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Are you ready to become a Vending Operator?

June 3rd, 2016 | Posted by Ajax Union in Vending machine business - (Comments Off on Are you ready to become a Vending Operator?)

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Vending is very much an entrepreneurs business. Vending operators essentially run their own small businesses. As a vending operator you must become a jack of all trades as you will be taking on a lot of responsibilities. You will be managing things such as product restocking, service calls, machine maintenance, finances, travel between locations, and administrative duties. While entering the industry as a vending operator may seem overwhelming, do not be discouraged as becoming a vending operator can be quite rewarding.

You may be wondering if the vending business is right for you. Let’s consider the advantages and disadvantages. As an operator owning your own vending machines, you will enjoy higher profit margins and will be allowed greater flexibility in pricing and product offerings. To enter the industry as an operator you will need money up-front to purchase the machine. Plus you will need to buy product to stock your machine.

As the factory direct supplier of vending machines, eVending in one of the only manufactures to provide in-house financing for machines purchases (based upon credit approval). eVending offers a variety of accommodating financing options, ranging from six (6) months to 48 months. Plus eVending offers no monthly payments for the first 90 days. With an average item profit of $0.50, your vending machine could pay for itself with sales of just seven to ten snacks or drinks per day. eVending’s financing options are ideal for operator entering the vending industry to be more affordable and profitable than ever.

As you prepare to put your business plan into action, you may want to make a list tailored to your needs as the operator. The following are several tips to help you prepare to enter the industry as a vending operator.

  1. Have a business plan – It pays to plan. Have you thought about what your goals are or how the math works out? With vending profit is not immediately obvious, there will be a significant delay between your actions and financial results. If you want to get an idea of what your machines will bring in, eVending’s profit calculator is a useful tool. The calculation takes in to account the number of machines you have, vends per day, the cost of the product, and the vend price of the product to give you the most accurate prediction of your future profits.
    Be sure to align your business plan with your financial as well as lifestyle goals.
  2. Select the vending machine type – Over the years vending machines have evolved beyond cookies and crackers. Today, you can vend anything from gumballs to a full meal. Decide which market you want to enter then find the machine that best suits your needs.
  3. Get the proper licenses – Before you get started, check with your local licensing office for requirements in your area.
  4. Buy the machines – Now that you have decided what type of machine is best for your location, you will need to purchase the machines. eVending offers a full-line of machines that are 100% manufactured in the USA. Our new machines come with a one year limited parts warranty and are specially designed to provide maximum energy output with minimal electrical requirements which help keep your expenses as low as possible. Additionally, our new machines can be managed remotely due to their cellular based designs.
  5. Buy or lease a vending truck – You will need a vehicle to move products from machine to machine and even to move the machines themselves. The size and type of vehicle you need will depend on the size of your operation.
  6. Find a supplier – Buy your products in bulk through stores such as Sam’s Club and Costco or a site that sells candy in bulk. Be sure not to buy quantities so large that they expire before you can sell them.
  7. Secure your locations – When selecting a location look for places with high foot traffic. Think along the lines of an office, mall, bowling alley, or hotel. Be sure to check out each site in person before approaching the owner to secure a deal.
  8. Service your machines – Now that your machines are placed you will be in charge of upkeep. This will involve keeping the machine functioning, clean, and well-stocked. Depending on your machine’s popularity, this may need to be done more than once a week. When you purchase one of our machines you will have access to eVending’s complimentary phone customer support as well as to Vendnet— your one stop source for parts, service, and vending products, with online support for vending machine manuals or parts ordering.

Finally, the National Automatic Merchandising Association’s (NAMA) Vending101 article is a good resource for a more in depth look at the industry.

If you decide you’re ready to make your way as a vending operator, visit www.evending.com to learn more or contact eVending today at 1-888-915-7572.

Electronic Payments Help You Get Paid Faster

March 17th, 2014 | Posted by Ajax Union in Vending machine business - (Comments Off on Electronic Payments Help You Get Paid Faster)

combo drink snack machinesWhen you buy vending machines, look for ones that offer options to improve or expand your business. One money and time-saving option to consider: vending machines that offer electronic payment options like credit card readers
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Allowing customers to use electronic payments at the machine doesn’t just make it easier on them; it makes your job easier, too. Money arrives in your accounts more quickly. And, you are spared the time that you would normally have to invest in tasks like counting and rolling coins, making manual entries into your accounting records and waiting in line at the bank with heavy deposit bags. And, with electronic records, recording your payments into your accounting program of choice is a snap.

eVending offers a number of vending machine options to fit any business. And, we have over 400 support facilities throughout the country to make sure that you always have the help and support you need for your growing vending route. Contact us to learn more about our vending machines for sale.

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.

What to Consider When Buying Your First Vending Machine

December 16th, 2013 | Posted by Ajax Union 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!

