Category Archives: Vending Machine Services

The Greenlite Cashless Solution

In this tech-first society, it’s critical to accommodate the growing need for cashless operating systems for your customers. Credit card purchases have almost fully eclipsed cash purchases, and it’s crucial for you to update purchasing options across all areas of your business to keep up with customer demand and the competitive business climate. This rings particularly true for vending machines.

Vending machines have long been associated with fishing through your pockets for spare change – that ends today! VendNet USA is pleased to offer the Greenlite cashless solution to bring your business up-to-date in the credit-first world. Other than the obvious benefit of allowing customers to make vending machine purchases with their cards instead of cash, there are several other benefits of placing the Greenlite apparatus on your compatible machines:

  • The machine is completely secure: no chance of hard cash theft
  • 24/7 management capability: from any location.
  • Machine sales tracking: what items are doing well and should be restocked? What items should you no longer order?
  • Integrated cash and cashless reporting: get up-to-date reports of cash AND cashless inflow
  • Alerts for machine health and status: Is your machine experiencing difficulties? You’ll know right away.
  • Daily bank deposits: receive your daily cash into your account immediately!

…and more.

Interested in the Greenlite Cashless system? We’d be pleased to walk you through additional benefits, pricing, installation and more! Get in touch with our team today.

Preventative Maintenance of Vending Machines Can Increase Profits

It’s no secret that the best medicine is preventative. This is true for the health, finance, construction, and vending industries; almost every industry can benefit from preventing issues before they actually occur.

Once you purchase or lease a vending machine, maintaining it is the next step in ensuring your profits are going to stay healthy. Maintaining your vending machine can help with decreasing the number of emergency calls you make to last minute repair people. While some emergency calls are unforeseeable, regular maintenance utilizing prevention techniques will help to drive down surprise costs.

Everyone’s goal is to maximize revenue, so we’ve developed a quick list of preventative measures anyone can take to preserve your profit margins:

Stop Predictable Problems:

Prevention is key to avoiding bigger problems. We all know a cheeseburger a day is not exactly prevention for heart disease, but eating more vegetables is preventative for your health. Take preventative measures again predictable problems, like for example changing the water filters in your coffee vending machine, or cleaning the bill acceptor to avoid jamming. Clean the compressor on cold or frozen food dispensers.

Sharpen your repair skills: Learning how to take care of vending machines is so easy now. We offer vending machine repair and technician classes where you can stay up to date on keeping your machine on track. If you opt not to do it yourself, staying in good communication with a reliable technician is a huge proponent in saving money on the repairs that are out of your scope.

Keep maintenance records: Just like any other industry, there are parts and bits that are used in the operation of your vending machine business that need to be replaced, and that have a certain lifespan. You have to know when certain products are low and about to expire, keeping good records of these things can certainly prevent the need to replace them more often, since you will not be purchasing unnecessary additional replacement parts.

Your team at Vending.com is here to help you with all your vending machine repairs. Contact us by phone at 1-888-836-3638 or web today to get started!

 

 

The Top 4 Tips for Opening a New Vending Location

What does it take for a vending location to succeed; that is, to create and sustain sales? Having the right location isn’t the only factor, though it does help. Having a terrific product is also helpful, but that alone won’t guarantee growth.  The newest, flashiest machines with the latest technology can also be a draw. Having a dedicated and professional staff for vending machine repair and maintenance is also important. Ultimately, a successful vending location has all these and more. Neglecting even one area may result in failure. Here are our tips, garnered from years of achievement and profit with vending machines.

  • Have a well researched location to meet your needs. Whether your business model is focused on a high traffic area or on repeat business, it’s vital that you know what your business goals are before you select a location, not the other way around.
  • Offer the best product your customers want. This seems somewhat obvious, but there is a subtle difference between the best products your customers want and the best products available. Knowing your consumer base, their spending habits, and their shopping predilections can prevent you from making an inconvenient and costly mistake in stock.
  • Take advantage of technology, not the other way around. From cash-free payment options to wireless enabled stocking and sales stats, the amount of data available to a vending machine operator is greater than any other time in history. Getting bogged down in this much information is a real concern, as is trying to launch fancy technological advances in locations that may not have the right user base.
  • Maintenance saves money. While every item we own may break at some point in its life, the value of preventive vending machine repair and maintenance cannot be overstated here. A broken machine is at best a fancy column to lean on, and at worst can actually cut into your bottom line.

