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New Year, New You?

So 2012 has got off to a flying start with the days just zipping by. I’m (just about) managing to stick to my resolutions, how are you getting along with yours?

It’s at this time of year everyone is thinking about healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. Often, all this good intention can be disrupted by walking past – or deliberately walking to – a vending machine. You could be innocently walking by when all of a sudden your eye is caught by the glistening wrapper of a chocolate bar or the shiny metal of a can of fizzy drink. Do you have the will power to keep on walking? Or would you like to see healthy options in your machine? Whether this is in the form of healthy food and fruits, or low-cal or low carb options on chocolate and sweets, or even baked crisps. If these options were available to you would you be likely to choose this instead of a sugar laden treat? Healthy eating initiatives within schools have already made a difference in what products are available to children within vending machines, but how about in your office, or a machine in a public area, for example? Would you rather have the option of healthy snacks stocked alongside chocolate and crisps or would you be more likely to use a machines filled completely with health food?

I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on healthy vending so leave me a comment below!

Obama for Healthy Vending Machines

Last week the Obama administration announced plans to set new legislation in place to remove sugary snacks and drinks from school vending machines. The motivation behind the campaign has arisen from America’s increasing levels of child obesity and diabetes.

Barack is not alone in this war on weight, either. Last month, the first lady, Michelle Obama, also declared plans to lead an initiative aimed at reducing obesity levels amongst their younger population. The ‘Let’s Move’ campaign has been created to try and encourage healthier and more active lifestyles.

The response to this initiative has been generally positive and has received a great deal of support. However, for many American citizens, Obama’s plans to regulate vending machines in schools have not been met with such enthusiasm.

It won’t really come as a surprise to anyone that the food industry is particularly unhappy about this idea, some retaliating with counter-campaigns to try and keep the junk food in the vending machines.

Some other people argue that it will be too expensive and also that the majority will be unfairly disadvantaged as a result of problems among the minority.

Results from the American National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) conducted in 1971-1974 showed obesity levels among school-aged adolescents, aged 12-19 years was at 6.1%. The latest figures from the 2003-2006 data set showed this figure had increased to 17.6%.

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Healthy Vending Machines

Vending machines are everywhere today. You will find them at home, in office buildings, reception areas, schools, shops and everywhere in-between. The truth is that vending machines have become a vital part of many peoples’ lives – and they can become a huge part of your business!

As a business owner it is important to exploit all possible revenue streams. Vending machines for staff or customers can be a good source of money and should always be considered.

Even if shops are nearby, human nature means we usually want to expel as little energy as possible (well, most of us at least); we tend to prefer the easy option. For this reason, conveniently placed vending machines will always be appealing – and can often even get away with charging slightly higher prices.

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Intelligent Vending for Profits

Convenience is the keyword to consider when investing in vending machines – after all that’s what they’re designed for – and intelligent management could turn yours from a simple piece of service equipment to being a great profit producer and an outlet to market new products.

Intelligent Vending Ltd. don’t just supply, we offer you expert advice too. From stocking tips to office placement ideas, whether you’re looking to invest in new vending machines or simply want to increase the profit margin from those you already have, we can help.

Go about it the smart way

It would be easy to pack your vending machines with random items, but if you want to tempt your staff and clients to buy them, you’ll need to think about the products you choose. With vending options including drinks, snacks, health foods and cosmetic products, it’s clear that knowing your market is an important step towards success in intelligent vending.

Ok, so you’ve worked out what your buyers really want – the next step in intelligent vending is making sure your machine is in a high traffic or social area. Keeping your machine in plain sight and making sure it’s always full of brightly packaged goods will always attract hungry customers.

Just contact Intelligent Vending Ltd. Using your vending criteria and our wealth of market knowledge, we can provide you with a proposal detailing the vending machine options which best suit you and your business.

Smart vending equals smart profits!

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