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Vol. 45, No. 1, January 2005

Vending Features
BROG Business Media Readies Polish Vending Forum For February
Tim Sanford
WARSAW, Poland - The Kyriad Prestige Hotel here has been chosen as the site for Poland's first Vending Business Forum. It's being organized by BROG Business Media, and will be held on Feb. 3, 2005. Designed as a specialist business-to-business conference for professionals concerned with vending machines and their operation, the Vending Business Forum will attract representatives of vending operating companies, providers of products, equipment and accessories, managers in charge of investment and development, and business analysts as well as engineers.

Impact Of Technology On Vending Business Model Intensifies In 2005
Tim Sanford
U.S.A. - The potential for today's technology to make vending operations more secure, reliable and profitable is a likely focus of industry activity in the year ahead.  The increasing ease of coupling current-generation vending equipment with proven data communications systems may challenge the usual vending business model.

Music and Games Features
New 'Face Place' Photo Booth Rolls Out In February
Nick Montano
WESTFIELD, NJ - The new "Face Place" photo booth begins field testing this month with production scheduled for February. Face Place LLC, the company manufacturing the photo booth under license from Polaroid, is headed by industry veteran Gene Lipkin. He expects the photo machine to create a new level of customer satisfaction, operator flexibility and profit opportunity.

Bulk Vending
Ball Gum Remains Staple As Operators Seek New Locations, Sales Strategies
Hank Schlesinger
U.S.A. - In a year marked by turbulence in the bulk vending industry, even the normally sedate market segment of ball gum did not escape the hurly-burly. Among the significant developments in 2004 was the purchase of Concord Confections by confectionary giant Tootsie Roll Industries. And, too, for the first time in several years, bulk vending actually saw a decline in the number of ball gum venders out on the street.

Editorial: Vending
Back To School
Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Man Bites Dog
Marcus Webb

Ahead of the Times: Vending
Dec. 13, 2004: Rowe Chief Executive Steps Down; Kraft Foodservice Promotes Paglia

January 13, 2005: Rowe Chief Executive Resigns Post; Kraft Foodservice Promotes Paglia

Ahead of the Times: Music and Games
Jan. 7, 2005: Happ, Suzo Merge; 2005 Jukebox License Rates Announced; Incredible Technologies Reports Successful Test

January 12, 2005: Rowe Chief Executive Resigns Post

January 18, 2005: Sammy Hails New Kit; Ecast Milestone; Global VR Expands Online Presence; Stern Launches New Website; TLC Announces Open Days; TouchTunes Cuts Prices, Offers 0% Financing; Rowe Digital Juke Promotion Offers Free Music

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