Bike Helmet Vending Machines to Debut in Boston

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Source: www.bostonherald.com

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.

Vending Services Evolving With Demand

Vending ServicesToday 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!

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!

Transparent Vending Reporting

In the internet era, information is key to succeeding. It is now easier than ever to share information and being able to collect, analyze and disseminate that information to the people that need to have it. With vending management services from National Vending, collecting and accessing information about your vending services is even easier and will help you create a more successful business that is tailored to the demands of each location you have a machine or vending service at.

National Vending offers a single point of contact for all customers and this means that you have easy access to a wide range of reports that will be provided. Transparent reporting is one of the many benefits you will receive from National Vending. These reports are accessible online and can be sorted and analyzed by machine and facility so that you can accurately assess the performance of each machine and determine the success of each location independently.

These tools will help you understand the vending operations of your facility and better determine what actions will help make your vending services even more successful.

Chilling Beverages and Saving Energy

National Vending knows the importance of energy-efficient equipment for the environment and for business owners. Energy Star qualified beverage machines use 1,700 kWh per year less than regular machines which means that less energy is being used and more money is being saved in utility bills.

A new technology that is being developed in Europe as a collaborative effort to improve the sustainability of refrigerator units has a lot of people excited, even in the vending management industry! This new device is called the V-Tex and is able to chill drinks in 45 seconds. This solution is aimed at avoiding the need for refrigerating units that are constantly on and consuming energy in order to have drinks chilled for consumption at any given time. Now, beverages can be stored at room temperature and energy is only used briefly to chill them down before serving. This could lead to technology that changes how beverage vending machines store and distribute beverages and could make them even more energy efficient!

Check out the video below for more information.

Personalizing Vending Products for Success

Like any retailer, vending services need to be tailored or personalized to meet the needs and wants of their markets. Since vending machine markets are strongly determined by their location, their product offering has to take into account what is around the machine. Factors that can determine what products your vending services offer can include, proximity to other food or beverage sources and what they have to offer, purpose of the room or space the machine is located within, and the preferences of the patrons that will be using your services.

There are many other factors that can determine which products will be successful and National Vending will work with you to figure these out and personalize product selections to each location. National Vending will even help you determine the preferences of your market through technologies such as QR codes that patrons can use to provide direct feedback and provide product selection preferences.

No matter what your vending services are, National Vending offers a single point of contact for all of them so that you can direct all of your questions, comments and suggestions to improve your vending operations to one place!

Free Vending Assessments from National Vending

Do you wish you could operate vending or food services at your business or facility? Ever wonder how you could make your operations more profitable and easy to run? National Vending offers vending management services that will help make your job easier and your vending business more efficient.

National Vending works with clients of all sizes and offers a single point of contact for all aspects of your vending or food service program. Some parts of a vending or food service business can be difficult to manage, such as sourcing products choosing selections effectively, verifying liability coverage or coordinating machine installation and maintenance. We are able to take care of all of those issues and more for you!

In addition to all of these great services, National Vending offers professional and transparent reporting to all of your machines and facilities online so that you can stay informed on your vending services. It is easy to get started! National Vending will give you a free, no-obligation vending assessment to find out what your vending needs are, discover new and profitable opportunities, and determine how best to implement new vending plans.

Quick Responses to Customer Needs

National Vending is always looking for ways to improve the vending services we provide, and we are excited to share these ideas and technologies at Building Operating Management’s NFMT Vegas trade show September 17-18th.

One of these exciting new technologies is the use of QR codes to improve usage of vending services for operators, managers and facility or building managers. QR, or quick response, codes are matrix barcodes that can be scanned by smart phone. When a patron’s smart phone interprets the code, it will perform the action specified by the QR code. These actions can be anything from loading a website or opening a text message, to loading a phone number to call or downloading an app.

For facility managers, this means that customers at your vending services will have an easier time getting in touch directly with the vending management or operators. There are few things more frustrating to vending machine patrons than a malfunctioning or out of stock vending machine. With a simple QR code, customers are able to submit service issues and provide comments on the machines and services. Customers are also able to request products that they would like in the machines so that your vending services can be tailored to your specific market.

Savings with Energy Star Vending Solutions

Vending Machine ManagementThere are few vending machine technologies that will save you more money annually than Energy Star certified machines. Energy Star was created in 1992 by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy to create an international standard for energy efficient consumer products.

To gain Energy Star certification, there is a long list of specifications that each machine model has to meet that are set by the EPA. National Vending provides machines that meet these strict specifications in order to help reduce energy use that not only benefits the environment, but your business as well. You can save up to $150 per year to upgrade to just one energy-efficient beverage machine.

By running more energy-efficient equipment, your vending machines will consume less electricity and cost lest to operate. This energy saving is especially important for food and beverage vending solutions that use refrigeration to keep food fresh.

In September, National Vending will be participating in Building Operating Management’s NFTA Vegas convention and highlighting some of the latest in our Energy Star certified equipment and explaining the benefits of these machines to fellow attendees. You can visit www.NationalVending.com to find out more and see our full range of products and services to help start and grow your vending business!