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Speaking At World Retail Congress, Dr. Fung Predicts Higher Chinese Export Costs
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 10, October 2014
Prices of goods manufactured in China may rise dramatically in the coming years, according to Dr. William Fung, chairman of the global sourcing company Li & Fung Ltd. in Hong Kong...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Bulk Vendors Engage Coinage Issue As Mint Readies Study For Congress
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 10, October 2014
For bulk vending operators, the stakes are highest. Should Congress decide on changing the quarter, the bulk vending industry's coin mechanisms and coin-counting equipment could be thrown into chaos...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Angry Birds Developer Is Mad At Bulk Vending Supplier
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 10, October 2014
The Finnish mobile videogame company behind Angry Birds brings lawsuit against Allstar Vending (Pointe-Claire, QC, Canada)...
Author: by Staff Reporters

Allstar Vending Lands 'Despicable Me' License For Bulk And Flat Merchandise
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 9, September 2014
Fans of Gru and his minions may have to wait another three years before the next "Despicable Me" opens in theaters, but they can now satisfy their craving for "Despicable" stuff at vending machines...
Author: Nick Montano



Hello Kitty, A Bulk Vending And Amusement Favorite, Gets Museum Exhibit
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 9, September 2014
Are you ready for Hello Kitty mania of the artistic variety? The ubiquitous pop culture character is being honored by a pair of high-profile art shows in the coming months...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Booming Latino-Themed Malls Open Up New Coin-Op Opportunities
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 9, September 2014
Demographics is destiny in retailing, and this truism is being demonstrated by contemporary shopping centers. One of the fastest-growing trends in malls and shopping centers is the Latino-centric experience. For bulk vending and amusement operators, this trend could hold promise for revitalizing routes...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

New Paper USB Drive Could Have Flat Vending Potential
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 9, September 2014
The recently introduced swivelCard provides business cards -- and presumably other substrates -- with the capability to act as a USB drive...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Mergers And Smaller, Urban Locations Hold Hope For Down-Market Retailers And Bulk Vending Operators
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 8, August 2014
Even large discount retailers, among the most profitable locations in the bulk vending industry, are struggling these days...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Bulk Vending Machines Under Attack
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 8, August 2014
Multiple reports from across the country in the past month have described bulk machines that have been intentionally smashed or used as weapons in fits of rage or intoxicated outbursts...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

S&B Candy And Toy Rolls Out Second Batch Of Dino Egg Bulk Vending Machines
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 8, August 2014
S&B Candy and Toy Co. reports that the second production run of its animated Dinosaur Egg Machines, which made their debut early this summer, has started shipping...
Author: Nick Montano



Vice Profiles Bulk Vending Legend Bradley Ellison: Losing Millions On Homies
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 8, August 2014
Vice is an international magazine focused on arts, culture and news topics. The magazine's portrait of Bradley "Sugarman" Ellison, one of bulk vending's most colorful operators, is poignant...

Andrew Lieberman Designs AcuCount Scales For Use On Route
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 8, August 2014
When Andrew Lieberman introduced the AcuCount coin counter several years ago, he was following a family tradition. The Lieberman name is familiar to bulk vending veterans because Andrew's father founded U-Seal-It Vending half a century ago. That iconic Philadelphia-based company manufactured and operated a pioneering line of flat merchandise machines and became a fixture in some of the nation's largest retailers for decades...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

In Texas, An Operator Creates Niche In Marketing Family-Oriented Products
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 6, June 2014
Matt Miller of Marzs Vending (Kingwood, TX) has found a Texas-size niche in bulk vending. The operator who serves the central Texas market is promoting family-friendly bulk products that eschew the more edgy designs and themes. With a route comprised of some 100 locations, primarily mom and pops, Miller has found that wholesome product makes for happy consumers and location owners...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

As Retailers Struggle To Keep Up With Changes In Consumer Habits, Coin-Op Traffic Remains Uncertain
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 6, June 2014
According to several disparate sources, consumer spending and shopping habits appear to be changing in a dramatic and long-term manner. Evidence of this can be seen in one survey conducted by the market research firm NPD Group. As the survey discovered, families aren't eating out as much as they did just a few years ago...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

OK Manufacturing Returns Under New Management; Bulk Vending Machines Roll Out
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 6, June 2014
OK Manufacturing Co. is back. The company that pioneered giant and kinetic bulk vending machines is under new management. Purchased in an employee buyout in August 2013, OK is now a division of Salt Lake City's Gumball Depot...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Benchmark Applies Amusement Know-How To Kinetic Bulk Vender
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 6, June 2014
Benchmark Games, best known for its amusement redemption devices, has developed its first bulk vending machine line. The factory's Beat the Alienz and Beat the Monsters venders are scheduled to ship in the fourth quarter...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Sticky Situation For Gum: U.S. Sales Continue Decline
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 6, June 2014
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Roger Folz, A Bulk Vending Legend, Is Dead At 86
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
Roger Folz, bulk vending Roger Folz died on April 29. A bulk vending legend, Folz eschewed a career on Wall Street to found Folz Vending Co. in 1949 with is brother Harold. Starting with $600 and one vending machine, Folz would eventually create the first national bulk vending company...

VTAIL Acquires Big Bear, Sets New Course For Glow Machine Vending Concepts
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
VTAIL, a new automated retailing concern, has acquired Big Bear Import Brokers, better known as Glow Machine. Entrepreneur Adrian Sedlin is leading the new bulk vending venture...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

64th Annual Bulk Vending Show And Convention Wins Kudos For New Format
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
The National Bulk Vendors Association's 64th annual convention and trade show are being hailed as unqualified successes by NBVA officials. It was fourth bulk vending show to collocate with the Amusement Expo...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Thinking 'Down Market' May Raise Bottom Line For Bulk Vending Operators
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 5, May 2014
Has the time come for bulk vending operators to take another look at so-called "down-market" locations? According to retail analysts, dollar stores and other discounters are expanding at a record rate, outpacing and outselling such long-established chains as J.C. Penney and Sears. And this may be good news for bulk operators...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Theisen Vending's Judi Heston Is Elected NBVA President
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 4, April 2014
The National Bulk Vendors Association has elected Judi Heston of Theisen Vending Co. as its president. She succeeds Steven Schechner, Capital Vending (Florence, AL), who held the association's top post since 2012...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Anton Conaway Marks 25 Years At A&A Global Industries
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 3, March 2014
Conaway is division manager of A&A Global Industries' Sylmar, CA, branch. He started his career as a warehouse laborer at A&A's headquarters on the East Coast...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

NBVA Booths Sell Out In Record Time; Bulk Vending Floor Opens March 26
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 4, April 2014
The National Bulk Vendors Association is primed for one of its best trade shows in years. According to association president Steve Schechner, all of NBVA's available booth space has been booked...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

Your Bulk Vending Innovation Could Be Worth $300 At Upcoming Trade Show
Issue: Vol. 54, No. 4, April 2014
Your best bulk idea could win you $300. The National Bulk Vendors Association's seminar program at the upcoming Amusement Expo will offer a chance to win $300. The Most Innovative Operator award will be presented on the spot...
Author: Hank Schlesinger

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