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Which Products Should I Buy for My Vending Machine?

April 8th, 2019 | Posted by Matthew Shattuck in Combo vending machines | Small vending machines | Snack Machines | Snack vending machines | Vending machine | Vending machines - (Comments Off on Which Products Should I Buy for My Vending Machine?)

Vending is all about convenience. Vending makes it easy for your customers to get what they want. Your customers will be attracted to your machine because what they want has found them! The vital role for you as a vendor is to figure out what it is the public wants in your machine. Like any business you will need to determine what products are in the highest demand from your target market. The following information in this article is from an Independent Vendors Association published booklet titled Vending the Right Way.

An important first step in determining which items to sell in your vending machine is to consider your location’s demographic. What time of the day they will be around your machine? What is the age, gender, ethnicity and culture of the people that will be near your machine the most? Will they be there early in the morning? Will people be needing lunch or dinner there? There are no hardline rules for which gender or age will buy a specific item, but there are some general principles that can be helpful when stocking your vending machine. More women prefer diet drinks, candy, pastries, as well as low calorie/health conscious snacks. Men can gravitate toward salty snacks, snack cakes, chips, crackers and spicy flavors. In general, more younger people tend to prefer more non-chocolate candy items, “extreme” flavors like jalapeño, energy drinks and Mountain Dew.

Leaving a refreshment survey at your locations once in a while is a helpful way to engage your market to better understand what the product demand is. Preparation and research is helpful, but trial and error is also often times necessary when purchasing items to sell in your vending machine. Carefully keep track of what is selling and not selling from your machines so you can adjust accordingly. eVending is always here to help you with all your vending endeavors. If you have any questions or need assistance please do not hesitate to call us at 1-888-568-4896.

Why Consider a Combo Vending Machine?

February 5th, 2019 | Posted by Matthew Shattuck in Combo vending machines | Vending machine | Vending machine sales | Vending machines - (Comments Off on Why Consider a Combo Vending Machine?)

Why settle for one when you can have two? eVending’s combo vending machines are specially designed to to sell not just one type of product but can sell ambient snacks and drinks, or drinks and frozen food or cold food and ice cream.  Adjustable temperature zones makes it easy for you to sell whatever product you want in our machines. Combo vending machines help operators provide what their customers want in a cost effective way, thus increasing their profit and ROI.

A combo vending machine provides great profit potential. For every 10 drinks you sell as a vendor you can expect to sell an additional 6 snacks. In the vending industry 63% of products sold are beverages and 37% of products sold are snacks and food. A combo vending machine allows you to provide desired products to a larger percentage of customers.As a vending machine operator you want be efficient and make the most of your resources. eVending’s most popular combo vending machine is the Futura Combo Vending Machine. The Futura caters to a snack craving customer as much as someone looking to enjoy a refreshing cold beverage. The Futura is lean and compact, not taking up a large amount of space but still big enough to carry a wide selection.

eVending’s combo vending machines are manufactured in the USA with two temperature zones. Drinks will remain ice cold for maximum refreshment, snacks will remain at normal temperature for best taste and frozen items will not melt. Combo vending machines are a great investment and help operators efficiently and effectively serve a large percentage of customers.

eVending’s Futura Combo Vending Machine

We Make it Easy to Start Vending

January 2nd, 2019 | Posted by Matthew Shattuck in Buy vending machines | Vending machine | Vending machine sales | Vending machines for sale - (Comments Off on We Make it Easy to Start Vending)

At eVending.com it is our aim to make it simple, stress free and cost effective for people get started in the vending business. We strongly believe in the vending industry and are working hard to make it accessible for as many people as possible. Whether it is those who want to jump in for the first time or for those who want to grow their already successful business helping vendors is our main focus. One of the ways we work to do this is by offering refurbished machines. These are factory inspected and remanufactured machines that are literally just as good as new, except they don’t carry the same price as unused ones.

Futura Vending Machine

If you want a machine for a new location, you don’t have to buy one brand new at full price. Our factory certified used machines could help jumpstart your vending career or be the key to adding to your projected profit for 2019.  You are probably thinking, ‘How reliable are these refurbished machines?’ Good question! Here’s ourguarantee: Refurbished snack machines have been thoroughly inspected by our highly trained team of service technicians in Des Moines, Iowa. eVending’s used vending machines are fully remanufactured by our service technicians meaning that replacement parts and upgrades have been installed as necessary and all of the vending machine’s electronics are double and triple checked to ensure reliability. All of eVending’s Factory Certified Remanufactured vending machines come with a one year factory parts warranty and lifetime toll-free vending machine technical support.

We stand by our customers and our products over the long haul. eVending has been reliable since 1931 and we don’t intend on stopping now. Delivering a wonderful customer experience  is always our top priority because we believe it has been a huge reason why we have been so successful for over 80 years. Call us today (1-888-568- 4896) to learn more about our currently available inventory of Factory Certified Remanufactured combo vending machines.

Connecting with the Next Generation

November 2nd, 2018 | Posted by Matthew Shattuck in Vending machine | Vending machine business | Vending machine sales - (Comments Off on Connecting with the Next Generation)

Gen Z?

Millennials are no longer the most recent next up and coming generation that the retail and food service industry needs to adjust too. ‘Generation Z’ was born after 1994 and according to Engagement Labs, Gen Z “is expected to account for 40% of all consumers by 2020.” An NPD report says the Gen Z is a “snack oriented” generation that enjoy ready to eat food.  It’s obviously imperative to know Gen Z’s consumer habits and values when planning for a successful future in vending.

