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Vol. 47, No. 8, August 2007

Vending Features
Blackboard Adds USAT’s Cashless Payment Technology, Widening On-Campus Vending Machine Payment Options
MALVERN, PA (August 2007) — USA Technologies has announced that Blackboard Inc. (Washington, DC) now is offering USAT cashless payment technology to customers using the Blackboard Commerce Suite. This allows students to make cashless payments for purchases from vending machines on campus.

Eu’Vend Planners Put Final Touches On September ‘07 Show In Cologne
COLOGNE, Germany (August 2007) — Eu’Vend 2007, set for September 20 through 22 at the famous Cologne Fairground, is shaping up as the largest and best-attended to date, according to the show’s organizers. Some 230 exhibitors from more than 20 countries are expected to showcase their products and services at the fair, which is organized and administered by Koelnmesse (the Cologne Fairground operating authority) and sponsored by the German vending association BDV.

Fed Exempts Card Micropayments From Receipt Issuing Requirement
WASHINGTON, DC (August 2007) — The Federal Reserve Board has voted to stop requiring merchants to provide receipts for debit-card purchases of less than $15. The new rule takes effect August 6.

NAMA Slates 2-Day Office Coffee Confab For Philadelphia, Feb. 12-13
CHICAGO (August 2007) — The National Automatic Merchandising Association plans to stage an educational program for operators who offer coffee service. It will be held in Philadelphia on February 12 and 13, 2008.

NEW AT THE 2007 EXPO: Second-Generation Family Open Forum Discussion Group, Reception Encourages Sharing Experiences, Comparing Notes, Solving Problems
At NAMA, we are committed to delivering the very best National and Spring Expos, which is why we work throughout the year to make changes and add programs to ensure that registrants experience the very best our industry has to offer. Right now, building on the success of the NAMA Spring Expo, we are busy planning this year’s National Expo, to be held at McCormick Place’s Lakeside Center in Chicago from October 10 to 12...By DAN MATHEWS, NCE

NRI Hails Eu’Vend As Climax To Epochal Year Of Progress
BUXTEHUDE, Germany (August 2007) — This fall’s Eu’Vend convention and trade show in Cologne will represent the icing on the cake for NRI, which has experienced an eventful year. According to the company, the past 12 months may prove to have been the most important period in its corporate history.

Music and Games Features
AMOA, Fun Expos Are Set For Late September Run – New Online Tool Matches Visitors With Exhibitors
LAS VEGAS (August 2007) — The 2007 editions of the Amusement and Music Operators Association International Expo and Fun Expo will be co-located for the ninth successive year, with trade exhibits running Thursday through Saturday, September 27-29, in the north hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The convention center is adjacent to the Las Vegas Hilton, which will serve as the headquarters hotel.

Missouri AMOA Hails Tax Victory
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (August 2007) — When Gov. Matt Blunt signed Senate Bill 30 into law on July 14, it was the culmination of years of struggle by operators that began in 1992. And the new law may just keep the Missouri amusements trade from being taxed out of existence, state association leaders say.

NYC Operators Rack Up Pool Table Victory; Legislation Increases Billiard Table License Threshold
Nick Montano

CITY “POOL” HALL: Above, from left, AMOA-NY’s Frank Calland, Allen Weisberg and Cary Kessler testify before the New York City Council’s Committee on Consumer Affairs at May 31 public hearing related to pool table licenses. Committee chairman, Councilman Leroy Comrie, flanked by aides in photo at lower left, is known for his support of legislation that aids small businesses. At right, Councilman John Liu (D-Queens) argues that pool tables and billiard rooms cultivate gambling activities.

TouchTunes Reports Progress Modifying Gen 3 Jukebox Platform To Interoperate With Existing Technology Supporting Merit Links
CHICAGO (August 2007) — A brief controversy in July between TouchTunes Music Corp. and Merit Entertainment has reportedly been resolved. TouchTunes said it will make its new Generation 3 platform backward compatible with Gamelink technology to connect TouchTunes jukeboxes to Merit countertop games.

Bulk Vending
Licensed Bulk Products Grow In Popularity, Operators Seek Added Value, Higher Prices
U.S.A. (August 2007) — The popularity of licensed products, once thought to be a cyclical phenomenon in bulk vending, appears to have matured into an industry staple. It was not that long ago when licensed products in both the flat vendible and encapsulated merchandise segments came and went at regular intervals. At the time, some industry veterans attributed this cycle to what could best be described as a “bandwagon effect,” with suppliers following the lead of one or more successful product lines.

Editorial: Vending
EDITORIAL: Out Of Service, With A Smile
Tim Sanford
Operators are very familiar with vicious circles. Those who have been around for awhile are accustomed to finding an attractive product that would sell well in vending machines, if it were available in a suitable package and portion size – and to being told by the supplier that there is no reason to make it that way, because it isn’t sold in vending...By TIM SANFORD

Editorial: Music and Games
EDITORIAL: Warren Buffett, Amusement Operator
Marcus Webb
Now, here is what you call a little-known fact. Billionaire Warren Buffett, the world’s third-richest man and one of the most successful investors of all time – the “Oracle of Omaha” – got his start as an amusement machine operator...MARCUS WEBB

Upfront with the Publisher
UPFRONT: There is no reason why we can’t keep the NBPA family together
Alicia Lavay
I was sad to learn that the National Beverage and Products Association has decided not to continue holding its annual trade show. I started attending that event as a full-time VT employee in 1989. It had become an annual road trip for me, my mother and my father – our former publisher, the late Victor Lavay. It was a chance for us to spend quality drive-time together and talk about the industry in my own private tutoring session (while listening to Frank Sinatra)...By ALICIA LAVAY-KERTES

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