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

 

Upcoming Trends in the World of Vending – 2018 NAMA Show

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In March National Vending team ventured out to sunny Las Vegas for the annual NAMA Show, a four day conference hosted by the National Automatic Merchandising Association for convenience service professionals. The NAMA show not only offers a place for the convenience industry’s biggest names to showcase new products but is also a place for industry players to learn about upcoming trends in the world of vending, office coffee and micro markets.

Talk of Technology

While walking the show floor, we couldn’t help but notice the amount of technology advances! From cashless payment services and telemetry, to changes in vending machines and vending products, the world of vending is advancing beyond basic refreshments and snacks.

More machines are adding a cashless payment system, but the advances don’t stop at credit card readers. Mobile apps and the ability to pay for items using your phone is a trend on the rise.

Micro Markets going MICRO

We also noticed advances in the world of micro markets. New nano markets offer the same convenience of a micro market but are better suited for those businesses or organizations with less than 250 people. Nano markets are simple and easy to use considering purchases can be made directly from the consumer’s phone or a small countertop kiosk.

Nutrition and Wellness

One of the underlying trends in vending, micro markets and pantry services is nutrition and wellness. These items are being requested by customers at a high rate and the demand will continue to rise. While most vendors have expanded healthy selections, those who make more of an effort to meet this demand will see an even greater increase in consumption.

Educational Classes

One of the biggest advantages to attending the NAMA Show is the educational classes exhibitors and attendees can experience. We had the pleasure of attending quite a few different classes over a variety of topics. One thing each class mentioned was how we need to be more receptive to change and look for ways to be more innovative in our industry. The educational classes are also a great way to meet with experienced industry leaders.

Evolving and Changing

When it comes to vending machine products, we have to consider the convenience people are looking for, the products people need and how vending machines can bridge the gap. Thinking outside the box with the products we vend and the way they vend can be pivotal in keeping the industry at the forefront of convenience.

During the opening session, Heidi Chico, NAMA Chair and President of the Wittern Group, invited NAMA show attendees to consider innovation and change. Staying competitive in the business has always meant evolving. How can vending evolve? Think beyond the break room vending machine and consider other scenarios where a vending machine would be ideal. Roughly 4 percent of the items stocked by a typical vending machine are non-food items.  The controlled dispensing of items like office and safety supplies help companies control costs. How can National Vending help your company save money?

Carla Balakgie, President and CEO of NAMA, leads the discussion between Political Analyst, Matthew Dowd and Acclaimed Thought Leader on Digital Transformation, Brian Solis.

Networking and Fun

One of our favorite parts of the NAMA show is being able to meet new people in the industry and form new partnerships. There’s something so nice about being able to shake someone’s hand you’ve talked with on the phone multiple times but have never met in person.

It’s not all work, there’s a little bit of play involved as well. There are social hours on the trade show floor.  Being in the city that never sleeps also allows for fun to overflow to restaurants and other entertainment venues, offering the chance to get to know your coworkers, vendors and distributors all in the course of a week.

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.

How to Increase your Bottom Line with Office Vending

Increase Bottom Line, Increase , Money, Vending, Vending MachineThe office vending machine is a way for employees to get an afternoon snack or grab a quick bite to eat without having to leave the office. It can also serve as a way for your company to increase its bottom line. Our vending programs can actually pay you a commission, which is generally based on the vending machine sales.

You’ll save your employees time and money​

What employee doesn’t want the convenience of having a vending machine in their office? With more incentive to stay on site, your staff won’t have to leave in order to get something to eat or drink. This will lead to happier employees and increased productivity. A facility of 75 employees or more will generally support a vending machine at no cost to your company.

Increase productivity

Imagine being able to grab an energy drink or a bottle of water and feeling refreshed enough to finish your work on a timely basis? In most cases having a vending machine on site can help increase productivity and encourage employees to get more work done. This can increase motivation and help keep employees focused on the task at hand.

Fundraisers

Your office could also elect to donate the vending machine commission income to a favorite charity.  At the end of the year you can total how much money the company was able to donate and work towards increasing that amount.

Foot traffic

If your office has a lot of external foot traffic from the public, then a vending machine would benefit your visitors, too. By putting your vending machine in a location where others can access it, you’re reaching more people and increasing your commission income.

Vending Management Company

A vending management company specializes in companies with multiple locations, providing a customized vending program for each location. A vending management company, like National Vending, optimizes, collects and remits commission revenue, provides state-of-the-art equipment and technology, handles all service calls and coordinates transition of vending equipment. At National Vending we can be your single point-of-contact for all your vending needs. We can even provide other types of vending and refreshment needs for your company. Looking to add office coffee or a water filtration system? We can help!

