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Vending News & Features

Private-equity firm is investing more than $146 million in 95-year-old, family-owned snack company from Hanover, PA...
Burch moves to offer cashless payments on 100% of vending machines that can be configured for cashless [press release]
Secret shopper program employing students reviews and rates customer service, cleanliness and product quality...
Royal Remanufacturing LLC reports that it has converted its 100,000th vending machine to qualify for Energy Star certification through its Envirovend remanufacturing process. The company is a subsidiary of Royal Vendors, a major machine manufacturer...
The Wittern Group is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, and marked the occasion with an open house and employee awards program on Oct. 7. The company was founded as Hawkeye Novelty by Frank A. Wittern Sr. in 1931, with an investment of $12.50 and a garage on the east side of Des Moines. Its initial products were bulk nut venders [video]
NYSAVA president John Murn of RSA Management Group and board member Michael Cascione of CC Vending (Bronx) urged meeting-goers to do their parts to get more industry members involved in supporting the association's lobbying efforts...

Coffee Service News

In a letter to shareholders, Brent Toevs, chief executive of Jammin Java (dba Marley Coffee), said the company will continue its legal battle against Rohan Marley and his family for the long haul if the two parties do not reach a resolution regarding rights to the Marley brand...
Retired National Automatic Merchandising Association executive Dean Gilland is being honored as this year's NAMA Coffee Legend. Gilland was formerly NAMA's vice-president of sales and service, and played a key role in the development of the Coffee, Tea and Water show...

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According to the European ATM Security Team, explosive attacks on ATMs are up about 80% this year [video]
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Bulk Vending News & Features

Best hiring practices for route operators is a prime example of more robust educational programming undertaken by the National Bulk Vending Association. NBVA past-president Steve Schechner, Capital Vending (Florence, AL), delivers a wakeup call to traditional bulk operators who continue to hire in the old-fashioned way...
A well-known figure in the bulk vending industry, Judi Heston-Donnell has joined Indiana-based Funtastic Novelties Inc. as an account executive. Heston-Donnell is also president of the National Bulk Vendors Association, an elected position she's held since March 2014...

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Editorials & Opinions

It's easier than ever to enter the vending industry, but success calls for rethinking the old business model. Opportunity still knocks... by Tim Sanford
In the 28 years I have been with Vending Times, I have seen many business opportunities -- some of them "blue sky" promotions -- and have heard many accounts of the diverse pathways along which operators have gotten started in vending. And some hopeful entrepreneurs were able to make lemonade from "biz-op" lemons... by Alicia Lavay
Ubiquitous smartphones and eager networkers hold promise for getting full effect from promotional programs. Operators need to look at social networks as traffic-builders... by Hank Schlesinger

Guest Columns

Learn from experience while you can! If you’re attending the National Automatic Merchandising Association's Coffee, Tea & Water conference, it will be worthwhile to chat with the industry pioneers enrolled in its new Hall of Fame ..by Kevin Daw
Excellent sales training and performance pay off best for vending and coffee operations that eliminate unnecessary expenses. Let's look at how controlling costs can help optimize sales success... by Len Rashkin
A business with mobile, dispersed workers benefits from teaching them to focus on customers and understand what's possible. Common doctrine reduces the need for supervision... by Ben White
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