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WHAT’S NEW IN BULK VENDING? October Product Review
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 10, October 2008

Allstar leverages Hispanic TV sensation “Lola” in new tat series for girls; A&A Global highlights extraterrestrial toy mix. TNT/CEI and VenDynamics introduce their latest flat vending products…


Author: Larisa Jayne Shewczyk

How Vendors Can Even Out Cashflow With Credit Savvy
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 10, October 2008

NEW YORK CITY — In a slow economy, credit is an important cashflow tool that can help small businesses cover temporary cash shortages and emergency expenses, as well as invest in growth opportunities. But as useful as credit is, it’s critical to make it part of a complete cash management plan. Otherwise, you may be prone to overusing or misusing credit, instead of making it work for your business… By RAYMOND JOABAR, American Express OPEN


Author: by Raymond Joabar, American Express OPEN

WHAT’S NEW IN BULK? September Product Review
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 9, September 2008
NEW YORK CITY (Sept. 2008) — Allstar’s Madagascar stickers coinciding with blockbuster sequel, A&A’s high-end tat designs, Brand’s collectible figurines and deals from Cardinal spur back-to-school excitement in the bulk vending channel…
Author: Larisa Jayne Shewczyk

Vend-A-Mation Brings Out-Of-This-World Bulk Vender To Market
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 9, September 2008
HOUSTON (SEPTEMBER 2008) — Vend-A-Mation is rolling out a bulk vender that incorporates a unique video component to attract customers and encourage sales. The result of four years’ research and development, it is the company’s first product and will be shown at the Amusement and Music Operators Association International Expo (September 10-12, Las Vegas Convention Center) …
Author: Larisa Jayne Shewczyk

‘High-Perceived Value’ Remains Essential, But Elusive In Bulk Sector
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 8, August 2008
U.S.A. (AUGUST 2008) — Though it might be common to talk about “high-perceived value,” it often is difficult to actually define the traits and characteristics that give this designation to both capsuled and flat-vend merchandise. Why will one line quickly attract consumers’ attention while others remain unsold? Determining which products elusive bulk consumers will perceive as having a high value can be a tricky proposition…
Author: Hank Schlesinger

L.M. Becker Offers Bilingual Displays And Entire Line Online
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 7, July 2008

APPLETON, WI (August 4, 2008) — Now available from L.M. Becker & Co. are bilingual display cards, offered in English and Spanish or English and French. The company also announced that its entire line, including Toy ‘n Joy bulk vending products, is available through its online store, Novelties-a-GoGo… [full story]


Author: Tim Sanford

Coinstar Q2 Revenues Rise 60%; Bulk, Crane Placements Continue Slide
Issue: Vol. 47, No. 7, July 2007

BELLEVUE, WA (August 1, 2008) — Coinstar's nationwide coin- op crane, bulk vending and kiddie ride business continued to decline during the second quarter, despite strong performance in other divisions. For the three-month period ended June 30, the company reported that its bulk vending and "other" installations, which includes kiddie rides, fell 33% from 205,000 in the first quarter to 138,000, while its skill crane placement dropped 8% from 25,000 to 23,000… [full story]


Author: Emily Jed

Hershey Debuts Bulk Vending Program During NBVA Show
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 5, May 2008
LAS VEGAS (May 2008)  — The Hershey Co., one of the most recognizable names in confectionaries, is reentering the bulk vending market. The candy giant is now offering three of its best-known product lines for direct sale to bulk vendors, and will provide display cards for them.
Author: Hank Schlesinger

NBVA Sees Lean Bulk Show Turnout, Elects Chilton President
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 5, May 2008
LAS VEGAS (May 2008) — A generous assortment of new products and equipment, diverse educational lineup and the election of new officers offset a weak turnout at National Bulk Vendors Association recent trade show and convention. The NBVA elected Randy Chilton, Coinstar, president.
Author: Hank Schlesinger

WEB EXCLUSIVE: How Does The CPSC Reform Act Affect Your Vending Business?
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 4, April 2008
COCKEYSVILLE, MD (April 2008) — On February 25, Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) sponsored the Senate’s version of the Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Act of 2008, which he hails as the legislation needed to let American consumers be sure that the toys they purchase are safe. As part of the legislative process, the House of Representatives already passed a similar version. What bulk vending operators need to know about the new Federal product safety rules… By PHILIP BRILLIANT
Author: by Philip Brilliant, A&A Global Industries

Cardinal, What’s Up Announce Cross-Marketing Agreement
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 4, April 2008
BALTIMORE (April 2008) — Cardinal Distributing Inc., based here, and What’s Up LLC (Appleton, WI) have announced a cross-marketing agreement that will help strengthen the promotion of bulk vending products from both suppliers. Under terms of the agreement, Cardinal has acquired exclusive production and distribution rights to the What’s Up brand.
Author: Nick Montano

