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Vending Machines and Their Development Alongside Technology

April 28th, 2014 | Posted by Ajax Union in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on Vending Machines and Their Development Alongside Technology)

Modern vending machines were first introduced to the world in London in the early 1880s as a means of dispensing post cards. Throughout the years, vending machines have evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of patrons. Read below for some of the changes that vending machines have undergone over the years:

Product: One major change in vending machines are the products that they dispense. Drinks, snacks and candy have been the standard fare in America for years. However, in the past, cigarettes, stamps and postcards, as mentioned above, were dispensed using vending machines. Today, vending machines offer healthy food options for individuals wishing to make better food choices. This could include mini vending machines that offers fruit or combo drink snack machines that offer healthy snacks and waters. In addition to the changes in the type of food being dispensed, there are now vending machines that provide access to office supplies, medical supplies and many other items that were never dispensed using a vending machine in the past.

cashless drink vending machinePayment type: In addition to product options, vending machines have also changed the way in which patrons can pay for products. In today’s cash-less society, many individuals do not carry dollar bills or change. To meet this need, vending companies have installed cashless payment applications that allow patrons to pay using their credit or debit card. The information above reveals how the vending machine industry has changed to keep up with products patrons want and to allow them to pay in ever-changing methods.

NFC – The Future of Vending Machines

April 7th, 2014 | Posted by Ajax Union in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on NFC – The Future of Vending Machines)

Cashless Vending Machine SoftwareImagine walking up to a bank of combo drink snack machines, keying in your selection and then, instead of hunting for change, simply tapping your smartphone against the machine. Sound far-fetched? It’s actually one major possibility of vending’s future.

NFC-enabled phones — that is, phones capable of near field communication — are increasingly used for swapping contacts, exchanging data, and, now in Japan, paying for items vended by new, NFC-compatible machines. The first NFC vending machines have been installed in Tokyo, and allow Android users to approach a kiosk to shop for exclusive free and paid apps.

The advance makes a lot of sense. With the rise of digital payment systems like credit cards, debit and direct deposit, fewer and fewer people carry cash. Vending machine companies are already adapting to this trend by offering machines with credit card readers. Since most people always carry their phones, why not take advantage of this new convenience?

Savvy vending machine owners are always looking for new ways to expand their income and simplify their business lives. The next time you are ready to buy vending machines, come to us for cutting-edge equipment.

Avoid the Dangling Snack

March 24th, 2014 | Posted by Ajax Union in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on Avoid the Dangling Snack)

Combo Vending MachineIt’s the fodder of office comedy TV shows and movies: the snack machine that fails to give up the product after someone surrenders their coins. There was even a recent news story concerning a man in Des Moines, Iowa who was fired from his job when he used a forklift to lift and drop a vending machine that failed to dispense his candy bar.

Happily, with good planning and careful management, you can keep your snack machines from leaving snacks dangling and customers frustrated and hungry:

  • Keep machines clean. Sticky insides can keep machines from dispensing properly.
  • Periodically test your machines. Each time you visit your machines to collect money and add inventory, do a test vend to make sure everything is in working order.
  • Buy vending machines that offer our Guaranteed Vend Sensor technology. Sensors inside the machine detect whether a snack has dropped and automatically give credit to choose another snack if one vending machine item fails to be delivered.

Are you considering adding
new machines to your route or updating your equipment? Talk to use about vending machine combo options and mini vending machines.

Drink, Snack, or Combo Drink Snack Machine

February 24th, 2014 | Posted by Ajax Union in Buy vending machines | Combo vending machines | Small vending machines | Snack machine | Snack Machines - (Comments Off on Drink, Snack, or Combo Drink Snack Machine)

Combo Vending MachineWhen 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.

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Vending Options

February 17th, 2014 | Posted by Ajax Union in Buy vending machines | Combo vending machines | Small vending machines | Snack machine | Snack vending machines - (Comments Off on Healthy vs. Unhealthy Vending Options)

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:

Bad foods:Combo Vending Machine
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.

Good foods:
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.

Eco-Friendly Vending Cuts Costs

February 10th, 2014 | Posted by Ajax Union in Buy vending machines | Combo vending machines | Small vending machines | Vending machine | Vending machines for sale - (Comments Off on Eco-Friendly Vending Cuts Costs)

custom vending machineMore 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.

