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One Stop Fun Shoppe Finds Favor In FECs, Malls And Bowling Centers
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 6, June 2010
OK Manufacturing's One Stop Fun Shoppe isn't for every location. However, for the growing number of sites where the unit fits the bill, it provides a one-of-a-kind modular solution...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Gacha Appoints Ford Gum Exclusive U.S. Bulk Vending Distributor
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 6, June 2010
Gacha International has appointed Ford Gum & Machine Co. Inc. the exclusive distributor of its Gacha bulk vending machines and capsuled merchandise in the United States...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Brand's Sqwishland Beta Site Goes Live June 1
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 6, June 2010
Brand Vending Products reports that a free beta test version of its Sqwishland online game will go live on June 1. Sqwishland features characters made familiar to kids by Brand's capsuled squishy toys…
Author: by Staff Reporter

CPSC Hits Retail With Another Cadmium-Related Recall, Tightens Control At Borders
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 6, June 2010
The retail industry has been hit with another recall of toy fashion accessories containing "unhealthy" levels of cadmium. Separately, the CPSC is teaming up with a division of Homeland Security to protect consumer health and safety at America's borders...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Northwestern Debuts Side-By-Side Coin Mech For Model 60 Bulk Vender
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 6, June 2010
Northwestern Northwestern’s Richard Bolen went back to the drawing board to redesign the coin mech for his company’s popular Model 60 bulk vender. The new coin mech features all of the quality of a Northwestern mech plus intuitive side-by-side configuration for customer ease of use...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Beyond Basic Machine Heads
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 5, May 2010
New skills, steady nerves and factory support help a traditional bulk vending operator expand into amusement merchandising. Alabama's Capital Vending works with LAI Games to get Mini Stacker up, running and earning...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

NBVA Hails 2010 Convention And Show A Success
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 5, May 2010
By many accounts, the National Bulk Vendors Association's 60th annual convention and trade show can be hailed a success. Held at the Ramada Orlando Celebration Resort here from April 8 to 10, the trade show featured a lively lineup of events, product exhibits and educational seminars...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

THE NEXT BIG THINGS? Brand Unveils ‘Sqwishland’ Online Games And Solar-Powered Toys
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 4, April 2010
ITC, vending machine What's the next big thing in bulk vending? Believe it or not, it could be MMORPGs with the industry's own avatars and eco-friendly toys powered by the sun. Brand Vending Products reports that it has created the world's first vending-machine-distributed online games site for children. Also new are solar-powered toys for capsules. Both were unveiled at this week's bulk vending trade show in Florida...
Author: Nick Montano

SOMETHING TO CHEW ON: Ball Gum Remains Leader As Bulk Vending Sales Champion
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 4, April 2010
Even as other segments of the bulk vending industry endured a difficult year, ball gum held its own in terms of sales. The perennial bulk vending favorite continues to enjoy strong volume...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

NBVA Makes Case For Amending Product Labeling Law
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 4, April 2010
On March 17 and 18, the bulk vending industry met with lawmakers to make its case for a permanent exemption from the labeling requirements mandated under Section 103 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. It was the second lobbying mission organized by the National Bulk Vendors Association...
Author: by Staff Reporter

THE LOAN ARRANGER: Firestone Fills The Breach, Extending Credit To Bulk Operators
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 2, February 2010
Where did all the money go? Over the past year, bulk vendors and other coin machine operators have seen their credit lines sharply reduced or canceled altogether. If that weren't bad enough, in many instances credit card limits have been significantly reduced, too, adding insult to economic injury. Reports from the field indicate that even operators with pristine credit ratings and profitable locations have not been immune to the credit crunch that has stalled plans for expansion and new equipment for the past year and a half. Enter Firestone Financial...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

NBVA Appoints Interim Officers To Fill Vacated Posts
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 3, March 2010
The National Bulk Vendors Association reported that key elected officers have resigned from the association. As a result, NBVA's board of directors has appointed interim executives, as the association prepares for its annual convention in April. The board has named Lauri Logue of Brand Vending Products vice-president, a post previously held by...
Author: by Staff Reporter

Mall Giant Simon Bids For Rival
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 3, March 2010
Simon Property Group Inc., the nation's largest shopping mall owner, made a $10 billion bid on Feb. 16 to acquire rival General Growth Properties. Terms of the offer were made public after General Growth's board failed to respond to a formal offer by Simon. Simon's properties were among the first malls to feature amusements and bulk vending...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

