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Happy Halloween Week!

October 28th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Snack Machines | Vending machines - (Comments Off on Happy Halloween Week!)

Happy early Halloween from eVending! There are hundreds of iconic horror movie props that have made their way into our memories, from hockey masks to axes and even a VHS tape. This Halloween season, the marketing team at Rice Krispies has certainly moved snack machines, and vending machines at large, into the that-was-really-scary part of many hungry mall-goers’ minds.

A recent Halloween prank from Rice Krispies involved passersby that were looking for a quick and tasty snack from a spooky-looking vending machine that dispensed Rice Krispies “Scares.” What they received in return was a momentarily terrifying experience where horrifying hands suddenly appeared where they were expecting a sweet snack. Check out the video below to see this machine in action!

Successful Vending Takes More than Just Numbers

October 21st, 2013 | Posted by DT in Vending machine business | Vending machines for sale - (Comments Off on Successful Vending Takes More than Just Numbers)

Combo Drink Snack MachinesVending machines for sale currently often feature great software that allows operators to monitor a multitude of operations their machines perform. From knowing how much revenue was made by the hour, how much of each product sold, any service issues that may have occurred and more, vending machines are becoming smarter and able to track more and more useful information. This data is extremely useful for vending operators, like any business person, and often helps to solve a lot of problems and make decisions. An article at Vending Times by Hank Schlesinger discusses the value of feedback from sources other than vending machines.

The people that interact with vending machines and the facilities that they are located in often have anecdotal information that can be crucial to a successful vending service. As vending operators that have machines located anywhere people interact with them, you have to have a feel for how each of your locations operate, how the managers and owners you interact with feel or think about different things and how your customers go about their day-to-day business among other things.

While eVending loves the advances in technology that give vending operators a wealth of information to work with, keeping in touch with the people that interact with your machine is extremely important for a successful vending operation.

Cashless Trends

October 14th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Snack vending machines | Vending machines for sale - (Comments Off on Cashless Trends)

Snack MachinesCashless payments are more popular than ever. Retailers, restaurants, online stores and even utility companies are switching (or more than likely have switched) to some form of digital payment. For retailers, the use of NFC technology has become increasingly popular. This technology allows customers to use credit and debit cards with small chips or cell phones with NFC technology to interact with NFC readers and make cashless payments without having to swipe a card or scan anything.

For credit and debit card users, payment options are becoming even easier as well. Especially for small businesses or vending machine operators, there are more and more options available that are easy to use. For retailers, products such as Apple’s Square card reader give small businesses the ability to process credit and debit card transactions with only a Square device and their Apple iPad or iPhone. New vending machines for sale like the Futura models from eVending have card readers that give patrons the option to pay for snacks and drinks with credit and debit cards. For vending operators, this feature also creates opportunities to track transactions and monitor machine performance.

Tech Spotlight: Guaranteed Vend Sensor

October 7th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Buy vending machines | Vending machines - (Comments Off on Tech Spotlight: Guaranteed Vend Sensor)

eVendingFor this tech spotlight we will be covering one of the unique features of the Futura vending machines from eVending: the Guaranteed Vend Sensor.

Futura combo drink snack machines are equipped with this technology that ensures all drinks and snacks are dispensed. This technology helps to alleviate the problem of snacks getting caught in the distribution mechanisms by ensuring that they reach the dispensing tray. Features such as this create more positive experiences for vending machine patrons and keep vending machine operators coming back to eVending for more machines. Not properly vending a snack or “eating someone’s money” is one of the biggest reasons customers will not return to a particular vending machine and technology that helps avoid those negative notions will go a long way in increasing the profitability of your machines.

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