform
Emily Jed
Coca-Cola Co. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc., maker of Keurig brewers, have closed on the previously announced common stock purchase that gives the soda giant a 10% minority equity stake in the Waterbury, VT, roaster, valued at $1.25 billion...

Coke Grants Territories To Chicago And Central Florida Bottlers
Emily Jed
Coke agreed to award the Chicago territory to J. Christopher and M. Jude Reyes of Reyes Holdings LLC. The central Florida territory, which includes Tampa and St. Petersburg, is given to Troy Taylor, who will be the chairman and chief executive of a newly established Florida bottling company...

Crane Co. Changes Name Of Vending Segment To Payment & Merchandising Technologies
Nick Montano
crane payment innovations Crane has a new name for its vending segment. The former Crane Merchandising Systems, which comprises automated payment systems and vending machine products, is now Payment & Merchandising Technologies. The segment's larger payments division, which merges Crane Payment Solutions with MEI Conlux, has been rebranded as Crane Payment Innovations...

David Merrick, A Saverino Veteran, Dies At 52
Nick Montano
David Thomas Merrick became a senior sales associate at Saverino & Associates Inc., one of the nation's largest vend broker organizations, in 1997...

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Q4 and Full Year 2013 Results: Net Sales Decrease 1%
Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. Press Release
--press release

Father And Son Team Acquires Bluedrop, Maker Of 'Fill-Your-Own Bottle' Water Machines
Emily Jed
Bluedrop LLC has been acquired by Mark Dickinson, one of the company's original shareholders, and his son Brendan, a member of its leadership team. Bluedrop's single-serve vending machines purify municipal tap water using a filtration and reverse osmosis process...

Federal Judge Tosses Price-Fixing Suit Against Chocolate Giants
Emily Jed
A federal judge in Pennsylvania has dismissed a $727 million class-action lawsuit alleging the country's top three candymakers conspired in a price-fixing scheme...

First Lady Wants To Nix Ads On School Vending Machines
Emily Jed
Michelle Obama has suggested new rules to limit the types of foods and beverages that can be advertised in schools, including on vending machines. The move comes as the first lady's Let's Move! initiative to combat obesity marks its fourth anniversary...

Flowers Foods Inc. Fiscal 2013 Q4 Results; Full Year Posts Record Sales Of $3.8 Billion
Flowers Foods Inc. Press Release
--press release

Fresh Healthy Vending To Acquire Corporate Refreshment Services' Micromarkets Division
Emily Jed
The purchase will include all of the San Diego-based full-line vending company's micromarket locations, inventories, accounts receivable, software, systems and intellectual property...

Hershey Q4 And FY 2013 Results: Net Sales Increase 11.7% And 7.6%, Respectively
Hershey Press Release
--press release

HUMAN Named Official Service Partner Of National School Boards Association
Emily Jed
National School Boards Association is a not-for-profit organization representing state associations of school boards and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S....

IBWA Fights San Francisco Proposal To Restrict Small-Package Water
Tim Sanford
The International Bottled Water Association is organizing opposition to a proposed law that would ban the sale of bottled water in 21-fl.oz. or smaller packages on city and county property...

Intel Hosts Intelligent Vending Competition For Kenyan Innovators; Projects Will Be Judged At Venditalia
Emily Jed
Intel is seeking new ideas, talents and projects for the vending machine market of the future by inviting Kenyan innovators to strut their stuff in its Intelligent Vending Competition. The deadline for applications is March 1...

Joe Gilbert Looks Back On Vending Industry's Rise, And Looks Forward Too
Emily Jed
vending, Joe Gilbert Joe Gilbert has had a front-row seat at the debut of some of the most transformational advances in vending during his half-century in equipment distribution. As the VE South vice-president celebrates the 50-year milestone with a nod to the past, he's committed to helping operators continue to advance by adopting the latest wave of high-tech innovations in machine design coming down the pike...

Long Island Legislator Wants More Nutritious Options In Vending Machines
Emily Jed


Mondelez Chooses BroadSign Content Platform For Diji-Touch Vending Machine Network
Emily Jed
Mondelez director of foodservice marketing Michael Miller said the snack giant selected BroadSign because it supports the development of interactive features that allow the Diji-Touch network to "create unique connections with consumers as they purchase products..."

