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Vol. 47, No.10, October 2007

Vending Features
Astrosystems Flexible ST1 Global Bill Validator Fits Equipment Variety
Tim Sanford
LAS VEGAS (October 2007) — Now available from Astrosystems is the GBA (Global Bill Acceptor) ST1, designed to fit a wide variety of equipment, allow for high security and maximize customer convenience.

Carolina Vending Sees Pure Water As Profitable Addition To Services
Tim Sanford
RALEIGH, NC (October 2007) — Water is one of the foundations on which full-line vending and office coffee service were built. The need for effective water treatment to prepare the beverages dispensed by coffee and postmix cold-drink vending machines offered an important incentive to the development of modern in-line water filtration and demineralizing technology, and the outcome was today’s reliable cartridge-based systems.

NAMA 2007 National Expo Tackles Trends And Technology
Tim Sanford
CHICAGO (October 2007) — Market forces and technical developments affecting the vending industry will be in the spotlight at the National Automatic Merchandising Association National Expo here. Featuring a streamlined Wednesday-through-Friday schedule with expanded educational opportunities, the event is set for October 10 through 12.

South Carolina Corrections Department Rolls Out Paykey In Visitation Rooms At Medium- And High-Security Prisons
Tim Sanford
GREENVILLE, SC (October 2007) — Paykey USA reports that the South Carolina Department of Corrections has begun a yearlong rollout of Paykey cashless payment systems on vending equipment in all 32 of its medium- and high-security correctional facility visitation rooms. This follows a two-year study of the available payment systems and a testing phase.

Music and Games Features
AMI Launches New Web Tool For Digital Music Management
GRAND RAPIDS, MI (October 2007) — AMI Entertainment, the music content and technology division of jukebox manufacturer Rowe International Corp., is launching a new website featuring enhanced tools that simplify the remote management of Internet-enabled jukeboxes. The jukebox music provider began migrating AMI subscribers to the new site – located at amientertainment.net – in August, and expects the process to complete in the fall.

BAM Unites Brunswick Tradition With Valley-Dynamo Experience
GRAND PRAIRIE, TX (October 2007) — The new amusement machine division of Brunswick Billiards and Bowling will stage its official launch this November in Orlando at the IAAPA Attractions Expo. At the annual parks show, Brunswick Amusement Machine will have its own exhibit, apart from other Brunswick divisions, which includes coin-op table-game maker Valley-Dynamo.

TouchTunes Acquires White Rabbit Games; Readies PlayPorTT Portable Entertainment Tablet
Nick Montano
NEW YORK CITY (October 2007) — TouchTunes Music Corp. has acquired White Rabbit Games Studio LLC, a company that has developed a portable location-based entertainment device that offers games and jukebox music selections. TouchTunes, administrator of America’s largest digital jukebox network, believes the acquisition will give it a platform to widen its footprint in the out-of-home entertainment space.

Bulk Vending
L.M. Becker & Co. Launches ‘Parent’s Corner’ On Website
APPLETON, WI (October 2007) — In response to growing concerns about lead content in toys, a leading supplier of capsuled novelties for vending said it has added an “information for parents” section to its website.

Editorial: Vending
EDITORIAL: The Codfish And The Hen, Revisited
Tim Sanford
One of our colleagues, who finds herself navigating through the contemporary world with three small children in tow, recently told us of an experience which we suspect is widely shared. It certainly is not novel; industry observers have been concerned about it for half a century or more… By Tim Sanford

EDITORIAL: The Codfish Doesn’t Cackle...
Tim Sanford
Those who have attended enough sales training seminars have heard a little verse explaining why, although the codfish lays 10,000 eggs and the “homely hen” lays one, we esteem the hen much more highly. The reason for this value perception is that “The codfish doesn’t cackle/To tell us what she’s done.”… By TIM SANFORD

Editorial: Music and Games
EDITORIAL: Can A Realist Also Be An Optimist?
Marcus Webb
Can a realist in the amusement machine industry also be an optimist? Absolutely. Meet Jim Turntine, CEO of Play-Mor Coin-Op and Wonder Novelty (Sullivan, MO). This industry will survive, and thrive, thanks to people like him. He is a calm and practical realist who looks conditions in the eye and calls things by their right names. At the same time, he is an optimist – but one who believes in creating his own opportunities…By MARCUS WEBB

Upfront with the Publisher
UPFRONT: The Value Of Trade Publications And Associations, And Their Role In Maintaining The Industry Dialogue, Needs To Be Understood
Alicia Lavay
Last month, I was invited to be a guest speaker in Dr. Kasavana’s highly successful V-Commerce course at The School of Hospitality Business at the Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University (Lansing). As most of you know, this program was underwritten by the The Foundation of the National Automatic Merchandising Association as part of a long-range plan to foster closer relations between the industry and the academy, to the benefit of both..By ALICIA LAVAY-KERTES

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