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   Vol. 57, No. 5, May 2017

The Profitable Exchange Of Ideas Propels F2FEC's Steady Growth
The third annual F2FEC [Face to Face Family Entertainment Center] conference, held at the elegant Chateau Elan winery resort near Atlanta, lived up to its growing reputation as the place where top family entertainment center operators and vendors can reach new levels of creativity by engaging with their peers... by Robert Sax
A Circulating Dollar Coin Still Can Be Valuable
Another dollar coin bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. There is reason to believe that it is now at least possible to do away with the $1 bill. Although the effect of replacing the bill with a coin would have been more dramatic three decades ago, it's still a good idea and well worth doing... by Tim Sanford
Forget The Good Ol' Days: They Weren't All That Good
One of the most striking changes in the business world over the past several decades has not been technology, globalization or even the changing nature of work itself. The most interesting change, to my mind, has been the evolution of management style... by Hank Schlesinger
Not Just Convenience
Over the decades, there have been a number of suggestions for replacing the term "vending" with something less specific, with fewer connotations of the rustbelt factory. None had caught on. Vending certainly is a "convenience service," but it's a unique and distinctive one, and it should be celebrated... by Alicia Lavay
AMOA-New York Honors B.J. Thomas As Jukebox Artist Of The Year And Betson's Nina Byron As Person Of The Year
The Amusement and Music Owners Association of New York bestowed its 2017 Jukebox Artist of the Year Award on American pop singer B.J. Thomas, whose notable singles include "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" and "Hooked On A Feeling," among many others. Simultaneously, the trade association presented its Person of the Year Award to Nina Byron, a finance executive of Betson Enterprises, the first woman to receive the honor. AMOA-NY's awards were presented during a gala dinner on Monday, April 24, in midtown
All State Manufacturing's New Micromarket Stands Meet Vending Operators' Demands For Style, Durability
In August of 2016, a longtime customer approached All State to ask that it look into designing and building all-metal stands for use in the fast-growing micromarket industry, and the manufacturer responded by creating two attractive and durable models...
Mobile Payments Are Slow To Catch On In Vending, But Use Is Growing
What's taking mobile payment technology so long to take hold? The vending industry isn't the only sector that could ask this question as everyone around us seems to be glued to their smartphone. But it's a question to which the vending industry has to pay attention -- if it doesn't want to be left holding the bag when the mobile payment tsunami comes crashing down on the retail landscape...
NAMA's 2017 OneShow Encapsulates Vending Industry's Innovation And Expansion
The National Automatic Merchandising Association's 2017 OneShow was alive with innovation and enthusiasm, living up to this year's theme of empowering industry members to "Meet With More Convenience." Vending's biggest annual trade show and convention ran from April 19 to 21 at the Venetian resort in Las Vegas. NAMA has not yet relased the OneShow's final registration numbers, but the consensus among exhibitors who Vending Times surveyed on the show floor was that the event was packed with a steady stream o
Thayer Distribution Employs High-Tech Supply Approach To Help Vending Operators Stay On Trend
Juan and Maria Gallicchio left their native Argentina 40 years ago with three young children in tow, $400 in their pockets and hope of a better life in the United States. Step by step, they have realized that dream, establishing Thayer Distribution and building it into a major full-line product distributor that serves vending operators and convenience store wholesalers in the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions...