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Vol. 44, No. 8, August 2004

Vending Features
Wellness Initiatives Stress Vending Contribution To Healthy Lifestyles
Tim Sanford
U.S.A. - Canteen Vending Services has announced a program called "Balanced Choices" to give clients a new range of options for tailoring menus toward healthy lifestyle maintenance. Unveiled in the first week in July, the program has received extensive press coverage. The National Automatic Merchandising Association launched its "healthy lifestyle" public education campaign the following week. Announced at the NAMA Spring Expo (see VT, April), the broad-spectrum effort is being developed and managed by Global Communicators, a professional media firm based in Washington, DC. It will be funded by campaign-specific donations from all segments of the vending industry.

Music and Games Features
Latest Juke Technology Turns 'B' Sites Into 'A' Locations For Lone Star Operator
Marcus Webb
DALLAS - Ask music operators what single factor is driving the transition to downloading, and the answer is universal: increased revenues. That's certainly been the case for Craig Byler of Progressive Amusement, based here. The owner of a route with 120 units located primarily in taverns, Byler was an early supporter of Rowe downloading machines. He is known by many as the operator who purchased the first Rock-Ola "E-Rock" last November.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: Incredible Technologies Tackles Industry Controversies Head On
Marcus Webb
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL - In an exclusive interview, VT's Marcus Webb uncovers the latest details about Incredible Technologies' new distribution and sales policy that allows operators to purchase equipment directly from the company. IT chief executive Elaine Hodgson and vice-president of sales Don Pesceone answer tough questions about the new policy and its implications for IT, distribution and the industry at large.

Bulk Vending
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: Safety Expert Lauds Industry's Actions On Voluntary Jewelry Recall
Hank Schlesinger
WASHINGTON, DC - Nancy Harvey Steorts, an expert in the field of safety, played an integral role during the recent toy jewelry recall. She served as advisor to the four importers involved in the recall, guiding them through the seemingly daunting recall process. As a former chairperson of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and author of several books on consumer safety, Steorts's Washington expertise in the field of product safety made her an invaluable asset. VT interviewed Steorts to get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the toy jewelry recall.

Editorial: Vending
No News Is Bad News
Tim Sanford


Editorial: Music and Games
Jukeboxes Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow
Marcus Webb

Ahead of the Times: Music and Games
Aug. 20, 2004: Merit Launches Software Updates; Bay Tek, Firestone Announce Financing; Alabama Video Gambling Crackdown

Aug. 4, 2004: Coinstar Completes Sugarloaf Acquisition; Global VR Reveals Online Tournament Plans; NSM Begins Restructuring

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