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Vol. 48, No. 11, November 2008

Vending Features
Crane Merchandising Systems Acquires Isochron Assets
Tim Sanford

ST. LOUIS — Crane Merchandising Systems announced today that it has acquired the intellectual property of Isochron (Austin, TX). Isochron, a pioneer in wireless solutions for vending, ceased operations on October 31. Crane says Isochron’s technology will help accelerate its strategic initiatives in vending…

Industry Expert Urges Strong Recession Defense For Operators
Emily Jed

ST. LOUIS — The economic turmoil that erupted in mid-September was a topic of compelling interest at the recent NAMA National Expo. Delivering the keynote address at the association’s annual membership meeting, industry veteran Brad Bachtelle offered recommendations for managing through tough times. Bachtelle explained that things are, indeed, as bad as they appear – but the situation need not become desperate if operators are prepared to take swift action to upgrade the obsolescing business practices that have made vending less and less competitive in the present marketplace…

NAMA Ethics Campaign: New Toolkit Distinguishes Operators From Dishonest Competitors
Emily Jed
ST. LOUIS — The National Automatic Merchandising Association is heightening its focus on promoting industrywide integrity with an expansion of its ethics campaign. The latest component of the campaign, unveiled at the association’s National Expo here, is a downloadable toolkit to help operators demonstrate to accounts that they conduct business honestly and ethically…

NAMA To Manage Mobile Catering Association CCFMA
Emily Jed

CHICAGO The National Automatic Merchandising Association has assumed administration of the Convenience Caterers & Food Manufacturers Association. NAMA’s oversight became effective October 1. Its responsibilities will include facilitating membership dues assessment, overseeing financial activity and providing general member support…

Schools Boost Reimbursable Meal Use With Star Food System
Emily Jed

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — VE South’s Star Food program for school foodservices has made a name for itself by enabling schools to give their students the option of bypassing the lunch line and grabbing a meal that complies with USDA’s regulations for reimbursement – from a vending machine…

UPDATED: MEI Debuts Cashflow Validator, Optional Note Recycling
Tim Sanford
WEST CHESTER, PA  MEI has introduced two versatile payment appliances designed to extend the range of options available to operators for meeting today’s expanding payment requirements in vending. The new models are the Cashflow Series 2000 VNR, designed to increase vending sales by paying back banknotes in change to encourage customer use of larger bills, and the Series 2000 4-in-1 validator that accepts cash, card, contactless payments and coupons in a single unit that can retrofit into an operator’s installed base of machines...

VTL Group Directors Resign, Appoint McCloy Receiver
Emily Jed

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — The directors of global vending machine technology manufacturer and franchisor VTL Group have resigned and appointed a receiver.The directors said they “continue to believe that Remote Technology Systems LLC, Shop24 and the vending franchise program have value and hope that the restructuring program will continue for the benefit of the stakeholders…

Music and Games Features
AMOA Show, Fun Expo Results Are Stronger Than Expected
Nick Montano

LAS VEGAS — Some 3,905 participants attended the Amusement and Music Operators Association’s International Expo, which ran from September 10 to 12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. According to exhibitors, operators and distributors, this year’s AMOA Expo was among the best ever in terms of product innovation and purchasing interest…

AMOA-NY Testifies On Benefits Of Revising Arcade Licensing Law
Nick Montano

NEW YORK CITY — Officials of the Amusement and Music Owners Association of New York recently appeared before the New York City Council, which heard testimony from the operators group about proposed city legislation that increases the number of machines that can be operated on a premise before a city arcade license is required…

Coin-Op Innovations Take Center Stage At IAAPA Attractions Expo
Larisa Jayne Shewczyk

NEW YORK CITY — Coin-op's latest innovations are taking center stage at the IAAPA Attractions Expo, which opened today and runs through November 21 at the Orange County Convention Center here. Sponsored by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, the annual exposition is considered a premier event for members of the amusements and attractions industry. A myriad of coin-op manufacturers have announced plans to roll out new equipment at the fall showcase…

Coin-Op’s New World: Ideas Materialize At AMOA Expo In Vegas Where Jukebox Companies Converge Further With Interactive Technology
Nick Montano

LAS VEGAS The convergence of more powerful networks, dynamic out-of-home advertising media and coin-op ingenuity was on display and up-and-running at last month’s Amusement and Music Operators Association International Expo here. The nation’s three jukebox-networking companies took center stage at the annual trade show where they unveiled their solutions for the operator’s future…

Guitar Hero Arcade Arrives: Will It Be The Next Big Hit?
Nick Montano

ORLANDO, FL  If Guitar Hero is killing off karaoke nights, then Raw Thrills could have the ultimate weapon to help operators finish the job, and profit from it. The American videogame development company told VT about its official arcade version of the mega-popular consumer game, which was unveiled at the IAAPA Attractions Expo…

Nova Taps Hayes To Launch PokerKard Videogame In U.S.
Nick Montano

COPPULL, England — Nova Productions Ltd has appointed industry veteran Kevin Hayes to spearhead sales of its new PokerKard videogame in the U.S. and Canada. Based on Texas hold’em poker, the new game will roll out as an amusement-only device for one to four players…

Bulk Vending
Bulk Vending Organization Restructures; NBVA Cites Need For Change, Membership Growth
Hank Schlesinger

CHICAGO — As part of a major restructuring plan, the National Bulk Vendors Association said it will reassign several administrative functions previously handled by the association’s legal counsel, Morrie Much of Much Shelist Denenberg Ament & Rubenstein P.C. The reorganization was approved in October by the NBVA’s board of directors. The association names Kaydee Moonie administrator…

Editorial: Vending
EDITORIAL: Changing The Perspective
Tim Sanford

 It often has been remarked that familiar things can take on a strange and wonderful appearance if we encounter them in an unexpected context in which we do not at first know what they are… By Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
EDITORIAL: Business As (Un)usual
Marcus Webb

“In times like these, it’s good to remember there have always been times like these.” That clever quip is irrelevant today. We have never seen times like these. As former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan testified to Congress in late October, we’re experiencing a “once-in-a-century” credit meltdown… By Marcus Webb

VT Study Finds Vending Sales Inched Up In ’07; Coin-Op Amusements Tick Down
Tim Sanford

NEW YORK CITY — The vending industry generated slightly higher dollar volume in 2007 than in the prior year, according to the annual VT Census of the Industry. Volume ticked up 1.4% to $47,499,000,000 from the 2006 total of $46,820,000,000...

Coffee Service News
Green Mountain Debuts Keurig Brewer And Retail K-Cup Packs, Reports Strong Q4 Sales
Emily Jed

WATERBURY, VT — Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. reports that its Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee divisions will market a new single-cup brewer and 12-packs of K-Cups to grocery stores across the country. The parent company also posted strong sales for the full 2008 fiscal year, attributed to increased volume in K-Cup and brewer sales, and royalties from K-Cup sales…

Upfront with the Publisher
UPFRONT: No Guts, No Glory!
Alicia Lavay

I am a strong believer in the expression “no guts, no glory,” but I am also a realist and know it hasn’t been easy for any of us. We are all keenly aware that every sector of the coin-operated business has been hit hard… By Alicia Lavay-Kertes

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