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Vol. 49, No.9, September 2009

Vending Features
5-Hour Energy Shot Volume Climbs 30% In Vending Channel
Emily Jed
Newtech Beverage System Ltd, The Pod ProEnergy shots have become so essential to the everyday consumer that they have earned a place at the coveted convenience store checkout counter. And, as demand continues to soar, more vending operators are claiming their share of the emerging category by putting the concentrated energy drink alternative in the hands of consumers in the locations where they desire a quick pick-me-up...

Ben Stein Headlines Vending Show; Schlossberg Details Recession-Busting Retail Strategies, NAMA Readies New QCCP Course
by Staff Reporter
Economist and monotone TV personality Ben Stein will keynote the opening session of the NAMA's National Expo on Sept. 24 at the Navy Pier in Chicago. Industry consultant Paul Schlossberg presents a timely session on driving repeat vending business. The vending association is set to roll out its latest Quality Coffee Certification Program...

Columbus Data Services Forms CMS Unit, Launches Cashless Vending System
Tim Sanford
Columbus Data Services has formed Columbus Merchant Services, a point-of-sale business unit offering a cashless vending program. CMS Cashless Vending is a payments solution engineered to enable vending retailers to offer card acceptance as an additional payment method at vending machines...

DOE Sets Energy Consumption Standards For Cold Drink Machines
by Staff Reporter
The average energy use of most new cold beverage vending machines would be cut by about 42%, under new national minimum standards published this week by the U.S. Department of Energy. The move fulfills President Obama's pledge to complete five new efficiency standards by August…

First Data Merchant Services, USAT Ink Marketing Accord
Tim Sanford
On display in the USA Technologies exhibit at this year’s NAMA National Expo is a contactless cashless payment device, GO-Tag, developed by First Data Merchant Services...

NY State Audit Suggests 'Junk Food' Vending Persists In Schools
Emily Jed
New York State comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is taking aim at vending machines in schools. Citing a recently released audit, the comptroller is claiming that the continued availability of "junk food" in vending machines is undermining the state's battle against childhood obesity...

Report Recommends Local Governments Tax 'Junk Food' And Soft Drinks
by Staff Reporter
Taxes on high-calorie, low-nutrient foods and drinks are among the strategies local government officials can use to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic in their communities, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council...

Unilever Kicks Off 'Couponing' Program Through Tomra Recycling Machines
Emily Jed
Tomra of North America , a provider of "reverse vending" recycling equipment, and Unilever, the world's second-largest consumer goods maker, announced they will offer a four-week promotion using Tomra's consumer recycling machines as front-of-store advertising and "couponing" vehicles for Unilever products at supermarkets in the Los Angeles and New York metro areas…

Ruling Puts NY Bottle Bill Into Effect; Water Industry Seeks More Time To Comply
Emily Jed
A recent court decision has lifted an injunction that had blocked implementation of New York's expanded bottle bill, making key provisions of the law effective immediately. But the bottled water industry is awaiting a hearing on Oct. 22, when it hopes to convince the judge to extend further the date by which it must comply...

Music and Games Features
AMI Entertainment Hails Chinese Crackdown On Game Counterfeiters
by Staff Reporter
A Chinese court has sentenced Yan Xiancheng to 3-1/2 years in prison for counterfeiting Megatouch games, which are the intellectual property of AMI Entertainment Network Inc. The factory owner was found to have engaged in counterfeiting games from several manufacturers since 2006...

AMI, Record Label Team Up For Black Crowes Jukebox Promotion
by Staff Reporter
AMI Entertainment Network Inc. and Red Distribution have teamed up to promote "Before The Frost...Until The Freeze," the new release from the Black Crowes, legendary hard rockers and a jukebox favorite. The promotion is running on AMI- powered jukeboxes through Oct. 5 and features a sweepstakes with some big prizes...

Bowlapalooza Ends In Record-Breaking Climax
by Staff Reporter
Incredible Technologies' novel four-month Silver Strike Bowling tournament, Bowlapalooza, came to a rousing conclusion late in August. "Deadeye" Del Flecker of Indianapolis overcame two tough competitors by attaining a record-breaking 298 average score to win $1,000. IT resumes its SSB national sweepstakes program...

Club Lucky Sets Preferred Vendor Fête For Oct. 22 In Wisc.
by Staff Reporter
The Club Lucky Group has announced plans for a Preferred Vendor Event, which will be held in conjunction with the organization's annual membership meeting in Geneva, WI. The bash is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22...

Marcus Webb
The International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry will merge with the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, according to an announcement by IALEI chairwoman Dorothy Lewis. Board members of the FEC association met in Louisiana on Aug. 26 to count the ballots for the proposed merger with IAAPA...

Incredible Technologies Readies Release Of 5 More Virtual Courses, Additional Play Enhancements For Golden Tee Golf 21st Anniversary
Tim Sanford
Incredible Technologies is celebrating the 21st year of Golden Tee Golf with the release of five additional courses for 2010, designed to take full advantage of the HD television. Enhanced by new features that add game appeal to skilled and casual players, new commentary and expanded social networking capabilities, the package is scheduled to start shipping on Oct. 1...

