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An Up Close Look at FDA’s Calorie Disclosure Rule

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An Up Close Look at FDA’s Calorie Disclosure Rule

The FDA Calorie Disclosure Rule for vending machines is directed by Congress and stems from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that was approved by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. The section 4205 amendment of the ACA was implemented to “help make calorie information for vending machine foods available to prospective purchasers in a direct, accessible, and consistent manner to enable them to make informed and healthful dietary choices,” according to the Federal Register.

How Millennials are Influencing the Vending Industry

There are many stereotypes and assumptions surrounding Millennials (ages 18-34). For example, they have been described as lazy and narcissistic yet at the same time they are viewed as active and engaged. Regardless of the mixed opinions of Millennials, the influence they have on society cannot be ignored. With many of them entering adulthood it’s time to put more focus on marketing to this demographic.

Increasing machine sales with cashless payment options

As technology progresses, fewer and fewer consumers are carrying cash and coins. Instead, financial transactions via credit and mobile devices are becoming more common. What’s more, card swiping devices, mobile payment, and other digital payment options are predicted to overtake ‘traditional’ payment methods in the near future, making it a must have in today’s vending market.

SB16 Single Brew Coffee Vendor

Millennials’ taste preferences are a driving force in recent coffee consumption trends. According to an article on Vending Market Watch, in the last eight years consumption of gourmet coffee beverages increased from 13% to 36% among consumers aged 18 to 24 while gourmet coffee consumption for older Millennials (aged 25 to 39) increased from 19% to 41%.

State of Vending Machine Operator Industry in the U.S.

A long trend of declining revenue has made for a slow decade for the Vending Machine Operator industry in the United States. Within the past five (5) years revenue has declined each year except for 2012. According to IBISWorld Inc. revenue has decreased at an annualized rate of 0.8% to about $7.3 billion within the past five years, and a 1.1% decrease so far in 2016. The status of the industry has been a result of changes in the eating index, new nutritional restrictions, and the rise of micro markets and convenience and grocery stores among other things.

Trends in Healthy Vending

The American diet has been through many transformations over the years, its most recent shift driven by growing health concerns.

Over the past few years the beverage industry has seen some shifts in consumer preference trends. Within the past year healthy beverages have taken the spotlight, many of which are focused not only on low calories but also health benefits such as low sugar and sodium.

As you can imagine, the increase in health conscious individuals has introduced greater demand for less sugary drinks and sodas. Consumers are now showing patterns that indicate a higher demand for water and other low calorie and nutritious options. While soft drinks still hold a large chunk of the refreshment category, data shows that their hold may be slipping as their volume and market share go down. Vending Times reports that the “volume slipped by 1.5% from 12.8 billion gallons in 2014 to 12.6 billion gallon sin 2015, which lowered CSD market share to less than 40%.”

One of the biggest threats to carbonated soft drinks is bottled water. According to Vending Times, bottled water is projected to take over as America’s largest beverage category by volume by 2017 if not by the end of this year. They also note that bottled water sales increased by 8.9% in 2015 and now total $14.2 billion (wholesale).

Other drinks that are making splash in the market are sports drinks, many companies are taking not and have begum developing new healthy beverages to satisfy the evolving demands of consumers. Pepsi has even announced its launch of products like organic Gatorade, according to Business Insider. Additionally, niche categories including selections like energy drinks and ready-to-drink coffee are outperforming most traditional mass-market categories such as carbonated soft drinks and fruit beverages. Other changes being made to beverages include downsizing cans and bottles to offer consumers a more moderate serving size. Lucky for you, eVending machines are equipped to handle many shapes and sizes of products keeping you equipped and ready to handle the ever evolving beverage industry.

How to Choose the Right Combo Vending Machine for Your Location

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Questions to consider when purchasing a new combo vending machine

When you find yourself looking for a combo vending machine that will suit the needs of your company or looking to start a vending business for yourself, there are a few questions you should ask yourself.
1.How much space will it occupy?
2.Is it easy to maintain?
3.Does it vend a variety of snacks and drinks with different size containers?
4.If I need help programming it, can I find help easily?
5.Can I get parts for it if I decide I want to vend something unusual?
6.Does it have a warranty if anything should break down?