Ultimately, your success, achievements, and profit as a vending machine owner or operator is limited only by the amount of research, diligence, and elbow grease you are willing to put in. That’s part of what makes vending machines such an appealing line of business–the ability to dictate your own business and results.

Maintaining your Vending Machine: Best Practices

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You’ve managed to secure the perfect spot for your new vending machine and loaded it up with goodies and change. Now you just sit back and wait for profits to roll in, right? Not exactly. The reality is that managing vending machines is an ongoing, if not daily, process. We’ve spoken to industry experts and long time owners about what constitutes the best practices. The following are recommended steps for ongoing vending machine maintenance.  

  • Regularly Scheduled Restocking and Cleaning. It seems obvious that machines need to be supplied in order to sell products, but the reality is deeper than that. Consumers are more likely to patronize a well-stocked machine than one that visually appears to be nearly depleted. Furthermore, those regular stockings are opportunities for quick once-overs for cleanliness and observation of any subtle mechanical issues.
  • Maintenance–Even if No Issue is Apparent. Vending machine repair is a specialty service; however, even if your machine doesn’t display any problems, it may still need annual care to remain in peak functional order. Proactive responsibility can save time and money on future vending machine repair.  
  • Continuous Location Research. Some vending machine owners find a prime site and then never do any follow up on the area. Businesses change, rezoning occurs, and then suddenly their previously successful locality is now a dead zone.
  • Inventory Tracking and Analysis. With the bevy of options to consumers now available, it’s vital that an effective vending machine purveyor stays on top of their own stock trends as well as new items in the field. If you simply restock all the same products, week after week, without examining your sales data, you are neglecting a valuable source of information! For example, in a snack machine in a school, no nut products were sold for five months because the school had a new allergen policy. If the vendor had noticed this trend after the first few weeks, more appropriate replacement products could have been selected, and less revenue may have been lost.

None of these recommendations alone will guarantee a financial improvement in your vending product. However, by following them, you can improve your business practices and thus your potential for success. For more ideas on how to grow your commercial vending enterprise, check out our blog.

The Greenlite Cashless Solution to Increase Vending Machine Profits

GreenliteHeaderWhen it comes to boosting your profits, you will want to accept as many forms of payment as possible. Consumers who have the ability to pay according to various methods have a higher chance of becoming not only a customer, but a repeat one.

Did you know that one in five people don’t ever carry cash on them? That’s right, which means they can’t make a purchase if no other form of payment is offered; this ultimately lowers your profit potentials. Here are three important facts to remember to help you understand how valuable mobile payments are.

  • There are more than a billion transactions in the US each year that don’t involve cash.
  • Over the next few years, the transactions will increase by as much as 16 percent
  • Cashless workplace transactions total 27 percent on average, which is a 62 percent increase when compared to the past two years

With the Greenlite vending machine, you are able to customize your vending equipment so that multiple types of payment can be accepted. It also facilitates processes that reduce the costs of filling the equipment thanks to integrated remote reporting. Whether you have vending machines in your workplace or not, there are Greenlite services and equipment that can be extremely valuable to the overall profit levels. Once a cashless payment option is added to your vending machines, you will likely see a 15 percent increase.

Automated reporting allows you to receive alerts when maintenance needs to be performed on the vending machines. You will also enjoy being able to manage your vending machine transactions and payments online. Gone are the days of having to guess which products are selling best. Instead, you can track your vending data and then alter what they offer as needed.

If you’re looking for a vending machine maintenance service provider, please contact us today. We are ready to answer any and all of your questions related to the Greenlite cashless system.

In Need of Replacement Parts For Your Vending Machine? You’ve Come to the Right Source

vending machine service and repairYour vending machine is the bread and butter of your business, so you would want to ensure that it works appropriately for all of your customers. Customers love to have access of the foods, drinks and products that they need. They like to know that they can walk up to the vending machine, place their funds in it, and then have what they so desire. As a business owner, you can ensure that your customers stay delighted by having access to working vending machines. VendNet USA can ensure that you never have a moment that you are not providing top-notch services to your visitors and guests.

VendNet USA is a longstanding provider of vending machine parts, vending machine replacements and service. Certified technicians can come out and tend to the simplest vending machine repair needs. They are well-versed in vending machine maintenance and vending machine repairs. They can diagnose any issue you may be having, and they can make sensible suggestions to have your machine failure prepared in the quickest time frame. The best thing about VendNet USA specialists is that they are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. That means your business does not have to lose money just because the machine breaks down after midnight. You can count on the Vendnet USA staff members to run to the rescue at any time.

