New Product Alert: You Love Fruit, a Company Favorite

Healthy vending is on the rise.  Employers are looking for alternatives for vending machines. Fruit snacks are popular in vending machines but are packed full of sugar and can be made with artificial fruit juices. We decided to go on the hunt for new products that are healthier alternatives to traditional vending snacks. That’s when we came across You Love Fruit.

A healthy alternative for traditional fruit snacks, You Love Fruit is packed full of fruits and in some flavors – there are veggies! Each packet is a single serving, with 90 to 100 calories of goodness. These organic, gluten-free, kosher and GMO-free products are peel-able, portable and easy to enjoy. We decided to see how the National Vending team felt about the healthy alternative and many were pleasantly surprised at how delicious the flavors were. The You Love Fruit website boasts 11 flavors and we had a few favorites we wanted to share.

Coming in as a group favorite was the Island Coconut, the subtle hint of coconut was the perfect complement to the organic mango and pineapple flavors. Another favorite was the surprising Spinach and Kale. The team thought this would be a salad in fruit leather form but was intrigued by the added flavors of kiwi, pineapple, banana, and mango; they said you couldn’t even taste the veggies! Last but not least, was the simply mango, a favorite because it was packed full of mango flavor. The simply mango was a hit, with many people going back for seconds to try it again.

A few other favorites that made the list included apple cinnamon, cherry mango, and tart peach. This simple snack is great if you are looking for a healthy alternative while on the go.

How Branded Machines Can Make a Big Impact.

Vending machines are the perfect opportunity to promote your brand while keeping your employees and customers refreshed. A branded vending solution will create interest and engagement in your machines. Adding a branding package is a breeze when working with a vending management company. A branded machine with a graphics wrap not only looks nice but can be eye-catching to potential customers and make a lasting impression. Below we list a few more reasons branded vending machines can make a big impact!

Promote healthy options:

If you work in a corporate setting with wellness goals and health initiatives, take advantage of the opportunity to promote better choices with a brand or graphics package that goes hand-in-hand with your goals. Not only can this help draw more employees in but if the vending machine is located in a public setting it can be beneficial for other customers as well.

Consistent branding:

Choose a theme that stands out but is still in line with your company look. Branded vending machines get your company name out in the open and can be a great way to keep your brand top-of-mind. Take a look at the two examples below and leave a comment telling us which one looks better.

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Cohesive office environment:

Did your office just overhaul their public space? Do your vending machines need a fresh look? No worries, branded vending machines are great ways to take make your vending machines look like new. Branded vending machines are a great way to keep the colors cohesive and consistent while adding a little fun to the breakroom.

Eye-catching:

If your vending machines are in a public space, not only will you be able to promote your company logo and design but you will also be able to spark more interest in people passing by looking for a treat. Branded vending machines tend to draw more people to the machine because of their bright colors and clean look.

Not sure how to go about upgrading your vending machine with a branded graphics package?  With the help of a vending management company, you can ensure the whole process is smooth and seamless!

Update your Office and Breakroom with these Tips

Is your business looking to upgrade their office space or breakroom? These changes could play a bigger role in your office productivity, creativity and employee retention. Before you take the plunge, update your office and breakroom with these tips.

Get your employees’ ideas

It’s easier to get your employees excited for change when they play an active role in tossing out ideas. Ask everyone to come up with three changes they would like to see in the new workspace. Discuss the changes that will be happening and give an explanation for what they can expect. When everyone is on the same page, the transition can be a lot smoother and more exciting.

Include co-working spaces that encourage team work

Consider adding collaboration stations where your employees can gather and encourage them to move around throughout the day to experience new people and spaces inside your office. Create social working hours where employees can hear ideas from others and be inspired by their coworkers and office space. This also allows for managers with offices to step out and enjoy the collaboration in a casual setting.

Have adjustable desks and tables

Sitting can be detrimental to your employees’ health. Take the time with your office remodel to add in stand-up desks and collaboration areas. This can help decrease sedentary routines and shows you care about your employees’ health and well-being.

