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As Big Box Stores Continue Urban Expansion, Impact On Bulk Vending And Coin-Op Remains Unclear
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 12, December 2014
Embracing the "urban-store" concept, retailers like Target, Wal-Mart and Lowes are moving aggressively into small format stores. What this means for bulk vending operators remains to be seen...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Basic Bulk Mix And Fast Installation Pay Off For On The Ball Vending
Issue: Vol. 53, No. 10, October 2013
Can an operator offering simple bulk vending -- and only bulk vending -- still make it on the street? On The Ball Vending, headquartered in Frisco, TX, and run by Scot Clayborn, is proof that it's possible...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Allstar Vending Moves To Larger Headquarters
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 11, November 2014
Author: Nick Montano

Canadian Tattoo Shop Sells Random Designs For $80 Through Bulk Vending Machine
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 11, November 2014
New and regular customers of Toronto's Okey Doke Tattoo Shop can allow a bulk vending machine to choose a tattoo design for them...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Brand Vending Products Relocates From Arizona To California
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 11, November 2014
The relocation of Brand, a leading supplier of vendible capsule and flat merchandise, comes after nearly 23 years in Scottsdale, AZ. The new California facility houses offices, a showroom and a warehouse. Rising shipping costs prompt move...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Q&A: NBVA President Judi Heston Says Bulk's Future Is Bright
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 9, September 2014
Judi Heston began her two-year term as president of the National Bulk Vendors Association in March, succeeding Steve Schechner of Capital Vending (Florence, AL). Heston is the second woman to hold the top post of the 64-year-old trade association...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Busy Beaver Button Co. Readies 15th Annual Button-O-Matic Bulk Vending Promotion
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 10, October 2014
The single-head Northwestern bulk venders will offer a selection of limited edition series buttons by 10 artists, each offering his or her distinctive version of the iconic smiley button...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Speaking At World Retail Congress, Dr. Fung Predicts Higher Chinese Export Costs
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 10, October 2014
Prices of goods manufactured in China may rise dramatically in the coming years, according to Dr. William Fung, chairman of the global sourcing company Li & Fung Ltd. in Hong Kong...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Bulk Vendors Engage Coinage Issue As Mint Readies Study For Congress
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 10, October 2014
For bulk vending operators, the stakes are highest. Should Congress decide on changing the quarter, the bulk vending industry's coin mechanisms and coin-counting equipment could be thrown into chaos...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Angry Birds Developer Is Mad At Bulk Vending Supplier
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 10, October 2014
The Finnish mobile videogame company behind Angry Birds brings lawsuit against Allstar Vending (Pointe-Claire, QC, Canada)...
Author: by Staff Reporters

Allstar Vending Lands 'Despicable Me' License For Bulk And Flat Merchandise
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 9, September 2014
Fans of Gru and his minions may have to wait another three years before the next "Despicable Me" opens in theaters, but they can now satisfy their craving for "Despicable" stuff at vending machines...
Author: Nick Montano



Hello Kitty, A Bulk Vending And Amusement Favorite, Gets Museum Exhibit
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 9, September 2014
Are you ready for Hello Kitty mania of the artistic variety? The ubiquitous pop culture character is being honored by a pair of high-profile art shows in the coming months...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Booming Latino-Themed Malls Open Up New Coin-Op Opportunities
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 9, September 2014
Demographics is destiny in retailing, and this truism is being demonstrated by contemporary shopping centers. One of the fastest-growing trends in malls and shopping centers is the Latino-centric experience. For bulk vending and amusement operators, this trend could hold promise for revitalizing routes...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

New Paper USB Drive Could Have Flat Vending Potential
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 9, September 2014
The recently introduced swivelCard provides business cards -- and presumably other substrates -- with the capability to act as a USB drive...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Mergers And Smaller, Urban Locations Hold Hope For Down-Market Retailers And Bulk Vending Operators
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 8, August 2014
Even large discount retailers, among the most profitable locations in the bulk vending industry, are struggling these days...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Bulk Vending Machines Under Attack
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 8, August 2014
Multiple reports from across the country in the past month have described bulk machines that have been intentionally smashed or used as weapons in fits of rage or intoxicated outbursts...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

S&B Candy And Toy Rolls Out Second Batch Of Dino Egg Bulk Vending Machines
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 8, August 2014
S&B Candy and Toy Co. reports that the second production run of its animated Dinosaur Egg Machines, which made their debut early this summer, has started shipping...
Author: Nick Montano



Vice Profiles Bulk Vending Legend Bradley Ellison: Losing Millions On Homies
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 8, August 2014
Vice is an international magazine focused on arts, culture and news topics. The magazine's portrait of Bradley "Sugarman" Ellison, one of bulk vending's most colorful operators, is poignant...

Andrew Lieberman Designs AcuCount Scales For Use On Route
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 8, August 2014
When Andrew Lieberman introduced the AcuCount coin counter several years ago, he was following a family tradition. The Lieberman name is familiar to bulk vending veterans because Andrew's father founded U-Seal-It Vending half a century ago. That iconic Philadelphia-based company manufactured and operated a pioneering line of flat merchandise machines and became a fixture in some of the nation's largest retailers for decades...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

In Texas, An Operator Creates Niche In Marketing Family-Oriented Products
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 6, June 2014
Matt Miller of Marzs Vending (Kingwood, TX) has found a Texas-size niche in bulk vending. The operator who serves the central Texas market is promoting family-friendly bulk products that eschew the more edgy designs and themes. With a route comprised of some 100 locations, primarily mom and pops, Miller has found that wholesome product makes for happy consumers and location owners...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

As Retailers Struggle To Keep Up With Changes In Consumer Habits, Coin-Op Traffic Remains Uncertain
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 6, June 2014
According to several disparate sources, consumer spending and shopping habits appear to be changing in a dramatic and long-term manner. Evidence of this can be seen in one survey conducted by the market research firm NPD Group. As the survey discovered, families aren't eating out as much as they did just a few years ago...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

OK Manufacturing Returns Under New Management; Bulk Vending Machines Roll Out
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 6, June 2014
OK Manufacturing Co. is back. The company that pioneered giant and kinetic bulk vending machines is under new management. Purchased in an employee buyout in August 2013, OK is now a division of Salt Lake City's Gumball Depot...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Benchmark Applies Amusement Know-How To Kinetic Bulk Vender
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 6, June 2014
Benchmark Games, best known for its amusement redemption devices, has developed its first bulk vending machine line. The factory's Beat the Alienz and Beat the Monsters venders are scheduled to ship in the fourth quarter...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Sticky Situation For Gum: U.S. Sales Continue Decline
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 6, June 2014
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Roger Folz, A Bulk Vending Legend, Is Dead At 86
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
Roger Folz, bulk vending Roger Folz died on April 29. A bulk vending legend, Folz eschewed a career on Wall Street to found Folz Vending Co. in 1949 with is brother Harold. Starting with $600 and one vending machine, Folz would eventually create the first national bulk vending company...

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