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Dollar Bill Frustration: Straightening a Dollar Bill at the Vending Machine

April 21st, 2014 | Posted by DT in Vending machine sales - (Comments Off on Dollar Bill Frustration: Straightening a Dollar Bill at the Vending Machine)

Have you ever been stuck at a vending machine, trying to feed your dollar into it over and over, while the vending machine keeps not accepting your bill? Don’t just struggle with the machine. Most soda and snack vending machines won’t take a crumpled up dollar bill, no matter how many times you try to feed it in.

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How Can You Straighten a Crumpled Dollar Bill?

Rather than struggle at the soda vending machine, take your dollar bill and find a corner to a wall or other flat object. Holding the dollar bill at either end, run the dollar bill firmly and slowly against the corner of the wall. Repeat this a few times until the dollar bill appears flattened. Pay attention to the corners at either end of the dollar bill to ensure that none are turned up. At this point, you should be able to feed the dollar bill into the machine without any issues.

Apart from straightening your crumpled dollar bills, you may want to avoid them entirely. Consider investing in a wallet and keeping all of your dollar bills organized neatly within it. Also avoid getting your dollar bills wet, as this can further crumple and damage them.

To accommodate credit and debit card users, cashless vending machines are becoming more commonly available. Keep an eye out for vending machines with electronic payment options everywhere you go. You’ll be surprised by how many you come across.

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.

Office Upgrades

November 18th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Combo vending machines | Small vending machines | Vending machines for sale - (Comments Off on Office Upgrades)

Vending Machine ComboHave you been looking for a great way to upgrade your office? Combo drink snack machines are an easy way to add a new feature to your office or break room and with the space saving design of the Futura vending machine from eVending, you will have both drinks and snacks in on machine!

To start your office vending service initiative, first make sure that you have space and demand for the machine. Taking a quick survey of the office and finding out what employees needs and wants you can meet with a office vending machine will help you determine what kind of machine you will need to purchase. Space is important because while the Futura vending machine is a space saver with its combination design, it is still a large piece of equipment and if your doors, hallways or break room are not big enough installing the machine will be very difficult.

If space is at a premium in your office, eVending also offers a Table Top vending machine that fits up to 150 items and is only “25 inches tall!

Happy Halloween Week!

October 28th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Snack Machines | Vending machines - (Comments Off on Happy Halloween Week!)

Happy early Halloween from eVending! There are hundreds of iconic horror movie props that have made their way into our memories, from hockey masks to axes and even a VHS tape. This Halloween season, the marketing team at Rice Krispies has certainly moved snack machines, and vending machines at large, into the that-was-really-scary part of many hungry mall-goers’ minds.

A recent Halloween prank from Rice Krispies involved passersby that were looking for a quick and tasty snack from a spooky-looking vending machine that dispensed Rice Krispies “Scares.” What they received in return was a momentarily terrifying experience where horrifying hands suddenly appeared where they were expecting a sweet snack. Check out the video below to see this machine in action!

Cashless Trends

October 14th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Snack vending machines | Vending machines for sale - (Comments Off on Cashless Trends)

Snack MachinesCashless payments are more popular than ever. Retailers, restaurants, online stores and even utility companies are switching (or more than likely have switched) to some form of digital payment. For retailers, the use of NFC technology has become increasingly popular. This technology allows customers to use credit and debit cards with small chips or cell phones with NFC technology to interact with NFC readers and make cashless payments without having to swipe a card or scan anything.

For credit and debit card users, payment options are becoming even easier as well. Especially for small businesses or vending machine operators, there are more and more options available that are easy to use. For retailers, products such as Apple’s Square card reader give small businesses the ability to process credit and debit card transactions with only a Square device and their Apple iPad or iPhone. New vending machines for sale like the Futura models from eVending have card readers that give patrons the option to pay for snacks and drinks with credit and debit cards. For vending operators, this feature also creates opportunities to track transactions and monitor machine performance.

Finding Yourself, Online

September 30th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Snack Machines | Snack vending machines - (Comments Off on Finding Yourself, Online)

According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, 56% of internet users have searched for themselves online. Often, when people think about others searching for themselves on Google they think that it is an exercise in vanity and that they just want to see their own names on their computer monitors.

