How to make the case for providing workplace vending machines and the importance of the 4Ps: Product, pricing, placement, and promotion
If your business is considering adding company vending machines, 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.
How to make the case for providing workplace vending machines and the importance of the 4Ps: Product, pricing, placement, and promotion
Coffee Consumption Trends
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%.
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.
We are offering a free upgrade to Premium Delivery for a limited time. eVending’s Premium Delivery Service is a $150.00 retail value and includes inside placement and uncrating of the vending machine as well as the disposal of all material used to package and ship the vending machine. Stairs / steps and narrow doorways are not included as a part of the Premium Delivery Service, but can be quoted on an individual basis. Through our Premium Delivery Service, once the vending machine is shipped from eVending’s manufacturing facility in Clive, Iowa, the time it takes for the machine to arrive is approximately two (2) week depending on the customer location.
Taxes for sales only to billing and shipping addresses in the state of Iowa will apply. This offer is valid for eVending vending machine purchases only. Not valid on the Table Top Snack Vending Machine, the Greenlite wireless credit card reader, prior vending machine purchases through eVending, or orders for vending machines placed with eVending prior to the beginning of the Free Premium Delivery Service Upgrade promotion period. Offer cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with other eVending offers or credits. Not valid for resale.
From in house financing to access to a nationwide service network, eVending offers everything you need to start, grow, or manage your vending business. We have been producing quality vending machines at our location in Des Moines, Iowa for 85 years. With such a long time in the industry, we’ve been able to build up a loyal customer base and are happy to provide the best products on the market.
Contact eVending today at 866-604-0432 to learn more about eVending’s Free Premium Delivery and full line of vending machines.
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.
Research reveals that 49% of consumers, and 56% of Millennials, are already using / interested in using mobile payment technology and 18% of consumers say that they would use mobile payments if more locations accepted it.
Many consumers today, Millennials in particular, rarely carry cash and prefer cashless options such as credit / debit cards or other options such as Apple Pay which will likely be a revenue driver for vending machines. In fact, a recent study that began in March of 2016 found that vending machines advertising Apple Pay increased overall revenue by 22% while contactless purchases from those same vending machines rose 89%.
With all of that said, the market for cash and coin vending is still viable so don’t scrap your traditional payment acceptors just yet. The best way to increase your profit would be to provide customers with the best of both worlds by installing both cashless payment options and coin and cash acceptors on your machines.
All of eVending’s machines are equipped with the latest electronic coin changer and bill acceptor and have a standard peripheral opening for additional payment options such as Greenlite, a cashless system that accepts debit / credit cards and mobile payments including Apple Pay. With Greenlite, you are able to remotely monitor your vending machine’s transactions from your web-based account.
There are a ton of interesting and even weird vending machines out there in the world. But what if you could decide what kind of vending machine your office had? We’d love to start a “re-post challenge” for all the vending enthusiasts out there. Here is the question:
What are 3 Vending Machines you wish your office had?
So here are the 3 Machines we wish we had in our offices
1. Fresh Pastries – because who wouldn’t love the smell of freshly baked pastries in the morning?! Or who can turn down some out-of-the-oven hot croissants at any time of the day for that matter?
2. Hot Soup – some days, all we want is some hot soup to get us through the afternoon. Especially in the Midwest, we’d definitely appreciate this machine during our long cold months
3. Emergency Last-Minute Presents – just throwing this one out there, but I’m sure every once in a while we’ve forgotten about someone’s birthday, anniversary, or some celebration one way or another. Wouldn’t it be neat if we could just grab something from this machine on our way out of the office, without having to stop somewhere else and wait in the long checkout lines after work?
So what are your 3 picks? Share it in your own post and tag us in it to let us know!
When it comes time to buy vending machines, you have a lot of options available. Is it best to go with full-sized machines or mini vending machines? Will a dedicated drink or snack machine be a good pick, or should you look at combo drink snack machines? Which will work best depends on the areas where your machines will be hosted. It’s often best to pick the spot, then choose a suitable machine.
- If you will be placing machines in a gym or an outdoor athletic center, cold drink machines are a good choice. Pick ones that allow you to offer sodas, sports drinks and bottled water.