NBVA Opens 58th Show In Las Vegas, Welcomes New Exhibitors, Products
Issue: Vol. 48, No. 4, April 2008
LAS VEGAS (April 2008) — The 58th annual National Bulk Vendors Association trade show and convention, scheduled for April 17 through 19, promises to be among the most memorable in recent history. Set to return to Caesars Palace hotel and casino here, officials expect this year’s show to attract a better-than-usual turnout of operators and exhibitors. 
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Proper Merchandising Of Bulk Equipment Improves Sales And Customer Retention
Issue: Vol. 48, No.3, March 2008
U.S.A. (March 2008) — Merchandising has always presented unique challenges for the bulk vending operator. 
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Oak Leaf Acquires Rights To Nerds Gumballs From Nestlé
Issue: Vol. 48, No.3, March 2008
TORONTO (March 2008) — Oak Leaf Confections, a leading supplier of ball gum and other confectionary vendibles, has announced the reintroduction of Nerds Gumballs to its product line. A longtime favorite in the bulk vending industry, Oak Leaf acquired the rights to manufacture the brand after Nestlé’s Willy Wonka Candy Factory division decided to discontinue it.
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Vroom Foods And Mad Dog Introduce Mint Chocolate Energy Chew In Vending
Issue: Vol. 48, No.3, March 2008
COSTA MESA, CA (March 2008)  — The vending partnership of Vroom Foods Inc. and Mad Dog Energy Products Inc. has added Buzz Bites mint chocolate energy chews to its bulk vending, single-serve offering (see VT  February). Like Buzz Bites chocolate energy chews, each mint chocolate Buzz Bite contains 100mg. of caffeine and the energy equivalent of a single cup of coffee or 25% more than the leading energy drink.  
Author: Emily Jed

L.M. Becker Distributes Tommy Bear Type II Large-Capsule Vender In The U.S. Market
Issue: Vol. 48, No.3, March 2008
APPLETON, WI (March 2008) — L.M. Becker & Co. reports that it will distribute a new capsule vender designed for larger merchandise in the U.S. market, and will also provide products to be sold through the machine.
Author: Larisa Jayne Shewczyk

Slingshot Enters Bulk Vending With Product Bonanza: Speed Racer’ Novelties Highlight Capsule And Flat Merchandise
Issue: Vol. 48, No.2, February 2008
AGOURA HILLS, CA (February 2008) — Slingshot Promotions makes its bulk vending debut this month with a variety of inventive products directed at young patrons. Two capsuled novelty lines, along with figurines and flat merchandise coinciding with the release of the upcoming Wachowski brothers’ feature film, highlight the rollout.
Author: Nick Montano

The Homieshop’s New Fight Club Figurines Target $1 Vends
Issue: Vol. 48, No.2, February 2008
HERCULES, CA (February 2008) — New from the Homieshop is Fight Club, a collectible figurine series that taps into the growing sport of mixed martial arts fighting. Standing a full 2.5 ins. tall and decked out with tribal tattooing, these are some of the most detailed figurines created by urban artist Dave Gonzales, founder of the Homieshop.
Author: Nick Montano

NBVA Awards Scholarships, Begins Convention Planning
Issue: Vol. 48, No.1, January 2008
CHICAGO (January 2008) — The National Bulk Vendors Association recently awarded scholarships to 10 students. The association gave out $15,000 in total for the 2007-'08 school year. The NBVA also is gearing up for its annual convention and trade show, set for April 17-19.
Author: Larisa Jayne Shewczyk

Coinstar Reduces Operations At Folz Vending’s Long Island Home
Issue: Vol. 48, No.1, January 2008

OCEANSIDE, NY (January 2008) — Coinstar Inc. (Bellevue, WA), a nationwide operator of vending, amusement and coin-counting equipment, has dramatically reduced the staff and functions of its Folz Vending Co. manufacturing plant and offices, located here on Long Island.


Author: Hank Schlesinger

Blame Banks, Unexpected Micropayment Growth For Delay Of Cashless Applications In Bulk Vending
Issue: Vol. 40, No. 11 / August 25, 2000 - September 24, 2000

U.S.A. (December 2007) — American operators are starting to look enviously at industry professionals in Europe and Canada, where the equivalent of a $2 bulk vend is commonplace. Many vendors have even expanded offerings to include products that retail for more than $4, and merchandise like licensed toys, which typically sell for 75¢ here, is now fetching $1 in Canada.



SuperPro Adds Certs Mints To Upmarket Bulk Program
Issue: Vol. 47, No.12, December 2007

CHICAGO (December 2007) — SuperPro Vending Group (Nixa, MO and Huntley, IL) has  added Certs breath mints from Cadbury Adams to its popular vending program. The new line was introduced at the National Automatic Merchandising Association National Expo here.


Author: Tim Sanford

White House’s Product Safety Plan Impacts Industries Relying On Imports
Issue: Vol. 47, No.12, December 2007

WASHINGTON, DC (December 2007) — Following a series of high-profile recalls of imported  consumer products that have included children’s toys and pet food, both the White House and Congress are preparing to take action.



VenDynamics’ ZuluComm Enables Operators To Provide Wireless ‘Hot Spots’ To Generate Added Location Revenue
Issue: Vol. 47, No.12, December 2007

SAN JOSE, CA— New from VenDynamics is a program that allows vending operators to install pay-for-use Wi-Fi “hot spots” in locations that have high-speed Internet connections. The company notes that retailers ranging from Starbucks to McDonald’s have enjoyed substantial success by offering customers access to the Internet over a high-speed wireless connection.


Author: Nick Montano

A&A Establishes In-House Testing Facility To Ensure Safety Of Bulk-Vended Products
Issue: Vol. 47, No.11, November 2007

COCKEYSVILLE, MD (November 2007) — A&A Global Industries has become the first supplier in the bulk vending industry to establish an in-house testing laboratory aimed at assuring that products meet or exceed regulatory child safety standards.



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