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Vol. 45, No. 2, February 2005

Vending Features
Innovations In Materials Handling Boost Labor Efficiency, Productivity
Tim Sanford
LAS VEGAS - Although advances in technology for sending, receiving and processing data have attracted the lion's share of attention over the past several years, steady progress in designs to speed and simplify everyday lifting, hauling and lowering may have a more immediate impact on the operator's bottom line. More sophisticated truck fleet management also can be easier to achieve and profit from than wider-ranging strategic transformations.

NAMA's 'Balanced For Life' Program Kicks Off
Tim Sanford
WASHINGTON, DC - The National Automatic Merchandising Association inaugurated its "Balanced for Life" education and publicity campaign at a press conference in the nation's capital. The program has been formulated to educate parents, teachers, students and the general public about nutrition and the components of a balanced diet, as well as the importance of physical activity in maintaining healthy body weight.

Peppercoin Unveils 'Version 3' With Added Flexibility For Pay-As-You-Go, Subscription, Pre- And Post-Pay Use
WALTHAM, MA - Peppercoin has announced the introduction of "Peppercoin 3.0," the latest version of its Small Transaction Suite. This version includes a number of features that increase its versatility and offer enhanced cashless payment options.

Steve Zarolnick Joins The Media Stores As Senior VP
OXNARD, CA - The Media Stores Inc. has appointed Steve Zarolnick senior vice-president, according to an announcement by TMS president and chief executive officer Alan Flesher. Zarolnick joins TMS from VENDING TIMES, where he served as vice-president of sales and associate publisher. He has more than 16 years' experience in the vending industry.

Music and Games Features
AMOA Weighs Action On State And Local Smoking Bans
Marcus Webb
CHICAGO - The Amusement and Music Operators Association is revisiting the smoking ban issue this year and, for the first time, seriously contemplating an integrated national approach to an issue previously viewed as a strictly local concern. Prompted by vigorous lobbying from state association leaders in New York and elsewhere, AMOA leaders are reexamining their long-held assumptions that smoking bans are inevitable and that fighting bans would be a waste of members' money.

Bada Bing! Stern Rolls Out 'The Sopranos' Pin Game
MELROSE PARK, IL - Stern Pinball Inc. debuted its new flipper game, "The Sopranos," based on the hit, multi-Emmy-winning HBO TV series at the Amusement Trades Exhibition International show in London last month.

FBI, Recording Assn. Expand Probe Of CD Jukebox Market
Marcus Webb
NASHVILLE, TN - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is working with the Recording Industry Association of America to investigate illegal burning of CDs by jukebox operators, according to Mike Vaughan, director of the Jukebox License Office.

Bulk Vending
CPSC Sets New Guidelines For Lead Content In Toy Jewelry
Hank Schlesinger
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced new guidelines, testing and enforcement policies aimed at reducing the potential for health risks from lead in children's toy fashion accessories. The updated information comes in the wake of a massive industry recall voluntarily conducted several months ago by bulk vending suppliers after lead content in some toy fashion accessories raised CPSC concerns.

Operators, Suppliers Battle Price Increases With Various Strategies
U.S.A. - As the journalist Frank P. Adams once said, "There are plenty of good five-cent cigars in the country , the trouble is, they cost a quarter." Bulk vendors today are finding themselves in a similar position, except they happen to be the ones selling cigars to the esteemed and cantankerous Mr. Adams.

Editorial: Vending
Breaking Out
Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Bar Joys, Bar Woes'And Direct Sales
Marcus Webb

Ahead of the Times: Vending
February 7, 2005: Tuffronts Secures Registered Trademark For Panel System; Zarolnick Takes Senior Veep Position At The Media Stores

Ahead of the Times: Music and Games
Feb. 18, 2005: Namco, Nintendo Team For Arcade Video; Manufacturers Preview Spring Lineup; Rowe Offers Free Music On New AMI Jukes; Ecast Arranges Discount DSL Service; IALEI Chicago Workshop Deadline Is Feb. 28; California Video Violence Bill Returns

Feb. 25, 2005: ASI Pre-Registration Deadline Extended; AAMA Sets Charity Poker Game For Chicago; NSM Music Announces New Products, People, Funding; New Rowe CD Floor Model To Make Debut; Next Week's Dublin Show Will Draw Global Crowd

Feb. 7, 2005: Consumer Product Safety Commission Decides On Lead Levels; Zarolnick Takes Senior Veep Position At The Media Stores

February 11, 2005: AMOA Denies ASI Boycott Rumors; AAMA Tracks Eight Video Ban Bills; Sega-Sammy Reports Profits; Dave & Buster's, Chuck E. Cheese's Financial News; Kentucky Governor Vows VLT Crackdown; Texas Eight-Liner Update

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