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The Collocated Show Is The Right Show At The Right Time
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 8, August 2011
This year's National Bulk Vendors Association show planners again are collocating the event with Amusement Expo, seeking to surpass last year's triumph... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

The 21st Century Tinkerers Who May Shape The Future
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 6, June 2011
Bulk vending is perhaps one of the few industries in which a vital piece of equipment is kept in "over" service, with pride. But is that a good strategy? by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

What Business Are You In?
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 6, June 2011
The amusement and music operating profession is more than a century old but its members still can't seem to agree on exactly what it is they do. In fact... by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

Atlas Is Shrugging
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 5, May 2011
This spring's movie hit based on Ayn Rand's classic novel speaks to American operators, most of whom are feeling the pinch of taxation and regulations... by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

Transforming Bulk Vending, One Operator And One Location At A Time
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 5, May 2011
There are some operators in this bad economy who are doing just fine. And as the economy continues to sputter, they have managed to increase machine revenues and locations... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

A Tale Of Two Operators
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 4, April 2011
The best time to be in the coin-op business is always "right now" -- if you're the right kind of operator... by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

A Brave New World For Bulk Vending
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 4, April 2011
The collocated Amusement Expo and NBVA convention settled the point about the current state of bulk vending once and for all: It's very much an industry in transition... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

How To Find New Opportunities
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 3, March 2011
Leading industry members constantly wonder: Where is the "next big thing" coming from in the amusement and music industry? Where can we get new blood? How can we generate fresh thinking? And above all, where do great new ideas and opportunities come from? by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

The Fuel And The Fire Of Business Technology
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 3, March 2011
My high school auto shop teacher's favorite expression was "fuel or fire?" He simply meant that 90% of the time when a car won't start, the problem could be traced to the fuel delivery or electrical systems. I can see a similar concept when it comes to technology in bulk vending... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Hard Work, Luck And The Simplicity Of Smart
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 2, February 2011
"The harder I work, the luckier I get," said Samuel Goldwyn of MGM, though the quote is also attributed to at least a half dozen others, including Thomas Jefferson. Still, it remains one of the best business quotes I can imagine... Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

A Call To Arms
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 2, February 2011
The next AMOA president likes to tell stories. But when it comes to industry politics, Donovan Fremin of Delta Music likes plain speaking. When we interviewed the third-generation operator about his plans, he said something that made our ears perk up...by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

A Sign Of The Times: Do-It-Yourself Vandalism
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 1, January 2011
We live in an age of really stupid crimes. Even worse, the criminals seem to be getting dumber by the day. I remember writing a story about a thief who had ripped off dozens of bulk vending racks... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

The Promise And The Peril
Issue: Vol. 51, No. 1, January 2011
VT devoted plenty of coverage to the infamous "Alabama bingo brawl" and North Carolina's sweepstakes videogames. Where are these two roller coasters going in 2011? by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

A Cold Reading On An Industry In A Period Of Great Change
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 12, December 2010
Hard work adapting to the present weak economy will pay off for the survivors when conditions improve... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

The Way Forward
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 12, December 2010
The amusement industry is keeping up a good front. It talks gamely about grinding it out until the next economic recovery, technology or hit game comes along. Privately, there's plenty of gloom about... by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

The End Of A Myth
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 11, November 2010
The Great Recession may be over by the time you read this, or it may have turned into a double-dip downturn. Either way, America's Great Recession has killed a politically popular myth in the U.S. economy, and in coin-op... by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

Back To School For Bulk Vendors
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 11, November 2010
Bulk vending was never a business that required an MBA or a college degree. But times have changed... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Looking For Strategies In An Industry No Longer Idiot-Proof
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 10, October 2010
An industry veteran recently said to me: "bulk vending is no longer idiot-proof." He explained ways in which virtually anyone with a pulse and a little motivation could not only succeed... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Supreme Jeopardy
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 11, November 2010
This November, something crucially important will happen for the first time in the history of the U.S. amusement machine industry. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that could give state and local governments unprecedented power to permit -- or wipe out -- commercial entertainment in countless forms and formats for generations to come... by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

First Fall Without AMOA Expo
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 9, September 2010
Once or twice you've had the fleeting thought: "Hey, it's nearly September! I'd better get busy and make my hotel and plane reservations for this fall's AMOA show." Then you remember: "Oh, yes -- there won't be an AMOA... by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

The Wisdom Of Getting Smacked Upside The Head
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 9, September 2010
A science professor from my college days had the habit of stalking up and down rows of desks while he asked questions. He would ask a question while standing behind a student, and then deliver a glancing Three Stooges open-handed slap to the back of the head if the answer was incorrect... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Coping With Uncertainty
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 8, August 2010
This summer, financial and business experts latched onto a common mantra to explain why U.S. companies aren't hiring, aren't investing and aren't growing... by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

The Shirley Temple Effect
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 8, August 2010
A longtime industry professional recently reminded me that "Even when times are tough, people need entertainment..." by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Will We Ever Learn?
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 7, July 2010
Today's amusement trade is blithely, deliberately and needlessly risking one of its most profitable markets. That market is the crane sector...by Marcus Webb
Author: N. Montano

The Perils Of Downsizing Outweigh The Myths
Issue: Vol. 50, No. 6, June 2010
Companies engaged in downsizing strategies might enjoy some short-term benefits, but the long-term results can be disastrous... by Hank Schlesinger
Author: Hank Schlesinger

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