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Vol. 45, No. 11, November 2005

Vending Features
APi Unveils ‘Premier 130 Series’ Glassfront Merchandisers, Redesigns ‘Studio Series’ To Enhance Sales, Speed Service
Nick Montano
ST. PAUL, MN — Automatic Products international, ltd. has introduced the “Premier 130 Series” of glassfront multiproduct merchandisers, the latest in the company’s long line of full-featured vending machines. APi also has redesigned its popular “Studio Series” with a stylish new exterior design and a variety of enhancements to meet the changing needs of consumers and operators alike.

Aramark Extends ‘Just4U’ Wellness Program To Snack, Cold Beverage Vending Equipment
Tim Sanford
ATLANTA — Aramark Refreshment Services Inc. unveiled a new better-for-you vending program during the National Automatic Merchandising Association 2005 National Expo here.

Bachtelle Urges Operators To Improve Same-Site Sales
Tim Sanford
ATLANTA — Operators today confront a situation in which workplace populations have declined, operating costs continue to increase, skilled labor is hard to find and competition remains strong. It thus has become essential to sell more through every machine on location, said industry veteran Brad Bachtelle, Bachtelle & Associates (Tustin, CA).

Masterfoods Renews Vending Focus, Innovative Support Programs For Core Vendible Products
Tim Sanford
HACKETTSTOWN, NJ — Masterfoods USA announced that it has re-aligned its businesses to address key industry changes and to better meet the needs of its customers. A major component of this realignment is Masterfoods’ “Commitment to the Core” campaign.

Music and Games Features
AMOA Vows To Push For Action After Analysis On iPod Nights
Marcus Webb
CHICAGO — The Amusement & Music Operators Association on Oct. 5 released its attorneys’ report on the legality of “iPod nights,” along with a “white paper” policy statement declaring that AMOA will press the music industry to enforce copyrights in an effort to defend the jukebox market. Earlier this year, AMOA commissioned the law firm of Serling, Rooks and Ferrara LLP to investigate the legal status of public performance of music through use of Apple’s iPod, a personal digital music storage and playback device.

CHANGING TIMES: Can Operators Adapt To The Cashless Society Of Tomorrow?
Marcus Webb
Walk around with an operator at a trade show – or watch him pay for lunch at a restaurant – and sooner or later, you’re likely to see him retrieve a wallet thick with banknotes. Or perhaps he just carries a fat roll of bills. Operators live with cash every day. They earn it, collect it, count it, transport it, vault it, bank it and pay for everyday transactions with it. In fact, they eat, breathe and think cash, with some operators practically swimming in it. And, after generations of doing business this way, cash is almost as invisible to these operators as water is to fish.

Growing Table Soccer Enthusiasm Spells Comeback For Classic Game
Marcus Webb
U.S.A. — “I think foosball is on the brink of a new peak of success. The grassroots is seeing a groundswell in popularity, and we are on our way back to the mainstream,” said Charles Mackintosh of TornadoFoosball.com (Summerfield, NC). He adds: “We are seeing a good mix of new players coming into the sport, including many young professionals.

IALEI Selects Sarris To Succeed Sjolander As Executive Director
Marcus Webb
HERSHEY, PA — Tracy Sarris assumed the post of executive director of the International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry on Nov. 1, and will work with outgoing executive director Carole Sjolander through the end of December. IALEI headquarters will relocate to Sarris’s area of Hershey, PA.

Bulk Vending
Coinstar To Acquire Amusement Factory, One Of The Nation’s Largest Bulk Vending Operations
BELLEVUE, WA — Already the United States’ largest operator with approximately 47,000 locations in all 50 states, Coinstar Inc. will put even greater distance between itself and its next-largest competitor with the planned purchase of The Amusement Factory LLC later this year. The Amusement Factory is the nation’s second largest operator with more than 14,000 locations.

Technology, ‘Know How’ Are Key To Efficient Route Management
Hank Schlesinger
U.S.A. — Bulk vending, which was perhaps a little slow to jump on the hi-tech bandwagon, is now a computerized industry. In a recent, albeit unscientific survey of small to mid-sized operators, virtually all of them responded that they use at least one computer to run their routes, track inventory and monitor sales.

Editorial: Vending
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back…
Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Coin-Op Sales Are Booming
Marcus Webb

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