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Vol. 48, No. 9, September 2008

Vending Features
International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Trade Show Focuses On ‘Green’ Practices
Emily Jed

WHITE PLAINS, NY (SEPTEMBER 2008) — The 93rd annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show will provide an opportunity for industry professionals to better understand how to apply eco-friendly practices in their businesses and discover the latest products that will assist efforts to “go green.” The show will take place November 8-11 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

NAMA ‘08 National Expo Spotlights ‘More’ Access To Innovative Ideas
Tim Sanford
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 2008) — The National Automatic Merchandising Association is returning to the Gateway City for its 61st National Expo. The event, last held here in 1996, is again set for America’s Center; it will take place from October 15 through 17 (Wednesday-Friday). Themed “More,” the nation’s largest vending trade show is organized to provide more ideas, profits, deals and contacts than ever before…

NCV Expands Seed Telemetry Deployment In SF Bay Area
Tim Sanford

BERKELEY, CA (Sept. 2008) — Cantaloupe Systems reports that North County Vending (Vista, CA) is expanding its deployment of Cantaloupe’s Seed wireless monitoring system throughout its San Francisco Bay-area branch operation…

Uniexpo Readies 3rd Russian Vending Show In December
Tim Sanford
MOSCOW (Sept. 2008) — Organizers of the Self-Service Exhibition are preparing the third staging of the convention and trade show. SSE 2008 is set for December 3 through 5 in Pavilion 3 of the ultramodern Crocus Expo International Exhibition Center in the Russian capital…

USAT Releases Low-Cost, Next Generation EnergyMiser
Emily Jed

MALVERN, PA (SEPTEMBER 2008) —USA Technologies has launched the next generation EnergyMiser, said to provide improved customer benefits at a lower price. The new VM2iQ was designed in response to growing customer demand…

Vendors Benefit From Expanded Small Business Services At Sam’s Club
Emily Jed

BENTONVILLE, AR (SEPTEMBER 2008) — Sam’s Club is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a renewed commitment to meeting the needs of its small business customers. It recently opened the inaugural Business Center, in Houston, TX, which offers an expanded selection of merchandise and services to meet the unique needs of vending operators, foodservice industry professionals, convenience store owners and other small business niches…

Music and Games Features
AAMA Holds Annual Board Meet And Gala Showcase; 2009 Convention Planning Goes Into High Gear
Nick Montano

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL (SEPTEMBER 2008) — The American Amusement Machine Association held its annual membership and board meeting in conjunction with its Distributor Gala equipment showing here at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort near Chicago. Officials focused much of their discussions on next year’s Amusement Showcase International, which collocates with Fun Expo for the first time and overlaps with Pizza Expo…

Advertising Pro Takes Helm At New AMI MegaNet Division
Nick Montano

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (SEPTEMBER 2008)— On-premise advertising expert Mike Nickerson has joined the executive teams of AMI Entertainment and its sister company Merit Entertainment, which have formed a new division to oversee promotions running on jukeboxes and countertop videogames. Nickerson will head that division, called AMI MegaNet, as vice-president of advertising…

AMOA And Fun Expos Wrap Up In Las Vegas
Nick Montano
LAS VEGAS (Sept. 2008) — Some 3,200 participants attended the Amusement and Music Operators Association's International Expo, which ran from September 10 to 12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. According to exhibitors, operators and distributors, this year's AMOA Expo was among the best ever in terms of product innovation and purchasing interest…

EQ’s Extreme Design: Ecast Unveils Large-Screen Jukebox
Nick Montano
LASVEGAS (Sept. 2008) —Ecast unveiled a new jukebox outfitted with a super-size vertical flat-screen display that it will build and market for its music and interactive media network. Introduced at the AMOA International Expo here, the wall-mounting jukebox’s most prominent feature is a 40-in. touchscreen monitor that provides more area for the jukebox interface and the accompanying promotions that appear simultaneously…

Rock-Ola Moves To AMI Software, Ending Agreement With Ecast
Nick Montano
LAS VEGAS (Sept. 2008) — Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corp. has chosen AMI Entertainment’s software and music services to ship with its commercial jukeboxes, ending a five-year agreement with Ecast. Rock-Ola made the announcement last week at the Amusement and Music Operators Association’s International Expo in Las Vegas, where the company showcased its touchscreen jukeboxes in the AMI booth…

Bulk Vending
Vend-A-Mation Brings Out-Of-This-World Bulk Vender To Market
Larisa Jayne Shewczyk
HOUSTON (SEPTEMBER 2008) — Vend-A-Mation is rolling out a bulk vender that incorporates a unique video component to attract customers and encourage sales. The result of four years’ research and development, it is the company’s first product and will be shown at the Amusement and Music Operators Association International Expo (September 10-12, Las Vegas Convention Center) …

WHAT’S NEW IN BULK? September Product Review
Larisa Jayne Shewczyk
NEW YORK CITY (Sept. 2008) — Allstar’s Madagascar stickers coinciding with blockbuster sequel, A&A’s high-end tat designs, Brand’s collectible figurines and deals from Cardinal spur back-to-school excitement in the bulk vending channel…

Editorial: Vending
EDITORIAL: Why Get Up In The Morning?
Tim Sanford

NEW YORK CITY (Sept. 2008) — During a recent elevator ride, we overheard a fellow passenger remark to his companion, “This would be a great business, if we just didn’t have any customers!” We don’t know what line of work they were in, but the observation might be made by someone engaged in almost any commercial activity, from running an airline to operating vending equipment… by Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
Marcus Webb

NEW YORK CITY (Sept. 2008) — Congratulations to the Amusement and Music Operators Association as it celebrates its 60th anniversary this month. AMOA packed so many personalities, issues and events into these six decades that it’s sometimes difficult to see the big picture. Accordingly, this column offers a succinct overview of “The AMOA Story"… by Marcus Webb

Upfront with the Publisher
UPFRONT: Go Create Yourself!
Alicia Lavay
NEW YORK CITY (Sept. 2008) — There’s an old story, familiar to anyone who has attended enough sales training seminars, about two competing shoe companies that each sent a salesman to a remote island. Upon their arrival, they found that the inhabitants all went barefoot all the time. One salesman called his home office and said, “This is a really lousy territory. Nobody here wears shoes.” The other one reported, “This is the greatest territory I’ve ever seen! Nobody here wears shoes!”… by Alicia Lavay-Kertes

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