Consider switching up your refreshment solution

Consider a micro market or offer a new variety of coffee to perk up employees. These changes can be exciting and encourage employees to stay on site for lunch. Looking for a way to keep track of your office supplies? We can customize a controlled dispensing solution that reduces supply costs up to  40 percent. Who doesn’t like to save money? We have a solution for office supplies, IT supplies and more.

Offer up some fun and games

Add a place for your employees to have fun either during their break or after work. Games are a great way to encourage team building and can help spark creativity and problem solving. A common area with a pool table or ping-pong table can also encourage your employees to get to know their co-workers, which can build up your company culture.

No matter what changes your company is able to make, keep your employees engaged and excited by showing updates and allowing them to be a part of the process. Updating an office or breakroom is exciting and gives the company the chance to show their culture in a fun and personal way. What changes would you like to see in your breakroom or office space?

Update your Office and Breakroom with these Tips

 

Boost Employee Happiness with these Free Tips

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Look around your office and take a guess at how many people are happy with their full-time job. According to a survey conducted and summarized by CBS Moneywatch, 51 percent of America’s 100 million full-time employees aren’t engaged at work which means a good chunk of the people you work with (or even you) aren’t really engaged in the work you do. But what can you or companies do to help employees reap the happiness others might get from their job? We’ve outlined a few simple ideas to help boost employee happiness, that won’t break the bank when it comes time to sort out the budget.

Use positive messaging:

Whoa innovative right? The words we choose in the workplace can play a huge role in employee happiness whether we realize it or not. Moving forward, consider using positive messaging with co-workers or employees. Become more personal, encouraging, passionate and empowering and see if you can tell a difference in the way people interact with you.

Express gratitude:

We were all taught to say thank you at a young age, but how many of us still keep that tradition alive when it comes to the work place? Even the smallest amount of recognition and thankfulness can go a long way when it comes to saying thank you to your employees.

Listen:

Employees like to feel heard so it’s up to the employer to stay receptive, and encourage feedback. Most employees tend to be happier when they are a part of the decision-making process and that their ideas are valued and respected.

Lead by example:

Practicing healthy habits and maintaining an optimistic attitude can help inspire happy employees. While not every day can be stress free and full of positivity in most cases how you view unpleasant situations that can trickle down to your employee’s perceptions.

Make small upgrades:

These upgrades could be as simple as updating your breakroom or switching to a vending management company that will not only help bring better snack options for your employees; but could also provide services you didn’t know employees would like.  The small change could result in a new selection of snacks and refreshments or even an office coffee system for your employees which in turn can boost productivity and happiness.

Encourage healthy work-life balance:

Work and life balance can play a key role in employee happiness. Employee’s need to feel their personal lives are valued just as much as their work life. Consider offering flexible hours, or allow employees to work from home when needed.

Why is employee happiness so important? Besides combating stress, happiness in the workplace can result in fewer aches and pains both physically and mentally. Happy employees also take fewer sick days than their unhappy co-workers and can help boost office morale.

Is the world of vending taking over?

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Unattended retail is on the rise thanks to changes in retail kiosks, vending machines and improvements in technology. The world of vending machines are taking over. Machines give customers the chance to interact with merchants more quickly, without having to waste time standing in a long line or dealing with slow-moving employees.

Research found by USA Technologies concludes that the interactive kiosk industry market will be worth $1.073 billion in the next decade. What about the growth of the market from previous years? That comes in at a shocking number; the industry has grown from $533.37 million in 2013 to $716.97 million in 2016.

Over the past year more vending options are taking over, but what kind of retail can we expect to see in these new kiosks and vending machines? Everything from luxuries like the beautiful Marla Aaron carbine lock pendants jewelry, to necessities like groceries and medicine to personal care products for the homeless. Not to mention the rise of self-serve options is getting a swift kick into the future with the opening of the new Amazon Go Store. Food and beverage kiosks have become the most common kind of kiosks in the U.S., accounting for a combined 35 percent of machines in the field as of 2016. But the industry has seen an increase in clothing retail and vehicle-charging kiosks as well.

