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Vending Machines and Their Development Alongside Technology

April 28th, 2014 | Posted by DT 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 DT 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.

snack machinesIt’s reasonable for a vending machine business to dread the idea of an all-plastic future and the death of cash as we know it. However, non-electronic payments are still common. The trick is accepting larger bills to make more money.

Consumers of all ages use cash for purchases of $10 or less 65% of the time. That’s good news for a soda vending machine business, but what about the 24-and-under age group, the demographic most likely to abandon cash? Fortunately for your vending machine business, the numbers don’t lie: cash accounts for 47% of all monthly purchases people 24 years and under make each month.

Cash is most often used to make smaller purchases, but many times people use $20 bills, even for totals under $5. After all, that’s what the ATM on the corner spits out when anyone makes a withdrawal. That’s why combo vending machines should not just accept $1, $5, and $10 bills. Bill recycling opens up the consumer’s wallet and allows your vending machine business to accept the $20 bills they’re carrying.

Make this change and you’re sure to make more money from each soda vending machine you manage.

Location, Location, Location to Boost Vending Profits

December 30th, 2013 | Posted by DT 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 DT 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.

What to Consider When Buying Your First Vending Machine

December 16th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Buy vending machines | Combo vending machines | Vending machine business - (Comments Off on What to Consider When Buying Your First Vending Machine)

Combo Drink Snack MachinesIf you have decided to enter into the vending machine business, you need to learn more about the business from an insider’s perspective. Therefore, the information listed below is invaluable as it will reveal all you need to know as you consider buying your first vending machine:

Select some locations for your machines:
It is important to have a good idea of locations in mind when considering a vending machine business. For example, check local offices or schools to determine if they have need of a vending machine. You also want to determine what type of clientele frequents the area and match your product with that location’s needs.

Pitch the idea:
Once you have some locations in mind and know what types of machines you will use,  speak to the business owners about placing your vending machines in your chosen locations. This step requires an investment in some marketing material such as business cards and brochures, which will show potential clients what types of machines you are going to use and other important factors about your business.

Get a permit and be ready to pay taxes:
In many cities, vending machines owners have to get a permit for operating a machine from their county clerk. In addition, you will have to pay taxes on your sales, which is important to keep in mind.

Get your machine and contents:
Find a reputable vending machine company, and purchase a vending machine. Then, find a good wholesale company where you can purchase the product you plan to stock in your machine. Finally, purchase any supplies and equipment you will need to keep your machine well stocked and clean.

These steps listed above will help you as you begin your vending machine business. eVending is here to help!

Biometric Technology in Your Life

September 24th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Combo vending machines | Vending machines - (Comments Off on Biometric Technology in Your Life)

Not that long ago, biometric technology was only seen in sci-fi or spy movies. Technology that allows us to scan a fingerprint or eyes, detect specific faces through cameras or access and use computers with our hands and eyes.

Now, biometric technology, or the identification of humans by their characteristics or trains by technology, is becoming so commonplace that it is even incorporated into our cell phones. Finger print scanners are one of the most popular forms of biometric technology and are used mainly for authenticating access to devices or programs and as a replacement for passwords.

While the debate of whether biometrics are a secure replacement for traditional passwords or security measures is on-going, there is a wide range of uses for biometrics that we can use every day to make our lives easier and our daily tasks more efficient.

Combo drink snack machines can even benefit from these exciting new technologies. Just a few months ago, eVending posted about a coffee manufacturer promoted their products with a vending machine that used facial recognition to detect when someone in front of the machine yawned.  Things like voice recognition or facial recognition could provide personal greetings, payment options or selection recommendations for patrons.

Combo Drink Snack Machine Service

September 16th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Combo vending machines | Snack vending machines | Vending machine business - (Comments Off on Combo Drink Snack Machine Service)

When your vending machines are working perfectly and satisfying the thirsts and hungers of your customers, you will not hear too much from them. Other than the occasional “I need to grab something from the vending machine,” customers might not think too much about your machines. Offering exciting new products or fan favorite items, introducing new technology to your machine or giving it a graphics overhaul will probably generate some buzz about your machine, but there are a few phrases that come up more than any others when it comes to vending machine.

“The machine at my money” and “The vending machine didn’t give me what I wanted” are, unfortunately, two common phrases heard at vending machines around the world.

eVending is here to help end this vending error epidemic! eVending offers Live Support for your combo drink snack machines toll-free over the phone. Our staff of technicians will help walk you through any issue and help get your vending business running smoothly again. eVending has a network of over 400 vending service centers throughout the United States that are available to you so you will always have the service that you need.

While your perfectly operating vending machine might not get the social buzz that it deserves, your customers will be happy to know that they can rely  on your machines to vend exactly what they want without any issues every time they use them.

Tech-Filled Futura Vending Machines

August 26th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Combo vending machines | Vending machine business | Vending machines for sale - (Comments Off on Tech-Filled Futura Vending Machines)

Combo Drink Snack MachineeVending has a lot of great vending machines for sale but if you are new to our line of Futura combo vending machines, you may not know some of the great features that set our machines apart from the rest. Vending machines are constantly evolving with advances in technology to make them more user-friendly for your vending patrons and to make them more efficient and reliable.

The Futura vending machines available at www.eVending.com start out being unique as machines manufactured by a vending machine business that has been operating and refining their products and services since 1931. Vending products from eVending are also supported by a network of over 400 services centers, giving you the reliability and support options your vending business needs.

Our Futura machines feature a few subtle technologies that may not stand out to your patrons, but will keep them happy and coming back because of your machine’s reliability and accuracy. Futura vending products feature our digital electronic pricing that has a special mode to monitor cash and vending sales data, as well as ensuring accuracy of payments with cash, tokens and credit cards. Having a variety of payment options, especially the option for credit card payment, will make vending purchases more convenient for your customers.

One Big Vending Machine

August 5th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Combo vending machines | Snack machine | Vending machines - (Comments Off on One Big Vending Machine)

Snack MachineWhen you think of a vending machine, you would most likely picture a large black or gray machine with a glass from and some buttons, housing shelves of delicious snacks and beverages. Candy bars, small sandwiches, chips and bottles of water or soda have become standard vending-fare for most combo drink snack machines.

What if your vending machine vended items that weighed up to 10 pounds? A community in North Dakota has recently had two Shop 24 machines installed. Hard to miss, these vending machines are the size of small bedroom and vend almost anything you would find in a convenience store.

These giant machines have already been implemented on college campuses and in office buildings, but for residents in North Dakota, these machines offer an alternative to making a long trip to larger stores. The machines vend a variety of items including food, beverages, cleaning and laundry supplies, and DVDs.

While most office buildings, malls, schools and other locations you would expect to find standard snack machines, typically do not have a large demand for laundry detergent or liter-bottles of soda, the convenience of automated stores is very apparent for small communities. While impressive, the size of the machines also pose and issue for buildings looking to install them.