It is no coincidence that eVending’s Futura Combo Vending Machine is the best-selling combo vending machine on the market. Its versatility and many features make it an all-around value and the best combo vending machine choice for almost any location.
•Stylish, appealing design to attract customers – With its LED lighting, the Futura Combo Vending Machine is visually attractive. Its tempered glass front product display windows allow consumers to fully recognize the items and find the product of their choice. Whether looking for a snack or a drink selection, customers can quickly and easily see product options in the Futura Combo Vending Machine.
•Small, compact footprint to fit in almost any location – The Futura Combo Snack and Drink Vending Machine has a small footprint with dimensions of 34 ½” wide, 31 ½” Deep and 74 ½” Tall. This combo vending machine will fit through most doors and uses a standard electrical outlet.
•Easy to operate and maintain – With pull out drink trays and snack coils, the Futura Combo Vending Machine is easy to load and switch out products according to what is selling the fastest. It’s important that we provide a vending machine to you that is User Friendly.
•Unmatched product versatility and maximum capacity for its size – The Futura Combo Vending Machine has a beverage vending capacity of 136 products including cans and bottles and a snack vending capacity of 217 snacks. With 20 snack selections and 9 beverage selections, you are able to vend popular choices of water, sports drinks, juices, milk, or snacks including chips, candy bars, granola bars, and other healthy choices all from one vending machine.

5-year limited parts warranty and lifetime phone technical support – Because the Futura Combo Vending Machine is made right here in the USA, we are able to provide you with technical support and a 5-year limited parts warranty right here from the factory. Rest assured you will get exactly what you are looking for.

Five Reasons Why the Futura Snack and Drink Combo Vending Machine is the Best Combo Vending Machine on the Market

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The Futura Combo Vending Machine is the perfect choice for vending the snack and drinks that your customers want in one machine. The following are five reasons why the Futura Combo Vending Machine is a proven winner providing the ultimate customer experience.

 

  1. High Capacity and Wide Range of Product Versatility – The Futura Combo Vending Machine has unmatched capacity in relation to its small footprint. Along with its large capacity, this combo vending machine offers a wide range of products. It provides a versatile selection of 20 different snack and food options including pastries, chips, candy, and healthy food products. It also vends nine drink or beverage selections including a combination of cans and bottles. Offer consumers juices, water, milk, soda, and sports drinks from one machine.
  2. Easy for Consumers to Use and Owners to Operate – The built in features in the Futura Combo Vending Machine makes it user friendly and easy to operate in any situation. For example, it accepts coins, tokens, $1-20 bills and has an internal, automatic vertical dollar bill stacker. Also, optional cashless credit card readers can be added to the machine directly at the factory before shipment. For owner/operators, its digital electronic pricing allows for accounting mode to monitor cash and vending sales data. As an owner/operator you are able to track data by row, tray or the entire machine.
  3. High Quality Combo Vending Machine Made in the U.S.A. – Unlike most combo vending machines on the market today, the Futura Combo Vending Machine is manufactured in Des Moines, Iowa USA starting with a raw roll of steel. Most combo vending machines on the market are actually manufactured in another country such as China or India with only minor final assembly taking place once it reaches the United States. Not eVending’s vending machines though – our Des Moines, Iowa facility has over 375,000 square feet of manufacturing space in which we have manufactured snack and drink vending machines since 1931.
  4. Industry Leading Technology – The Futura Snack and Drink Combo Vending Machine features an ecofriendly design with low power consumption. It is energy efficient with dual area L.E.D. crisp lighting and uses a single power cord with low power consumption of only 2.5 Amps. It is equipped with iVend’s guaranteed vend sensors. If product does not vend correctly, the customer is not charged.
  5. Best-in-Class Warranty and Free Lifetime Technical Phone Support – Backed by a 5-Year Limited Parts Warranty as well as Free Lifetime Toll-Free Support and Nationwide Local support, the Futura Snack and Drink Combo Vending Machine is a great choice for any location. It is ADA compliant and manufactured in the USA. Whether your location is large or small, the Futura Combo Vending Machine can handle it all with one great combo vendor.

Contact eVending today at 888-982-8128 to learn more about the Futura Combo Vending Machine. Or if you are ready to make your purchase, you can do so ONLINE!

