This month, we are all busy getting ready to head to Atlanta, and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone there. Be sure to stop by our booth and say hello!
In Automatic Merchandiser’s April issue, we focused on solutions to help you get prepared for the upcoming 2023 NAMA Show, May 10-12.
In the OCS update, Bob Tullio chats with a few industry leaders in the Atlanta area about dining suggestions as well as advice for operators on how to get the most out of the NAMA Show. Tullio will also be sharing more tips in Automatic Merchandiser’s new Vending & OCS Nation podcast, which launched in March. If you haven’t tuned in already, go to VendingMarketWatch.com/Podcasts/VendingOCSNation and check it out. You’ll find two new episodes a month, each under 15 minutes. Subscribe to the podcast at vendingandocsnation.podbean.com, so you don’t miss an episode.
In April's issue, we announced the 2023 Readers’ Choice New Products of the Year Awards for vending, micro market and office coffee service. Last year, we opened up the nominations for new products, readers had a chance to cast their vote, and the leaders of the pack are honored in the April issue. If you have a product being launched this year, be sure to send it to us for next year’s awards program.
We are also excited to share the winner and runners-up for the Route Driver of the Year Award, presented by Mondelēz. Read how the 2022 winner, Don Rasabout with Evergreen Refreshments, goes the extra mile for his customers and fellow route drivers, as well as the two runners-up, Matthew Schram with Crave Fresh Markets, and Matt Rhoda with Bernick’s. Please join me in congratulating them for their hard work.
Additionally, you can read here how pantry service is creating new opportunities for operators and some emerging product trends.
And in the operation profile, we turned the spotlight on Executive Refreshments, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and the father-and-son duo Lou and Louis Baresh say the best is yet to come.
In our June/July issue of Automatic Merchandiser, we will release our annual State of the Industry for Vending and Micro Market Report, but we can’t do it without your help. Please click here to access the State of the Industry survey. This is a chance for vending, micro market and office coffee service operators to anonymously share your data for 2022 that we will compile and analyze to measure the industry’s overall performance and present the results to our readers. We appreciate you taking the time to fill out this survey. The deadline to complete is May 16.
As always, thanks for reading and see you in Atlanta!