All of these new developments mean we are on the road to a completely different retail experience. Unattended kiosks and markets allow for a speedier shopping experience and can reach more consumers in venues brick and mortar stores simply can’t. With technology advancing, capabilities such as remote machine monitoring, interactive touchscreens, identity verification are becoming more affordable. The growth of this industry can and will expand beyond what is typically sold in vending machines.

Why vending guarantee is important in your machine.

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Technological advances in vending machines have enabled consumers to purchase vended products using apps, debit and credit cards. We have also seen other advances inside the vending machines. We’ve all made trips to the vending machine to purchase a soda and chips only to have our selection fail to vend after we swipe our credit card. Frustrated, we think the machine charged our card so we make a call to the number on the machine looking for a refund. Or worse, someone shakes the machine in hopes of getting the product to drop, which can cause a lot of damage to the machine. But did you know up-to-date vending machines include a guaranteed vend delivery system?

Each vending machine has an infrared light sensor at the bottom of the machine. Each snack or drink passes through this infrared light as it is dispensed. If the snack or drink doesn’t break the beam of light, it will give the customer credit back to make another selection. This feature makes the customer experience more reliable and minimizes the need to call customer service or request a refund. Not sure if your machine has a guaranteed vend delivery system? Many machines will have a sticker indicating the presence of one; you may also see a message appear after selecting your product. If the machines is equipped with a guaranteed vend delivery system, a message typically pops up encouraging the consumer to make another selection or dispense a refund. Guaranteed vend delivery systems can take care of a problem before it starts. Who needs a frustrated customer?

Work resolutions to start your year off right.

WorkResolutions2018WPThe New Year is quickly approaching and while personal resolutions are always a great way to start they year fresh, it’s also a great time to consider work resolutions. Below we have a few ideas on how you can start the 2018 work year off on the right foot and achieve those resolutions throughout the year.

Step out of your comfort zone

We know change is scary, and stepping out of your comfort zone is just as frightening for some. But stepping out of your comfort zone doesn’t have to be leaping head first into something you’ve never done before. Maybe it’s as simple as asking a coworker for advice or help on a situation. Or attending an event you typically wouldn’t go to because you might not know anyone there. Stepping out of your comfort zone can be intimidating but as long as you are taking baby steps in the right direction, you’ll find your comfort zone expanding, which will allow for more personal growth.

Listen more than you talk

We all want to contribute to conversations at hand, but in some cases it can muddle the situation when people contribute ideas without thinking them through. Instead, take time to actually listen to what is being said or asked of you and then take time to formulate a response. A good rule of thumb is to wait a few seconds before replying to ensure you don’t interrupt the speaker, which also gives you time to form a thoughtful response. This tip might seem like a basic task but the next time you sit in a meeting, count how many times someone gets interrupted or answers get shouted out.

Learn something new

This resolution can go hand-in-hand with stepping out of your comfort zone but in the end you might pick up a new skill you never knew you had the ability to do. This can be a great way to open new doors in the work place and meet new people. Learning something new could be as simple as taking a class on leadership or attending a seminar in your field of work.

Be more organized

As soon as projects start to pile up, the system for organization can fall by the wayside leading to scrambling to finish projects or even missing deadlines. Setting up an organizational system that works for you can help you in those times when your work load is piling up. Set reminders to help you prioritize what needs to be completed first and take a few minutes each day to assess any new projects that reach your inbox.

Get inspired

No matter how long you have been in your industry, it can be easy to feel uninspired about the work you do. As you move into 2018, think about how you can get inspired about the work you do. Look towards clients who are happy with the work you provide or consider attending a conference in your area to help reignite the excitement for your industry.

