Burdette Beckmann, BBI National Broker based out of Florida's management team unites in Chicago for NAMA's OneShow. From Left to Right: Mike Wein, Lyndon Breaux, Paul Van Vleck, Doug Schnurr, Robert Taylor (President), Dave Jorgensen, Greg White, Tom Ferraro, Lisa Mattias, Eric King, Robert Mattias, John Platt, Ashley Grater, Tom Jackson, Kevin Boland and Sean Geaney.
Pete Tullio, left, and Carla Balakgie, right, of NAMA, present Randy Smith of LightSpeed Automation, Alpharetta, Ga., with the NAMA Allied Member of the Year - Vending Award. For more information visit www.vendingmarketwatch.com/11390623.
Sylvia Rowe, chair of NAMA's Nutrition Advisory Council, was among several industry leaders to announce NAMA's new FitPick program. For the full story, visit www.vendingmarketwatch.com/11429694.
Dave Wilcox (far left) and Paul Schindelar (far right) of Mondelez International present Mike Edwards accompanied by his wife, Jennifer, with the 2013 Route Driver of the Year award. Edwards of Greensboro Vending located in Greensboro, N.C., was selected out of over 100 nominations to win the award. Read more about Edwards at www.vendingmarketwatch.com/11317885.
Now that operators have made the leap into micro markets, many are curious to learn better ways to maximize profitability within that market. In the OneShow session entitled “Maximizing Profitability In A Micro Market,” Avanti’s Jim Brinton and 365 Retail Markets’ Joe Hessling offered operators nearly a dozen straightforward ways to succeed in a micro market. To read the full story, visit www.vendingmarketwatch.com/11431411.
Fitting together a select number of well-priced products to return the best profits is at the core of a vending or micro market business. It requires time, attention and data. With more products than ever before, the task has some operators struggling. That’s why Michael Kasavana, Ph.D., NAMA Endowed Professor, School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University, introduced a redesigned menu engineering model borrowed from the foodservice sector, and tailored it to the vending and micro market industry. Kasavana presented the model, called Product Intelligence, to attendees of the NAMA OneShow session, Product Engineering: Pricing Drives Success on April 9. “Menu engineering, as a pricing model, is the no. 1 selling pricing model for restaurants. Through product intelligence, it can be part of the vending and micro market business,” he told operators. For the full story, visit www.vendingmarketwatch.com/11430864.
“Forget what you’re supposed to offer and dream about the type of service you could be offering.” Those words were said by Donnie Pemberton, president of The Pepi Companies during the NAMA OneShow session “Not UR Daddy’s Vending: The Evolution Of Today’s Convenient Refreshment Company.” Donnie, and his father, Vic Pemberton, current CEO, have been providing solutions to customers for over 30 years. They represent two generations, but are unified in their approach to the future – focusing on customers, employees and the company. For the full story, www.vendingmarketwatch.com/11430963.
NAMA's Vice President of Events LyNae Schleyer announced total attendance of 4,304 at the 2014 NAMA OneShow that took place in Chicago, Ill., from April 9 to 11. Schleyer reported that 1,426 total operators representing 574 companies participated with an average of 2.48 employees per company.
This year NAMA enhanced educational offerings with over a dozen sessions. Donnie and Vic Pemberton of The Pepi Companies in Dothan, Ala., kickstarted the show on Tuesday, April 8th with a session entitled “Not UR Daddy’s Vending: The Evolution Of Today’s Convenient Refreshment Company.” The company’s business model runs on being a custom convenient food solution, measuring and using customer perceptions, becoming a breakroom expert, moving to mobile and focusing on employee satisfaction.
The following day, Avanti’s Jim Brinton and 365 Retail Markets’ Joe Hessling led the first official round of educational sessions with ways to maximize profitability in a micro market. Shortly after, Michael Kasavana, Ph.D., NAMA Endowed Professor, School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University, introduced a redesigned menu engineering model borrowed from the foodservice sector, and tailored it to the vending and micro market industry. Kasavana presented the model, called Product Intelligence, to attendees of the NAMA OneShow session, "Product Engineering: Pricing Drives Success" on April 9.
On the show floor, mobile payment applications were a prominent feature. There were at least six different companies offering some type of mobile payment or mobile customer solution to vending. Many operators were pleased with the show’s offerings and showed enthusiasm for the show’s focus on new products. NAMA showcased two dozen new products near the show floor entrance in order to highlight this year’s offerings. Among the new products included a hybrid vending/micro market door, healthy better-for-you products, a dual OCS and water beverage system as well as several mobile payment options, to name a few.
Operators voiced concerns over school calorie regulations and compliance as NAMA released its newest FitPick 2.0, which includes FitPick Select, specifically for operators to meet the strict USDA requirements for school vending.
Mondelez International and Automatic Merchandiser magazine/VendingMarketWatch teamed up to present the “Wear It & Win It” contest, a sweepstakes where NAMA OneShow attendees received $100 for wearing a Mondelez International T-shirt on Thursday, April 10, 2014. The T-shirt was given away free at the Mondelez International booth at the OneShow. Twice an hour an attendee wearing the T-shirt was randomly chosen as the recipient of the $100 cash prize. There were 12 prizes of $100 each awarded in total.
Dave Wilcox and Paul Schindelar of Mondelez International presented Mike Edwards of Greensboro Vending & Coffee, located in Greensboro, N.C., with the 2013 Route Driver of the Year Award. Edwards was selected out of more than 100 nominees to receive the prestigious award for his dedication, professionalism and hard work as a route driver for over ten years.
In a ceremony held on April 10th, NAMA CEO Carla Balakgie and Chair Pete Tullio presented several members with Industry Awards. Randy Smith of LightSpeed Automation was named Allied Member of the Year – Vending, Dan Marchetti of Rendezvous Music & Vending was named Vending Operator of the Year, Marc Whitener of CEO Refreshment Solutions was named Industry Person of the Year, Bryan Real of United Food Group was named Allied Member of the Year – Coffee and David Henchel of Corporate Coffee Systems was named Coffee Service Operator of the Year.