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May 12, 2020 – 1pm
The supply of ‘Personal Protective Equipment’ (PPE) for Health Services personnel and key workers has proved a major difficulty throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Securing reliable sources for products that meet the required specifications continues to prove a considerable logistics challenge. This situation is also likely to get worse in the short term as people leave lockdown, and many governments around the world are now starting to advise that the wider population wear face masks and other personal protective equipment as a condition of relaxing social regulations and getting back to work.
The global demand for PPE products is therefore much greater than supply. The market is extremely volatile with pricing changing on almost a daily basis in regard to unit costs, transportation charges and factory production output demands. There is also a large amount of poor quality PPE in circulation that does not meet the required EN standards and is supplied with inadequate CE certification and test reports. Without background knowledge in PPE products it is understandable that many businesses are unsure regarding the most suitable PPE products for their specific use case, and they have no experience or idea how to correctly validate the quality of items from suppliers. In addition, it is also extremely important that businesses do not order a higher grade of PPE products than required, which may inadvertently take essential stock away from frontline health workers where a high level of protection is required.
This is where our new collaborative business comes in, please welcome ‘Intelligent PPE Supplies Initiative’. Our initiative has been established specifically to counter these PPE supply problems and we are a collaboration of highly proficient business-people from the UK, China and Japan. Due to our regional locations and applicable working time zones, we are able to operate around the clock, 24/7, to deliver product solutions that other suppliers would find hard to achieve.
Please see our promotional flyer below:
Intelligent PPE Supplies Initiative Flyer
We specialise in sourcing, negotiation, technical requirements, logistics & planning, plus quality validation for high volume supply of equipment. This combination of know-how and close working is an essential part of our strategy and is of paramount importance in the present market environment where there are many practical hurdles between the factory and the end customer. Using our expertise, we can establish new supply chains for PPE and other medical items from source, and back this up with market leading logistics; ensuring goods arrive safely to our customers and in good time.
We are specialists at sourcing bona fide, legitimate and high-quality PPE and other medical products from factories that other suppliers may have missed. All the factories we use are ‘white listed’ for export and fully endorsed and verified against government systems in the country of origin.
We look forward to supporting your organisation through this difficult time and we are working hard towards a safer future. Please ask us for more details if your require PPE for your business, or have any specific questions regarding how Intelligent PPE Supplies Initiative can help your organisation.
To view more information and see our brochure, please click on the following link: Intelligent PPE Supplies Initiative Brochure
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April 15, 2020 – 8pm
We are pleased to announce a new COVID-19 Coronavirus category (https://www.intelligentvending.co.uk/covid-19-coronavirus/) has been launched on the Intelligent Wholesale website. This is being reviewed and updated regularly to ensure prices and offers are as up-to-date as possible. As with all COVID-19 related products we have supplied so far (the range is extensive and very rarely publicised!), we know that demand is unprecedented. You can therefore rest assured we are reviewing and updating all products added to this new section daily to ensure prices and offers are current and effective.
Our key area of focus via our eCommerce channel so far has been alcohol sanitiser. In our own opinion, Unicorn Hygienics were well ahead of the game with this and one of the first truly UK producers to predict the demand that was coming. While standard alcohol hand sanitiser retail suppliers still had their usual UK stock allocation available for day to day (non-coronavirus) business usage requirements, Unicorn capitalised on their extensive knowledge and experience from previous respiratory viruses in the marketplace. They quickly positioned themselves as a leader in the field, with one of the best hand sanitizing products available for consumers in the UK & Ireland markets.
The product is Pursan, and this already had a registered trademark going back to 2010. From our own experience with hand sanitisers, we strongly believe that their formula cannot be faulted. It had already been tried and tested in the market many years ago and fine-tuned to consumer needs.
Utmost respect must go out to Roger Pannell from the Unicorn group on this. He has always had a great eye for business and he never once took advantage of this crises for personal reward. His aim at every stage was to provide his trusted and loyal distributor partners with a truly world leading product, and a market edge that would help to keep their businesses going, whilst also saving people in the UK. Their Pursan product is truly exceptional and their product has remained at competitive pricing throughout the market fluctuations.
Our own staff at Intelligent Vending and Intelligent Wholesale, plus extended staff families have been using this product since day one of the coronavirus pandemic (and in some cases significantly high and repeated use throughout each day!) without any damage to our hands at all thanks to the added moisturiser and formulation of the product.
