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Vol. 49, No.4, April 2009

Vending Features
CDC Online Journal Cites NAMA Fit Pick Program As Successful Public-Private Health Partnership
Tim Sanford
The CDC recognizes partnership between Clark County, Washington’s Healthy Communities Program and NAMA’s Fit Pick program as a "successful public-private partnership for improving health communitywide"...

Crane Co.’s Merchandising Systems Posts 37% Q1 Sales Decline
Nick Montano
Crane Co. reported that sales in its merchandising systems business unit declined $41.8 million, or 37%, in the first quarter of 2009. Sales for the period were $71.7 million, compared with $113.5 million for the same quarter in 2008...

Demonstrations Highlight May Kiosk/Signage Show In Germany
Tim Sanford
This year's Kiosk Europe Expo and Digital Signage Expo, which will be held in Germany concurrently in early May, will offer a panorama of the state of the art in digital signage and self-service solutions...

Federal Authorities Charge Man In International Biz-Op Scheme
A British citizen has been charged in connection to fraudulent business opportunities by a Miami federal grand jury. Sirtaj Mathauda was indicted on March 10 on charges that he and his co-conspirators purported to sell vending...

Kraft, Crane, Samsung And Digitas Collaborate On Touchscreen Snack Vending Machine
Nick Montano
A collaboration of four leading companies from different industries has created a state-of-the-art snack vending machine, highlighted by a 46" LCD touchscreen panel front and controlled by an embedded networked computer. The companies behind the revolutionary vending machine are Kraft Foods, Crane Merchandising Systems, Samsung Electronics and Digitas...

Last NAMA Spring Expo Concludes 50-Year Tradition On A High Note
by Emily Jed and Tim Sanford
NAMA’s final Spring Expo was hailed by show organizers, operators and suppliers alike as one of the strongest in years, in terms of attendance, innovation and positive buzz. The show was noteworthy for introductions of innovative equipment...

Mars, ABA Testify In Support Of National School Nutrition Standards
Emily Jed
Representatives of Mars Snackfood US and the American Beverage Association testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture at a hearing on childhood nutrition to voice support of nationwide school nutrition standards...

NAMA Calls On Operators To Defend Secret Ballot In Union Elections
Tim Sanford
The National Automatic Merchandising Association is urging vending operators to contact their elected officials in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and ask them to oppose any so-called "employee free choice" legislation that does not protect the secret ballot in union elections...

NAMA Coordinates Industry’s Opposition To Legislative Proposals Curtailing State Control Of ‘Competitive’ School Food Rulemaking
Tim Sanford
The National Automatic Merchandising Association is warning the vending industry of new attempts to centralize control at the federal level over "competitive" foods sold in schools. This authority now is exercised by the states...

New York Trade Escapes 'Obesity' And 'Entertainment' Taxes; $1.50 Exemption Progresses
Emily Jed
Two distinct segments of New York's coin-op industry have escaped potentially harmful taxes. Stimulus funds will close next year's $14 billion deficit in the state, eliminating the need for numerous proposed taxes. Among them were an 18% tax on nondiet soft drinks and a possible "entertainment" tax on amusement devices...

Next Generation Vending Applies Data Analysis To Delighting Clientele
by Emily Jed and Tim Sanford
Next Generation Vending and Food Service Inc. is blazing a trail with a high-tech, high-touch approach. Founders David Mac Isaac and John Ioannou believe their operation can serve as a model for the industry in a time of swift transition, and transform the image of robotic retailing as the new millennium takes shape...

NRA Show Spotlights 2009 Food Trends, Competitive Solutions
Emily Jed
The restaurant association’s Hotel-Motel Show (May 16-19, Chicago) will showcase new products, ideas and resources to help operators address current challenges and succeed in a tough economy...

Peanut Recall Could Cost $1B; Salmonella Triggers Pistachio Recall
The outbreak of foodborne illness tied to peanuts and peanut products could cost the U.S. peanut industry $1 billion... The FDA reported this week that a California processor is recalling about 1 million pounds of pistachios...

PepsiCo Pilots 'Climate-Friendly' Power-Efficient Vending Machines
Emily Jed
A PepsiCo pilot project will explore the practicality of the "most climate-friendly vending machines ever put on location in the United States." New Pepsi-Cola venders use CO2 as a refrigerant gas, rather than HFCs, in Washington-area test...

Smith Plans Battery-Powered Trucks; Canteen, Frito-Lay Sign On
Tim Sanford
Smith Electric Vehicles plans to assemble all-electric zero-emission commercial vehicles, focusing on battery power for depot-based, predictable-route delivery fleets. Canteen Vending Services and Frito-Lay have signed on as launch partners...

USAT Enhances ePort Connect, Launches Deployment Consulting Service
Emily Jed
USA Technologies made a series of enhancements to its ePort Connect payment and telemetry service, and has launched a consulting service to help vending operators get up to speed quickly and grow their operating profits...

Music and Games Features
Arturo Velasquez, Industry And Community Leader, Dies At 93
Arturo Velasquez, a coin machine pioneer and community leader, died on April 17 at his home in Palos Hills, a suburb of Chicago. He was 93...

Betson Opens Its First Southeast Office, Names Capilouto Manager; Greater Southern To Close
Nick Montano
Betson Enterprises is opening its first facility in the Southeast, and will begin delivering product and providing service in April. David Capilouto, formerly a co-president of Greater Southern Distributing Co., is joining Betson... Atlanta-based Greater Southern is closing its distribution businesss...