If you would like to learn more about our national refreshment service programs, National Vending  can happy to help! Contact us today.

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.

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.

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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 boost productivity with office coffee setup.

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We’ve all been there, it’s the early afternoon and you’re slumped over your desk trying to stay focused on the report due by the end of the day. Yet it feels impossible to keep your eyes open, so instead you walk to the nearest pot of coffee only to be disappointed by the selection. The lack of real creamer, coffee options and the two packets of sugar left won’t be enough to turn this nonproductive afternoon around.

Office coffee systems (OCS) have been a key dynamic in the work force but now most employers can’t get by with just a single pot of dark roast for the office. With more people finding an appreciation for specialty blend coffees or espresso drinks throughout the day, it makes sense why coffee systems are getting a reboot in the office. The introduction of the Keurig and single pot brewers has helped diversify coffee selections, especially when it comes to switching up the office coffee.

On average, 22 percent of employees will leave the office for coffee and tea for an average of 14-20 minutes a day. This can lead to a potential loss of productivity of more than $15,000 a year for an office of 50 people. Why not consider keeping your employees in house by upgrading your office coffee system?

How does coffee play into the productivity of your employees?

Coffee is a great way to jumpstart your mornings and help with those afternoon slumps. While caffeine in coffee doesn’t wake you up, it can block the main compound in your brain that makes you sleepy. Roughly 43 percent of workers experienced a positive effect on work productivity when drinking coffee, while 85 percent of employees believe quality coffee and tea can contribute to increased productivity and morale in the office.

When employers take the time to provide quality coffee options in the office, it helps save employees time, money and makes them feel appreciated. There is even a “perfect” time for a coffee break, which is around 2:15 in the afternoon.

Want to upgrade your system?

Looking to add an office coffee system or upgrade your current set up? Great! We at National Vending are able to provide the perfect blend of popular coffee brands, flavored coffees, teas, and condiments through office coffee makers or hot beverage vending machines to keep your office running without the hassle.

Celebrate National Candy Day with These Fun Facts

Candy has become an everyday treat readily accessible everywhere from checkout lines at the grocery store to vending machines at work so we’ve got a few fun facts listed below that you can share with your friends on November 4 for #NationalCandyDay!

The first form of candy to make its way to America was rock candy. As one of the simplest types of candy, it was a luxury only the wealthy could afford. The first American vending machine was introduced in 1888 and dispensed Tutti Fruity Gum, but that wasn’t even the beginning of America’s love affair with candy.

Chocolate started in 1847 in Britain when Joseph Fry and his son mixed cocoa powder and sugar to make a candy bar. After the idea traveled across the ocean in 1875, Henry Nestle decided to add milk to the concoction, making the chocolate taste less bitter. From there Milton Hershey had his eyes on chocolate-making machines he found at the Chicago World’s Fair. After already making caramel, he couldn’t resist the opportunity and one year later, the world got the first chocolate bar from Hershey.

After that, chocolate bars took off as a special treat! Starting with the Clark bar in 1916, Oh Henry! Bar in 1920, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in 1922, and Baby Ruth and Milky Way in 1923. With more and more chocolate delights being added to the industry, it makes sense why the United States consumes roughly $18.27 billion dollars’ worth a year.

We’ve got even more fun candy facts listed below! Be sure to tell us your favorite candy by leaving a comment or reach out to us on our Twitter and Facebook.

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11 Fun Facts about Pumpkins for National Pumpkin Day

PumpkinDayWP02October is coming to a close and with it is National Pumpkin Day! But how much do we really know about these large gourds? We did the digging and came up with 11 fun facts about pumpkins that might surprise you!

  1. Pumpkins were considered a last resort food amongst the colonial settlers.
  2. They can be grown on every continent except Antarctica.
  3. The United States produces 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin each year, and 80 percent of the pumpkin crop is available in October.
  4. The largest pumpkin weighed in at 2,624 pounds and took home the Giant Pumpkin European Championship in Ludwigsburg, Germany.
  5. Every single part of a pumpkin is edible, even the stem.
  6. Morton, Illinois is the self-proclaimed pumpkin capital of the world due to Libby’s pumpkin processing plant, owned by Nestle Food Company. Libby’s cans more than 85 percent of the world’s pumpkin each year.
  7. Each pumpkin has about 500 seeds, which can be roasted to eat.
  8. The largest pumpkin pie weighed in 3,699 pounds and was 20 feet in diameter.
  9. There are more than 45 different varieties of pumpkins.
  10. The oldest pumpkin seeds date back 8,000 to 10,000 years.
  11. According to the American Pie Council, pumpkin pie is America’s second favorite kind of pie. Nineteen percent report preferring apple pie compared to the 13 percent who picked pumpkin.