We have now extended our COVID-19 range to include the new Sterizen alcohol hand sanisiter & sanitising surface cleansing solution. This has been brought to us via Borg & Overstrom who are a leader in the high-end point of use water coolers and accessories category worldwide. The focus for their new Sterizen solutions is consistent with that of Unicorn Hygienic’s, but their retail offering is focused on smaller, handy, pocket size products that can be carried around by staff.
Their Sterizen 80% alcohol formula hand sanitiser is based on WHO (World Health Organisation) recommendations. It is again a liquid and not a gel, and there is no unpleasant residue left of the hands. It is also great for repeated use and comes in both 150ml and 250ml atomiser spray bottles which are recyclable. Full SDS information and marketing information can be found on our website under the COVID-19 Coronavirus section, and both small cases, and bulk pallet offerings are available to clients with clear timelines outlined online to ensure transparency.
The little sister to the Sterizen alcohol hand sanitiser range is the Borg & Overstrom sanitiser surface solution. This is supplied in a lockable 150ml spray which is also pocket size. This product is NOT for hand use, but it is perfect for surface sanitizing of door handles, light switches, vehicle interiors, control panels, touch screens, shopping trolley handles and so much more. The Sterizen sanitising solution is suitable for anywhere that people touch regularly. Due to the ingredient formulation it is cheaper to produce than high alcohol content hand sanitiser, so it is ideal for any areas that people regularly touch and keeps costs as low as possible in relation to company staff safety. All SDS information is available for both Pursan and Sterizen products online, as well as other important marketing information.
A range of other products will also be listed shortly, but we are posting based on demand in terms of priority. Hand sanitisers are a huge, in demand product in these uncertain times, so it’s only fair they received the first introduction to our new COVID-19 Coronavirus section.
A range of other PPE items for the NHS and government departments are also available via our specialist advisers and personal protective equipment suppliers, so please ask if you have any particular sourcing requirements. For volume buyers such as government departments, healthcare, pharmacies & supermarkets, rest assured our product range is extensive (but all may not be listed online) and it continues to grow for this new category.
Please let us know if you require high volumes of medical 3-ply face masks, surgical 3-ply face masks, Face Fit FFP2 KN95 face masks, Face Fit FFP3 KN99 face masks or surgical gowns. We can supply millions of units at competitive prices with very short lead times direct from specialist manufacturers.
Our global network of trusted and certified factories can produce high quality PPE (personal protective equipment) items with very fast lead times. We also have dedicated cargo planes and logistics available to ensure quality inspections throughout production, speedy customs checks, and rapid delivery to our clients wherever they are located around the world.
It is great to see British businesses prosper in hard times and the innovation of UK entrepreneurs flourish. Keep updated of the many products arriving in our COVID-19 Coronavirus portfolio shortly; hand sanitiser has been a life saver and extremely popular with all of our customers with some incredible reviews from clients.
Keep safe everyone and watch this space….
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March 24, 2020 – 12pm
Thanks to Dan from Integracare for the amazing testimonial.
“Just want to say how much I appreciate the recent delivery of hand sanitiser, and that fact that you made good your promise regarding timescales – you have helped safeguard many vulnerable people we support.
I’m perhaps most grateful for the way in which your company undertook checks on our company before agreeing to supply us with a scarce and valuable product during the current COVID-19 crisis. Whilst some other companies and individuals are exploiting this crisis for financial or selfish gains, it’s refreshing to come across a company such as yours that has integrity and social conscience.”
At Intelligent Wholesale, we’re really pleased we could help! We’re going to continue supplying to businesses while we still can. Rest assured our distribution staff are fully protected with the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
Unfortunately, due to high demand we are no longer able to supply larger pallet quantities at the present time.
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March 21, 2020 – 2pm
Amazing news for UK businesses announced on Friday 20th March. Thanks Rishi and Boris! This is greatly reassuring for everyone, and certainly a massive help for all businesses out there.
If you’re still looking for alcohol hand sanitiser, you can now purchase Pursan Alcohol Hand Sanitiser by the case online to keep you and your staff safe. It’s soft on the hands, quick drying and contains moisturiser. It is also great for surface cleaning, shopping trolleys, door handles, petrol pump handles, light switches etc. In fact, pretty much anywhere that people touch! We’re even throwing in a free 500ml spray bottle with each case ordered!
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March 19, 2020 – 2pm
Pursan alcohol hand sanitiser with 70% v/v alcohol is now available for smaller businesses. We’ve made this possible due to the high call volume received from smaller companies who can’t get hold of alcohol sanitiser which they need to ensure staff safety. Our Pursan alcohol hand sanitiser is currently in production and will be despatched by the case of 12 x 1 litre screw cap bottles PLUS 1 off x FOC 500ml spray bottle.
