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Vol. 46, No. 4, April 2006

Vending Features
AVTI Unveils Next-Generation Vender, Technology SuiteFor Bidirectional Communications
Tim Sanford
YORBA LINDA, CA — Automated Vending Technologies Inc. took the wraps off its new RAM 4000 vending machine, a refrigerated combination snack and packaged-beverage vender with GPRS communications capability built onto the controller board. GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is a feature of GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) mobile telephones that permits them to send data across a packet-switching network (like the Internet). AVTI worked with Cingular Wireless and Sony Ericsson to develop the bidirectional Vending Management System communications system integrated into the RAM 4000, and the associated VMS  software suite.

Best Vendors Taps inOne Technology For Data Collection
Tim Sanford

Kraft, KRh Augment Branded Hot Choice Diner Programs
Tim Sanford

Music and Games Features
Ecast And Partners Award $2 Million In Jukeboxes
Nick Montano
SAN FRANCISCO — Ecast, a leading provider of digital music to downloading jukeboxes, reported that its recent sales promotion awarded more than $2 million in free jukebox hardware to music vendors nationwide. The “Get One Free” jukebox promotion, which ran from January 1 through March 31, triggered one of the strongest quarterly expansions in the digital music category, and is being followed by a similar promotion that kicked off on April 1.

Operators Continue To Find Profitability In Today's Challenging Yet Lively Bar Market
Marcus Webb

Sega’s UFO Catcher Makes U.S. Landing In July; 2-Claw System Provides Greater Play Control
Marcus Webb

Valley-Dynamo Augments Pool Line With Brunswick Branded Table
Marcus Webb

Bulk Vending
Revitalized Bazooka Launches In Vending
Hank Schlesinger
NEW YORKCITY — The ball gum segment of the bulk vending market is about to get very interesting. The Topps Co. Inc. has announced plans to re-launch its legendary Bazooka bubblegum in a wide variety of brand extensions, including bulk-vendible ball gum. Although still one of the best-known brands of gum in the U.S., Bazooka has been languishing somewhat over the past few years, overshadowed by the firm’s other lines of confections and trading cards.  Now poised for a resurgence, the Bazooka brand, which has been reported to have sold 30 billion pieces during its more than half-century history, is about to reintroduce itself to the marketplace.

Sherwood Brands Develops First Capsulated Lollipop For Vending
Hank Schlesinger

What’s Up Marketing Plan Homes In On Premium Items
Hank Schlesinger

Editorial: Vending
What Are We Building?
Tim Sanford

Ahead of the Times: Vending
Fastcorp Taps Piatnik Prexy, Announces New Ownership

Ahead of the Times: Music and Games
MARCH 24, 2006: ASI Returns To Vegas; U.S. Department Of Commerce Investigates Copy Games; Illinois Supreme Court Stays Chi Ordinance; Nat'l Dart Assoc. Plans Denver Summit; Wolverine American Expands

MARCH 30, 2006: U.S. Senate, Missouri Slam Violent Games; FEC Is One Of U.S.A.’s Largest; Iowa Ops Seek Delay On Touch-Play Ban; AAMCF Raises $30,000+ For Charities; HBI Sets June 15 Charity Golf Outing; Fed. & State Governments Oppose Violent Video

Upfront with the Publisher
UPFRONT: In A Fiercely Competitive Environment, How Do We Gain Market Share While Retaining Our Integrity?
Alicia Lavay

Whether you are an operator, a manufacturer, distributor, supplier – or publisher, as the industry continues to consolidate it has become more difficult to secure existing accounts and generate new sources of revenue. In a fiercely competitive environment, how do we gain market share and keep our companies healthy while retaining our integrity, not burning our bridges behind us, and preserving a business environment in which we all can thrive? ...by Alicia Lavay-Kertes

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