“Connect, communicate, customize and cashless” are the new 4 C’s the vending industry must note when reaching Generation Z according to Vending Times’ Paul Schlossberg. Compared to other generations Generation Z pays extra attention to food.  Schlossberg writes, “We should be paying attention to the upward trend line of Gen Z conversations about convenience stores and chain drug stores.” Gen Z is using social media to share opinions of about food early and often. Using social media to share your brand and products is vital to connecting with Gen Z consumers.  It doesn’t take a large empire to find success using social media, giving smaller business the opportunity to connect with Gen Z. Spreading the word about your business and removing any hurdles from Gen Z connecting with your brand is a great step in reaching the next generation that wants to connect and communicate with you..

Cashless payment is no doubt important to a generation where their phone is basically another part of the body and is the epicenter of their waking hours.  Receiving cashless payments to your vending machine is a must for reaching Gen Z. There are some great options available for vendors looking to use cashless payments. PayRange, for example is the world’s leading payment network for coin-operated machines. Customers download the PayRange App and use their phone to pay instead of having to carry the correct amount of coins in their pocket. PayRange is efficient and secure for the customer and adding money to the Pay Range wallet is very simple. See if PayRange is what you need for your machines. 

Are you making the right moves to welcome the next generation of consumers to your machines?  Don’t be shy to share on social media what your brand is doing to help others and how your product is making a difference. Are you equipped with PayRange so your customers and tap their phones and buy your products? Some important things to think about as 2018 comes to a close.

Trends in Healthy Vending

August 21st, 2018 | Posted by Jewels in Vending machine | Vending machine business | Vending machine sales - (Comments Off on 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. Although there are healthy vending machine snacks available, within the past year healthy beverages have taken the spotlight. Many of these beverages 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.

Beverage Consumption Trends

August 21st, 2018 | Posted by Jewels in Buy vending machines | Vending machine | Vending machine business - (Comments Off on Beverage Consumption Trends)

Beverage industry consumer preference trends

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.

The National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) Awards Art Wittern Allied Member of the Year

June 2nd, 2016 | Posted by DT in Vending machine | Vending machine business - (Comments Off on The National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) Awards Art Wittern Allied Member of the Year)
DES MOINES, IOWA – Art Wittern, Chairman of the Board for eVending’s parent company The Wittern Group, has been named NAMA’s Allied Vending Member of the Year.  The Allied Member of the Year award, presented lifve at the OneShow on April 13th, is one of three NAMA Industry Awards that recognize the most widely respected leaders in the industry, as nominated by their peers.  The OneShow is the nation’s largest vending and refreshment services trade event, which will be held April 13–15, 2016 at the Lakeside Center McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.
An industry veteran as a C-level executive for over 55 years, Mr. Wittern held the position of President and CEO of The Wittern Group until 1990, when he was named Chairman and the company transitioned to its third generation of family ownership.  For over 20 years, Mr. Wittern was the driving force behind The Wittern Group’s strategy as it diversified and transformed its product and service offerings to adapt to advancements in technology, shifting markets, and changing customer needs.
At The Wittern Group, Mr. Wittern fostered a culture that empowered those around him to think beyond the status quo and dream the impossible.  This modus operandi and Mr. Wittern’s hands-on approach to product research and design was instrumental in creating the multi-zone frozen vending machine which was revolutionary for the vending industry.  Presently, Mr. Wittern’s efforts are focused on strengthening the company’s position among professional vending operators and the distributors who supply them.
“The Industry Awards are a beloved element of the OneShow, recognizing leaders who have served our association and the industry as innovators and advocates,” said Dan Mathews, NAMA Executive Vice President and COO.  “Art has performed above and beyond, helping The Wittern Group achieve success while devoting his time and talent to NAMA, overall industry efforts, his colleagues, and the community.  He is a true inspiration and I congratulate him on this well-deserved honor,” commented Mr. Mathews.
“I am greatly honored for the recognition from NAMA in the form of this prestigious award. I would like to express my gratitude to my colleagues who work every day to make The Wittern Group successful and most importantly, to our customers and distributors,” commented Mr. Wittern.  “As we introduce our next generation vending machine, the Evoke series, at NAMA 2016, we look forward to continued innovation and growth within the marketplace.”
Mr. Wittern cares deeply for the vending industry as well the community, which is evident by his founding of The Wittern Family Foundation that supports various non-profit organizations including NAMA, the Mayo Clinic, and United Way among many other organizations.  Mr. Wittern also founded The Wittern Family Scholarship Foundation which provides post-secondary financial assistance to children of The Wittern Group employees.

Healthy Vending Revolution

March 10th, 2014 | Posted by DT in Vending machine - (Comments Off on Healthy Vending Revolution)

Virtually everyone can agree that kids today are not as healthy as they could be or as they were in years past. Mrs. Obama has taken it upon herself to right this wrong and help today’s kids make better choices when it comes to health and food. One sweeping change she hopes to make is the reduction of unhealthy food options for kids in schools and the promotion of healthier options. Vending machine companies are taking note and have begun offering healthy alternatives to junk food in their combo drink snack machines:

Replacing sodas with water:
One change seen around the country in regards to vending machine products available on school property is the reduction in soda machines and the increase in those that dispense bottled water or low-sugar drinks.

Switching out junk for substance:
Another change the First Lady is hoping to make is replacing typical vending machine fare, which is often times junk food such as chips, with healthier food alternatives. For example, nuts or dried fruit can take the place of chips and dark chocolate, which is the healthier option when it comes to chocolate, can replace milk chocolate.

Vending machines cater to kids in schools, and in most cases, these kids will buy junk food if given the option. However, if only healthy options are offered on school property, or some healthy options are given in addition to unhealthy food choices, many kids will begin to eat healthier.

Eco-Friendly Vending Cuts Costs

February 10th, 2014 | Posted by DT 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 DT 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.