Pursan Alcohol Hand Sanitiser Per Case
We’re also putting a limit on orders like supermarkets, with a max of two cases per business customer. This is to ensure even distribution to the people that need it. For larger clients they can still buy in bulk by the pallet from our website.
For single case quantities, please see Pursan Alcohol Hand Sanitiser here
As the Pursan Alcohol Hand Sanitiser product is a liquid and not a gel, it can be used in most spray containers that operate with water. It is an amazing product that leaves the hands feeling fresh and without residue.
Stock is limited and orders will be processed on a first come first serve basis.
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March 17, 2020 – 1pm
The interest in our Pursan Alcohol Sanitiser has been unprecedented. We know that some suppliers have exploited lack of availability and high demand to justify sky high prices, but we have deliberately taken a different line, consistent with our broader company ethos. Prices are higher than under normal circumstances because the base cost of raw materials reflects a shortfall in the supply chain. However, we have deliberately applied normal company margins across this range to enable us to supply customers at an as affordable price as possible. In terms of equipment to dispense alcohol sanitiser in the workplace, we have actually reduced prices on our soap and similar dispensers. Our pricing and lead times have been generally well received by clients and we appreciate their patience while we have had to confirm lead times on an order by order basis over this exceptional period.
Several clients have queried why we only supply in large quantities and, in fact, we have looked at the logistics of meeting smaller orders. Unfortunately, this was unrealistic for us as a company. However, if bulk ordering at first seems prohibitive for your business, there are a number of issues to take into account.
Firstly, the supply environment is changing rapidly. Demand is so high that raw material supply is difficult to secure including the bottles and spray tops to contain the alcohol sanitiser. Prices are therefore rising overall, and in our experience, lead times have fluctuated almost daily. Anticipating longer term requirements and purchasing accordingly might be a helpful strategy therefore.
Secondly, in thinking about locations within a building or workgroup where alcohol hand sanitiser might be needed, it quickly becomes clear that the need is extensive, much broader than washrooms, canteens and reception areas. Anyone who has recently visited a hospital is likely to have seen sanitiser stations every few yards in corridors, with visitors much more likely to use these. Clearly, in order to deliver this level of protection access to significant quantities of sanitiser gel/liquid is essential.
Over the next months it is likely that access to supplies of sanitiser will improve and related costs reduce. In the shorter term however, where employers have a duty to protect their staff and customers it is prudent to ensure your own supply of a key component in your health and safety provision.
For more information, please check out here www.intelligentvending.co.uk/pursan1l
Please note that orders continue to be processed on a first come, first serve basis and we will confirm lead times for each order placed asap following receipt. Please bear with us on this as we are working as quickly as possible, and do not want to mislead our customers with inaccurate information. We are also supplying this product overseas to European partners.
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March 9, 2020 – 9pm
Our high content 70% alcohol hand sanitizer with moisturiser is still available. We’ve taken significant orders over the weekend and it’s been a very busy day, but additional production has been made available at the factory due to extremely high demand and to keep lead times as low as possible for clients.
PURSAN 500ml Alcohol Hand Cleanser 70 Percent Alcohol Label
Orders continue to be processed on a first come, first serve basis and we will confirm lead times for each order placed asap following receipt. Please bear with us on this as we are working as quickly as possible.
I’m also pleased to confirm that we will soon be supplying bulk 5 litre container versions and smaller hand-held 100ml high alcohol hand gel sanitizer bottles. Watch this space!…
P.S. All soap dispensers have now also been reduced online on our website too, for those who don’t wish to buy the hand alcohol sanitizer in bulk and prefer to provide better hand washing facilities to staff. These can be ordered in lower single unit volumes.
P.P.S. We have also received significant enquiries from our partners in Europe and are happy to quote for shipping via email on an enquiry by enquiry basis.
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March 7, 2020 – 2pm
One of our manufacturing partners has recently started producing 70% alcohol based hand cleanser at their factory in Northern Ireland due to the UK shortage and the current coronavirus COVID-19 situation in the UK. The producer is a very large hygiene sector manufacturer, so you can rest assured this is a legitimate high quality product.
Demand is currently extremely high for the alcohol hand sanitiser and availability is limited. Orders will be shipped on a first come first serve basis, but we’re currently aiming to ship goods within 3 to 5 working days from receipt of orders.
Pursan Alcohol Hand Cleanser contains 70% alcohol. It is quick drying and contains moisturiser to keep hands feeling soft and smooth. Whilst this has been primarily formulated as a high alcohol content hand cleanser, it can also be used for surface cleaning.