Increasingly though, people are having to search for themselves in order to maintain control of their online presence. Searching for a person online is an easy way to quickly gain information about the person and if your search results are not positive, this can damage a potential employer’s view on you.

For small businesses, searching for your own company on Google can help you find information that may be helping or hurting your business. If you own snack machines from eVending in various locations but don’t have an online presence, searching for “vending machines at (location)” can help you find if anyone has commented about them. Searching for the building or location your vending machines are in as well can often lead to discoveries of helpful news or reviews.

If you don’t like what you see online about your business, or if you don’t see anything at all, you should be proactive and engage with customers and communities online to help create a positive image for your business.

Dare to Be Tender Vending Campaign

September 9th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Snack Machines | Snack vending machines - (Comments Off on Dare to Be Tender Vending Campaign)

Modern societies are often criticized for our detachment from others. While we are more connected to each other than ever before through tools such as social media, emails, cell phones, and text-messages, face-to-face interactions and awareness of what is around us are suffering. One chocolate company is working to help us unite and “Dare to Be Tender” in their new marketing campaign that employs a very purple cow.

Swiss chocolate company Milka introduced a new vending machine in a public area in Argentina that encourages strangers to come together and join hands with one another in order to create a “chain of tenderness” between their chocolate snack machine and a branded purple cow statue. Once enough hands were joined to connect the statue’s hoof to a large button on the machine, free chocolate bars dispensed for all those participating.

As the vending continued throughout the day, the cow statue was moved farther and farther away from the machine, requiring more and more people to join hands. eVending agrees that there are few things more joyous than receiving free chocolate bars and this video created by Milka of this cultural-awareness lesson by a vending machine is very fun to watch.

Nabisco Factory to Luxury Condo

August 19th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Snack Machines - (Comments Off on Nabisco Factory to Luxury Condo)

There are few things that delight a sense of smell more than freshly baked bread and other baked goods. That might be what the developers of a new condo building in Chicago were thinking when they turned a former Nabisco factory into a set of luxury apartments.

The apartment, at 1000 West Washington Boulevard in Chicago’s West Loop is an impressive feat of remodeling. The original factory was constructed in the early 1900’s and used primarily for production of the company’s Uneeda Biscuit. The Nabisco factory had long been abandoned by the time it was purchased and reconstruction began in 1995.

For enthusiasts of snack machines and the delicious treats they vend, what could be better than living in the very rooms and ovens of a factory that produced such an iconic snack. The one catch is that this deliciously decorated apartment is currently on sale for $499,500. Due to some legal issues, this rent is actually $100k-$150k less than similarly-sized listings in the area.

The condo unit for sale is quite impressive though with 2,000 square feet, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a private rooftop deck. Even though eVending is in the business of making fine vending machines, real-estate news about vending snack companies doesn’t come around too often!

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.

Top 5 Snack Vending Machine Selections

July 29th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Snack Machines | Snack vending machines - (Comments Off on Top 5 Snack Vending Machine Selections)

Combo Drink Snack MachinesAll of us have our go-to snacks and drinks that we have to have during a trip to the vending machine. Maybe you enjoy a satisfying granola bar, like to satisfy your sweet tooth with a candy bar, or munch on a savory bag of potato chips. Whatever your snacking favorite might be, there are certainly some snacks that stand out as vending machine all-time favorites. There is a huge variety in the types of things snack machines can vend, and many locations have specialized selections, but here are the five top-selling snacks according to American Merchandiser:

  1. Snickers
  2. Doritos Big Grab
  3. Peanut M&Ms
  4. Cheetos
  5. Cheez-It Original

While your favorite snack might not have made the cut for the Top 5 list, the results do include snacks and treats that just about anyone who has visited a vending machine has selected. After reviewing the list, did you see any selections that you have memorized the number and letter combination of?

eVending has been around long enough to see more than a few snack options come and go, but we agree that these top selling snacks have stood the test of time and season after season keep vending patrons coming back for a quick snack.