Mondelez International Partners With Twitter To Showcase Oreo Trending Vending Activation At SXSW
Mondelez International Press Release
--press release

NAMA Announces Vending Award Winners; Marcus Whitener Is Person Of Year
Nick Montano
Marc Whitener, a National Automatic Merchandising Association board member, is chief executive of Refreshment Solutions (New Orleans)...

NAMA Kicks Off 'DC Advocacy Days' To Enhance Grassroots Participation
Emily Jed
National Automatic Merchandising Association new member advocacy initiative creates opportunities to increase participation in grassroots efforts...

NAMA Will Voice Industry's Coin Composition Concerns At Mint Stakeholder Meeting: March 13
Emily Jed


NAMA's Emerging Leaders Network Forms Executive Committee
NAMA Press Release
The National Automatic Merchandising Association's Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) announced today that it is calling for applications for its inaugural Executive Committee [press release]

Navajo Nation Passes Groundbreaking 'Junk Food' Tax
Emily Jed
Called the Healthy Diné Nation Act, the new law, passed on Jan. 30 and imposes a 2% sales tax, in addition to the Navajo Nation's current 5% sales tax, on "junk food" sold within the nation...

New England Operators Head To Newport, RI, For Annual Meet And Outing: May 29-June 1
Emily Jed


PayLab Says Mobile Will Become Preferred Cashless Vending Medium; Its Solution Rolls Out At OneShow
Nick Montano
A new application and its companion embedded point-of-sale device could help operators hurdle some barriers hindering greater adoption of mobile payments in vending machines...

PepsiCo Achieves 2013 Financial Targets and Announces Increase of 35% in Cash Returns to Shareholders for 2014
PepsiCo Press Release
--press release

Shop24 Global Pacts With Campus Housing Giant
Emily Jed
EdR, based in Memphis, TN, manages 71 collegiate housing communities in 24 states...

Sprout And Grow Franchise Merge To Form Larger Healthy Vending Biz-Op
Emily Jed
Grow Franchise cofounder Chris Wyland said that the combined company will broaden the scope vending machine offerings, along with its market reach in the United States and abroad...

Study: Most U.S. Students Are Targets Of In-School Marketing, But Exclusive Beverage Vending Contracts Are On Decline
Emily Jed
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and the University of Illinois's Institute for Health Research and Policy, found that many of the products marketed to students are "nutritionally poor"...

SXSW Visitors Can Enter Giant Doritos Vending Machine; Lady Gaga Headlines Separate Stage
Emily Jed
For the first time, fans at next week's South By Southwest musical festival here will be invited inside the iconic five-story-tall Doritos vending machine stage...

USAT Partners With AirVend To Support Touchscreen Vending POS Technology
Emily Jed
AirVend offers an Android-enabled interactive touchscreen POS device that displays nutritional information, provides cashless options, and sends real-time data and alerts wirelessly...

USConnect Members Strategize, Share Best Practices At Winter Meeting
Emily Jed


USDA Implements Waiver Program For School Nutrition Rules
Emily Jed
Relief is on the way for school agencies unable to comply with the nutrition standards contained in the interim final rule of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, also known as National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program...

VendMax Update 5.0.6 Adds Drivers' HHC Service Alerts
Tim Sanford
Crane Merchandising Systems has released the first VendMax software update for 2014. Issued twice a year, these software updates provide new features to the base VendMax vending management system at no additional cost to existing customers...

Wade And Brett Turn Seaga Vending Machine Into Reef Fish Tank
Nick Montano
Tanked, Seaga Vending Machine

Vending Video


'Invisible' Coke Vender Plays Cupid On Valentine's Day
Emily Jed




Beer Vending Fridge Only Works With Canadian Passports
Hank Schlesinger
Leave it to the Canadians to innovate during the Winter Olympics...



Canada Installs Crack Pipe Vending Machines
Hank Schlesinger
Polka-dotted crack vending machines, which sell glass pipes for a quarter, are located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside...



Dairy Industry Drops 'Got Milk?' Campaign; 'Milk Life' Pushes Power Of Protein
Nick Montano
For more than 20 years, the "Got Milk?" campaign has put milk mustaches on athletes, celebrities and vending operators. Now Milk PEP is scrubbing its iconic ad tagline for the new "Milk Life" slogan. Staches and celebs are gone...