Pursan 500ml Alcohol Hand Cleanser 70 Percent Ethanol
The product comes in 500ml bottles which have a metered spray which can be sprayed directly onto hands. This is ideal for use in an open office environment and perfect for our corporate clients who wish to provide a service for staff.
We have decided to sell this in bulk only based on pallet quantities and to businesses only. Our pricing is as follows:
Pursan Alcohol Hand Cleanser 500ml @ GBP 7.45 + VAT per bottle
8 x bottles per case
MOQ is 50 cases (i.e. 400 bottles)
Pallet delivery is free of charge to UK postcodes.
Please act fast to avoid disappointment as orders are flooding in and staff are working around the clock to meet demand.
Keep safe and remember to wash your hands!..
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August 15, 2019 – 3pm
With the Oil Crisis in America hitting the people and businesses hard, it was a turbulent time for the United States. Having faced financial loses, The Vendo Company chose to streamline and concentrate solely on its drinks vending machine distribution division. This was one the most lucrative and sturdy pockets of business held by The Vendo Company and they had much previous success in the sector. Even though the site held in Kansas was closed, the company still kept plants functioning in Fresno, California and Corinth, Mississippi  In 1982, Elmer F Pierson, the founder of The Vendo Company, died aged 85. Elmer was praised for having been “One of the first business executives to express that there should be an interconnection between the corporate world and the art world” 
The 1980’s brought together two incredibly influential and successful companies that had mutually reflective qualities and had similar histories, despite being on different continents, with no relationship, and no affiliations to this point. Both had innovative ideas and developed iconic models that changed development, designs and productions within their fields, both made pursuits in varied areas of business and both made significant impact on the war effort for their alliance. These unique characteristics created a sort of symmetry and connection between the two companies even before their merger in 1988. Potentially, their relationship was laden with barriers such as, language, culture and social differences to name a few; but maybe all barriers are there to be overcome or perhaps they were never there to begin with; wherever the reality lies, the outcome was that the Japanese Sanden Corporation (who had experience of their own vending products, already released on the market) acquired the Vendo Company. The company received technical and financial support from its new parent company  and many saw The Vendo Company revitalised by the input and nurture that Sanden Corporation bestowed upon it. It wasn’t long before The Vendo Company began introducing innovations to the automated goods distribution market again. Showing that the support had truly helped rejuvenate the company.
In 1996 the Sanden Company was awarded an EPA prize (contribution to ozone layer preservation) by the US Environment Protection Agency.  The welfare of the environment became a pioneering drive behind The Sanden Corporation and Mr. Kaihei Ushikubo is reputable for being, amongst other things, environmentally conscious. This is still a core value in the company today. In 1999, Mr. Kaihei Ushikubo died aged 94. The Vendo Company continued to expand and in the early 2000’s moved its headquarters to Dallas, Texas and not long after changed its name, as a mark of thanks, loyalty and respect to its parent company. SandenVendo was born.
Today SandenVendo is a global enterprise that needs no introduction. It has, as a company, been integral in pushing the markets technology boundaries and in 2004 revealed the first vending machine equipped with C02. The company has flourished. The factory in Italy has expanded and there are now offices in Japan, Spain, Germany, France and Belgium. Keeping up with the rapidly growing market, SandenVendo have also started a Coffee sector of the business and in 2015 developed a new coffee machine; the company continues to advance the vending industry into a new era.
It seems lamentable, on reflection that neither the founder of The Vendo Company, Mr. Elmer F. Pierson, or the founder of The Sanden Corporation, Mr. Kaihei Ushikubo, would live to see their companies names stand side-by-side, as they sleekly merged and blossomed into the universal giant it is today; arguably, dominating the worlds vending stage. The consistent correlation and commonality between these two corporations seems, looking through their history, to have transcended any obstacles, barriers and complications with ease and with equal, mutual respect. Perhaps this relationship expertly highlights the Sanden company creed, bestowed upon the company by the late Mr. Kaihei Ushikubo,
“Let us Develop with Wisdom and Prosper in Harmony.”
With all the honour and respect that comes with a mission statement such as this, it seems that this is exactly how it was for both The Sanden Corporation and SandenVendo, and how it continues to be today.
https://www.japantimes.co.jp “When industry works in step with nature” by C.W. Nicol
https://kchistory.org Daniel Coleman “Elmer F. Pierson, Founder of the Vendo Company”
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July 24, 2019 – 8pm
The story of SandenVendo begins on August 27th, 1896 when Elmer F. Pierson was born. Elmer, along with his brother, John, would go on to become the world renowned ‘Vendo Brothers’.
