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It’s what’s inside that counts.

For most wall-mounted vending machines it is not only recommended but essential that products are boxed to ensure reliable vending. To aid the safe and reliable delivery of all products, we sell a variety of different flat, folding, plain vending boxes ideal for use in our range of  vending machines. If there is an irregular shaped product in the machine, which doesn’t stack well, it can often lead to the machine vending too many products at once or none at all. For machines that use spirals to dispense products (typical snack or combination vending machines) this is less of an issue. However, even though these machines with spiral mechanisms are more reliable when it comes to vending unusually shaped products, due to their nature, the relative total product capacity vs the space required is often much lower than a machine that uses a stacking system. If you think that the products you want to vend may be an unconventional shape then the purchase of a box should be a vital consideration for you to reduce any time wasting or machine maintenance issues. The range of boxes we sell are vast, much like our line of vending machines so it is essential to check the dimensions of the boxes against your machine before ordering, if you need any help or advise on this then the knowledgeable chaps at Intelligent Wholesale are always happy to advise. For that extra touch of class, we also provide a printing service so boxes can be personalised with a company or product brand – or any other design you might like to advertise to consumers!

Summertime Essentials

With the summer on the horizon, now is the perfect time to start thinking positive about the summer heat wave we are willing to happen. Essentials for a brilliant and safe summer must include a good source of hydration…and it so happens we have just the thing! The V217-6 is a superb cold drinks vending machine suitable for vending PET bottles and cans. It uses a reliable vending mechanism which has been tried and tested in the field for a number of years. The product has thermostatically controlled forced air-cooling as well as having product pre-cooling. Each column has an individual vend motor and boasts an anti-theft device. Whether your desired location is in an office, school, university, leisure centre, airport or more, this drinks vending machine offers convenient and essential thirst-quenching cold drinks at the push of a button.

 

The SiriuS™ Website

Our new SiriuS™ platform has been designed in-house by Intelligent Vending to resolve inherent issues in standard vending technology.  Using SiriuS™ opens up a number of possibilities for our clients that all add value and increase ROI and efficiency, rather than the traditional approach which concentrates purely on the cash in, product out, retail ‘vend’ aspect.

SiriuS™, with its large 46″ HD touchscreen and powerful software platform VendHook™, create a dynamic and interactive retail platform with significant potential for advertising, marketing, and raising brand awareness.  The machine’s ability to interact both physically and virtually with customers via social media further enhances its commercial potential for operators. For many IV clients, the on-board vending function will be a secondary attraction behind other more commercially significant features.

The complete platform comprising VendHook™ (our core PC control software platform), VendHive™ (our bi-directional cloud control and communication system), and Vendmesh™ (our own design next generation PCB controller), allow connectivity with a wide range of external components and peripherals.  Together, these elements add impressive versatility to a machine while offering commercial add-on value in their own right. Equally, we are confident in the sophistication, robustness and technological advantages of our system compared with any others available in the market.  While some producers have pursued a retro-fit or workaround route (the way we historically supplied non-standard machines), we have consciously developed our system from first principles.  This approach has ensured maximum flexibility in operation and a significant degree of future-proofing.

We have also designed our SiriuS™ platform to be user friendly for third party development via the comprehensive API (Application Programming Interface) and SDK (Software Development Kit).  We want to give our clients scope to extend their own commercial horizons and innovate without the need to be reliant on Intelligent Vending software development services.

For more details, please click the following link to visit our Intelligent Vending SiriuS™ website.

Intelligent Vending & SiriuS™ at AVEX 2015…

SiriuS™, the latest ‘all-in-one’ solution from Intelligent Vending Ltd, was given its first public outing in the vending arena at AVEX 2015, in Manchester. Partnering with Ingenico the international leader in provision of cashless payment systems, IV offered its new advanced SiriuS™ vending machine to show off their cashless hardware while providing attendees with a glimpse of what it believes is the future for the unattended automated retail market.

As an industry, vending has been stagnant or in decline throughout most of Europe for the past few years and it is desperate, Intelligent Vending believes, for a fresh impetus that will lead to reversal of this trend. While degrees of innovation are undoubtedly evident across the board in vending, this has been mostly small scale and incremental, and there has been no major development with the explosive energy to bring about the much needed revolution of the industry. Put simply, vending has made virtually little use of the advances in technology that are now standard across all sectors of retail, advertising, and social media. SiriuS™ incorporates the power and imagination to change all that!

The bespoke UI (User Interface) designed for Ingenico offered visitors of the show the ability to enter a competition to win prizes from triggering the vend process in three different ways:

1) Via the Ingenico card payment terminals (Contactless and NFC, plus Chip & PIN)
2) Via our in-house Twitter promo VendHook™ plugin
3) Via email address entry and a virtual keyboard

An Ingenico corporate video and other promotional information was also displayed on the machine’s different vend process screens, carrying a key underlying message to promote the new iUC280 payment terminals that are aimed primarily for the standard vending ‘mainstream’ market.