5 Mistakes of a New Vending Machine Operator

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When you start a vending company, the first thing you want to do is outline the mistakes that you can avoid, to ensure your future success. We’ve outlined the top 5 vending machine business pitfalls new vending machine operators make when first starting out, in hopes you can avoid them:

Inaccurately Calculating Profits
Projecting higher profits than reality can really inhibit your ability to push your vending business further. A safer method is to underestimate your profits, so that you don’t exceed the anticipated spend for the year. The cost of your vending machine needs to be allocated for at least a year in order to be safe in the profit realm. In reality, most vending machines earn back their costs through sales in 12 to 14 months.

Placing Vending Machines in Low Traffic Areas
Priority needs to be placed in your location. It needs to be one of your top priorities when installing a new vending machine. High traffic areas are your best bet when it comes to location, that way the products inside of them can be seen and purchased by your consumer. Make sure the location is properly lit, safe, and easily accessible to everyone.

Ignoring the Buying Habits
Know your base. If you notice that a certain product isn’t selling, try changing the pricing, and vice versa for products that are selling well. Keep in mind your consumer, their buying power, and their purchasing habits – this will help keep your products moving faster and more frequently.

Choosing the Wrong Vending Machine
No matter what type of location, the vending machines supplied by eVending are perfect for expanding the reach of your brand and bringing in additional revenue. Whether you are buying your first vending machine or are looking to widen your vending presence, our affordable vending machines will have you turning a profit in no time. As easy to operate as they are to maintain, our combo vending machines are ideal for all types of establishments, both large and small. From waiting rooms to break areas, our products provide the best in refreshment when it is needed most.

Failing to Service your Vending Machine
A broken or dirty vending machine will not gain the trust of your consumer. Keep your machines functioning properly by regularly scheduling service to them, so your consumer can rely on the efficacy of your vending business. It’s better to keep your machine up to date and running, than constantly running behind schedule trying to fix problems after they happen.

For all of your more realistic vending machine needs, eVending is here for you. Contact us today with any questions you may have.

Location, Location, Location! Maximize Profit From Your Combo Vending Machine

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When you are considering a vending business the first step to success is finding the right location to place your vending machine.
Choose a location that provides:
1. A lot of foot traffic
2. High visibility
3. A chance to work with an existing business
4. Work with a new business
When the area is a public place, it is great for potential customers to have the ability to vend snacks and drinks from a combo vending machine that provides a wide variety of options. The more people using the location the more potential profits rise. Your customer satisfaction will bring them back simply because it is a place used by many and they will have the convenience of the snack or drink combo vending machine.
The machine needs to be located somewhere easy for customers to see. If they can see it from a distance, the suggestion alone may draw attention to the combo vending machine to buy from you instead of waiting until they go to the store or get home. With the glass front of the Futura Combo Vending Machine, it makes popular products like snack, candy, food, cans, and bottled products grab their attention.
It is always a great idea to place a machine in front of a business that has at least 50 or more employees. That guarantees a potential steady clientele. Business in the service industry are a great choice as they will draw customers that may be waiting for a car to be fixed, a haircut, or even getting your dog groomed. Look for businesses with services everyone needs and visit frequently.
The choices are limitless when you look for the right combination of factors. Record all of your research and you are sure to come up with the right solution for making your combo vending machine business a success. Don’t wait for opportunity. Create it.
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Regardless of Location, a Combo Vending Machine is Ideal

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Did you know that over 68% of consumers purchase soda from vending machines at least once a year? And over 62% of consumers purchase cheesy snacks or chips from a vending machine once a year? In fact, the vast majority of consumers have used a vending machine at least once to purchase a drink or snack in the past year. Like peanut butter and jelly or cookies and milk, snacks and beverages are a natural fit. Why not give customers the convenience of a combo vending machine that provides popular snack and drink choices in one machine?

eVending’s Futura Combo Vending Machine vends not only snacks, chips, candy, and gum, but also vends both canned and bottled for drink options. This glass front vendor allows customers to see the actual products they are choosing with its back-lit LED lighting and vast live product display window. Premium currency acceptors help take advantage of the credit / debit card reader options in addition to the standard electronic coin acceptor and $1 and $5 bill acceptor.

eVendings combo vending machines are designed to offer a wide variety of different treats with a relatively small footprint to conserve space and energy. Cutting edge technology and modern payment features will satisfy both you and your customers. eVending’s combo vending machines feature guaranteed vend technology that will ensure that sales do not go through until the item has been dispensed. This technology eliminates frustration from incomplete sales and jammed items.

