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Vol. 44, No. 6, June 2004

Vending Features
NAMA Opposes Fed's 'Recirculation' Policy, Backs New $1 Coin Act
Tim Sanford
WASHINGTON, DC - Tom McMahon, senior vice-president and chief counsel for the National Automatic Merchandising Association, testified before the House Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy early in May.

Music and Games Features
Coinstar Acquires ACMI/Sugarloaf, Forming Extensive Nationwide Operation
Marcus Webb
BELLEVUE, WA - Coinstar announced on May 24 a definitive agreement to purchase American Coin Merchandising Inc. and its parent company, ACMI Holdings Inc., for $235 million in cash.

Fast-Growing Fatburger To Install 'E-Rock' Jukeboxes In All Locations
Marcus Webb
SANTA MONICA, CA - Downloading "E-Rock" and "Wall-Rock" jukeboxes built by Rock-Ola Mfg. Co. and powered by Ecast technology are being placed in the fast-growing Fatburger chain, based here. In some cases, the new Ecast-powered "Bubbler" nostalgic jukebox, debuted by Rock-Ola at a Chicago restaurant show in late May, could also be deployed.

Bulk Vending
RFID Handheld Data Collection Technology Is Offered For The Bulk Vending Industry
Hank Schlesinger
BRIGHTON, ON, Canada - Chances are excellent that you've already used technology known as Radio Frequency Identification or RFID, for short. If you've ever passed through store security and had one of those little tags set off an alarm; if you've  paid for highway, bridge or tunnel tolls with an "E-Z Pass" or other automated system; or if you've been to an office where doors open   after an employee ID card is waved over a sensor, then you've witnessed RFID technology in action.

Editorial: Vending
The Forest And The Trees
Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
How To Recognize A White Knight
Marcus Webb


Ahead of the Times: Vending
May 19, 2004: Kellogg To Relocate Snack Business

May 27, 2004: Kar Nut Recalls Various Almond Products

Ahead of the Times: Music and Games
June 1, 2004: Valley-Dynamo Offers June Financing; Alabama High Court Rules Against Video Gaming; Sega Board Shakeup Announced

June 3, 2004: IT To Sell Direct To Operators: Rowe Licenses Digital Music From Harry Fox

May 17, 2004: Ecast Endorses Online Privacy; Starbucks To Offer Music, Entertainment

May 19, 2004: Sammy Announces Full Sega Acquisition

May 24, 2004: Coinstar Acquires ACMI/SugarLoaf; D&B's Inks Jillian's Acquisition

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