Also, on show was a premium vinyl wrap designed to showcase Intelligent Vending’s commitment to push visual branding boundaries. Using a newly unveiled printable and wrap conformable reflective material, all the visible panels of the machine were fully SiriuS™ branded. The three elements that define SiriuS™; VendHook™, VendHive™, and VendMesh™, were highlighted in the design. The revolutionary material used for the wrap gives an added, almost 3D effect, that is dramatically revealed across a range of different lighting conditions and changes based on the installation environment (see photos below).

No Direct Light (Black)

With Some Direct Light (Gold Elements & Binary Code In The Base Vinyl Design Showing)

As the first in a new generation of automated retail options by Intelligent Vending Ltd, this new self-service SiriuS™ solution offers a core software platform called VendHook™ designed from first principles, and eliminating the drawbacks experienced with traditional vending machine systems and protocols. The machines are fully modular and packed with functionality. Just a few of the features include large 46” touch screen and HD display, advanced product management, digital signage, social media integration, telemetry and the facility to remotely manage all machine functions & diagnostics in real time via Intelligent Vending’s fully bi-directional VendHive™ ‘Internet of Things’ cloud platform.

A key strategy underpinning the design process of Intelligent Vending’s new products was the need to provide a payment option that supported the high value transactions specified by many Intelligent Vending clients. While some card payment systems are available for the ‘mainstream’ sector, they have some limitations in terms of transaction value, and they do not provide VAT receipts, another feature often requested by customers. For its new system, Intelligent Vending has been able to incorporate a full Chip & PIN, Contactless and NFC solution into its machines, fully accredited to the latest Visa and Mastercard standards in the UK and with no cap on transaction values.  Our VendHook™ in-house receipt printer design suite also enables our clients’ to customise this ‘print-out’ experience for consumers with a few simple clicks (or touches!) including dynamic QR codes for cross selling or promotions where applicable.

Sam Roe, Managing Director at Intelligent Vending, said: “Projects such as this highlight the versatility of the SiriuS™ system, which is ideally suited to a range of challenging environments. We are looking forward to bringing our powerful Intelligent Vending technology to the widest range of clients, whether in high-end retail or the mainstream ‘plus’ market and increasing their ROI in the unattended space. Our vision is for all sectors to benefit from the sophisticated functionality we now provide as standard – Intelligent Vending by Intelligent Vending.”

More info available here (PDF): SiriuS Intelligent Vending Taster Flyer

More from Intelligent Vending

Intelligent Vending Ltd is a UK based vending company, located on the edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire, within the East Midlands. We primarily supply vending machines, catering equipment, machine components, vending ingredients and consumables to a wide range of commercial and industrial clients, small, large, and multi-national. The company also has established trading relationships with the public sector, including the armed forces, and we often supply to domestic home users. In addition, we supply services to the vending, catering and hygiene trades and a number our customers are themselves vending machine or hygiene service providers.

Most of our business is conducted over the internet, but we pride ourselves on the high level of personal contact we have with our customers. We have found this to be the best way of understanding our customers’ particular needs, and ensuring that their individual and specialist vending machine requirements are fully met. Pricing is transparent, because we display this on our site – this avoids the need for unnecessary and protracted negotiations because everything we sell is already at a very competitive price. For large and significant orders, however, we are happy to offer even better value (if that is possible!).

Enjoy shopping at Intelligent Vending Ltd!

Customised and bespoke vending solutions

Intelligent Vending Ltd specialises in translating vending ideas into practical solutions that are marketable in the real world. As a provider of turnkey solutions within the vending industry we see ourselves as market leaders. Whereas many vending companies concentrate on a few static products, and operate to traditional industry conventions, Intelligent Vending Ltd loves nothing better than to tackle new challenges presented by its customers and bring imagination and innovation to problem solving. Overall, we prefer long term and sustainable relationships with our clients and customers because that usually means a win-win for both parties.

Some of our recent customised vending machine solutions include stationery vending machines to dispense: pens, pencils, rubbers, calculators, printer cartridges, USB memory sticks, batteries, CD-Rs, writing sets, highlighters, staplers, hole-punches, Pritsticks and many more; personal protective equipment (PPE) and engineering components with stock control and management systems; industrial vending; cosmetics, sun creams, moisturisers and perfumes; a wide range of novelty products (for bar and nightclub environments); sports and nutritional products such as protein shakes and energy bars; plus many more.

We typically work with a close and trusted network of specialist vending machine and system development partners who bring the widest range of knowledge and experience to the table. This has particular benefits when we are tackling complex vending machine design projects or wanting to incorporate the latest technology. Since we are often working at the cutting edge of new ideas and applications we understand the need for utmost confidentiality with our clients, and we frequently (and happily) work within the protections provided by a non-disclose agreement (NDA). This again benefits all parties, and inspires mutual trust within the development relationship.

Notwithstanding the confidence that lies behind the above, we are always honest with our customers. If it’s simply not possible to achieve the desired vending machine solution for an economic and viable price, we will say so at the earliest stage. Customers should realise, however, that developing bespoke vending solutions is not normally cheap or straightforward, particularly when small numbers of vending machines are required. However, the potential rewards can be enormous.

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