Make Goals

Make a list of goals you want to accomplish during the year, whether it’s staying more organized like the resolution above or working harder to meet deadlines. Take the time to write them out, or set reminders in your work calendar.

Talk about your goals

Goals are pointless if nobody knows about them. Tell your boss, your coworkers and have the people around you help hold you accountable for everything you want to achieve. If you get half way through the year and feel like you’re straying away from your goals, do an assessment to see how you can get back on track. If you get to the end of the year and missed a goal, no worries, take time to assess why you might have fallen short or what prevented you from accomplishing that goal and work to make a change for the following year.

What you need to know about vending management.

Vending ManagementIs vending management right for you?

You’ve just been handed the task of finding a new vending service for your company and you don’t know where to begin. A quick Google search leaves you with a few leads, but on top of coordinating the new vending you still have your job responsibilities to complete. More stress has been added to your day!

That’s where National Vending comes in. National Vending is a vending management company that specializes in coordinating all your refreshment needs, from office coffee and vending to micro markets and cafes for companies with multiple regional or national locations. We coordinate a seamless transition at each location, but our services don’t stop there. National Vending serves as the main contact for all customer service calls, provides a detailed account of revenue for each machine and negotiates the terms of your refreshment services program in accordance with your needs. We also work to bring you the latest in vending innovation and energy efficiencies.

Our full service vending management program takes care of everything. Each property has different employee and traffic counts and regional taste preferences, so we tailor a vending and refreshment service program that meets the needs of each facility.

Many businesses such as offices, schools, hospitals and other locations make great spots for our vending machines. We can also consolidate your refreshment services program to include office coffee and filtered water systems. With National Vending you won’t have to worry about screening service providers, coordinating site visits or negotiating an agreement. We provide your staff with more time to do the job they were hired for. You can trust the vending details to us!

Questions about vending management? Reach out to us here.

 

How to keep your desk job from killing you slowly.

Staying healthy at work can be difficult, from morning sweets brought in by a co-worker to long hours sitting at your desk, all these can factor into your long term health without you realizing it. New research is finding out that a sedentary lifestyle can be as detrimental to our health as smoking a pack of cigarettes every day. Here’s how your desk job is killing you slowly.

“Sitting is so incredibly prevalent that we don’t even question how much we’re doing it. And because everyone else is doing it, it doesn’t even occur to us that it’s not ok.” Nilofer Merchant said at TED 2013. An increase in the amount of standing desks entering the workforce is a positive but more can be done. A recent study from Career Builder states that 41 percent of people have gained weight at their jobs and most of that can be attributed to unhealthy snacking.  It’s not just about our activity levels on and off the clock but our eating habits as well.

Below are a few statistics on how sitting can be slowing harming your health and how to make minor improvements throughout the work day.

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Why Being a WBE is Important

workplace-1245776_1920Established in 2002 and certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), National Vending supports the growth of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (MWBE) within the communities we service. But what does it mean to be a WBE?

For National Vending, it means things like supporting entrepreneurial growth and assisting clients in meeting diversity requirements. Statistics show that companies who embrace diversity are more profitable than companies who don’t. MWBE procurement has a direct and positive impact where corporations do business, which builds brand loyalty.

Tier I and II

Companies with supplier diversity programs are also interested in Tier 1 and Tier II supplier classifications. A Tier I supplier has a direct relationship with its client. To qualify under Tier II, a company’s direct supplier, like National Vending, contracts with other MWBEs and reports that spend back to the company.

“The reason diversity works is that on almost every measure, greater racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse workplace teams function more effectively than more homogenous teams. Members from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives avoid “groupthink,” whereas non-diverse teams get mired in it. …In short, the business case for diversity is overwhelming.” [1]

Tax Incentives

The federal government provides tax breaks for companies that utilize minority and women-owned businesses as suppliers.  A second tax incentive reduces tax liability to companies that use minority and women-owned businesses that supply labor or services to a project funded with federal or state grants or loans. State tax incentives may be available as well. Find out more at https://goo.gl/zG8rNa.