When your items do not vend properly, it can not only cost you repeat business. It can result in costly repairs if customers decide to take matters into their own hands to try to get an item that misvends.
In recent news, a man damaged a vending machine by dropping it from a forklift when it failed to dispense the candy bar he’d purchased. In many other cases, customers have shaken machines, tipped them or made other unsafe attempts to get stuck snacks. To maintain a healthy relationship with your customers, craft a good vending management program that includes the following:
- Regularly clean machines in your vending network to remove sticky residue that can cause items to get stuck.
- Only place properly sized items in your vending machines. Trying to fit an oversized snack, for instance, can cause bags to get caught up and not vend properly.
- Test your machines regularly to make sure snacks are vending correctly. This should be checked every time you visit to restock.
Good maintenance helps you preserve your vending services contracts. This sort of conscientiousness is what distinguishes successful vending machine companies.
Hot and iced coffees increase productivity, health and happiness in the office. Now, stocking coffee for employees and clients is easier than ever. Increased crop yields and lowered prices make coffee an increasingly profitable option for office vending services.
Increased Crop Yields
Because global yields are on the rise for the fourth year in a row, excess coffee inventory is expected to reach 36.33 million bags or close to 8.8 billion pounds. That is the highest surplus since 2009. Brazil alone will produce 49.2 million bags, and the Asian surplus will most likely peak at 6.04 million bags.
While inventories rise, coffee prices fall for the third straight year. The average Arabica price per pound sits close to $1.107. That’s a 54 percent drop since 2010. At 27.95 cents per pound, Robusta prices are the lowest since October 2008.
Vending Services See Increased Profits
These high coffee inventories and low prices contribute to an affordable and plentiful coffee supply for consumers. Setting National Vending coffee makers and hot beverage dispensers in offices and other public locations is more profitable now that ever. From providing hot comfort on cold days to serving refreshing iced options, vending service sales wake up thanks to coffee.
From the first mug of the day to an afternoon pick-me-up, coffee boosts productivity in the office. Recent studies also suggest that this aromatic beverage provides numerous health benefits, making it the perfect addition to office vending services.
Improved Heart Health
While coffee intake causes a temporary increase in heart rate, the beverage improves blood flow and blood vessel performance. Harvard also found a link between drinking two cups a day and reduced heart disease.
Improved Brain Function
Studies have found that drinking coffee reduces the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, and caffeinated versions protect the brain from developing dementia.
Improved Overall Health
Moderate coffee intake provided by vending services prolongs a person’s life. Drinking coffee has been shown to reduce type 2 diabetes and liver, uterine and prostate cancer.
Every coffee drinker in the office will feel happier thanks to the dopamine and serotonin boost the caffeine provides. The beverage also lowers the risk of depression.
With these health benefits, successful vending solutions should include a coffee machine from National Vending. Creamy lattes, dark espressos, sweet cappuccino and plain black coffees increase productivity and health of employees while providing financial returns for vending machine owners.
Next to a paycheck, the quickest way to an employee’s heart is through the stomach, and having food options that satisfy your workers is a great way to boost both morale and productivity. Two of the most popular on-site food service options are self-checkout micro markets and full service cafeterias, and both vending services have their benefits and disadvantages.
Self-checkout micro markets use less staff, which means fewer management headaches, lower costs and often, less paperwork. Employees may find this type of vending service a faster, more convenient option than having to wait in line at a full-service cafeteria.
Café food service typically provides employees with more hot food options and the changing menu can make it a popular choice for employees who might otherwise go off-site for meals. A full-service cafeteria with an eating area also provides a place for employee interactions and relaxation, both of which can boost mood during an otherwise busy workday.
The ideal solution: If you have the space for it, consider adding both options. National Vending offers an array of vending services including cafeteria and self-service micro market options as well as coffee service, making it easy to develop a comprehensive vending network designed to appeal to the widest variety of tastes.
