Vending Machine Equipment
Around the world, vending machines sell an incredible
variety of products. In Singapore, one vending machine even sells mashed
potatoes! Here in Canada, vending machines are a tradition, and can be found in
venues ranging from schools to hockey rinks, from hospital waiting rooms to bus
stations. Owning and operating vending machine equipment
can be lucrative. Since it requires little time to stock and maintain a few
vending machines, some people do it as an income supplement. Others buy several
machines and use this activity to provide their entire income.
If you're interested in exploring the possibility of
entering the vending machine field, there are a few important considerations.
One way to learn more about these is to find a knowledgeable supplier of
vending machines. These distributors are experts in the field, and can help you
learn what you need to know in order to make an informed decision.
What, Where, and How
should I put my vending machine?
type of product should I sell?
These two decisions go hand-in-hand. If your machine
is in a gym frequented by health-conscious women, for example, you will want to
stock natural juices and protein bars. If it's in an arcade, you may want to stock
potato chips, pop, and other snacks that teenage boys enjoy.
After finding the building where your machine will go,
make sure to place it properly. You'll need to find a nearby power source.
Measure to see that there's enough space for the machine.
It may take some legwork to find a location that's got
enough population density to warrant a vending machine. Once you've found one,
you will need to do research to find out who your potential customers will be.
Once you know that, you can choose the type of machine
you need. It could be a snack machine, a refrigerated cold drink machine, or a
combo machine that sells both drinks and snacks. In certain locations, you may
even want to install a machine that sells larger food items, or even frozen
Next, you'll need to price your products and choose a
way for customer to pay – coins, bills, or credit card are the usual options.
Stocking and Maintaining Machines
Vending machines don't require a lot of tending. When
you buy a machine, you'll want to ensure that you have a warranty and a good
service agreement with the supplier; this will minimize any machine downtime.
But stocking the machine is relatively simple. Most vending machines can hold a
number of different items, and can be customized the way you want. The average
snack machine, for example, has four snack "trays” that hold chips and larger
items, plus three "bar trays” that hold chocolate bars and granola bars. These
can be pulled out and loaded quickly and easily.
Finding the right vending machine supplier can be key
to the process. A good supplier will not only help you choose a machine, but
will also offer free training. Some leading distributors offer financing on
approved credit to help you get started.
Contact a vending machine equipment distributor
today, and find out more!