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Vol. 47, No.12, December 2007

Vending Features
Cantaloupe Organizes Team To Help Customers Succeed
Emily Jed

BERKELEY, CA (December 2007) — Cantaloupe Systems has announced the formation of a Customer Success Management team to provide on-site assistance to new purchasers of Cantaloupe’s Seed wireless remote monitoring platform. The team’s mission is to insure successful system implementation and client satisfaction.

NAMA Opposes Plan To Change U.S. Coins’ Metal Content
Tim Sanford

WASHINGTON, DC (December 2007) — The National Automatic Merchandising Association said it is organizing resistance to a proposed change in the metallic composition of the U.S. coin set.

Pure1 Debuts 0.5-µm Filter, Taps DeMitri Vend/OCS Rep
Emily Jed

LAWRENCE, MA (December 2007) — Pure1 Systems announced the rollout of a new particle filter, the Absolute 1, and strengthened its reach to the vending and OCS trade through an exclusive arrangement with DeMitri Chesapeake Sales Inc. (Turnersville, NJ). Pure1 markets the EverFull self-filling bottle system, a dispenser combining the economy of point-of-use water treatment with the marketing power and aesthetic appeal of a classic bottle.

Sustainable Coffee Production Is Essential For Industry’s Survival, Lingle Advises NCA
Tim Sanford
NEW YORK CITY (December 2007) — “In the long run, only quality is sustainable,” said Ted R. Lingle, executive director of the Coffee Quality Institute. “Everything else is not.” Addressing the National Coffee Association of USA’s Fall Education Conference, Lingle explained that the free market is working to differentiate coffees, as it long has differentiated wines. Quality is in demand, and quality simply cannot be had cheaply.

Music and Games Features
Crane’s NRI Unit Introduces Currenza Clip And C2 6-Tube Changer With GSM Option
Tim Sanford

ST. LOUIS, MO (December 2007) — New from Crane Payment Solutions are the Clip, a stored-value cashless payment system, and the C2 Changegiver. Developed by Crane’s National Rejectors business unit, the latest additions to NRI’s Currenza line made their U.S. debut at the National Automatic Merchandising Association National Expo.

Hollywood Reels Is Set For Worldwide Release
Nick Montano

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (December 2007) — Feature rich and easy to play for all ages, Hollywood Reels brings the flamboyant flair of the movie world to the amusement redemption category. The new quick-coin concept from Jennison Entertainment Technologies, which made its debut last month at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, FL, will be available in the first quarter of 2008 exclusively through Betson Enterprises.

IAAPA Attractions Expo Wraps Up In Orlando; Overall Attendance Rises 30%; International Interest Skyrockets
Nick Montano

ORLANDO, FL — Some 27,000 visitors from 98 countries attended the IAAPA Attractions Expo here at the Orange County Convention Center, an increase of nearly 30% over traffic at the 2006 event. International participation soared by 72%.

NDA Announces Plans For Expanded 2008 Team Dart
Marcus Webb

INDIANAPOLIS (December 2007) — The National Dart Association (a body of the Amusement and Music Operators Association) said it is planning an expanded program in a larger space for Team Dart XXIII. The event will be held April 18-26 at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

OK Manufacturing Ends Production Of Arcade Games
Marcus Webb

SALT LAKE CITY (December 2007) — Calling it a “hard decision,” OK Manufacturing executives said they will phase out the arcade division while continuing to build bulk vending equipment.

TouchTunes Hits Bennigan’s; Pelican Oversees Rollout
Marcus Webb

LAKE ZURICH, IL (December 2007) — TouchTunes said it has been selected by Bennigan’s Grill & Tavern as its exclusive provider of digital music entertainment. Jukeboxes will be installed on broadband connections in all 157 corporate locations. In addition, TouchTunes jukeboxes will be recommended and made available to all 86 Bennigan’s franchisee locations.

Bulk Vending
SuperPro Adds Certs Mints To Upmarket Bulk Program
Tim Sanford

CHICAGO (December 2007) — SuperPro Vending Group (Nixa, MO and Huntley, IL) has  added Certs breath mints from Cadbury Adams to its popular vending program. The new line was introduced at the National Automatic Merchandising Association National Expo here.

VenDynamics’ ZuluComm Enables Operators To Provide Wireless ‘Hot Spots’ To Generate Added Location Revenue
Nick Montano

SAN JOSE, CA— New from VenDynamics is a program that allows vending operators to install pay-for-use Wi-Fi “hot spots” in locations that have high-speed Internet connections. The company notes that retailers ranging from Starbucks to McDonald’s have enjoyed substantial success by offering customers access to the Internet over a high-speed wireless connection.

White House’s Product Safety Plan Impacts Industries Relying On Imports

WASHINGTON, DC (December 2007) — Following a series of high-profile recalls of imported  consumer products that have included children’s toys and pet food, both the White House and Congress are preparing to take action.

Editorial: Music and Games
EDITORIAL: Deluxe Crystal Ball Edition
Marcus Webb
This issue contains our “Forecast 2008” feature story. Several leading operators go on the record to reveal what they see for next year and beyond. The piece also includes three momentous predictions made by informed sources who did not wish to have their names published. If you want an advance jump on what the entire industry will be talking about next year, be sure to read this story.... By MARCUS WEBB

EDITORIAL: Do It Yourself…
Tim Sanford
A VT staffer, trolling the Internet for vending news, came across an announcement by a major office products supplier. It is prepared to sell vending equipment to small businesses and send around a crew to install the machines. The customer then orders product as he would order copier paper, and assigns somebody to fill and collect. This is billed as a “Do It Yourself Vending Solution.”  ... By TIM SANFORD

Upfront with the Publisher
UPFRONT: We All Make Mistakes...But It’s What We Do To Recover That Matters
Alicia Lavay

We all make mistakes. It is what we do to recover from those mistakes that leaves a lasting imprint in our customer’s minds ...By ALICIA LAVAY-KERTES

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