The Pierson brothers worked from an early age, delivering goods for the family grocery business. The boys’ father was the proprietor of several neighbourhood grocery stores. Here, Elmer grew increasingly curious of the world and envied the travelling salesmen, who visited the stores, as they had the opportunity to see the nation and seemed to make a good living . Elmer was eager to explore for himself and took a job as a clerk for a wholesale grocery company, rather than going to college. Whilst this job enabled him to travel over a couple of states, these weren’t quite the glamourous and exciting sights that he had in mind! With strong desires and ambitions, he decided to head in a new direction.
With the outbreak of World War I, Elmer served his country as a second lieutenant in an Army machine gun unit and in 1919, after taking night classes, he graduated from Kansas City Law School and was admitted to the bar. Taking a bit of a different turn, as opportunity presented itself, he headed into property sales. He had a very unsuccessful first attempt but quickly picked himself up, with the help of his brother John, and made better headway on his subsequent ventures. No doubt he used his vast sales knowledge and experience to generate good profits that enabled him to finance the opening of his own firm.
Elmer had many strings to his bow (including being president of the Kansas City Real Estate Board) before he even embarked upon the journey into vending machines with his brother John in 1937, when ‘The Vendo Company’ was born.
Vending machines during the 1930’s were notoriously unreliable and the most effective way of getting a cold drink seemed to be digging your way into a chest freezer full of ice and finding it. They were also mainly outside making them seasonal in colder climates and hard for shopkeepers to manage their stock effectively as they relied heavily on customer honesty. The mechanical vending machines also seemed to falter when it came to distinguishing between real and counterfeit coins. The other popular shortcoming was machines jamming, particularly when trying to extract bottles from icy water.
Vending machines were perhaps seen as a bit of a risky, rather obscure challenge to be taking on in 1937, but after-all, isn’t that a sign of a great entrepreneur? Spotting the need and the potential in something before anyone else does. The Vendo brothers endeavoured to improve the state of vending machines, with focus on making the machines indoor, more reliable and tackling the problem of counterfeit coins.
The brothers purchased a patent for a lid that could be attached to coolers. With insightful innovation they designed a product that was more practical than anything else on the market. ‘The Red Top’ was born and is arguably the most iconic vending machine in history. The design had the vending lid moving the bottle towards the opening, rather than moving the opening to the bottle. It was essentially a lid with mechanical underpinnings that could be fitted onto a standard cooler. The design had the advantage of storing the bottles away from the ice, which lessened the potential for mechanical failure . The innovative team that Elmer and John worked with were able to develop a shrewd ‘sound wave detection technology’, this sensor could determine whether coins put into the machines by patrons were real or counterfeit, based solely on the sound waves that were emitted when the coins dropped into the machine. Ingenious! Now that’s not to say that the machines all worked seamlessly from this point, there were redesigns and upgrades, just like we would strive for today; a modern refrigeration unit was added so ice was no longer an essential element, but by 1940 the reliability had caught the eye of Coca-Cola who officially endorsed them.
During World War II, The Vendo Brothers, landed a massive sales contract from the War Department, which considered soft drinks ‘essential for soldier morale’ . This was not the only military contract won by the company; the sensor technology that had been developed for coins was utilised and the same principle was applied to test the quality control of artillery shells for the U.S military . Elmer was very proactive in the war effort and also volunteered The Vendo Company resources to help develop a portable antenna, for use in conjunction with radar to detect German Submarines. After 3 months of development Vendo went into production of 300,000 antennas . After the war The Vendo Company went on to experiment with other technology devices that also operated through sound waves. The main business remained vending machines and it continued to grow geographically. By the 1960s, Vendo was the largest vending machine company in the world and had merged with a competitor to add Pepsi-Cola and Royal Crown drinks to its machines and it even sustained its global lead when glass bottles were replaced by aluminium cans.
In the 1970’s the oil crisis rocked the nation and businesses everywhere, including Vendo were affected. Facing financial losses, the company sold off its assets and kept only their drinks vending machine distribution division. This was merely the beginning for The Vendo Company. The 1980’s were going to bring exciting new developments, from exciting areas of the world.
 Jason Roe, COOL OPERATOR. Digital History Specialist
 Jason Roe, COOL OPERATOR. Digital History Specialist
 Jason Roe, COOL OPERATOR. Digital History Specialist
 Daniel Coleman, ELMER F. PIERSON, FOUNDER OF THE VENDO COMPANY.
 Jason Roe, COOL OPERATOR. Digital History Specialist
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