Google Glass Spectacles Enable Hands-Free Vending Selection, Payment
Emily Jed




HUMAN Launches Direct-To-Office Snack Delivery Service
Emily Jed
SnackNation's product selection revolves every month, and includes brands like Pop Chips, Pop Corners, Stacy's Pita Chips, Popcorn Indiana and Kind Bar. The service its tailored to be subsidized by either employers or employees...

Music and Games Features
Amelia 'Millie' McCarthy Dies At 97
Nick Montano
McCarthy, who ran Catskill Amusements Inc. (Hurleyville) and Binghamton Amusement Co., was a steadfast advocate on many coin-op legislative issues...

AMI Entertainment Ships Music Video Upgrade Kit For NGX Jukeboxes
Nick Montano
The upgrade package for AMI's NGX digital jukeboxes allows the operator to connect an NGX jukebox to a nearby television receiver, offering patrons the opportunity to choose from thousands of music videos, as well as their favorite songs from AMI's music library...

Coast To Coast's New Laser Alignment System Enhances Ticket Print Production
Nick Montano
The company has upgraded all of its four-color printing presses over the past nine months. The presses are used to produce redemption tickets, made from a virgin paper that virtually eliminates dust...

Cyber-Currency In State Of Chaos; No Bitcoin-Op In Future?
Hank Schlesinger
The currency's largest exchange, MT Gox, has vanished, along with some 774,000 bitcoins, reportedly worth $409 million in real money...

EAG International Organizers Hail Enthusiastic Response To 2014 London Expo
Tim Sanford
The organizers of this year's European Gaming & Amusement (EAG) International report that the show attracted 5,460 visitors to the ExCeL convention center in London's historic Docklands area. That's a slight increase over last year's turnout of 5,411, reflecting steady growth for the event since EAG's first staging in 2010...

Florida Lottery Changes Proposed; Lawmakers Seek To Relax And Eliminate Gaming Rules Impacting Amusements
Nick Montano
A state senator wants the Florida Lottery to be placed under a proposed five-member gaming commission that would be appointed by the governor. It's the latest development in Florida's uncertain gambling landscape -- also impacting amusements -- that lawmakers are looking to overhaul...

Florida Sweeps Leader Sentenced
by Staff Reporter
Kelly Mathis is the first person to go to trial, and remains free on bond pending an appeal filed after the sentencing...

Game Over For Violent Videogame R&D Tax Credit In Proposed Budget
Hank Schlesinger
The House Ways and Means Committee completed its Tax Reform Act of 2014, and there were some strange bits of ethical pandering thrown into the mix. Among the headline-making highlights, a clause in the new tax bill states, "Preventing makers of violent videogames from qualifying for the R&D tax credit..."

Harsh Weather Impacts Consumer Spending And Route Operations
Hank Schlesinger
vending Most hard hit in the coin machine industry were operators in states where consumers are unaccustomed to frigid weather conditions. Not only did the weather keep shoppers out of the malls and off the streets of downtown areas, but it made day-to-day business for operators that much more difficult...

IT's Golden Tee Live Chalks Up Two Millionth Online Competition
Incredible Technologies reports that its Golden Tee Live golf simulator passed a new milestone on March 6 when online Prize Play contest No. 2,000,000 was fought out on the virtual Highland Links course...

LAI's New Operator Controls Puts Game Diagnostics Onscreen
Hank Schlesinger
The intuitive menu all but eliminates the need for a user manual, providing easy access to audit and error data, as well as program payouts...

Megatouch LLC Relocates To New Facility In Bristol, PA
Nick Montano
The touchscreen videogame company, which announced last month an end to development and production, has moved to a smaller location as it winds down business...

National Dart Association Appoints Three To Board Of Directors
Nick Montano


NDA And VNEA Host League SMART 2014 In St. Louis: July 10-12
Nick Montano


NDA Regional Dart Tournaments Wrap Up In Florida
AMOA–National Dart Association Press Release


On Heels Of Win Stuff Acquisition, Pelican Group Augments National Accounts Management Team
Tim Sanford
Pelican chief executive Richard Scherer explained that the company's acquisition of Win Stuff has substantially expanded Pelican's client base by adding about 40 major clients. Pelican completed its acquisition of Win Stuff Corp., a national operator of skill cranes, in October...

Peyday Amusements Keeps Margins Up And Builds Loyalty On Cowboy Bar-To-College Route
Hank Schlesinger
Whatever a location wants, chances are good that Broken Arrow, OK-based Peyday Amusements & ATMs can deliver it. Founded four years ago by Jonathan Peyravy, the operation now boasts some 150 locations on a route that extends from throughout Oklahoma into northwest Arkansas and parts of Kansas...

