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Beverage Consumption Trends

August 21st, 2018 | Posted by Jewels in Vending machine - (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.

Library Vending Solutions

December 2nd, 2013 | Posted by DT in Snack Machines | Vending machine | Vending machines for sale - (Comments Off on Library Vending Solutions)
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EnvisionWare Library Vending

eVending is always interested in new and unique ways of utilize vending technology, and a library system in Oklahoma has announced that they plan to launch a vending service that collects and vends library books outside of normal library hours.

This will be the nation’s first 24-hour automated library vending machine and is able to hold over 400 books, audiobooks and DVDs. In addition to dishing out good reads, these machines are also able to store up to 1,000 returned books and other items. In a time when libraries often lack to budget and funding for long operating hours and are frequently understaffed, vending machines like these could provide a viable solution.

These library vending machines from EnvisionWare can also be used outside of library facilities to give people more access to books and media at other popular locations throughout a community. The size of these machines does make it a major installation, but it is still smaller than opening up an entire new branch of a library.

Vending, whether its for food and drinks like snack machines or any other service, are all about offering convenience and these new library vending machines definitely deliver!

Healthy Vending Options in Hospitals

August 12th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Snack vending machines | Vending machine - (Comments Off on Healthy Vending Options in Hospitals)

British hospitals are receiving criticism for their vending machine selections. Snack vending machines in English hospitals offer a fairly standard line-up of snack choices. The criticism is due to the lack of healthy choices and a tendency to offer high-calorie snacks from vending machines in an establishment that is supposed to promote and exemplify health.

A survey performed by the World Cancer Research Fund found that 73% of English health trusts do not have a policy on the food sold in their vending machines. 67% of hospitals that responded stated that they offered at least one healthier option for each product type, but that falls behind Welsh and Scottish policies. In both other nations, their governments have had guidelines in place for hospital vending machines since 2008 that recommend they be stocked with at least 30% healthier choice products.

The main concern comes from high-calorie snacks’ relation with obesity, which is a factor in the hospitalization of many patients that the snacks will be sold to, as well as making sure health providers send a clear message on good nutrition. While common vending machine snacks will still be sold, offering healthier options will give patients, staff and visitors that are often in hospitals for long periods of time options that will be better for their diets.

eVending has found that policies and guidelines similar to those in currently in place in the United Kingdom are taking hold in many US hospitals, giving patients, staff and visitors healthier vending options.

buy vending machinesFor more than 80 years, vending machines have been our specialty. In that time, our industry of choice has seen its share of innovations. From early coin-operated gumball machines to the ubiquitous cigarette dispensers of the 1940s, to finally the combo drink snack machines of today, eVending has thrived through it all. One of our latest breakthroughs is the development of environmentally friendly snack machines.

Because the nature of our business demands constant energy, we wanted to make sure our products were efficient without compromising quality. Our engineers have implemented the latest in electrical, lighting, insulation, and refrigeration technology to ensure our vending machines not only meet market standards, but exceed them with state-of-the-art features. These include long-lasting LED lighting, airtight urethane insulation, and wireless access to cut costs on driving.

In addition to these innovations, our electrostatic paint undergoes an extensive pre-wash procedure that recycles water for several stages and recovers 99.9% of unused paint for subsequent parts. Our dedication to compact and functional design also allows for low power consumption, with an average rate of only 2.5 Amps. We not only design eco-friendly vending machines, but have created a building process that is eco-friendly in itself! How is that for refreshing?

Just because your snack machines are spread out and operating independently, does not mean you are stretched too thin when it comes to managing them. We have paired our Futura combo vending machine with the leading software in vending management: Vend-Trak.

With Vend-Trak, you can oversee your entire business from your home, office, and more. In fact, because Vend-Trak is web-based, you can access the software anywhere with an Internet connection; there is absolutely nothing to install. More than convenience, our software provides complete security. The Vend-Trak servers are backed up daily, meaning you never have to worry about losing data due to personal computer failure.

From wherever you are, Vend-Trak delivers your products, inventory, and expenses with just a few keystrokes. The software is at once user-friendly and extremely detailed. Vend-Trak will even suggest which one of your combo vending machines to service next.

We are all about saving you time, and with our bundled software, we make it easy. Vend-Trak comes with built-in Google Maps, so you always know where you are going and how much product to bring with printable inventory sheets. Without our software, vending business owners lose up to 30% of their income due to inefficiency. With eVending, you earn everything!

Go Cashless

September 20th, 2012 | Posted by DT in Vending machine - (Comments Off on Go Cashless)

buy vending machinesIn such a technologically advanced age, it is surprising anyone carries cash anymore. In a few more decades, physical currency may become obsolete. There are already talks of getting rid of coins. So what does this mean for vending machines? Well, many vending machines for sale are already making the switch to cashless, or rather, they accept both cash and debit/credit cards.

Utilizing one of our vending machines for sale that accepts credit and debit cards will open up your customer base. If most of the people you know rarely carry cash, do you expect them to ever have enough to buy something  from a vending machine? Obviously not. With a variety of payment options, you will never miss a potential sale. In a world that is already seeing other financial solutions, you, too, should stay ahead of the curve. Card-accepting machines also allow you to place vending machines in areas that might not have generated many sales before because of cash-only options.

eVending is proud to offer a wide selection of machines to meet customers’ needs, as well as offer flexible financing options. In the blink of an eye, you will have a vending machine fully stocked and ready to offer food and beverages to your customers!