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The Unexpected Benefits of Having a Coffee Vending Machine

February 24th, 2017 | Posted by Elisa in Vending Machines | Vending.com - (Comments Off on The Unexpected Benefits of Having a Coffee Vending Machine)

There is not an unlimited list of ways to improve employee productivity, increase morale, minimize distractions, and save time and money in an office setting. But, one way to achieve all these goals and more is to install a coffee vending machine in your work, business, reception, or office space. Let’s explore what the more nuanced advantages of having a coffee vending machine are.

  • Harmony. One obvious boon to any shared space is that a coffee vending machine allows every individual to have a beverage to suit their own unique desires, without inconveniencing others. No more worries about who last bought milk, or who forgot to stock decaf: the coffee vending system solves these issues entirely.
  • Diversity. In the same vein as harmony, a coffee vending machine offers a diversity of beverage options, making each employee’s drink selection effectively unique.  Instead of having to settle for a specific office coffee “everyone” will be able to tolerate, a coffee vending machine allows everyone to have exactly the beverage they would like best.
  • Purity. The most common complaint surrounding office coffee is the maintenance involved. Cleaning, washing, servicing, filling, emptying–the list of associated chores never seems to end, and no one relishes these tasks. A coffee vending machine removes all these chores, and the necessity of any employee having the burden of performing them.
  • Thrifty. While the initial outlay for a coffee vending machine may be greater than the weekly cost for coffee supplies, the savings that can be realized over even the course of a few months is significant.
  • Clarity. This one is obvious. Caffeine (when used appropriately) is a mental stimulant. Even the simple act of taking a short break and getting refreshment provides employees with an opportunity to reset and re-energize, even if they partake in a non-caffeinated selection. Additionally, by providing a high-quality coffee vending machine on site, employees no longer need to take lengthy, distracting breaks to walk or even drive to the nearest coffee shop.

Coffee vending machines are showing up in every imaginable venue–from the office break room to the automotive shop waiting room to simply sitting alongside other quality vending machines. For more information on the machines offered by Vending.com, please visit our website.

What to Expect in the Vending Machine Market for 2017

January 14th, 2017 | Posted by Elisa in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on What to Expect in the Vending Machine Market for 2017)

2016 was a strong and vibrant year for vending machine technology and sales alike. Looking at the specific trends and developments, as well as the progression of each over the past year, can help us make some assessments for the future. There are also new developments coming in 2017 that should be very exciting for vendors and end users alike.

Let’s take a moment to look at the cutting edge technological improvements that have been instituted recently, in addition to some previews of new changes to come in the next 12 months. The biggest news in this area last year was the stratospheric growth of proprietary cashless payment options like Apple Pay for vending machines. What this opens the door for is targeted promotions and socially activated vending, based on a user’s sales history, social media use, and location. Whether promotions take the form of discounts, loyalty programs, or sales, the potential for developing user relationships is our first area of predicted growth.

Another vending machine sphere that experienced proliferation in 2016? Specialized and customized vending machines far beyond the snack food realm. Encompassing fresh foods, non-food items, office supplies, and more, businesses increasingly availed themselves of the near limitless potential for onsite vending machines to meet every need. It’s safe to say that, once clients enjoy the benefits of flexible vending services, they will continue to find new ways to employ them in even more realms.

The final segment that we firmly believe will experience continued growth in 2017 is that of fresh and healthy food options, even beyond snacks. Already, vending machines offer crisp fruits as well as meal components, but the future may involve customized juicing stations to take advantage of the latest nutritious food trends. Sustained demand and even escalation are expected for fresh, whole food options, including nuts and seeds, along with increased demand for more exotic or unusual food options.

Knowing the trends is the first step, but until they’re put into action and into machines for people to purchase, it’s all theoretical. Staying abreast of the best current practices plus employing a judicious amount of ‘futurecasting’ is the strongest way to guarantee success for vending machine owners, operators, and end users.

Vending.com is the best online location to explore various types of machines and learn about the most effective ways to augment and sustain your business.