Betson Sets Upstate NY Expo And Educational Events For April 17-18
Betson Enterprises plans to host its 10th annual equipment and product showing for operators in upstate New York and adjacent regions. It's set for April 17 and 18 at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort in Verona, NY...

Cocktail College: Merit Begins Development Of 1st Training Application
Nick Montano
Merit says it is developing the industry's first interactive training program in partnership with a pioneer in bartending education. The new application will extend the touchscreen’s reach from the top of the bar to behind the bar...

Crane Operators Go Upscale, Focus On Merchandising
Hank Schlesinger
When it comes to cranes, the news is not so bad. Despite what some are calling “dismal” equipment sales, the category itself has not fallen out of fashion or favor with operators and players. Several factors not directly related to the current economy have contributed to distortion of the crane market...

Digital Fusion: A New Jukebox Option For The Ecast Network
Nick Montano
New from Amusement Technologies is an economical upgrade that can convert legacy CD jukeboxes into state-of-the-art touchscreen digital systems which connect to the Ecast media network. The Digital Fusion upgrade mainly consists of Ecast's MoJO core and a central control computer...

Ecast Adds Five Playlists To Jukebox Music Discovery Lineup
Five new playlists automatically appeared this week on 10,000-plus Ecast-powered jukeboxes across the nation. Not including seasonal and calendar-based material, like the recent St. Patty's Day and Death & Taxes lists, the latest installment takes Ecast's playlist collection to 33...

It's Back! Lawn Darts Joins Target Toss Pro Series
Larisa Jayne Shewczyk
Banned for 21 years, the world's deadliest backyard game is making a comeback–in coin-op venues. Lawn Darts is the latest installment in Incredible Technologies' Target Toss Pro videogame series...

Planet Prize: Redemption Plus Puts The Counter Online
Larisa Jayne Shewczyk
Redemption Plus is harnessing the power of the Web to create a destination where patrons can redeem winnings for prizes rather than waiting at the prize counter...

Raw Thrills’ H2Overdrive Prepares To Leave Drydock
Nick Montano
Arcade videogame maker Raw Thrills is releasing a powerboat racing simulator. Aptly named H2Overdrive, the new viddie hearkens back to Hydro Thunder by delivering high-octane water action with just a steering wheel and throttle...

Rental And Leasing Programs Are Center Of Jukebox Controversy
Two trade associations have strongly criticized a direct-to-location, nationwide jukebox rental program operated by Power House Vending. The equipment runs on the Ecast network...

Skee-Ball Debuts Coin-Drop Game Featuring ‘21’ Theme
Hank Schlesinger
Skee-Ball is expanding its redemption offerings with its first title in the quick-coin category. Super 21 challenges players to accurately time the drop of coins onto a rotating playfield for blackjack-style amusement...

Study Finds Young Adults, Kids Cutting Back On Restaurant Visits
Emily Jed
Restaurant and foodservice operators are losing business as young adults (ages 18 to 24) cut back on restaurant visits, according NPD Group, a research firm...

Bulk Vending
Bulk Vending Show Sees Success Amid Weak Trade Atmosphere
Hank Schlesinger
A reinvigorated National Bulk Vendors Association shined at Bally's Casino Las Vegas, where the association held its annual convention and trade show from April16 to 18. The NBVA show exceeded expectations, and drew rave reviews from both operators and exhibitors...

Hiring A Vet: Patriotic And Good Business
Hank Schlesinger
Unemployment among veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan is significantly higher than rates in the general population. Veteran organizations are looking to small and midsize companies to help fill the gap...

Editorial: Vending
EDITORIAL: First Things First
Tim Sanford
The vending industry today is on the threshold of a new era. In fact, it has been on that threshold for more than a decade. There seems to be a certain impatience, in some circles, over our apparent unwillingness to move forward... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
EDITORIAL: How To Deliver Bad News
Marcus Webb
Even the most successful, experienced businesspeople often find one particular task daunting: delivering bad news. A veteran operator wrote to suggest that we provide an article on "the art of delivering bad news”... by Marcus Webb

'Peel & Win' Offers Novel Prize Concept In Bulk Vending Format
Larisa Jayne Shewczyk
The "value-added vendible" has been touted by product suppliers in recent years -- and the latest to join the list of “incentivizing” vendibles is the peel-and-win concept...

Coffee Service News
Consumers Choice's Leo Fante Will Chair NAMA 2009 Coffee Summit In June
Tim Sanford
NAMA names coffee industry veteran Leo Fante chairman for its upcoming Coffee Service Education Summit. The event is set for the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ, June 15-17...

NCA Study: Coffee Consumption Holds Steady, Upticks At Home
Emily Jed
The National Coffee Association's latest survey on the nation's coffee drinking trends indicates that the industry has remained resilient in spite of the weak economy...

Star Food’s School Meals Vender Meets Criteria For USDA Aid Grant
Emily Jed
The USDA has published the requirements for equipment assistance grants for school food authorities. Star Food offers a reimbursable-meal vender that can deliver product containing all the components required under the School Lunch Program...

Guest Columns
Time For A Change
by Dave Levine
From my vantage point, it appears that our industry suffers from myopia -- not literal nearsightedness, but a lack of imagination, discernment and long-range perspective in thinking and planning...Dave Levine

Upfront with the Publisher
UPFRONT: Reliable Sources, And A Place To Turn
Alicia Lavay
Not too long ago I was watching one of my favorite talk shows, hosted by political satirist Bill Maher. The topic under discussion was the grim future of the newspaper. It seems that most young people now get their news on the Internet or read blogs to keep them in the know... by Alicia Lavay-Kertes

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