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Vol. 48, No. 4, April 2008

Vending Features
Atlantic Coast Expo Returns To Myrtle Beach On May 1-3
Emily Jed
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (April 2008) - "Education - Your Key to Success in 2008" is the theme for the 2008 Atlantic Coast Exposition, which is set for the Myrtle Beach Convention Center here from May 1 through 3.

Crane, Heartland Join Forces To Unveil Cashless Solution; Streamware Adds Remote Machine Monitoring Capability
Tim Sanford
LAS VEGAS (April 2008) — Making their debuts in late March were two “end-to-end” solutions for vending operators from Crane Co. Crane Merchandising Systems and Heartland Payment Systems have teamed up to launch Heartland Crane CashCard Solutions for cashless vending. Also new is Streamware Connect from Crane Streamware, a seamless solution for wireless remote monitoring of vending equipment.

Kraft Debuts Bagel-fuls With Philadelphia Cream Cheese To Widen Breakfast Menu Options For Vending Operators
Tim Sanford
GLENVIEW, IL  (April 2008) — Kraft Foodservice has rolled out a single-serve refrigerated bagel-and-cream cheese snack for vending. Called Bagel-fuls, the pre-wrapped convenience item features a golden crust and the soft texture of a traditional bagel, and a generous filling of Kraft’s famous Philadelphia brand cream cheese.

NAC Sets 2008 Convention For July 26-28 In Anaheim, CA
Emily Jed
CHICAGO (April 2008) — The National Association of Concessionaires, based here, will stage its 2008 convention at the Anaheim (CA) Convention Center from July 26 to 28.

NAMA President Geerdes Backs Coin Modernization Act Requiring Treasury To Consider Vending In Coin Redesign
Tim Sanford
WASHINGTON, DC (April 2008) — Congress is considering a measure that would give the Secretary of the Treasury increased flexibility in responding to fluctuating metal prices by adjusting the composition of U.S. coins, while requiring consideration of the effect that any such changes would have on the vending industry and other major users of coins.

NRA Show Spotlights New Products At McCormick Place May 17-20
Emily Jed
CHICAGO (April 2008) — The 2008 National Restaurant Association's Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show will be held May 17-20 here at McCormick Place, providing foodservice professionals with the industry's most comprehensive overview of products and trends driving the market.

SCAA Honors Coffee’s Ethiopian Roots At 2008 Conference At Minneapolis, MN Convention Center, May 2 Through 5
Tim Sanford
LONG BEACH, CA (April 2008) — The Specialty Coffee Association of America is putting the finishing touches on its 20th Annual Conference & Exhibition, themed “Roots,” as VT goes to press. It’s scheduled for May 2-5 at the Minneapolis (MN) Convention Center. 

Music and Games Features
ASI Confirms Mixed Trends For Games Expos Globally
Marcus Webb
LAS VEGAS (April 2008) — The Amusement Showcase International, staged at the Las Vegas Convention Center from March 27 to 29, confirmed two industry trends – one encouraging, one not. 

Bulk Vending
Cardinal, What’s Up Announce Cross-Marketing Agreement
Nick Montano
BALTIMORE (April 2008) — Cardinal Distributing Inc., based here, and What’s Up LLC (Appleton, WI) have announced a cross-marketing agreement that will help strengthen the promotion of bulk vending products from both suppliers. Under terms of the agreement, Cardinal has acquired exclusive production and distribution rights to the What’s Up brand.

NBVA Opens 58th Show In Las Vegas, Welcomes New Exhibitors, Products
Hank Schlesinger
LAS VEGAS (April 2008) — The 58th annual National Bulk Vendors Association trade show and convention, scheduled for April 17 through 19, promises to be among the most memorable in recent history. Set to return to Caesars Palace hotel and casino here, officials expect this year’s show to attract a better-than-usual turnout of operators and exhibitors. 

WEB EXCLUSIVE: How Does The CPSC Reform Act Affect Your Vending Business?
by Philip Brilliant, A&A Global Industries
COCKEYSVILLE, MD (April 2008) — On February 25, Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) sponsored the Senate’s version of the Consumer Product Safety Commission Reform Act of 2008, which he hails as the legislation needed to let American consumers be sure that the toys they purchase are safe. As part of the legislative process, the House of Representatives already passed a similar version. What bulk vending operators need to know about the new Federal product safety rules… By PHILIP BRILLIANT

Editorial: Vending
EDITORIAL: Evolution In Action
Tim Sanford
As the workplace services industry confronts a situation in which energy prices are high, the value of the U.S. dollar is low, commodity prices are increasing and seem likely to continue doing so, and consumer confidence is down, longtime industry observers will be haunted by the sense of having been here before...by TIM SANFORD

Editorial: Music and Games
Marcus Webb
This month we survey the smoking scene in a comprehensive feature, including assessments by an experienced lobbyist and a tobacco company spokesman. In the ongoing war to ban – or permit – smoking in American taverns, there is good news and bad news...by MARCUS WEBB

Upfront with the Publisher
UPFRONT: Soundly Run Companies That Remain Confident And Invest In The Future Will Survive, And Will Have A Competitive Edge When The Sky Clears
Alicia Lavay
What is happening in the vending and amusement market? How can I strengthen my position in the industry? What is my strategic plan for next year? These are just a few of the questions I’ve heard asked by manufacturers, suppliers and operators alike, and it’s not surprising. The alarming economic environment magnifies the risks associated with running a business – even if there is considerable disagreement on whether the economy actually is slumping – and finding the right answers is a survival skill...by ALICIA LAVAY-KERTES

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