What We Can Learn From Diverse Vending Machines

December 14th, 2016 | Posted by Elisa in Vending Machines | Vending.com - (Comments Off on What We Can Learn From Diverse Vending Machines)

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The traditional soda and snack vending machine concept has developed exponentially in the last decade. More and more companies and industries are recognizing the potential vending machines have to grow their businesses. Cosmetics, cupcakes, clothing, and even Apple products are appearing in vending machines all over the world.

Incorporating vending machines in your business model may be the best way to build your business and attract new potential customers. Here are some of the benefits:

Low-cost expansion. Vending machines provide a relatively inexpensive way to expand your brand across the globe. Unlike brick and mortar stores, vending machines require comparably little capital to get started. Vending machines also have virtually no labor costs outside of stocking the machines. Strategically placing vending machines in busy malls and high end hotels can provide businesses with a way to increase profitability and grow their brand.

New technology. Advances in vending machine design are providing businesses with personalized machines tailored to their needs.  For example, companies wishing to sell fresh fruit and veggies in cafeterias are now able to do so with improved refrigeration technology. New developments in mobile payment options, such as Apple Pay, have also made vending machines more successful. Research has shown that use of mobile payment options not only increases sales, but also tends to lead to customers spending more in each transaction.  

Unique appeal. Designing iconic vending machine concepts can be a great way to attract new customers and evolve your company’s image. The Cupcake shop Sprinkles has had incredible success with their “Cupcake ATM” idea. The unique idea has drawn attention from newsgroups, social media, and most importantly consumers.  Creating a one-of-a-kind vending machine design can make your brand stand out from competitors.

Vending machines may be your company’s next step to take business to the next level. When you are ready to invest in a vending machine of your own, visit our website to explore the various types of machines available, as well as to learn more about how to maximize your vending machine business endeavor.

Create a Break Room Your Employees Will Love

November 14th, 2016 | Posted by Elisa in Vending Machines | Vending.com - (Comments Off on Create a Break Room Your Employees Will Love)

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A company’s break room is an integral part of the modern workplace. Employees spend a great deal of their waking hours in the office, and they need a place to go where they can clear their mind for a few moments after a stressful meeting or phone call.

When first getting a tour of a new workplace, the break room is one of the first places that an employee sees. Employees spend a large portion of their time in these break rooms, when not actively working. Some companies, like Google, have interactive games and relaxation rooms to help their employees get a break from hectic yet creative work schedules. We’ve compiled a list of what you can do to make your employees happier in their workspace:

Spruce up the decor

Decorating a break room can be affordable, a tip to keep the cost down is to find furniture from a second-hand store. There are plenty of second-hand stores such as Goodwill that have well-appointed furniture and accessories at a bargain price.

Offer free vending machines

Another low-cost option, vending machines provide employees with delicious snacks and beverages to your employees for enjoyment throughout the workday. As a vending machine distributor, we can help you make your break room better for your employees.

Set out interactive games

Providing games, such as board games, provides an opportunity for your employees to mingle and blow off some steam. In the age of electronics, our communication is spent online more often, board games and interactive games can help to boost employee interaction and overall morale.

Ultimately, your company break room is up to your company culture, these are just a few suggestions to help embody your company culture on an everyday basis.

When you are ready to invest in a vending machine of your own, visit our website to explore the various types of machines available, as well as to learn more about how to maximize your vending machine business endeavor.

Breaking Into the Vending Industry Scene Safely and Profitably

October 15th, 2016 | Posted by Elisa in Uncategorized | Vending Machines | Vending.com - (Comments Off on Breaking Into the Vending Industry Scene Safely and Profitably)

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Vending machines are known to be a very lucrative industry with relatively low overhead costs. Whether as an independent operation or an additional revenue generator for your existing business, items can be sold with minimal or no staffing or facility rental costs. Another great quality of this type of venture is flexibility–you can move your machine to higher traffic areas as needed, as well as change the type and quantity of goods you sell from week to week, season to season, and year to year.

For individuals and businesses that are thinking about making an investment in a vending machine operation, there are some essential factors to consider. Before you purchase the machine itself, consider these important questions:

  • Does my state or municipality require licensing to operate a vending machine?
  • What tax regulations do I need to be aware of as a merchandiser?
  • Where will my machine be located and what are the rent costs associated with that location?
  • What time investment am I able to reasonably make in stocking, repairing, and maintaining the machine? Will there be a need to hire additional personnel?