Prosocial Videogames Produce Positive Effects In Young Children
Hank Schlesinger
ome good news about videogames. A study conducted at Iowa State University showed that prosocial media, which include videogames, positively influence behavior regardless of culture...

The Stinger And BMI Announce 2014 Best Of Show Arcade Machine Awards
by Staff Reporter
The awards program signifies the best of new amusement gaming innovations and applications in 2013, and what's new for 2014. The BOSA series continues to grow with the addition of a new Sports/Physical Games category this year...

Videogame Maker Issues Final 'Megatouch Live' Software Update Enabling Offline Play
Nick Montano
Besides the offline system conversion, other V3.5.1 features include a free play option, a selectable blue menu "skin" that resembles the familiar Megatouch Ion platform and 15 implementations of classic games...

Wells-Gardner Corp.'s 2013 Revenue Is Up 13.3%; VLT Sales Soar
Nick Montano
Wells-Gardner Electronics Corp. said its net sales for 2013 increased to $57.9 million, or 13.3%, compared with $51.1 million in 2012. Video lottery terminal sales in the fourth quarter were $6.4 million and $21.6 million for the full year, compared to $4.4 million and $6.6 million, respectively, for the fourth quarter and full year 2012...



Bitcoin ATM Delivers Digital Currency At New Mexico Cigar Bar
Emily Jed
The bitcoin machine is operated by Enchanted Bitcoin and manufactured by Manchester, NH-based Lamassu Inc. It turns users' cash into encrypted currency when they scan a Bitcoin QR code into the machine and insert cash...

Bulk Vending
Al (Peanuts) Swiderski Expands Internet Pay Workstation Operation
Tim Sanford
"Acquiring these accounts gave us the operating platform we required, and we have agreed to build systems for them as needed," Swiderski told VT. He added that his organization has worked hard over the years to develop the banknote-activated workstation...

Anton Conaway Marks 25 Years At A&A Global Industries
Hank Schlesinger
Conaway is division manager of A&A Global Industries' Sylmar, CA, branch. He started his career as a warehouse laborer at A&A's headquarters on the East Coast...

C-N-A Upgrades Website
Tim Sanford
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...

C-Stores Continue On Road To Expansion: 151,282 And Counting
Hank Schlesinger
Convenience stores, an important location category for bulk vending, continue to show signs of robust growth. According to the 2014 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count, the number of U.S. c-stores increased to 151,282 as of Dec. 31, 2013. That's a 1.4% increase, or 2,062 stores, compared with the previous year...

Irvin G. Gardner Dies; Attended The First Bulk Vendors Meeting
Hank Schlesinger
Irvin George Gardner, former secretary and treasurer of Gardner & Lose Co., a Shively, KY-based bulk vending company serving four states, died on Feb. 1. He was 90...

Outgoing NBVA Prexy Reflects On His Two-Year Term
Hank Schlesinger
Steven Schechner of Capital Vending & Distribution (Florence, AL) sees the past two years in bulk vending in terms of "consolidating the progress" made in the previous lean years and creating a blueprint for future gains. "I hope I'm leaving the association in a stronger position for the future," Schechner told Vending Times...



Candy Delivery By Cannon Fire
Hank Schlesinger
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...

Editorial: Vending
Editorial
Getting Serious About Career Training
Tim Sanford
Everyone from President Obama on down is promoting technology as the key to America's future prosperity, and it's hard to disagree with that. What usually is overlooked in the public conversation about technology is that inventing and manufacturing wonderful new things is a very worthwhile endeavor -- but somebody has to know how those things work, and how to repair them when they don't | Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
The Dangers Of Binary Thinking In A Complex World
Hank Schlesinger
I was out with a group of small business owners recently who were bemoaning the difficulty of doing business in New York City. Taxes, regulations and cutthroat competition are the major complaints. Of course, if you want access to a marketplace of eight million potential customers, those sound like petty obstacles | Hank Schlesinger

Heartland Payment Systems Reports 22% Increase in Fourth Quarter and Full Year Adjusted Earnings Per Share
Heartland Press Release


Bulk Vending and Crane Products
March 2014's Spotlight on Product for Bulk Vending, Cranes and Redemption


Coffee Service News
Coffee Fest New York At Full Capacity For Vendors, Extending With Two More Shows For 2014
Coffee Fest Press Release
Coffee Fest NY 2014 marks Coffee Fest's 70th show and its first sold-out Coffee Fest since 2008 [press release]

Copper Moon Coffee Adds Probiotics To Keurig-Compatible Packs
Emily Jed


DS Waters' New Name Emphasizes Service; Acquires Another Route
Emily Jed
The new name -- DS Services of America Inc. -- better reflects the company's evolving portfolio of products, brands and services, officials say...

