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Vol. 44, No. 10, October 2004

Vending Features
Coffee Serv Embraces E-Commerce, Brew-By-Cup Delivery System To Satisfy Today's Client And Patron Demands In Delaware Valley
Emily Jed
PHILADELPHIA - Jack Kirshner finds the coffee service customers in his market to be more discerning today, not only regarding the quality of the coffee they expect away from home but also about the ease of preparing it.

NAMA 2004 Expo Turns Spotlight On Today's Opportunities, Challenges
Tim Sanford
CHICAGO - A new "Leaders' Forum" will lead off the educational programming at the 2004 National Automatic Merchandising Association National Expo here. It is the first item on a varied agenda of issues central to the competitive success of vending, coffee service and foodservice in a fast-changing world.

Music and Games Features
Fall Trade Shows Attract More Buyers, Spotlight New Video, Jukebox Concepts
Marcus Webb
LAS VEGAS - And the 2004 "coin-op crystal ball award" goes to' AMOA executive vice-president Jack Kelleher. At the close of last year's co-located AMOA International Expo and Fun Expo, Kelleher predicted the 2003 edition "may be the start of the industry rally that we need." According to show owners, Kelleher's prediction proved correct. While VENDING TIMES' new Census of the Industry continues to show an industry in consolidation, the 2004 AMOA-Fun Expo held here at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, also proved decisively that last year's show was no fluke. In a year when Vegas broke all of its previous attendance records for tourism generally, AMOA and Fun Expo attendance also was notably up from the previous year. And, in the words of AMOA past president Don Hesch the industry got a look at itself in Las Vegas and it liked what it saw.

TouchTunes Releases Jukebox Software Upgrade
Nick Montano
LAS VEGAS - TouchTunes Music Corp. unveiled a new version of its jukebox software at the AMOA International Expo in its hometown. TouchTunes' Version 2.2.0 provides new broadband data communications capabilities, enhanced diagnostics, an improved music search routine for "Tune Central," and a "self-promotion engine" that makes use of the network connection to enable automatic jukebox promotional activity on location.

Bulk Vending
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: Nuts About Nuts: 'Al The Peanut Man' Sets Out To Conquer Big Apple
Hank Schlesinger
NEW YORK CITY - It takes a hardy breed of operator to go into the nut business. With the price of merchandise subject to wild swings, neighborhood taverns closing in many regions and all the additional effort it takes to maintain machines, operators who go into nuts as a specialty must have a rare degree of fortitude, not to mention business acumen. VT recently sat down with one of New York's premier nut bulk vending operators, Al Swiderski. Better known as "Al The Peanut Man," Swiderski started out as a bulk vendor in Buffalo, NY, and eventually set his sights on New York City after he sold a successful route. Although a relative newcomer to the geographic market, Swiderski is already gaining an enthusiastic following among the Big Apple's bar and tavern owners.

Editorial: Vending
Turning The Corner
Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
The Anatomy Of Success
Marcus Webb

Ahead of the Times: Music and Games
Oct. 28, 2004: OCMA Challenges Direct Sales; Kiddie Rides USA Sold; AMOA Releases Vol. 3 Of Jukebox Classics; East Coast Amusements, Global Coin Team Up In Boston

Oct. 6, 2004: Online Music & Games Dominate Expo; Sega-Sammy Merger Official; Global VR's Bharvirkar Resumes CEO Role

Oct. 7, 2004: AMOA-Fun Expo: More Visitors, Smaller Hall; ICE-Firestone Partner On New 'Action Hero' Finance Package

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