Vending Outside the Box

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The world of vending is expanding beyond the typical machines found in your office break room. Self-checkout (also known as micro markets) is new on the scene and a great way for employers to provide vending solutions in a non-traditional format. Most often found at larger workplace locations, self-checkout markets are growing rapidly with no plans to stop.

The concept of a self-checkout market resembles a small convenience store without a cashier and allows patrons to select snacks, meals and drinks from a variety of racks and coolers. The patrons would then bring purchases to a self-checkout touch screen kiosk. This allows the consumer the convenience to pick up items and check nutrition labels before purchasing them.

These markets also allow for more customization when it comes to products and allow for promotional integration with employer health and wellness programs. In vending, fresh food selections are limited, but fresh is what sells in self-checkout markets. More than 25 percent of micro market sales are from fresh food, which allows for more healthy products to be added. Self-checkout customers were asked what they like most about the new market and a majority, 79.8 percent, like the variety.

It’s like having a convenience store in your own facility; each layout is customizable to the needs of your facility and food preferences. If your company is interested in expanding your vending options, let us know by giving us a call at (888)-795-8363.

Sustainable Coffee Capsules – What’s Your Take On It?

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Single-serve coffee has become a thing of today. While the markets for freshly brewed coffee are still hot, the single-serve market is definitely heating up. According to MarketWatch; which is published by Dow Jones & Co., single-serve coffee still accounted for less than half the volume of regular coffee sales, but they were forecast to rise by 213% to an estimated $3.1 billion in 2012 from 2011. With the quick adoption of single-serve coffee by consumers, many large brands, and even new brands are joining this coffee trend.

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Here’s an interesting thought though, with the rising concern for environmental sustainability, how in line is the concept of single-serve coffee with these concerns? Many of the disposable capsules or pods are usually made of plastic or another chemically engineered material that isn’t biodegradable. With people drinking so much coffee every day, week or month, this indefinitely accumulates a ton of waste, and not to mention, requires a large amount of resources to keep producing. Beanarella, a Swiss Coffee Company which was founded in 2011 is one of the players in the single-serve coffee market. Beanarella was granted the “Golden Idea Award 2013” for being the first company to create a compostable coffee capsule worldwide. We think this is a huge step in the right direction and hope to see other brands following in their footsteps in the near future.

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How about you? Are you a fan of the Keurig Coffee Brewers or any other single-serve coffee products? The coffee industry is now addressing sustainability concerns, but how willing would you be to pay more to use the more sustainable products?

Let us know your take on this!

Improving Branding Through Vending Management

If you are looking for a convenient way to brand your company to its many visitors, consider adding a vending machine. With vending management, you can add a machine that will help you with your branding efforts, all without the stress and hassle of managing custom vending machinesthe machines yourself. With a branding vending solution, you will create interest and engagement with your customers while meeting a specific need they have.

With the right vending management company, you can create a custom graphics package that puts your company’s logo or slogan directly on the machine. With this, you will not only be meeting a need, but also putting your brand in front of your customers.

With the right vending management, you can even customize the look of the products inside your vending machine. Then, maintaining, stocking and servicing those machines will also be handled by the vending machine management professionals. Simply sit back and enjoy the benefits of a fully managed vending service, including money in your pocket and increased branding for your company.

When you contact a vending management company, discuss the options for placement of your vending machine. Keep it in a central location so customers have access to it and are visually reminded of your brand. Stock it with items they will need while they are at your facility, and watch while customer satisfaction and brand recognition increases.

Balance Vending with Café Service

vending solutions cafe vendingVending machines are an ideal way to provide a quick snack or small meal to employees, students and others, and modern vending solutions offer more options than ever so you can satisfy lots of tastes. But they still don’t offer as many solutions as a café service. Because they have so many people – with so many different food preferences – offices and schools are especially good sites for a combination of vending machines and café services.

Think about it: Both employees and students spend long hours on site; having a variety of meal options, including more comprehensive café options, is a great way to increase customer loyalty as well as your vending profits.

National Vending works with local operators across the country to provide café services for businesses, schools and other organizations of all sizes. That kind of flexibility means we can help you make sure café areas are always stocked with the fresh, delicious options your customers like the most.

When it’s time to review your vending machine management program, consider adding café services to increase revenues and improve loyalty. No matter what combination of services you’re interested in, we can help you tailor a program to meet your needs and those of your customers.

