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Prepare Your Customers for Summer

With the hot summer months around the corner, your customers will be craving frozen sweet treats including ice cream and popsicles. This also means that more customers will be looking to possibly install new frozen vending machines or work on fixing their current machines. 

One of the major tasks that customers may need to do to their frozen vending machines is replacing the refrigeration unit on models 3532, 3576 and 3589. Walkthrough how customers can replace refrigeration units on their own by watching the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh0tDZ4_1Ok

To find out more about Vendnet and our services, give us a call at 888-836-3638.

Vendnet: Supporting You Every Step of the Way

Vendnet provides its customers more than just access to technical support. In fact, we proudly assist customers throughout their journey as vending machine owners. From paying your account online to downloading the right manual for your machine, Vendnet is here to support you every step of the way.

Download Manuals

Vendnet allows you to download parts and service manuals right to your tablet or computer. This allows you to quickly search for the information you need, when and where you need it. Manuals are available for snack, soda, frozen food, refrigerated and coffee vending machines. Additionally, advanced programming manuals are available to download for complex repair needs.

Warranty Registration

No matter what vending machine you purchase, your full-line vending equipment manufacturer is committed to providing you with top-quality merchandise to last you for years to come. Vendnet is committed to serving you and your equipment’s needs. If you think you believe your vending machine purchase qualifies for a warranty, we invite you to register today with our confidential application.

Make a Payment

Making a payment has never been easier, thanks to our safe and secure financing website. Financing is available on more than just vending equipment. In fact, customers have the ability to finance parts, cashless devices and route acquisitions, too! Once approved, make payments by credit card, check or even through automatic payments

For more information on how Vendnet can help your vending machine excel, give us a call at 888-836-3638.

Your Guide to the iVend Replacement

The iVend Guaranteed Delivery System is a standard on many vending machines from The Wittern Group. It ensures all products will be dispensed from the vending machines, or customers will receive their money back to try for a different product.

From time-to-time, the iVend Guaranteed Delivery System will need to be replaced. Take a look at the videos below to find out how to replace this feature on a combo vending machine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VZN-l2zx6k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXYk9BlsFAM

For additional information about iVend or any other questions regarding your vending machine, give Vendnet a call at 888-836-3638.

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Flex Control Board: Ease of Use for the Vending Operator

FLEX-controlled vending machines allow for easy use for not only the customer but the operator as well. Using the touch screen interface, the operator can easily maneuver the machine by setting prices, connecting to the internet and searching for the IP address.

The FLEX control board may seem intimidating but with the help of Vendnet, operators can learn the ins and outs of vending equipment. Follow along with the video below to learn how to check the internet connection on your vending machine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xghwRs521M

In order to be connected to the internet, you must use your IP address. This can only be found when you are in “Service Mode.” Watch the video below as we walk you through how to find your machine’s IP address.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vswc50Nc52o

Vendnet is here to support you in your vending machine support needs. For additional information regarding support and vending equipment, give us a call at 888-836-3638.

Vending Machines – A Controlled, Safe Method to Provide Food and Beverages to Consumers – Part I

Why Vending is the Ultimate Controlled Dispensing Solution for the Convenience Services Industry

As organizations modify their operations and procedures to best keep employees and customers safe in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that is sweeping across our nation and the world, the need to safely provide food and beverage options remains critical.  

According to the National Merchandising Association (NAMA), “Through our unique food distribution system, our industry can be the greatest source of “contactless” nourishment to over 40 million consumers with food and beverages daily, and it is all accomplished in an unattended retail environment, often with round the clock availability.”

Federal and State governments, along with the CDC, are encouraging social distancing, including reducing or eliminating face-to-face encounters with alternative options such as contactless delivery and self-serve options.  In workplaces, this includes re-evaluating how food and beverages are offered to employees. For example, in the past weeks, many organizations have shuttered cafeterias to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 Recently the NIH and CDC released information on the Coronavirus’ lifespan on surfaces.

  • Airborne: 30 minutes to 3 hours
  • Cardboard: 24 hours
  • Stainless Steel: 2 days
  • Plastic: 3 days

These guidelines have prompted many organizations to further re-evaluate self-serve convenience service options deployed in their organizations such as unattended retail markets.  The risks in these applications is that the food and beverage products are not controlled in such that consumers can pick-up products and return them to the shelves for the next consumer to handle.  With COVID-19 having up to a three-day lifespan on items such as bottled beverages and clamshell salad containers, unattended retail applications may pose a risk of being a spreading point within organizations.