Once these key issues are squared away, you can start to get specific on details such as what you will sell, how to price your goods, and who your supplier(s) will be. The possibilities with a vending machine venture are endless, and you can continually adapt as you learn what works for your business and what does not.

When you are ready to invest in a vending machine of your own, visit our website to explore the various types of machines available, as well as to learn more about how to maximize your vending machine business endeavor.

What Should I Do With Products That Go Stale?

September 19th, 2016 | Posted by Elisa in Uncategorized | Vending Machines | Vending.com - (Comments Off on What Should I Do With Products That Go Stale?)

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Most food and drink items will have an expiration date on them. These are the dates you have to make sure to pay attention to when doing inventory of all you product.

Keeping an eye on stales is a key component to maintaining your vending machine, and maintaining your customer satisfaction. You can gain a reputation with your repeat customers if you have products that are out of date for sale.

Shortest Coded Items

If you have a refrigerated cold food machine, you know these items have the shortest code. Whether you’re selling sandwiches, or salads, these short coded meals need to be checked every single day, several times a day.

Keep Your Stales Under Control

Every time you open the door to your machine, check the dates for all your food and drink items. Once you turn this into a habit, you will be able to create an eagle eye for out of date items. If you have employees, you will have to train them to check the machine daily, several times a day.

Handling Customer Complaints

Complaints can be a seen as an opportunity to make a bad situation good. Listen to your customer, have they found repeated stale items? You may want to offer something to them that is of better value than a simple refund. Perhaps offer them a gift card to your store, or a free item along with their refund. For customers whose first time buying a stale item is now, definitely offer them a refund, and assure them you and your team will be more proactive in making sure all the items are completely fresh.

If you can help it, it is best to keep stale items out of your vending machine. Stay aware of what is in there, and once it becomes a habit, it will become way more easier.

Get in contact with us to explore your vending machine options!

How to Improve Your Patient’s Waiting Room Experience

August 15th, 2016 | Posted by Elisa in Office Management | Uncategorized | Vending Machines | Vending.com - (Comments Off on How to Improve Your Patient’s Waiting Room Experience)

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No matter who you are, you’ve spent some time in a waiting room. If you own a practice and find yourself wanting to better the experience of your patients in the waiting room, check out the following tips.

  • Free Wi-Fi; In this day and age, free wi-fi is just about a must in any business or establishment you go to. With everyone, from an elderly grandmother to a young toddler owning either cell phones or tablets, offering free wi-fi would endear a lot of people to your practice.
  • Offer Entertainment; Whether it’s in the form of a television, magazines, or a even a table of legos. Your patients are bound to appreciate some entertainment to help keep any boredom at bay.
  • Have Vending Machines; Hungry patients are cranky patients. When the water fountain just isn’t cutting it anymore a vending machine is the way to go. From snacks to energy drinks, you can find all kinds of vending machines at Vending.com.

As cool as it might be, you don’t need something like a giant fish tank in the middle of your waiting room to better your patients experience. It’s the small things that can go a long way.

Vending.com’s Free Full Service Vending Program

July 12th, 2016 | Posted by Elisa in Promotions | Uncategorized | Vending.com - (Comments Off on Vending.com’s Free Full Service Vending Program)

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Vending.com is your one-stop source for vending machines! We offer free full service vending programs for business owners.

The Full-Service Program is designed for businesses that want to place vending machines at their facilities without having to purchase and service the vending machines themselves.

Purchasing or servicing vending machines for your location is not something you want to do, but it would be nice if someone else did it. Costs can start to add up very quickly when it comes to managing a vending machine, with our full-service program, you get to reap the benefits of having a convenient vending machine, without the backend hassle.

The Full-Service Vending Program comes at no cost to you. Vending.com provides you with high quality vending machines stocked with your choice of drinks, snacks or food! Our Operators will stock and service the machines as needed, and you could even earn a commission off your vending machine sales.

If you’re interested in taking full advantage of Vending.com’s Free Full Service Vending Program, or in any of the other incredible snack vending machine sale items or other products available to order on the website right now, please contact us today for more information.