Vendnet USA has a wide assortment of parts for various vending machines. You can speak with the vender for some of the products that go in the vending machines, as well. Coffee products are available from the company. You can order French roast coffee, Cappuccino and French Vanilla if your business requires you to have coffee in the morning for you guests.

The repair items and parts that you can find through VendNet USA vary. You can seek parts and products such as clamps, bushings, chains, fuses, fans, counters, gaskets and the like. One of the trained mechanics or technicians can install your parts, or you can order the parts without the installation. The company provides a reliable warranty on every part that you purchase from it. The president of the company also offers an extended warranty for three additional months to anyone who completes the lengthy warranty questionnaire. You can rest assured that the company will take care of you if something goes awry with the parts you have purchased.

Technical support is available at all times, as well. Additionally, the company provides you with the technical support that you need at all times. All you need to do is call the dedicated number and have your questions answered.

Vending Machine Service School: Get an Education in Vending Operations

VendNet USA Vending Machine Service SchoolHave you always dreamed of owning your own business? Interested in having a career that offers excellent hours, flexibility, and income? Have you considered joining other vending machine operators as an owner and operator? Are you a current owner who would like the ability to better service your own machines? If so, we have good news for you. Class is in session!

Vending Machine School: An Education in Vending

Vending machine maintenance is a critical component of a vending business. Vending machines, while extremely reliable, can fall victim to ordinary wear and tear. Occasional replacement of vending machine parts will be necessary for any owner. The ability to handle these situations yourself, rather than employing an outside service, will protect your profit margins and increase your satisfaction in a job well done.

VendNet USA, a leading provider of vending machines and vending machine parts, is offering a two-day service school special at its Des Moines, Iowa offices. Classes will include repairs to snack, cold drink, cold and frozen food, and hot drink machines. School will be in session the following dates:

  • April 20-21, 2016
  • July 20-21, 2016
  • October 19-20, 2016

To make a reservation contact, VendNet USA at 1-888-VENDNET. The course fee is $195.00 per person and includes educational materials and lunch. Other travel and accommodation expenses are not covered. Group accommodations have been arranged at Wildwood Lodge and daily transportation to class will be provided. To make lodging accommodations, contact Wildwood Lodge at 844-538-6564 and mention Wittern Group Services to receive the special group pricing. You may choose to make your own accommodations at a different hotel, but you will need to provide your own transportation to class each day.

Register for class at least three weeks ahead of time and receive a free bill validator or coin mech repair.

Whether you are new to vending or a veteran vending machine owner, our service school will enable you to decrease operating and maintenance costs, thus increasing your vending machine profits. Download a registration form and get registered today.

Avoiding Scams: Choosing the Right Vending Machine Manufacturer

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In recent vending machine news, reporter Dave Lieber described his experience with vending machine manufacturer and re-seller, Planet Antares. In 2010, Mr. Lieber attended a conference advertised as a “Free Franchise & Home Business Conference” in Texas. Lieber describes the hour-long Planet Antares sales pitch as “cunning.” When they unveiled the Office Deli vending machine, Lieber snapped a picture of the machine and, as a result, was immediately ejected from the conference and the hotel where he was staying. Six years after the conference, many of the cheaply made Office Deli vending machines are still in the original packaging, unused and unable to be sold by their disappointed owners.

How to Avoid Vending Machine Scams

Unfortunately, scams have long existed. From pyramid and Ponzi schemes to online phishing and identity theft, crooks are diligent in reinventing themselves so as to evade detection and punishment. No matter their guise, with some diligent work on your part, you can avoid the scammers and choose the right vending machine manufacturer. We have a few tips on how to see through a con and avoid a scam:

  • Work with a company with an established history. While some businesses can operate wholly online, a vending machine company is not one of them. Even a newer vending machine services company will have a physical location and home base. A company that has been around for years, or even decades, will have an established history of customer service.
  • Research the potential company — deeply. While a cursory Google search is a good place to start your research, it should not be the only tool you use. Look for actual news articles on your target company as well as tried and true consumer protection sites such as the Better Business Bureau to get a more accurate picture of the business.
  • Avoid companies who behave as if they have something to hide from you. A legitimate company is knowledgeable about and proud of their history. When a company seems like it is trying to hide something, it probably is.
  • Avoid overly aggressive salespeople. While successful salespeople are generally known for their customer oriented extroverted nature, those who are truly aggressive and badgering may be peddling an inferior product.
  • Visit or call on actual clients of the company. As always, when possible, the best reference is that of a current or former customer.