Global Office Solutions Begins Service In Detroit
Emily Jed
Global said it will supply businesses in the greater Detroit area with 200-plus coffee brands, teas and hot cocoas, along with brewers...

Green Mountain Adds Lavazza To Keurig Lineup
Emily Jed


Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2014 Results Including a Record 5.1 Million Keurig Brewers Sold in the Period
GMCR Press Release


Green Mountain Pacts With Krispy Kreme For Keurig K-Cups
Emily Jed


Green Mountain Partners With Canadian Chocolatier For Hot Chocolate K-Cups
Emily Jed


Guy Fieri Specialty Coffees Roll Out In Single-Serving Portion Packs
Tim Sanford


Imperial Coffee Adds Fair Trade Jumping Bean Coffee To OCS Menu
Emily Jed


Marley Coffee Aligns With Brokers To Increase Natural Foods Market Penetration
Emily Jed


Mother Parkers Voices Approval For TreeHouse Suit To Stop Alleged Keurig Monopoly
Nick Montano
Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee said that the needs of consumers are best served by free and open competition, an argument being made by TreeHouse Foods Inc.'s lawsuit against Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, maker of Keurig brewers...

Tim Hortons Coffee Available In RealCup Capsules
Emily Jed


TreeHouse Foods Inc. Sues Green Mountain For 'Monopolizing' Single-Cup Pack Market
Emily Jed
TreeHouse Foods Inc. charges that Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc., maker of the Keurig brewer, has a monopoly on the portion packs used in single-cup systems. TreeHouse is seeking an unspecified award for punitive damages, as well as legal expenses...

Updated Quality Coffee Certification Program Debuts At OneShow
Tim Sanford
The revised Quality Coffee Certification Program will be presented for the first time at this April's OneShow convention and exhibit in Chicago...

Cover Stories


Errors In Pay Calculation For Vending And OCS Route Drivers Are Risky, Labor Expert Cautions
Emily Jed
Some operators may be unnecessarily paying their route drivers overtime. Others who think they're paying by the books could be out of compliance with labor laws, inadvertently exposing themselves to legal and financial risks. Heather Bailey, an expert on labor and employment law issues, puts operators into the big picture...

Foodservice News
Aramark Caters To Busy Students With Mobile Breakfast Programs
Emily Jed


FDA Proposes Portion-Size Changes, Calorie Emphasis On Revamped Nutrition Facts Label
Emily Jed
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed a makeover to the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods that would replace out-of-date serving sizes to better align with how much people really eat...

Snacks Become Mini-Meals: How Food Companies Can Keep Up
Hartman Group Press Release


Technomic Finds Sustainability And Social Responsibility Register High On Foodservice Industry's Radar
Technomic Press Reelase


Technomic Reveals Trends And Customer Preferences For Soup And Salad
Technomic Press Reelase


Guest Columns
Building Allied-Product Sales To Existing Clients Boosts Profit
by Len Rashkin
In our business, the customer base is a potential pot of gold, if you know how to fill that pot. I have always preached at conventions and in my articles over many years (too many) that it is a crime not to work at building your allied sales and services within your dedicated, proven account base... by Len Rashkin

Business Real Estate: The Best Taxwise Way To Own It
by Irv Blackman
The first commandment of my someday-I-will-write-it bible of taxation would be Thou shalt not put real estate into a corporation... by Irv Blackman

Careful Planning And Flexible Execution Pays Off For Vending Showgoers
by Stephanie Begley
Like me, you might wake up on the first morning of a trade show and dread the prospect of walking on concrete for hours. (An exhibitor can sympathize; we stand on concrete for hours.) The showgoer faces the daunting task of navigating the pattern of booths, trying to find the companies you are interested in seeing. Here are some tips to help operators get the most out of a show | by Stephanie Begley

