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EDITORIAL What Is At Stake?
Issue: Vol. 47, No. 1, January 2007
A recent news story details an exchange between critics of school cold-drink vending and an industry trade group. At issue is a report prepared for the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Public Health Advocacy Institute. It is said to be a multi-state analysis of school systems’ contracts with beverage companies...by Tim Sanford
Author: Tim Sanford

EDITORIAL: Time For A Closer Look
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 12, December 2006
The substantial consumer research project commissioned by the National Automatic Merchandising Association and conducted by Harris Interactive under the sponsorship of Masterfoods USA (see VT, November) produced findings that should give us all pause. In general, the majority of respondents agreed that vending is convenient and the machines are easy to use. However, a majority regard the selection of products available through vending equipment as limited and lacking in “fresh” and “healthy” items... by Tim Sanford
Author: Tim Sanford

EDITORIAL: Learning From History
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 11, November 2006
During the formative years of office coffee service, a prolonged debate took place about the nature of the business. One party held that an OCS operation should establish a distinctive identity in its market area by developing and marketing its own high-quality private-label coffee line. The other argued that the profit resided in national brands, taking advantage of their strong marketing support, while developing a reputation for fast, reliable and helpful service...by Tim Sanford
Author: Tim Sanford

EDITORIAL: Once Again: What Business Are We In?
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 10, October 2006
The National Automatic Merchandising Association National Expo always offers the opportunity to consider vending in its strategic dimension. The Expos, National and Spring, are episodes in an ongoing professional conversation. If a time-traveler were able to visit and record each one in quick succession, the result would be a “time-lapse” or stop-action movie of the industry’s growth and (sometimes surprising) development ...by Tim Sanford
Author: Tim Sanford

EDITORIAL: Progress And Otherwise
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 9, September 2006
Much has been written and said about the danger of complacency, the “comfort zone,” thinking “inside the box” and so on. We think more attention should be paid to the reciprocal danger of change for the sake of change, or confusing activity with action ...by Tim Sanford
Author: Tim Sanford

EDITORIAL: Lest We Forget
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 8, August 2006
One characteristic of entrepreneurial businesses is that they almost always are run by people who execute efficiently in the present while thinking about the future. The market does not reward activity aimed at recording and analyzing the past, and so few people take the time to do it. That is as it should be... While the pioneers of our diverse but related route service industries do reminisce about the good old days, and many of them have memorabilia on display in their offices, there has been no coherent industry effort to conserve the vending, music and games, and office refreshment service legacy.
Author: Tim Sanford

Unfinished Business
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 6, June 2006
Author: Tim Sanford

Eternal Vigilance The Price Of Peace
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 5, May 2006
Author: Tim Sanford

What Are We Building?
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 4, April 2006
Author: Tim Sanford

GettingTogether
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 3, March 2006
Author: Tim Sanford

NAMA Academic Program Raises The Bar
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 2, February 2006
Author: Alicia Lavay

What’s The Difference?
Issue: Vol. 46, No. 1, January 2006
Author: Tim Sanford

What Is The ‘Vending Industry,’ Anyway?
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 12, December 2005
Author: Tim Sanford

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back…
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 11, November 2005
Author: Tim Sanford

Time Warp
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 10, October 2005
Author: Tim Sanford

Where Do We Go From Here?
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 9, September 2005
Author: Tim Sanford

Up And Running
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 8, August 2005
Author: Tim Sanford

A Rising Tide Lifts All Ships
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 6, June 2005
Author: Tim Sanford

Learning From History: Part 2
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 5, May 2005
Author: Tim Sanford

Learning From History
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 4, April 2005
It has been said that experience is that mental faculty which enables us to recognize a mistake when we make it again. We were reminded of that during a recent discussion about the successful deployment of vending machines and changers that accept larger banknotes and pay back smaller ones.
Author: Tim Sanford

Learning From History
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 4, April 2005

It has been said that experience is that mental faculty which enables us to recognize a mistake when we make it again. We were reminded of that during a recent discussion about the successful deployment of vending machines and changers that accept larger banknotes and pay back smaller ones.


Author: Tim Sanford

Industry Life Cycle
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 3, March 2005
Author: Tim Sanford

Breaking Out
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 2, February 2005
Author: Tim Sanford

Back To School
Issue: Vol. 45, No. 1, January 2005
Author: Tim Sanford

Need To Know
Issue: Vol. 44, No. 12, December 2004

In the wake of the election, one topic that has received a good deal of discussion is the growing inability of exit polls to deliver an accurate picture of what voters actually are doing. Citizens have become adept at expressing views that they regard as acceptable to their peers, and reserving their own opinion for the voting booth.


Author: Tim Sanford

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