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Vol. 49, No.1, January 2009

Vending Features
7-Eleven Rolls Out Redbox DVD Rental Kiosks Nationwide
Emily Jed
DALLAS — Following a pilot launch of Redbox DVD venders at select 7-Eleven stores in Orlando, FL, and Reno, NV, the convenience store chain announced it has agreed to roll out the kiosks to approximately half of its U.S. stores nationwide by yearend…

Crane Co.’s Merchandising Systems Posts Q4 Loss
STAMFORT, CT - Crane Co. announced that sales in its merchandising systems business unit declined $13.6 million, or 15%, in the fourth quarter of 2008. Sales for the quarter were $78.2 million, compared with $91.8 million for the same period in 2007...

Hackers Breach Heartland’s Credit Card System
PRINCETON, N.J - Payments processor Heartland Payment Systems divulged on Jan. 20 that it was the victim of a security breach to data within its processing system. An investigation uncovered “malicious software” that compromised data that crossed Heartland’s network...

Hershey, Lance Report Peanut Items Not Involved In Salmonella Scare
Also in the News on Jan. 19: Kellogg puts precautionary hold on peanut butter crackers; appliance condenses drinking water from air; Hershey museum adds attraction; AVT media download terminal seeks to alter consumer habits; Compass acquires maintenance organization...

Operators Assess Latest Vending Management Software
Tim Sanford
Developers of vending management software always have emphasized that the operators who obtain the most immediate and substantial benefit from improving their information technology are those who already are managing effectively without it. Upgrading a well-thought-out, good-working manual system usually has been a straightforward task...

TOP VENDING NEWS (Jan. 13): Sodexo Q1 Rises; SCVA Winter Conference; Coke And Samsung Preview Touchscreen Vender; ACE Connects Exhibitors And Operators; Betson Imperial Expands National Call Center …More

Managed services giant reports 5.6% revenue gain… SCVA finalizes plans for winter training conference in SC… Touchscreen vender prototype previews at Consumer Electronics Show… New ACE program unites exhibitors and operators… National parts giant expands services and hours…

TOP VENDING STORIES (Jan. 8): VTL Directors Face Charges; NY ‘Obesity Tax’ Raises Concern; Planet Green Unveils Biodegradable PET Bottles; Jury Awards JCM $11.4M In Patent Suit…

The receivers of Nathans Finance said they will take legal action against parties associated with the failed finance company and its parent company, global vending machine technology manufacturer and franchisor VTL Group… Fizzy Lizzy founder and CEO says proposed tax demonizes carbonation without considering dietary facts… Biodegradable bottles address concern about packaging waste for drinks on the go… JCM wins patent-infringement suit… New York terminates Snapple agreement

USA Technologies Targets 40% Reduction In Operating Expenses

Also in the News on Jan. 16: Merisant expects normal operations during restructuring; coalition launches campaign for nutrition information standard; Full Motion signs letter of intent to acquire Mojito; Pepsi Bottling Ventures plans to acquire two Idaho bottlers; Rudy Nutrition terminates merger…

Music and Games Features
Megatouch Rx: New Low-Profile Countertop Is About New Business
Nick Montano
Merit Entertainment says its new videogame design is the cure for the common countertop. More precisely, Merit chief executive Mike Maas says it's the solution for three complementary coin-op markets. Low in profile, weather-resistant and subtle in overall appearance, the Megatouch Rx...

Potential Sales Tax On Cashbox Receipts Alarms New York Operators
Nick Montano
New York City - The Amusement and Music Owners Association of New York said it is preparing for what could become the industry’s biggest threat in the Empire State: the possibility of a sales tax imposed on the gross receipts generated by amusement devices...

TOP M&G NEWS (Jan. 15): Big Buck Tourneys Jump Start Gaming Season; Rock-Ola’s AMI Updates; ‘Ecast Best of 2008’ Playlist; Weak Pound Aids London Shows; NBVA Downs Show Price; NC Sweepstakes; Feds Propose Videogame Label; WV VLT Ads…

TOP MUSIC & GAMES STORIES (Jan. 2): RIAA Changes Policing Strategies; Former AMOA Prexies Lead Fundraiser; Industry-Associated Lawfirm Expands; Photo-Me Rolls Out Dance Heads…

Recording Industry Association of America ends five-year campaign of infringement lawsuits against individuals who download songs illegally… Two former AMOA presidents spearhead efforts to raise $20,000 to support former AMOA board director Bob Young… Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal expands… Photo-Me brings Dance Heads to ATEI 2009… and more…

TOP MUSIC & GAMES STORIES (Jan. 20): AMOA-NY Honors Maas; U.S. Mint Commemorates New $1 Coin; Global VR Brings Justice To London; Betson Offers Big Buck Safari Leasing Program

TOP MUSIC & GAMES STORIES (Jan. 6): Army Spotlights Viddies In Recruitment Center; SD Video Lottery Dilemma; Juke-Pick Fatality

New $13 million U.S. Army recruitment center uses videogames to teach potential soldiers… South Dakota finds video-lottery paper trails difficult to follow… Argument about jukebox song leads to fatal bar brawl…

Bulk Vending
THE YEAR AHEAD IN BULK: Industry Pros Expect Some Improvement
Hank Schlesinger
Although 2008 saw the American economy battered by high fuel prices, tight credit, flagging retail sales and high-profile business failures, bulk industry pros seem cautiously optimistic about 2009. In a casually unscientific survey of both operators and suppliers, bulk experts pointed to a number of key indicators that could suggest a better year ahead...

Editorial: Vending
EDITORIAL: Picking Up The Pieces (Again)
Tim Sanford
Year-end broadcast commentaries suggest that the present economic contraction is being regarded as the End of an Era. That period is said to have been characterized by increasingly frenzied consumer spending fueled by imprudent extension of credit by lenders, and overreliance on it by borrowers. On this analysis, the current crisis arose when, at last, the bills came due...by Tim Sanford

Right Sizing, Right Timing
Nick Montano

Welcome to the new VENDING TIMES: smaller in trim size and different in layout. But in most respects, it remains the same magazine providing in-depth and timely reporting on all aspects of the vending and coin-op industries. Readers will first notice a standard magazine size and cover art… by Nick Montano

Editorial: Music and Games
EDITORIAL: The Vanishing Quarter
Marcus Webb
Five real-life stories cast an interesting light on the future of coin purchases in the U.S. First story: I recently spoke to a young man who described a summer job working the counter at a mom-and-pop burger joint. One lesson he learned, he said, was that "men don’t carry change"...
by Marcus Webb

Upfront with the Publisher
NEW YEAR, NEW LOOK: Necessity Is The Mother Of Reinvention
Alicia Lavay

VENDING TIMES isn’t exactly launching a new publication, but we are reinventing ourselves to keep pace with an evolving industry. Our new slogan, “the industry is changing and we are, too” will be evident in all we do. Our redesign will be complemented by our well-respected coverage of the vending, coffee service, contract foodservice, music, games and bulk vending industries, and will deliver all the news to which you are accustomed… by Alicia Lavay-Kertes

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