Many studies have shown that feeling happy and relaxed at work leads directly to improved performance and productivity. Want some ideas for your own workplace? National Vending has a few to get you started:
- Take advantage of natural light. Moving desks and cubicles to maximize exposure to outside light can help elevate mood and increase performance. Establishing an outdoor area with picnic tables or other seating allows employees to enjoy the outdoors and soak up some natural rays during lunch or break times.
- Add some color and texture. There’s no reason for walls or corridors to be drab. Adding colorful graphics with paint or posters and incorporating different textures like cork, wood or natural materials adds warmth to the workspace and helps employees feel more relaxed and less stressed.
- Make the break room inviting. Show your employees you value their contribution by providing a bright and comfortable place to eat or relax during breaks. Offering comfortable seating, colorful paint or accessories and adequate lighting makes break rooms brighter and friendlier.
- Don’t forget food. Many dietary studies have shown that the human mind and body work best when supplied with multiple small meals or snacks throughout the day rather than just three larger meals. Adding on-site coffee service or a vending services area stocked with a variety of snacks keeps employees sated and focused. Make it even more convenient for employees by offering onsite café food service so they can enjoy a delicious lunch without having to go out.
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An Atlanta-based car dealer, Carvana,has turned a few heads with the opening of their latest retail option. Consumers looking to purchase a certified used vehicle now have the option of browsing, selecting and paying for their new vehicle at a vending machine.
The new “machine” is located in Atlanta and achieves the main goal of Carvana by cutting out the dealership and salespeople. Carvana says that their people-less car selling translates to at least $1,500 of savings on each vehicle. The location features three separate bays, or garages, that hold a wide selection of cars that users can get access to in two different ways. First, if you use Carvana’s main service and purchase your vehicle online, you can pick it up at this new vending machine. Secondly, there are fully digital screens at each bay that will display the inventory currently available at that location. Purchasing a vehicle from this machine means you can drive away in your new vehicle without ever having to speak to a salesperson.
National Vending knows that the rise in self-service shopping is growing in popularity and vending services play an important role in creating physical retail and interaction locations for online businesses.
National Vending has become a Nationally Certified WBE through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council! While National Vending has been a certified WBE at the state level for several years, this new certification gives us the legitimacy to provide services for companies that are concerned with supplier diversity all around the country. Find out more about National Vending’s National Certification in this article from Vending Market Watch!
Being certified by the WBENC validates that a business is 51 percent owned, controlled, managed and operated by a woman or women. The certification also gives women owned business like National Vending the ability to compete for real-time business opportunities provided by WBENC Corporate Members and government agencies. To find out more about certified WBEs and WBENC, check out their website!
If 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.
Boston’s bike sharing service is adding a new service for their patrons in hopes of increasing rider safety and convenience. Most bike share riders do not carry a helmet around with them, especially if it is a spur of the moment decision to rent a bike. The HelmetHub service will provide riders a way to rent bike helmets and return them at the end of their ride at vending machines attached to the bike rental stations.
This new service is a good example of listening to customers’ needs and wants and finding ways to improve your service and product offering to meet those needs and wants. National Vending makes it easy for vending patrons to communicate their ideas and needs through improved technology, including QR codes. Adding QR codes to our vending services is one of the easy to use methods we can increase patron interaction and make the vending services in your facility stand out and succeed.
Today marked the end of an era for a company that many of us welcomed into our homes over the past 20 years. It was officially announced that the video rental giant, Blockbuster, will be closing the doors of its 300 remaining retail locations and ending its video by mail service. A main reason for the end to the Blockbuster story is an ever-evolving industry that did not have a need for their services any more.
As a vending management company, National Vending works with facility managers and other professionals to ensure that your vending services keep on pace with the needs and demands of your vending patrons. Tailoring services, product offerings and utilizing new technology are all taken care of by National Vending, making the advantages of vending services at your location easy!