Vending Machines and Social Media

December 9th, 2013 | Posted by Ajax Union in Snack Machines | Vending machines - (Comments Off on Vending Machines and Social Media)

Combo Drink Snack MachinesAs a vending machine company, we spend a lot of time talking about and reading about vending machines online. From news articles to instruction manuals and Tweets, we are constantly looking for great information and insights about snack machines, drink machines and more.

On social media platforms, especially Twitter where you are more likely to see users share information about what they are doing that exact moment, most buzz about vending machines comes in the form of negative reviews. Complaining about vending machines distributing the wrong items, being broken or eating money without vending anything are among the most popular topics.

eVending has seen that Tweets and other social posts that you will see about vending machines are about remarkable vending machines. Machines that are either created for marketing campaigns so they are truly outrageous or out of the ordinary, or machines that deliver surprising satisfaction through product selection or new technology.

For vending operators, this means that many of your customers are more likely to complain about your vending services than they are to praise them. This is especially true if you don’t pay attention to your customers’ wants when it comes to machine technology or product offering. To avoid this, finding quality machines, keeping your products fresh and interesting, and staying on top of maintenance and servicing will help keep your machines talked about in a positive way.

Beautiful Vending Machine Location

November 4th, 2013 | Posted by Ajax Union in Vending machine business | Vending machines - (Comments Off on Beautiful Vending Machine Location)
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Photo: L’Oréal Paris

Most vending machine companies and businesses will tell you that one of the key factors to a successful vending operation is having your machines in the right locations. With the “right” location depending on many factors, it can sometimes be hard to decide where exactly the best places for your various kinds of machines might be.

Beauty product giant, L’Oréal Paris was the latest big-name brand to make a splash in the vending machine marketing trend and picked a location that most vending machine operators can only dream about. After striking a first-ever deal with New York City’s Metro-Transit Authority, the organization that runs the city’s public transportation, L’Oréal has launched its branded vending kiosk at the 42nd Street-Bryant Park station, one of the busiest stations in the city.

The campaign for this vending machine will run through November and December and will cost $700,000 to $1 million; now that’s an expensive vending machine! According to the MTA, more than 4 million people will go through the station during that time period. eVending can only guess at the number of sales the machine will have, but more importantly, the branding potential of this machine is what will make it worth the costs.

Successful Vending Takes More than Just Numbers

October 21st, 2013 | Posted by Ajax Union in Vending machine business | Vending machines for sale - (Comments Off on Successful Vending Takes More than Just Numbers)

Combo Drink Snack MachinesVending machines for sale currently often feature great software that allows operators to monitor a multitude of operations their machines perform. From knowing how much revenue was made by the hour, how much of each product sold, any service issues that may have occurred and more, vending machines are becoming smarter and able to track more and more useful information. This data is extremely useful for vending operators, like any business person, and often helps to solve a lot of problems and make decisions. An article at Vending Times by Hank Schlesinger discusses the value of feedback from sources other than vending machines.

The people that interact with vending machines and the facilities that they are located in often have anecdotal information that can be crucial to a successful vending service. As vending operators that have machines located anywhere people interact with them, you have to have a feel for how each of your locations operate, how the managers and owners you interact with feel or think about different things and how your customers go about their day-to-day business among other things.

While eVending loves the advances in technology that give vending operators a wealth of information to work with, keeping in touch with the people that interact with your machine is extremely important for a successful vending operation.

Combo Drink Snack Machine Service

September 16th, 2013 | Posted by Ajax Union 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.

One Big Vending Machine

August 5th, 2013 | Posted by Ajax Union 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.

A Coffee Vending Machine That Knows When You Yawn?

July 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Ajax Union in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on A Coffee Vending Machine That Knows When You Yawn?)

Vending machine manufacturers are always coming up with clever ways to market their products, and we’ve certainly just seen one of the most unique marketing campaigns yet. Everyone loves coffee vending machines as it is, but could you imagine one that knows when you’re tired and need some java most? According to Eater, Coffee brand Douwe Egberts decided to try the concept out, and put the results up for public viewing on YouTube.

In order to attract sleepy coffee addicts, Douwe Egberts planted a special vending machine in a Johannesburg airport that dispensed free coffee upon “seeing” a customer yawn. This was done via facial recognition technology, and the customers in the YouTube video are pleasantly surprised when their sleep-deprived state earns them a complimentary cup of Java. This isn’t the first example of facial recognition technology being used in vending units, as manufacturers are experimenting with the concept to deliver more personalized customer service. We’re not sure if yawn-detectors will become a staple of the vending industry, but they’re certainly an innovative move from a marketing standpoint.

Whether you want to be on the front lines of the vending industry or would prefer to sell the classics to your customers, visit eVending today and learn how to become a part of this exciting business!