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Vending Machines and Social Media

December 9th, 2013 | Posted by DT 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.

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!

Beautiful Vending Machine Location

November 4th, 2013 | Posted by DT 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.

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!

Successful Vending Takes More than Just Numbers

October 21st, 2013 | Posted by DT 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.

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.

New Laws Cracking Down on Tobacco Vending Machines

May 6th, 2013 | Posted by DT in Combo vending machines - (Comments Off on New Laws Cracking Down on Tobacco Vending Machines)

eVendingWhile the vending machine business continues to expand to sell everything from hot meals to expensive electronics, there is one product the industry is trying to phase out. While cigarette vending machines are almost as old as the business itself, new laws could make the tobacco dispensers obsolete.

According to ThisIsJersey.com, new legislation could potentially ban not only tobacoo vending machines, but also prominent displays of the product within stores. The potential law was voted 43 to two in favor of the tobacco ban. If successful, cigarette vending products will have to be removed from their respective establishments over the next 18 months. Perhaps the biggest part of tobacco marketing is the bevy of cigarette packs behind convenience store counters, so their removal would surely have a huge impact on the industry.

People will likely be split over this potential ban, as the move helps promote an overall healthy country while making cigarettes less acessible for smokers. It will be interesting to see how the legislation pans out, as well as whether or not store owners will replace their cigarette machines with more traditional combo vending machines. Even with the industry evolving every single day, this story proves the importance of making sure today’s machines are vending the right products.