Combination vending machines are the most versatile and profitable type of machines available. eVending’s Futura Combo machine is the best-selling combo machine on the market and is back by eVending’s 60 months Limited Parts Warranty. Plus, eVending offers complimentary, lifetime phone support through Vendnet for assistance on machine servicing and parts during normal business hour. We also offer a secure online credit application with affordable financing programs.

Affordable, high quality combo vending machines from eVending are a great choice for almost any location big or small. Call 1-888-982-8128 today. We are looking forward to helping you with all of your vending needs.

The 4Ps of Successful Vending

December 13th, 2017 | Posted by Jewels in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on The 4Ps of Successful Vending)

How to make the case for providing vending at the workplace and the importance of the 4Ps: Product, pricing, placement, and promotion
If your business is considering adding a vending service for employee, here are four key things to remember for vending success.
1. Product – What kind of vending do you intend to utilize? Do you need drinks, snacks or food? Maybe you are looking for a combination of options?
2. Pricing – Cheaper impulse items should be placed at eye level for a quick response from customers. Larger higher priced items such as food will be sought out by someone looking for meal options.
3. Placement – It is usually a good idea to vend healthier snack and drink options in health clubs, doctors’ offices or any location people will be concerned with eating right. If you need high energy options, they are perfect for locations such as skate parks or swimming pools.
4. Promotion – Promote seasonal items whenever possible giving your customers new unexpected flavors to help celebrate the holidays.
If you or your company are considering a vending machine service option for your location, it is important to come up with a solid plan for what kind of vending is needed.
• Are employees only going to use the machines?
• Will the public have access to your vending machines?
• Do you want to offer drinks, food, or snacks?
• Will frozen foods be an option?
• Are there going to be power outlets available?
• How much space will the machines take?
eVending has a vending machine option to fit any need whether big or small. We can help you with a solution to fit any size location. Our combo vending machines can be combined with individual snack or drink machines to add more flexibility to serve customers better. You are in complete control when it comes to deciding what you want to provide to make the best profit for your business. We not only provide superior vending equipment, we also help with online tech support and parts ordering to make your vending experience the best in the industry.
Call us today and let our team of experts help you get started with your vending business.

Cashless Vending Is a Must Have

December 13th, 2017 | Posted by Jewels in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Cashless Vending Is a Must Have)

In today’s vending market cashless is a must have.
Why a combo vending machine coupled with cashless payment options is a home run for almost any type of business.
Watch your sales increase with a combo vending machine equipped with a credit card payment system. Not only will your customers have the ability to vend different snack, food or drink options, they will have the convenience of paying without cash. Credit card readers allow freedom from worrying whether your dollar bill will be accepted in the system or be kicked out. There is no need to worry about having the correct change or the coins getting stuck or lost in the change machine.
Electronic payments are easy to track with our tracking software. You can log in and see how many transactions are going through your machine per day, week, or month. Web based account monitoring allows access anywhere you have access to the Internet. Even with your web enabled Smartphone! Cashless payment options allow you to have a more flexible schedule and set your own hours by letting the machine do all the work.
Having a combo vending machine is great for almost any location and can become even more profitable for your business no matter how big or small with the cashless option.
In general, customers feel more comfortable knowing they are using a secure payment system from a reputable company and are more willing to swipe their credit card for vending purchases.
Give eVending a call today and let us help you find the perfect cashless combo vending machine for your location. We will get you started with our state of the art card reader.

How Millennials are Influencing the Vending Industry

August 17th, 2016 | Posted by DT in Buy vending machines | Vending machine business - (Comments Off on How Millennials are Influencing the Vending Industry)

There are many stereotypes and assumptions surrounding Millennials (ages 18-34). For example, they have been described as lazy and narcissistic yet at the same time they are viewed as active and engaged. Regardless of the mixed opinions of Millennials, the influence they have on society cannot be ignored. With many of them entering adulthood it’s time to put more focus on marketing to this demographic.

With 75.4 million of them, making up a quarter of the U.S. population, it’s no wonder why Millennials have so much power over industry trends. Millennial’s buying power equals nearly $200 billion, making them one of the most profitable markets today. Savvy vending operators are taking note by keeping the preferences of Millennials in mind when making decisions regarding their businesses. Things to be considered are payment methods, what products are stocked in the machines, as well as eco-friendly features.