Colorado And Beyond: The Argument Against Sales Taxes On Vending Machine Foods
by Alden Savoca
Even if they own just one machine, most states require vending operators to collect and pay local government sales tax on certain or all of the products sold through their venders? Why is this, and what can you do to change it? | Alden Savoca

GPS Tracking Expands Remote Monitoring Benefits To Trucks
by Daniel Valentine
In the vending industry, vehicles and vending machines represent an operation's two major capital costs. As such, both require the best available tools for effective management. In today's world, remote vending machine monitoring is becoming valuable, even necessary to an operation seeking to stay competitive... by Daniel Valentine

Innovative Payment Strategies Are Here, And Work Fine
by David Goldman
In a recent Vending Times editorial, Hank Schlesinger noted that the "first hints" of applying innovative pricing strategies through smart card technologies are just starting to hit the market. These tools are actually available to FEC operators now, however, and many of them are fully developed. Let's take a look at what they can do | David Goldman

It's Time For OCS To Preempt Government Labeling Regulation
by Matt Greenwald
While the Food and Drug Administration works to finalize the rules and regulations required by Section 4205 of the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act, which mandates that nutritional information be visible to consumers before they make their selections, we might pause and consider the wider implications... by Matt Greenwald

To Err Is Human; To Miss The Ball Is Unbearable
by Kevin Daw
This issue should arrive in time for the OneShow, NAMA's annual fête with Chicago as this year's host. Trade shows are where ideas and the future lie as bedfellows. If you are diligent, there is much to be garnered by attending... by Kevin Daw

Why Cashless? Why Crane?
by Brendan Kehoe
Credit-card acceptance, NFC, e-wallet ... the world is moving to cashless and retailers that don't offer it as an accepted form of payment will be left behind. Educating operators on the importance of cashless, not just for their own businesses, but for the survival of the vending industry, has become a major focus of Crane | Brendan Kehoe

Meetings/Events
AMOA-NDA Team Dart 2014 Advisory: April 25-May 3, Las Vegas
AMOA-NDA Press Release


IAAPA Leadership Conference to Provide Insights on How Storytelling Creates Lasting Guest Connections: Mar. 5-7
IAAPA Press Release


NAMA Opens Registration For OneShow Micromarket Session
NAMA Press Release


NYSAVA To Deliver Legislative Update At March 25 Dinner Meeting
Emily Jed


Names in the News
Apple Industries, Maker Of Face Place Photobooths, Promotes Scott Avery To COO
Nick Montano


Fresh Healthy Vending Appoints Mark Cole Chief Financial Officer
Emily Jed


Heartland Payment Systems Taps Michael McMillan Chief Branding Officer
Nick Montano


Max Mitchell Succeeds Eric Fast As Crane Co. Chief Executive
Emily Jed


Sponsored Content
CES 2014 From The Perspective Of 365 Retail Markets' Chief Executive
by Joseph Hessling
In January, I had the opportunity to attend one of the world's best playgrounds for a technology fan like myself. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been a technology tradition since 1967 and has never been open to the public -- industry only. Speakers such as Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Cisco CEO John Chambers, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, amongst others, share their visions of the future with 150,000 gamers, fanboys, geeks, freaks and tech industry types from all over the world | by Joseph Hessling, Sponsored by 365 Retail Markets

Upfront with the Publisher
Are Cup Soft Drinks The Next Real Thing?
Alicia Lavay
I recently provoked a lively discussion on LinkedIn that generated a lot of interest. The topic: "Coke buys stake in Green Mountain to develop soft drink brands for single-cup use." Here's a synopsis of that dialogue | Alicia Lavay

Vending Machine Products
American Licorice Launches Cherry And Strawberry Flavored Fruit Vines
Tim Sanford


Apple & Eve Strengthens School Foothold With Switch Acquisition
Emily Jed


Bombar Spicy Peanut Snacks Roll Out In Vendible 2-Oz. Vertical Bag
Tim Sanford


Hershey Lancaster Soft Cremes Make Nationwide Debut
Emily Jed


Mondelez Will Pour $130 Million Into Biscuit Manufacturing
Emily Jed


Mrs. Freshley's Launches Cinnamon Coffee Cakes In 3.4-Oz. 2-Packs
Tim Sanford


Paradise Beverage Debuts Pirate Energy Shots In 5 Cocktail Flavors
Tim Sanford


Post Acquires Nestlé's PowerBar And Musashi Brands
Emily Jed


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