Vending.com Product Rebate Special

June 15th, 2016 | Posted by Elisa in Promotions | Uncategorized | Vending Machines | Vending.com - (Comments Off on Vending.com Product Rebate Special)

Vending.com is your one-stop source for vending machines!

Vending.com is offering a Product Rebate Special featuring a $250 (retail value) Product Rebate with purchase of one Trimline II Combo, or $500 (retail value) Product Rebate with purchase of any two models!

Offer is good for product rebate on vending machines through Vending.com. Terms of Vending.com’s Product Rebate Special include $250 (retail value) product rebate with the purchase of one (1) Trimline II Combo Vending Machine or $500 (retail value) product rebate with the purchase of any two (2) vending machine models. Taxes for sales only to billing and shipping addresses in the state of Iowa will apply. Valid for Vending.com new and freight blemished vending machine purchases only. Not valid on factory certified remanufactured vending machines, prior vending machine purchases through Vending.com, and orders for vending machines placed with Vending.com prior to the beginning of the promotion period. Offer cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with other Vending.com offers or credits. Not valid for resale.

Contact Vending.com today at 888-290-9356 to learn more about Vending.com’s Product Rebate Promotion. Promotion is available for a limited time.

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Vending.com brings together a multitude of vending expertise through our circle of services. Everything you need to start, grow, or manage your vending business is provided through our easy online access. We provide vending services, financing, vending industry news, technical repair, parts and much more. Vending.com is one of the companies under the Wittern Group umbrella.Whether you are an entrepreneur starting your own vending machine business, or expanding your current business, Vending.com offers you a full-range of vending machines, financing, location assistance and other services to meet all of your vending needs. As a full line vending sales company we provide customers nationwide with the right equipment for their client’s location. Our large selection of snack, soda machines, hot beverage, cold and frozen food and other quality vending machines can be configured and customized to fit any size location from small businesses to large factories.Let our network of vending machine companies go to work for you.

If you’re interested in taking full advantage of Vending.com’s promotion, or in any of the other incredible snack vending machine sale items or other products available to order on the website right now, please contact us today at for more information.

New Vending Machine Trends for 2016

May 24th, 2016 | Posted by Elisa in Uncategorized | Vending Machines | Vending.com - (Comments Off on New Vending Machine Trends for 2016)

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Wall decals. Faux freckles. Roasted brussel sprouts. Tailor-made french fries. 2016 has already brought a wide array of trends, and the vending machine is no exception. It’s all about a mixture of personalization, creativity, and ease of access. Here’s what’s happening now, and what you can expect to see over the rest of the year.

  • More Cash-Free Options. Technology relentlessly moves forward, and fewer and fewer consumers are carrying cash, let alone interested in getting coins as change from a purchase. Chip reading payment options, ubiquitous card swipe devices, and other digital payment options are projected to overtake ‘traditional’ payment methods by the end of this year.
  • America’s Love Affair With Coffee Continues. With the new, fresh-grinding coffee vending machines, machine coffees are no longer being seen as lesser products. Instead, consumers recognize the value in freshly made and transparent production of their beverages, leading to an increase in demand for these machines.
  • Continued Movement Away From High Fat Snacks. Snackers are routinely selecting options they perceive to be healthier, such as baked chips and products with added protein, rather than high carb or high fat choices. However, candy bars and other sweet treats remain consistently in demand, suggesting that the curious dichotomy of both healthful and comfort eating remains an American trait.
  • Fresher Options. Packaged sliced fruits, salads and veggies, custom mashed potatoes, protein packs with nuts and cheeses–these are all hugely in demand currently and their popularity is expected to continue to grow. Even foods traditionally seen as less healthy, like french fries, are being offered ‘made to order.’ Whether it’s the perceived personalization or ideas about equating freshness to wellbeing, purchasers are selecting more and more of these items to fulfill their appetites.
  • New Locations for Vending Machines. Pop Up vending machines are already appearing in major metropolitan areas. These shorter term sites will offer more complex options, and the novelty and variety will draw in consumers. In some cities, vending machines will be in cabs and buses as well.

Overall, the trends we’re seeing center around increased convenience, more individualized and flexible edible options, and more informed consumers enjoying healthier, customized foods. The savvy vending machine operator will look closely at his or her location to see where this future casting can be incorporated. Get in contact with us to explore your vending machine options!