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Vol. 43, No. 12, December 2003

Vending Features
NAMA's Lahmayer Advises Operators On Lifestyle Role In Obesity Upswing
Emily Jed
WASHINGTON, DC - NAMA Knowledge Source consultant Ruth Lahmayer-Chipps tackled the issue of obesity and the steps vending operators can take to address current concern over the nationwide epidemic at the NAMA National Expo. The registered dietician, who has worked extensively with vending operators on menu improvement to meet wellness objectives, led two interactive sessions at the convention.

U.S. Economic Recovery Heralds Industry Growth In Year Ahead
Tim Sanford
U.S.A. - There is increasing agreement that the United States economy is recovering strongly from the downturn of the past three years. This gives the vending and office refreshment industries reason to anticipate stronger demand and more robust sales in 2004.

Music and Games Features
Cash-Rich Operators Remained Cautious Machine Buyers In '03
Marcus Webb
U.S.A. - As the American domestic economy gradually rebounded in 2003, the American amusement machine industry appeared hopeful, stable and profitable. At the same time, no return to boom conditions appeared in sight. Last year, industry grosses inched up by just under 2% for the year, according to the last VENDING TIMES Census of the Industry. Such a growth rate is slightly higher than the annual rate of inflation in the overall economy. Observers expect similar results in 2003.

Route Management Software Professionals Foresee Total Automated Collection Solution
Marcus Webb
U.S.A. - For several years now, the pieces have been coming together for amusement operators to implement what suppliers call the "total automated solution" to amusement machine data collection and processing. Early next year, another huge piece of the puzzle will fall into place: Coin ConneXion and Point Blank Solutions will roll out new products to make the "total automated solution" a reality. A small PCB that is linked to an infrared communicator can be installed on each machine on location, enabling collectors to automatically transfer a machine's data to a handheld collection device in seconds , with virtually no possibility of error or inaccuracy.

Bulk Vending
L.M. Becker & Co. Taps Campbell President, Jonathan Becker Executive Vice-President
Hank Schlesinger
APPLETON, WI - L.M. Becker & Co. has announced the appointment of Marlene Campbell to the position of president. Campbell will assume all responsibilities for the management of L.M. Becker & Co. Inc., the parent company of Toy 'n Joy and Kid Zone. Campbell, who has served with the firm for almost 33 years, most recently held the position of executive vice-president.

Editorial: Vending
Looking Forward
Tim Sanford

Editorial: Music and Games
The Next Coin-Op Boom
Marcus Webb

Ahead of the Times: Music and Games
Dec. 1, 2003: JVL Offers $250 Rebate; Latest 'Stinger Report': More Signs Of Video Comeback; Sammy Targets SNK Library; Sega 2004 Lineup Looks Strong

Dec. 9, 2003: Sammy Becomes Sega's Biggest Shareholder; Investors Put $3 Million Into uWink; Dave & Buster's Amusement Sales Down

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