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Vol. 45, No. 6, June 2005

Vending Features
Len Rashkin Consulting Offers OCS Sales Training Guide
Tim Sanford
BELLMORE, NY - Len Rashkin Consulting has published a comprehensive Sales Training Guide for coffee service operations. Available for self-study or presentation as a company training program, the Guide is provided on CD-ROM.

TNS Expects To Fit 10,000 'Pepsi' Venders For Cashless Transactions
Nick Montano
RESTON, VA - Data communications giant Transaction Network Services is accelerating the deployment of its "Synapse" cashless vending system by installing it in 10,000 cold drink machines for Pepsi-Cola's vending operations.

VendTec Workshop Offers Overview Of Latest Telemetry, Payment Tools
Tim Sanford
LAS VEGAS - "Our lives have changed," said Dr. Michael Kasavana, National Automatic Merchandising Association Endowed Professor at The School for Hospitality Business, Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI). Dr. Kasavana moderated the first "VendTec" seminar at the education conference concluding this year's NAMA Spring Expo here, a program based on the association's very successful "VendTec" exhibit-area presentation series.

Washington County Pilots 'Healthy' Vending Program
Emily Jed
SEATTLE - Washington State's King County has launched the pilot of its planned "healthy snack" program, involving seven vending machines in the King County Administration Building and the King County Courthouse stocked with new, more nutritious selections. The program is a part of King County Executive Ron Sims's Health Reform Initiative, which is aimed at improving the health of King County employees and managing the rising cost of healthcare.

Music and Games Features
Arcade Sectors' Health Improves As Mixed-Use Competition Looms
Kevin Williams
Mergers and new technology have dominated the U.S. arcade scene over the past year. From Dave & Buster's acquisition of the cream of the Jillian's chain, to continually evolving video and simulator products, change is rampant. Momentous as these changes are, however, the larger picture for the fun center market is one of robust financial health...by Kevin Williams

From Jersey Shore To Left Coast, Parties Are Top Earners For FECs
Marcus Webb
U.S.A. - Every year, the International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry conducts a survey of family entertainment centers. And every year, FEC owners and managers report that their most effective promotional tool is birthday parties. As VENDING TIMES reported in April, birthday parties remained the country's top FEC earner according to the latest IALEI survey, taken at Fun Expo in Las Vegas last fall.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: Greater Southern's David Capilouto Maintains Distribution Still Doing A Solid Job For Operators, Manufacturers Alike
Marcus Webb
ATLANTA - David Capilouto is the vice-president of sales at Greater Southern Distributing Co. After more than 25 years in the coin-operated vending and game businesses, his major areas of responsibility include music and game sales and marketing, and overseeing amusement service and collections...

Take 1 Technologies Launches Multimedia Recording Booths
Nick Montano
VANCOUVER-Take 1 Technologies and its sister company, Memory Maker Technologies, are rolling out their digital still and motion imaging and recording system designed to offer patrons and operators a wide range of attractive options. The company, a seven-year-old Canadian corporation, first showed its automated imaging technology at the 2002 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions trade show.

Bulk Vending
Innovative Strategies Spark Rebound Of Capsuled Items
Hank Schlesinger
U.S.A. - The bulk vending industry emerges from uncertainty and financial setbacks resulting from last year's lead recall. Innovative new lines of capsuled merchandise drive the rebound.

Editorial: Vending
A Rising Tide Lifts All Ships
Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
2 Schools......
Marcus Webb

Ahead of the Times: Music and Games
June 10, 2005: Bandai Plans U.S. Vending Rollout; IL Video Game Bill; Ecast Expands Service Schools For Rock-Ola, NSM, View; VNEA Hails 25th Anniversary Event; News From Europe; Dave & Buster's Quarterly Profits Up; APA Endorses TLC Video Pool Game

June 17, 2005: Betson Ships 'Lethal Enforcer 3'; Prices Drop On 'Tekken 5' Kits; Brady Increases GVR Distribution In FL; FECs May Face Tougher Standards On Rides; Japanese Ban Youth Access To Violent Video; LA To Poker Operators: Tough Luck

June 24, 2005: Rock-Ola Launch Summer Sales And Rebate; TouchTunes Offers Rebate Program For New Jukes; TouchTunes Runs Service Schools; NSM's Digital 'Evolution' Kit And 'Nostalgia' Begin Production; Merit Upgrades Website; Fla.

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