NBVA Firms Up Planning For Annual Show And Convention
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 2, February 2010
National Bulk Vendors Association says planning for its 60th anniversary trade show and convention is well underway. This year's bulk vending extravaganza will head to Kissimmee, FL, where the industry's brightest operators and best products will converge on the Ramada Orlando Celebration Resort and Convention Center from April 8 to 10...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

NBVA Seeks Permanent Exemption From CPSIA Section 103; Plans Capitol Meet
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 2, February 2010
The National Bulk Vendors Association said it is organizing a second Capitol Connections Days here on March 17 and 18. The lobbying event is aimed at gaining a permanent exemption from the labeling requirements mandated under Section 103 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act for bulk vending products...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Bulk Suppliers, Like Allstar Vending, Are Well-Prepared When It Comes To Safety Standards
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 2, February 2010
When news broke that some retailers were selling toy accessories containing high levels of cadmium, it was looking as if it might be a case of déjà vu all over again. An Associated Press investigative story prompted swift responses from the Consumer Products Safety Commission and Asian toy manufacturers. But this year's toxic toy scare never seemed to materialize into an industry crisis thanks to the vigilance of the bulk vending suppliers. Allstar Vending is one of them...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

A&A Describes Measures In Place To Assure Safety Of Vendible Toys
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 2, February 2010
A&A Global Industries noted that the Associated Press report of high concentrations of cadmium in toy fashion accessories all involved merchandise sold over the counter in retail stores, not through bulk vending machines. The supplier noted that it tests the products it sells to insure that they comply with federal regulations...
Author: by Staff Reporter

Report Of Cadmium In Toy Jewelry Draws Regulatory, Legislative Wrath
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 2, February 2010
A report by the Associated Press on high levels of cadmium found in toy jewelry has triggered unusually swift responses by federal agencies, lawmakers and retailers that could have wide-ranging impact on the bulk vending industry. AP tested 103 pieces of low-cost children's jewelry imported from China and found that 12 of the items had cadmium levels of...
Author: by Staff Reporter

Importer To Pay $1.25M For Lead In Toys; Bulk Remains Vigilant
Issue: Vol. 50, No.1, January 2010
An Illinois firm agreed to pay a $1.25 million settlement for importing and selling Thomas & Friends children's toys that contained lead levels above legal limits and risked sickening children...
Author: by Staff Reporter

A&A Inks Major Licensing Agreement With Disney
Issue: Vol. 49, No.12, December 2009
A&A Global Industries said it has closed on a licensing deal with Walt Disney Consumer Products. According to the terms, the bulk vending supplier has acquired a license to produce a variety of capsuled toys and novelties based on Disney properties for distribution in the vending space in the U.S...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Functional Gum In Development Could Become New Product Category For Bulk Vending
Issue: Vol. 50, No.1, January 2010
Functional chewing gum, once seen almost solely as a novelty or niche product, is now the subject of serious study by scientists. Nicotine, caffeinated and breath-freshening gums have all been met with varying degrees of success in the marketplace. Now, researchers are developing chewing gum as a delivery system for many types of drugs and supplements...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Web Glow Vender With Online Prize Redemption Wins IAAPA Kudos
Issue: Vol. 49, No.12, December 2009
On display at this year’s fall trade shows in Las Vegas was the new Web Glow Machine, a bulk vender with bill validator and flatscreen display that allows customers to win points with every purchase and accumulate them for attractive prizes. Exhibited by Glow Machine Ltd. of Scottsdale, AZ, the novel vender was honored as Best New Product – Coin Operated Arcade and Redemption Equipment by the IAAPA...
Author: Nick Montano

VSi Ed Hardy Tattoos Break New Ground In Flat Vending
Issue: Vol. 49, No.11, November 2009
VendingSupplyinc. High fashion and bulk vending would seem to have little in common, except that one of today's best-selling temporary tattoo lines is based on the edgy designs of Ed Hardy. Vending Supply inc., which acquired the license four years ago, has seen the popularity of the license build inside and outside bulk vending...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Trade Associations Urge Senate To Hold Hearings On CPSIA
Issue: Vol. 49, No.11, November 2009
The National Bulk Vendors Association, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions and Handmade Toy Alliance, along with 37 other trade groups, are calling on Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas to hold an open hearing in the Senate Commerce Committee on the unintended consequences of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act...
Author: Nick Montano

Chilton Prepares To Exit NBVA
Issue: Vol. 49, No.10, October 2009
Randy Chilton The departure of Randy Chilton as president of the National Bulk Vendors Association will test the trade group. His resignation follows Coinstar's exit from the bulk vending and amusement industries in early October with the sale of its amusement and vending assets to the National Entertainment Network...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

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