Unlike unattended retail markets where consumers can access and return the food and beverage products, vending requires consumers to purchase the product(s) before the consumer is able to touch the product(s).  Just think in a micro market setting how many people before you may have picked up that plastic bottled beverage or salad in a plastic clamshell before you and put it back on the shelf.  

Besides the product itself having the opportunity to be handled by multiple people in a micro market application, another consideration is the cleanliness of micro market hardware itself.  For example, when consumers access products in micro markets they often come in contact with shelving holding the product. You have risk of direct exposure on the shelf itself, as well as transfer exposure from the product.  Being full secured access, this is not a concern or risk when it comes to vending, as only the operator has access to the interior of the machine including the shelving.

Vending offers the ultimate secured access solution and allows organizations to safely provide employees and consumers with food and beverage products, with little to no risk of contamination from numerous other individuals handling the product.

According to the European Vending Association, “Vending machines are a reliable and safe way to obtain food and beverages. Vending machine operators place food safety as top priority in their daily service, and are trained in protection against infections. During the current health crisis, operators have also put in place measures to ensure that the disinfection of machine surfaces is also carried out as regularly as possible.

For more information or other equipment questions, please contact Vendnet at
1-888-836-3638. 

What products are recommended to safely clean and disinfect vending equipment? Check back soon to find out in Part II.

Bill Validator & Coin Mechanism Special

There’s little that is more frustrating as a vendor than being unable to receive your customer’s money.  And it’s equally as frustrating for customers wanting to purchase products from you machine! Your customer chooses an item or maybe two that they want from your machine but when they try to insert money, there is a jam or a faulty piece of equipment that prevents the sale. Old or unreliable coin mechanisms and bill validators simply aren’t worth keeping around. Vendnet’s Conlux Special gives you a good deal on replacing your coin mechanism or bill validator.

When you purchase a Conlux mech or Validator, Vendnet will accept ANY complete MDB mech or validator working or non-working for a credit to be issued upon receipt and inspection by Vendnet. Rebate form must be filled out completely and accompany the unit(s) you are returning for credit. Credit will not be given for unit(s) that are not accompanied by rebate form at the time of receipt by Vendnet. All units sent in to Vendnet for credit become the sole property of Vendnet and will not be returned. 

Units should be shipped to: 

Vendnet  

165 N 10th St 

Waukee, IA 50263 

Conlux is one of the most trusted and quality brands for bill acceptors and coin mechanisms in the vending industry. Their products are simple to use and highly reliable. Conlux offers 4-way bill acceptance and dual pellet sensing technology. 300 or 500 cash boxes with dual side entry doors are available as well. Call 1-877-4CONLUX(426-6589) or email conlux@vendnetusa.com for more information about this offer.

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.

Clean Water Vending Machines to Replace Water Fountains

Clean Water Vending Machines
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When you think of a vending machine, you probably call to mind images of large units that dispense any number of sugary drinks or snacks. What you might not think about is a vending machine that dispenses clean drinking water on command, but that’s exactly what one vending machine manufacturer hopes to change. The Wittern Group is hoping that its new controlled dispensing solutions will prove so popular with people looking for clean drinking water that they could entirely replace water fountains in the near future.

The Benefits of Clean Water Machines

The benefits of a clean water vending machine are numerous, particularly as a public and environmental service. Not only are manufacturers hoping that they’ll replace water fountains, but also the need for bottled water in many major markets. Bottled water may be convenient, but it represents a number of environmental and material hazards that we cannot afford to ignore any longer.

Additionally, clean water vending machines may prove to be much more reliable than traditional bottle-filled machines. These machines are connected to the public water system, essentially guaranteeing that they will never “run out” of stock.

Steps to Obtain Approval

In order for a vending machine company to provide such water-related services to the public, however, a number of important steps are involved. Though requirements will vary slightly based on jurisdiction, the broader strokes are always the same. In Massachusetts, for example, any water vending machine will have to be first submitted to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs in Boston for a lengthy review and approval process. A complete description of the new technology will need to be provided, documentation outlining all plumbing and schematics must be included and a copy of the operational and vending machine maintenance manual will also be necessary.

Third party approval will also be required by an agency that has been certified by the MassDEP, with the NAMA (National Automatic Merchandising Association) being just one of many examples. The site that the vending machine will be located at will have to be properly registered, as will the unit itself as a component of the public water system.

With advanced solutions such as these, vending machine repair becomes even more important. When a vending machine becomes your premier and trusted source for something as important as clean drinking water, fixing any issues and performing regular maintenance are even more essential to its continued survival than ever before. If these clean water vending machines continue to grow in popularity, the days of water fountains and even bottled water may very well be numbered.