Working with VendNet USA

VendNet USA is a part of the larger company Wittern Group, which has been in business for over 80 years. We have an established history of customer service and excellence. We provide vending machine services and parts that will keep your machines operating at maximum efficiency. With a fully stocked parts department, we can provide fast, reliable shipping anywhere in the world. Our number one goal is to provide the best possible customer service to all of our customers whether they own one machine or one hundred vending machines. Contact us today to see how we can help you with your vending business.

Don’t Be In The Dark, Light Up Your Vending Machine with LED Lights

led lighting kits for vending machineThere is no question that LED lighting options are one of the most popular types of lighting used today. LED lights are efficient, bright and last longer than traditional options. This is why they are often seen used in homes, businesses, for street lamps and even in vehicles. One of the newest applications for LED lighting is in vending machines.

With vending machines popping up all over the place and vending machine services having to be called for bulb replacement often, a new option for lighting these machines has been developed. With LED lighting, the bulbs do not have to be replaced as often and ensure what is inside can be clearly seen – regardless of what time at day or night the machine is being used.

There are a number of benefits offered by using this lighting option, which include:

  • A low voltage option: The vending machine LED lights will plug into the existing 24 volt power sources. There is no need for auxiliary transformers for these kits.
  • Clear view of available products: When the lighting is successfully installed, those interested in purchasing something will have a clear view of what is for sale. Also, the bulbs are arranged in a way to illuminate the vending machine evenly, which prevents dim or dark sections.
  • Save energy: LED lights can lead to a power savings of up to 60 percent.
  • Extended bulb life: LED bulbs can last up to five to 10 years.
  • No toxic materials: With fluorescent bulbs, you run the risk of exposing users to mercury, which is toxic.

When you have successfully installed LED bulbs you will also not have to invest in as many service calls. This means when a vending machine needs to be worked on, it will not be the bulbs that have to be replaced; however, this will not minimize the need for other vending machine parts, which is something to keep in mind.

Also, since you are not having to call for service on the vending machine as often, you will not have to pay as much. This will save you quite a bit of time and money.

When you choose LED lights for your vending machine, they brighten the items that are inside and this will help to encourage them to make a purchase. When the vending machine is dark and the items are not able to be clearly seen, a person may be hesitant to actually make a purchase. As a result of this increased sales, the ROI on the LED lighting will be seen almost immediately.

When it comes to vending machines, takes some time to make sure yours is able to be used at all times, day and night, and that the cost of repairs and replacement bulbs is not excessive. If it is, then changing to LED bulbs may be the best solution for you and your bottom line.

Protect Your Vending Machine | Don’t Let a Robot Steal From It

Machines may not have risen up to destroy humanity as predicted in films like “The Terminator,” but make no mistake: they are definitely in the process of rising up to steal from our vending machines, with a little help from their human counterparts, too. One enterprising young French citizen has created a bold new type of robot that you should definitely be afraid of if you own, operate or generally depend on vending machines on a daily basis.

The Robot Thief

French YouTube star ioduremetallique has always had an interest in robotics and technology in general, but his recent postings show that he may have finally gone a bit too far. He invented a compact robot that, once inserted into a vending machine through the distribution slot, uses a levitating arm that essentially grabs a can of soda or other items and drops them down the vending machine – completely free of charge. He controls this robot via a gamepad, similar to the way your kids might control their Sony PlayStation.

Before you get too worried, let’s put things into perspective. Based on the sheer amount of time and money that he put into his creation alone, he would have to steal roughly 4,000 sodas (according to the experts at Vice.com) before he even approached any type of return on investment. He has indicated that he mainly started this little project just to see if he could, but the fact that he can is what has many vending machine providers worried.

Vending Machine Solutions

Even though would-be thieves are probably not going to start controlling an army of hugely expensive robots to steal the occasional free soda, it does underscore the importance of vending machine maintenance in general. If a vending machine is allowed to fall into a state of disrepair, it could suddenly be open to exactly this type of loophole. Vending machine repair in general is hugely important, not only to prevent against attacks from these types of robots, but also to close any software-related loopholes that may have been discovered since the machine went online. Inventory control software can also be used to alert you to a problem (like disappearing cans of soda, for example), allowing you to take steps to correct the issue as quickly as possible.

Between protecting your livelihood against people like ioduremetallique and continuing to maintain a high level of service for customers, to say that vending machine maintenance is important is something of an understatement.