Cut Costs with Energy Star Vending Machines

vending managementYour vending network is supposed to help earn you money, not waste your money, so finding ways to cut costs while maintaining great service and customer satisfaction is a critical part of your vending management plan. One of the best ways to cut costs: Upgrade your machines to more energy-efficient models. Just a single Energy Star-certified vending machine could save you as much as $150 per year in utility costs, multiply that by the number of machines you have and you’ll see how quickly those cost savings can add up.

But just because they save energy and money, that doesn’t mean they underperform older machines. New and rebuilt machines that bear the Energy Star symbol use more efficient designs and components, including energy-conserving compressors, fans and lighting systems to provide the same top-quality temperature control and visibility as non-Energy Star models, but at a lower cost.

What’s more, Energy Star machines are 50% more energy-efficient than standard vending machines. That’s good for the planet, and it’s also good for customer relations. When your vending machine management plan incorporates machines displaying the Energy Star certification symbol, your customers know you care about the environment and the world we live in, and that can go a long way toward building customer loyalty – and your overall bottom line.

The Importance of Liability Insurance for Vending

vending managementOne of the requirements that many people seeking a vending service do not think about is making sure your service of choice carries adequate liability insurance. However, managing your company’s risks and potential liabilities is an important part of vending machine management.

When you allow a vending network to do business on your premises, you can be held liable for injuries caused by those machines. Large machines can tip and hurt someone; in a matter of seconds, you can become liable for thousands in medical costs and other damages. Any asset your company owns is at risk if your vending service is not properly insured.

National Vending is fully insured to protect you and your business. We take our commitment to our customers seriously; our vending management company carries full liability insurance. It is just one of the many services that sets us apart. Call us today to learn about how we can be of service to your business. From covering details like insurance and energy-savings to ensuring that our machines carry the snacks you prefer, we put your business first.

Adding Vending Services to Your Building

Vending Machine ManagementIf you have ever looked at an office building, shopping mall or any other public space with vending services and wondered “why doesn’t my building have those?” National Vending is here to help!

Many vending machines and services found in public spaces are contracted through the owner of the property and private vending operators. This system works well because the manager of the facility receives the convenience of vending machines in their space and the vending operators have a space and customers to sell to. The difficult part is managing all of the contracts and making sure that each vending operator is running their machine to its maximum potential and servicing the needs of your visitors.

National Vending is the perfect solution to this problem. By contracting with one company that has an established history of success and that is able to work with you at any time from a single point of contact, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy all the benefits of having industry leading vending services in your building.

Happy Halloween from National Vending!

Vending ManagementHalloween is all about costumes, monsters, pumpkins, and of course, candy and treats. In the spooky spirit of the holiday, we wanted to tell you about how National Vending works with facility managers to customize their product offering for each vending location!

With vending machine management from National Vending, you only have one point of contact which makes it very easy to discuss strategies and analyze reports that will help you make decisions on what types of products to offer in each of your vending locations. This level of customization with your product selection will help your machines reach their maximum profit potential.

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Vending Services Have Never Been Easier

National VendingHave you been looking for a way to improve your facilities and offer extra services and utility for the people that use it every day? Vending services are a very easy and useful addition to any location and provide a number of benefits to anyone in the building. National Vending is a vending management company that will help you plan, install, maintain and service a wide variety of vending solutions that will add extra value and benefits to your facility.

National Vending will work with you to provide a free vending audit and determine the type of services that will bring the most benefit to your location and how best to operate them. After that, National Vending will place, stock and service all of the vending equipment free of charge! That’s right, you get all the benefits of professional vending services for no cost to you.

So what is the benefit to you? In addition to providing additional services for the people that use your facility, you will receive a percentage of vending receipts as commission. You can find out more on our FAQ page!

Options For Desk-Diners

Working through lunches, staying late and not taking vacation time is a trend that has been growing in North American offices and workplaces for years. A recent survey by Monster.com found that more than 20 percent of workers say that they always eat lunch at their desks. Another job search website, CareerBuilder found that 8 percent of participants in their survey of full-time employees each lunch from the break room vending machines at least once per week.

Offering employees in your building options that cater to this growing need to eat lunch in the office or at their desk will help keep them productive and well-fed. National Vending has a wide variety of vending services from office micro-markets to food vending machines and more that offer more than just candy and small snacks. These services give employees that choose to dine in the office or at their desk more options for lunch and can create more balanced diets.

National Vending will work with you to determine your vending needs and with our single point of contact, it is easy to contact your representative, make changes to each location, and create the most beneficial vending offering for employees.