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Vol. 46, No. 1, January 2006

Vending Features
Crane Acquires inOne’s Software Business
Tim Sanford
BRIDGETON, MO — Crane Merchandising Systems has announced the acquisition of the software rights, employees and customer base of inOne Technology’s software division. These become part of Streamware, a Crane Co. company and business unit of CMS.

Dubai Hosts Mideast Vending/Kiosks Show With Support From NAMA, EVA And WVA
Tim Sanford
DUBAI, UAE — The vending and self-service kiosk industry is on the verge of exponential growth in the Middle East, according to Global Links LLC here. For this reason, Global Links is organizing the Middle East Vending & Kiosks Expo 2006, which is scheduled for May 20 and 21 at the palatial Madinat Jumeirah exhibition hall in Dubai City.

NAMA Aligns With St. Joseph’s U. To Augment Educational Resources
Emily Jed
PHILADELPHIA — The National Automatic Merchandising Association has announced a partnership with St. Joseph’s University here. This is the latest initiative in NAMA’s long-term program for advancing the industry by establishing liaisons with highly respected institutions of higher learning.

Peppercoin Study Identifies Growing Cashless Demand
Nick Montano
NEW YORK CITY — A comprehensive study of the small-payments market was released at the Third Annual Micro and Small Payments Conference here. The survey found consumers’ desire to use credit and debit cards for small payments and micropayments, at the point of sale and online, is increasing steadily. An estimated 45 million Americans now are prepared to use credit or debit cards for purchases of $5 or less, up 23% from September 2004.

Side Panels, Bank Alignment Spacers Extend Tuffronts Lineup
Tim Sanford
DALLAS — Tuffronts has introduced several enhancements to its innovative vending machine refinishing lineup. The flagship Tuffront is a durable precut textured plastic panel that replaces the old vinyl on a vender front. Unveiled at the NAMA National Expo was a line of matching side panels, available in standard pica and bison black styles.

Music and Games Features
AMOA Laments RIAA’s Decision Not To Enforce iPod Nights
Marcus Webb
WASHINGTON, DC — The Recording Industry Association of America has announced that it will not seek to defend its members’ copyrights against possible infringement by public performance of MP3 music in taverns (so-called “iPod Nights”). The policy statement came in a Nov. 22 letter to the Amusement and Music Operators Association.

As Malls Go Small, Opportunities Abound For Bulk Vending And Amusement Operators
Hank Schlesinger
Once the sole domain of deep-pocketed retailers, malls are now wooing small mom-and-pop stores. This trend might represent an unprecedented opportunity for operators...

Dave & Buster’s Reaps Benefits Of McDonald’s-Style Strategy
Marcus Webb
DALLAS — Dave & Buster’s Inc. is combating the effects of high gas prices and tougher entertainment competition with two new marketing strategies that were partly inspired by successful McDonald’s promotions. According to Corey Haynes, D&B’s vice-president of amusements, the company’s new price-value promotions are driving traffic and boosting sales significantly.

St. Paddy’s Day Will Theme ASI’s Return To Chicago: March 16-18
Marcus Webb
CHICAGO — Hailing Chicago as “one of the world’s best party cities,” leaders of the American Amusement Machine Association say the amusements industry will find a pot of gold at the 2006 edition of the Amusement Showcase International. The city’s famed St. Paddy’s parade begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, Mar. 11, kicking off an entire week of Irish-themed celebrations. The ASI show, slated for March 16 through 18 at the city’s Hyatt Regency, will feature many holiday-themed events. “We’re very excited to have the show over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend,” said officials.

TouchTunes Stock Split Will Privatize Firm; Allegro Bows At Open House
Marcus Webb
LAKE ZURICH, IL — TouchTunes Music Corp. saw shareholders approve a stock split that took the company private at the annual meeting here on Dec. 1, 2005. Officials said shareholders approved “a going private transaction by means of a 1-to-2,000 reverse stock split of the class A voting common stock of the company.” At press time, TouchTunes said it intended to cause the reverse stock split to become effective as soon as practicable, not later than Dec. 31. The company also unveiled its latest jukebox design.

Bulk Vending
Al “The Peanut Man” Expands Bulk Route’s Potential In His New Distribution Venture
Hank Schlesinger
NEW YORK CITY — Al Swiderski, best known as Al “the peanut man,” is launching a new company to expand his service expertise beyond traditional bulk vending. The New York-based operator, who claims to have previously built a route that grossed more than a $1 million, advises operators to look for value in their routes outside of bulk vending. Specifically, said Swiderski, there is real, added value in bulk vending routes as a distribution channel for other, non-vended products.

Ball Gum Category Remains The Top Attraction In Bulk Vending Channel
Hank Schlesinger
U.S.A. — Trends may come and go, but gumballs are forever. For generations, they have been synonymous with bulk vending. After all, the general public doesn’t call bulk venders “gumball machines” for nothing. Gumballs are simple, familiar and ubiquitous. Even among some bulk vending operators, the attitude seems to be that if you’ve seen one gumball, you’ve seen them all. But that attitude is changing. As overhead in the industry continues to steadily rise and profit margins shrink, operators and manufacturers are taking a second look at the spherical confections.

New Charity Vending Program Assists Disabled Police Officers
Hank Schlesinger
PERALTA, NM — A detective sergeant here has teamed up with the Washington state-based charity, Officer Needs Assistance Fund, to create a vending outreach program. Sergeant Paul Szych, who is both a law enforcement officer and a bulk vending operator, saw a need to help police officers disabled in the line of duty and formed the Officer Needs Assistance Vending Outreach Program.

Editorial: Vending
What’s The Difference?
Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
100,000 Amusement Machines Online In U.S.
Marcus Webb

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