National Entertainment Network Acquires Coinstar's Entertainment Division
Hank Schlesinger
Coinstar Inc. has sold its entertainment services business in a stock transaction to National Entertainment Network Inc., a newly formed company based in Louisville, CO. The sale includes assets associated with bulk vending, kiddie rides, skill cranes and videogames, and makes NEN the nation's largest operator of coin-op devices...

Operators Face Gains, Losses Amid Gambling Wave Engulfing Nation
Marcus Webb
Amusement vendors could be among the biggest winners -- or losers -- if a new era of legalized gambling materializes as predicted across America over the next two years. In states where lawmakers may approve operator-run video pokers, as just happened in Illinois, the industry faces the prospect of a multibillion-dollar shot in the arm. But if shut out, they could find that billions of dollars once spent on music and games are suddenly and irretrievably siphoned away...

Sega Plans AMOA Display Of Top-Earning Favorites, Latest Game Designs
by Staff Reporter
New products will join cashbox winners in Sega Amusements USA's booth at this month' Amusement and Music Operators Association trade show in Las Vegas. Eight titles will share floor space, representing a generous selection of machines for both redemption and amusement-only play...

TouchTunes Promotes Reissue Of Stones Collection, Taps Sura VP And GM Of PlayPorTT Division
by Staff Reporter
Universal Music Group tapped jukebox leader TouchTunes to promote the reissue of "Jump Back: The Best of the Rolling Stones 1971-1993." Separately, James Sura has joined TouchTunes as vice-president and general manager of the PlayPorTT division, a new post...

Bulk Vending
Gacha International Returns To U.S. Market With New Strategy
Hank Schlesinger
Gacha International is re-entering the U.S. bulk vending market. The company, formerly known as Tomy-Yujin Corp., shut down its vending business in North America earlier this year. Gacha International has appointed Alan Nowers commercial manager, a post that will oversee the firm’s operations in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. It has also named Consolidated Vending Programs as a nonexclusive distributor in the U.S....

Pros And Cons Of Licensed Products
Hank Schlesinger
Licensed products entered the bulk vending industry in a big way more than a decade ago, and though right now they may be down, they're far from out. According to experts in both the licensing and bulk vending businesses, the category will remain viable and profitable far into the future...

Editorial: Vending
Building Confidence
Tim Sanford
Responsible operators always have known that “downtime can kill you.” If a machine is not working, it will not sell anything. What is almost worse than that is the doubt sown in customers’ minds by equipment that’s out of order. This doubt impairs future sales... by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Capitalism Viewed From The Sidewalk
Hank Schlesinger
Here's a novel idea that you won't hear in corporate boardrooms or business schools: The most basic principles of business success can be found in the smallest of enterprises. In bulk vending terms, whether an operator has 50 or 5,000 locations, he's dealing with the same issues. Similarly, a small business is a microcosm of the large multinational... by Hank Schlesinger

The Gambling Dilemma
Marcus Webb
The U.S. amusements industry has always had a complicated relationship with gambling. For most of the mid-20th century, America's puritanical anti-gambling attitudes forced the amusements industry to proclaim loud and long that, "We are not about gambling; we are about innocent fun." From New York to California, that argument helped legalize everything from free pinball replays to cranes, merchandisers and redemption games... by Marcus Webb

Guest Columns
Placing Proper Value On Your Skills Helps To Maintain Clients' Respect
Dave Levine
Before I started developing wireless signs for vending machines, I was a vend operator. Before that, I was a financial advisor. There are a lot of things that I learned as a financial advisor that carried over to vending, but one seems especially relevant today -- my old boss used to say "don't give away the secret sauce…" by Dave Levine

Private Placement Life Insurance: An Easy Way To Maximize Your Investment Income
by Irvine L. Blackman
This article continues my quest to lead the education parade for my readers in the areas of "How to make it" and "How to keep it." Today's subject matter -- a little-known strategy -- goes to the head of the class not only as a star income tax saver, but also an estate tax destroyer and a superior asset protection device. And there is a single strategy that does all three.... by Irvine L. Blackman

SURPRISE! The ‘Jukebox Era’ Has Arrived … For Videogames
by Kevin Williams
Question: How is a 2009 amusement videogame like a jukebox? Answer: in more ways than many industry members might imagine. In the simplest terms, the music industry now regards the downloading jukebox not as a competitor to home sales, nor as an irrelevancy, but rather, as a great way to introduce new music to the public. And now, something oddly similar could be happening with videogames... by Kevin Williams

Upfront with the Publisher
Keep It Real
Alicia Lavay
If these difficult times have taught us anything, it’s that nobody is invincible and we all can benefit from giving and receiving a little dose of humanity... by Alicia Lavay-Kertes

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