- In an office setting where space is at a premium, consider a vending machine combo unit. This will allow you to offer both drinks and snacks while preserving a small footprint.
- Combo machines are also a good fit for areas that are lower in traffic. The smaller size means lower power use and lower inventory, so, the snacks you stock stay fresh.
Are you ready to start or expand your vending business? We have vending machines for sale to suit every need. Contact us today.
According to the Center for Disease Control, 69.2 percent of adults 20 years of age or older are overweight. Therefore, it is obvious America has a big problem with health and weight. Although eating habits regarding breakfast, lunch and dinner are the most important, what individuals snack on is also very key when trying to reduce weight. Therefore, learning how to choose good food out of a vending machine is a wise idea in order to maintain a healthy weight. Below is a list courtesy of Emily Saunders, a fitness trainer, of bad and good food choices found in typical vending machines:
All snack cakes, cookies and chips are unhealthy snacks that should be avoided completely. This is due to the fact that this food will cause a spike in blood sugar. In addition, they contain empty calories, which leaves individuals feeling hungry again soon after consuming them. It is also important to not be fooled by foods that “look” healthy such as Fig Newtons or oatmeal cookies, because they are in reality just sugar filled cookies with no nutritional value.
Look for sunflower seeds, beef jerky or bags of peanuts when trying to find healthy vending machine snacks. These food contain protein and will help individuals feel full longer. If individuals have to have something sweet, select a bag of peanut M&M’s, which contains both the sweet aspect and the protein element.
If you think you may buy vending machines and are interested in a vending machine combo, the above information is likely helpful.
More people, including those who run vending businesses, are becoming more environmentally conscious. eVending is happy to count itself among the vending machine companies that make it easy for customers to pick eco-friendly options.
The benefits of these machines don’t just stop at being friendly to the planet. They are good for your wallet, as well. Machines with long life LED lighting and LED credit displays mean that lights need to be replaced less often, lowering their impact, and saving energy during operation. CFC-Free R134a modular refrigeration systems use less energy and won’t damage the ozone layer. Eurothane high efficency insulation means that machines use less energy keeping drinks cold. Remote vending monitoring allows you to save gas by checking machine inventory and revenue without having to physically travel to your machines. Fewer in-person checks means less gas used and less wear and tear on your car. All of this saves you money and helps your business’s bottom line.
Are you ready to upgrade your existing machines or expand your route? Give us a call, we would be happy to speak with you and answer any questions that you may have. We have a number of vending machines for sale, including energy-saving mini vending machines and combo drink snack machines.
At the current time, vending machine companies say that 93% of all vending machines lack cashless options. But, that may change soon. A few of the reasons to go cashless in your future snack machines:
- More customers. Many people never carry cash. Allowing them to swipe a card instead means that they can always use your machines. Research indicates that sales increase by 30% when you add credit card readers to your machines.
- It’s a cleaner option. 94% of all dollar bills in the US carry some sort of pathogens.
- Less vulnerability to theft. Experts say that Americans lose billions of dollars in thefts of cash every year. Cashless vending is a safe and secure alternative.
- Convenience. When you buy vending machines that offer credit card readers and remote vending management, you can check your profits and inventory without having to physically visit your machine. Log on from home or on the go on your smart phone.
Are you in the market for new, upgraded options for your vending machines? Contact us to learn more about vending machine combo options, cashless vending and convenient remote monitoring systems.
Between automatic deposits of paychecks and widespread use of debit and credit cards, we are gradually becoming a cashless society. But, that doesn’t mean the end for vending machine companies. You can keep your revenue high by adding credit card readers to your snack machines.
When you buy vending machines with credit card readers, you add versatility to your vending business. Hungry or thirsty customers often do not have change or bills, but, almost everyone who is carrying a wallet has a credit or debit card. Having the means to accept these payments means that you can capture business that would otherwise be lost.
eVending has state of the art vending machines for sale in both compact and full-size models. In addition to integrated credit card readers, our machines offer modern features like low-power LED illumination, remote cellular sales tracking and sleek, modern design. Whether you are just getting started or expanding your line, eVending offers the best, most up-to-date options for your vending business.