Trending Toward Cashless Vending

February 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Ajax Union in Buy vending machines | Combo vending machines | Small vending machines | Vending machine | Vending machine business - (Comments Off on Trending Toward Cashless Vending)

vending machine companiesAt 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.

Cut Costs with a Vending Machine Combo

January 21st, 2014 | Posted by Ajax Union in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on Cut Costs with a Vending Machine Combo)

combo vending machinesNew and existing vending business owners benefit from cost-cutting combo drink snack machines. With a single machine, vending business owners no longer have to undergo the expense of stocking and maintaining both a snack and drink machine. Instead, they capitalize on meeting more than one consumer need without increasing operating expenses.

The vending machine combo also lowers the expenses associated with collecting data for market research and monthly usage reports. New technology in the Futura model allows owners to remotely track the products that bring in the most and the least revenue. With this data, vending machine owners can make changes to inventory and achieve maximum financial gains. Also, this technology allows them to see which products need to be restocked. This feature reduces the expense of hiring someone to inventory the machines manually and it ensures the machines are always filled and ready to make money.

Veteran vending machine owners appreciate these dual options when they buy vending machines to upgrade equipment, expand their business or grow into new locations. Likewise, combo machines offer new vending business owners an affordable and convenient way to step into a new venture with minimal costs and maximum chances of success.

Location, Location, Location to Boost Vending Profits

December 30th, 2013 | Posted by Ajax Union in Combo vending machines | Vending machines - (Comments Off on Location, Location, Location to Boost Vending Profits)

snack machinesA popular business mantra, location, location, location, also assists vending machine owners in making a profit. Finding the right spots takes a bit of research, but the investment yields big rewards as vending machine owners take advantage of great locations.

  • Look for Foot Traffic: A vending machine combo located near a bustling train station or in a major hospital receives more business than one that sits in a secluded spot away from foot traffic. Savvy business owners research locations and collect data before strategically placing their combo and snack machines along busy routes.
  • Stock Waiting Areas: Bored people eat, which makes waiting rooms an ideal location for compact mini vending machines. These small machines take up little room, yet they potentially bring in steady income for vending business owners. Suggested waiting areas include medical offices, municipal buildings, shopping centers, colleges, churches and post offices.
  • Offer a Unique Selection: An area with plenty of foot traffic or near a waiting area may already have a vending machine, but those locations could be prime real estate if they offer minimal or unattractive choices. Placing combo drink snack machines in these areas provides customers with a unique selection and increases the chances of financial success.

In the vending machine business, location must be a priority. In the right spot, quality, reliable and affordable vending machines from eVending have a great chance of being profitable.

Most Useful Vending Machine Technology

December 24th, 2013 | Posted by Ajax Union in Combo vending machines | Snack vending machines | Vending machine business - (Comments Off on Most Useful Vending Machine Technology)

Futura Vending MachineKeeping up with technological advancements is important in every business, and the vending machine business is no different. As an owner of such a business, you likely want to know what new useful advancements have been made in the vending industry. Read below to learn about the best new technology available today for vending machines:

Credit card reader:
In today’s society, many people do not carry cash. Therefore, it is important for vending machines to be equipped to use debit and credit cards. Thankfully, this technology is now available in the form of credit card readers. In addition to giving your machine credit card reading capabilities, this innovative technology also gives you the ability to monitor your vending machine transactions from a remote location thus allowing you to keep up with your profit.

Changing the machines themselves:
There have been many changes in the vending machine industry in regards to the appearance and functionality of the machines themselves. This new technology has allowed a huge increase in the amount of items that can be sold in a vending machine. In the past, chips and sodas were the primary fare of vending machines. Today, coffee, water, healthy snacks, salads, sandwiches, pie and even pizza are being sold out of vending machines. However, small snacks such as chips and peanuts and sodas are still the primary and most popular contents.

Vending machine technology has continued to evolve over the years. As a vending machine manufacturer, eVending knows you likely want to keep on top of useful vending machine technology. The technologies listed above are just a couple of the many advancements that have improved the vending machine industry.