Millennials grew up in a technology rich environment, the revolution of smartphones brought an era of instant communication and connectivity. In recent years, smartphones have become a platform for payment options, which isn’t surprising considering that cash carry is virtually non-existent among Millennials. Today, mobile payment options such as Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and credit / debit cards are essential. As the vending industry becomes more mobile friendly, vending operators can expect satisfied customers and increased sales.

Keep in mind that cash and coin payment is still viable across the market as a whole, so don’t toss your traditional payment systems just yet. The smartest solution is to allow for a variety of payment types. Lucky for you, eVending machines come equipped with cash and coin acceptors as well as the ability to be fitted with a  debit / mobile payment reader.

In terms of what kind of products Millennials want in machines, recent trends indicate that there is a market for healthy vending. Unfortunately this sort of thing is hard to nail down as far as what locations will respond positively to healthy foods. This has created a challenge for vending operators. If you happen to find an area where healthy vending is in demand and profitable, eVending has a selection of machines that can meet your needs. All of our machines have configurable flex trays that can conform to a variety of shapes and sizes; we even have a refrigerated elevator machine that will gently deliver food items such as salads and sandwiches.

Another common trend among Millennials and consumers in general is their focus on green, sustainable business practices. In fact, 49.4% of all respondents in a recent study said that when they see a product whose manufacturers use eco-friendly manufacturing and distribution methods they are more likely to buy that product; this increases to 56% for millennials.

eVending strives to be eco-friendly by engaging in environmentally friendly and efficient practices, we are proud to be a small but vital part in addressing environmental sustainability and climate change. In support for action on climate change eVending’s parent company, The Wittern Group, joined 153 companies in signing the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. Additionally, all of our machines include energy saving, eco-friendly features such as eurothane high efficiency insulation and long life LED lighting and credit display.

The landscape for vending machine operators is changing, stay on top of the trends by offering your customers top of the line, versatile machines with eVending.

Coffee Consumption Trends

August 3rd, 2016 | Posted by DT in Buy vending machines | Vending machine business | Vending machines | Vending machines for sale - (Comments Off on Coffee Consumption Trends)

Full-size-CTop-Pod-Vending-MachineMillennials’ taste preferences are a driving force in recent coffee consumption trends. According to an article on Vending Market Watch, in the last eight years consumption of gourmet coffee beverages increased from 13% to 36% among consumers aged 18 to 24 while gourmet coffee consumption for older Millennials (aged 25 to 39) increased from 19% to 41%.

With increasing numbers of Millennials and younger generations entering the workforce, it’s time to start thinking about ways to offer a coffee service solution that fits the consumption trends. According to 2016 NCDT data, 70% of the cups of coffee consumed at work come from the office coffee area, with over half of the respondents unhappy with their current coffee situation it’s time for a change. One solution could be offering a single serve coffee maker, such as the Keurig® Brewing System. These machines offer a wider range of coffee options that will appeal to Millennials. Consumers can choose between their favorite brand of a traditional cup of coffee or a more gourmet option, like espresso-based coffee without having to leave the office.

With the growing popularity of single serve coffee machines and the demand for more coffee variety in offices, more companies will likely offer single serve brewing machines in their break areas. Subsequently, these businesses will need a way to control their coffee pod inventory.

eVending is on the forefront of innovation with their SB16 Single Brew Coffee Vendor which offers professional, secure dispensing of single serve coffee pods, including K-Cups®. With the SB16’s built-in security you will never have to worry about employees walking off with coffee pods again. The compact size of the machine is perfect for placement on any standard 36 inch countertop with 18 inch cabinet to counter spacing. Plus the sleek modern design with glass front display shows all items on hand and will draw customers in.  With 16 unique single serve coffee pod selections and a capacity of 256 total single serve coffee pods, the SB16 Single Brew Coffee Vendor offers employees with a great selection of popular, brand-name coffee pods.

Let the SB16 Single Brew integrate seamlessly into your vending business while increasing sales opportunities. This machine allows you to see which items are popular and which are not so that you can select the best coffee pods, including K-Cups®, for your location. With this feature you can drive your revenue up by stocking your machines with the preferences of customers at each location. The SB16 Coffee Vendor will fit perfectly in any office area and offers the perfect solution for businesses to dispense their coffee pod inventory.