Blog - vending advice
May 1, 2009 – 2pm
A strong brand is a highly desirable asset for any company. A good brand increases market awareness and provides a steady platform on which to develop the reputation of your business. Whether it be a letter, business card, van, building or vending machine: incorporating your unique style and company branding instils consumer confidence and trust in your business while doing wonders for creating a professional image to reflect your service.
The concepts behind a successful vending machine campaign are very similar to those of a typical shop. Customers will only be aware of your existence and be motivated to purchase your products after first being attracted to your sales outlet. Appropriate, appealing advertising and a strategically planned location are essential criteria required for achieving these goals.
While choice of location can often be limited by obstacles which are somewhat out of our control, the approach you take to promoting, marketing and advertising is only limited by your imagination (well, mostly.).
April 3, 2009 – 9am
Many people rely on vending machines for a quick snack, a drink, and so much more, so these gentle giants loom very much welcomed in business lobbies, foyers and halls.
Vending machines can cater to almost any need out there and that is what makes them so special. Gone are the days of these mechanical vending giants being restricted to crisps, chocolates and fizzy drinks.
You can now get health foods, stationery, PPE (personal protective equipment), umbrellas, shoes, perfume, Bentley sports cars (that’s absolutely true!), DVDs & CDs, novelty condoms and sex toys, flavoured water, hot drinks to rival the coffee shop and so much more from these machines. Their versatility has helped the vending business develop into an empire. It is not rocket science nowadays to turn a vending machine into a cash cow.
An investment that pays for itself one-hundred-fold
It is difficult to sustain a natural drive to go the extra distance unless there is a reasonably good reward waiting at the finish line. People also have so much to fit into their daily schedules that the less time they have to spend running around to find snacks the more they can get done. This is where your vending machine profitability comes into play.
Especially if you have a larger workforce, a vending machine is a blessing. Stocking your vending machine with a variety of the popular snacks, drinks and other consumables that are popular among your employees will make a cash cow out of it.
The less effort people have to put into getting what they want the less they mind paying a few pence more for the convenience.
April 1, 2009 – 10am
We all know the importance of a nice hot drink. They help calm our mood, boost motivation and give us that extra nudge we need to work more effectively through the day. Not to mention they taste delicious – provided you use the right tools and ingredients, of course!
There are a vast number of hot drinks machines to choose from in today’s market – true to such an extent that choosing the right machine for the home or office can be a daunting experience.
It might help you to know that for us, Flavia machines and Flavia drinks are a favourite around our office. We use them on a daily basis, and have done for years. Flavia has spent over 25 years perfecting their vending systems to deliver one of the freshest, most delicious drinks around.
Flavia provides the ultimate hot drinks vending machine solution.
Quality is paramount throughout: the best ingredients are sourced from around the world, and served to you in highly reliable machines designed with simplicity in mind.
March 26, 2009 – 11am
A new era has dawned, the rise of the vending machines, and what a brilliant money making opportunity it is for your business. Vending machines are popular with almost anyone who passes them, depends on them or uses them as a source of income.
The very real truth about people is that many are so busy with their full daily schedules that any convenience when it comes to food and drink is going to be favoured about putting effort in to achieve the same result.
That is why you would much rather zip down the hallway to the vending machine than down to the ground floor and down the street to the shop to get the same item for a for pence less’
Don#t just think vending, think smart vending
Just putting a vending machine into the corridor filled with your own personal favourite treats is not the way to go about your vending venture. You are not the only one who will be using it and not all the vending machines on your business premises, especially if it is a large one, are going to contain the exact same things.
Vending machines need to be placed in high traffic areas where they will receive the most exposure to prospective customers. Then you need to vary the contents of the machines according to the types of people who will be using them.
Putting the right products in the right machines in the right locations can lead to a very popular vending machine. Smart vending will lead to smart profits.
March 13, 2009 – 11am
Vending machines have slowly made their way into almost every business, school, hospital and many other places. A few years ago you would never have found vending machines so widely spread and readily available as they are now.
This obviously means that they have something going for them. People surely wouldn’t spend so much money on an investment that would turn sour would they? The truth is that vending machines aren’t just getting one thing right; they are getting it right across the board which is why they are increasingly popular the world over.
So what makes them so great and what would it mean to you to make use of a vending machine on your business premises?
Vending ventures, folly or serious business?
When you venture into the world of vending machines you can be forgiven for thinking that these machines only supply sweets, crisps and cool drinks; things that are generally considered junk foods. This is no longer the case of course. You can choose from a wide range of products to suit the needs of your vending target market.
Vending machines on your premises can help generate extra profits in more ways than one. Firstly, your employees pay for the vending machine goods and you pocket the profits. Secondly, having a vending machine means less time for them out of office shopping for nibbles and drinks. Then there is the happy factor. A happy workforce is a productive one.
Boost your profits and your workforce morale by using a vending machine on your business premises.
March 6, 2009 – 6pm
While the size of the organisation is an important factor, good profits can still be achieved using vending machines on sites with limited staff or visitor numbers. Choosing the correct machine is crucial, but good location and the right product choice are the keys to success. Staff and clients will be motivated to purchase from vending machines if they are conveniently placed and products are reasonably priced. From a company perspective, easy accessibility can improve productivity because staff remain in the workplace.
As an entrepreneurial company, we always look to maximise clients’ profits, while ensuring they reap the rewards of sustainable long term business. Good quality vending machines can provide reliable and trouble-free service for many years.
September 13, 2007 – 11am
Our site primarily caters to meet the wholesale needs of clients within a ‘business to business’ (B2B) environment, but we are also happy to meet the needs of end-users who want to purchase single vending machines to locate in a workplace or other environment. As an alternative to setting up an account, further flexibility is provided through the availability of an on-line shop and use of both purchase and lease carts (the first of its type in the industry so far as we are aware!).
Leasing vending machines and catering equipment can be an economic and tax efficient way to acquire higher value products and spread out the cost, and you can use the site in the full knowledge that the legal lease rental arrangement itself will be through a bank with great expertise in this field. You can also be assured that using this facility will not lead you to unwittingly sign up to a legal commitment through inadvertently pressing a button!
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