Small Vending Machines And Small Accounts
These small vending machines and the small accounts they go into should be of interest to the vendor that is just starting out. These accounts can be profitable and in many cases are unhappy with the service they are getting from the large vendor (if they are getting service).
The accounts I’m talking about here are the accounts with twenty five to one hundred employees. There are many different ways to service these accounts. At the lower end of our scale the vendor will normally want to place a pop and a snack machine.
Soda Vending Machines
In many cases you may want to look into used vending machines to help hold down on the initial expense of setting up a new account. Another option to look into is teaming up with Coca Cola, Pepsi or Cadbury Schweppes (Dr Pepper/7up).
The cola companies will normally be happy to loan a vendor a vending machine to sell their product. Depending on what part of the US you live in you may even be able to get the cola companies to allow you to put a few selections of their competitors soda in the loaner vending machine.
This is done usually when one brand is dominant in your area. The brand that is not doing as well will allow you to use a couple of selections for their competitors product as long as the machine is filled with their product on all the other selections.
I have seen times when Cadbury Schweppes has allowed vendors to use four selections of their machines for the competition out of the nine selections that are available. Cadbury Schweppes has some very good products and more vendors are using their machines.
If you are using one of Cadbury Schweppes machines and they have allowed you four selections for Pepsi and Coke products your machine may have the following selections. Dr Pepper, A&W Root Beer, 7/up, A&W Creme Soda, Diet Dr Pepper, Pepsi, Mt Dew, Coke and Diet Coke. In my opinion this would be a pleasing variety for most any location.
Snack Vending Machines
You will want to use a full size snack machine that has four columns for chips and eight columns for candy. Most companies are using the machines that have only one tray for candy. The salty items that fit in the wide columns are the more popular and you will be able to get more salty items in your machine this way. This allows you to stretch out the frequency of your visits to the location. Click
for more information on popular snacks found in vending machines.
When you offer an account a pop and snack machine you have covered seventy five percent of all the sales that an account will do, and by not offering the cold food machine you don't need to come as often plus you have eliminated ninety percent of the stales that come out of an account.
Cold Food Vending
The cold food vending machines are an item many of your accounts will ask for. They should be avoided until an account has close to one hundred employees and most of them are men. As you will discover men are more likely to use vending machines than women are. Men are also much more inclined to use a cold food machine than women are.
Small vending machines
The small vending machines that will handle snacks and pop in one machine are also an option for small locations. The machine that has two products to offer can be an option for an account that has ten to thirty five employees.
You will probably discover that by going with small vending machines it is normally not too long before the account is asking for more variety, and with this type of machine your options will be limited.
In most cases a vendor will want to stay with the option of two vending machines the pop and snack machine instead of the combo small vending machines. When an account has close to one hundred employees you can think about adding a cold food machine.
I would not recommend a combo machine that sells cold food. The variety will not be there for your customer and the frequency you would need to service the location would make this account a very low profit account.
There is always the option of the
honor snack box
and many vendors have made a good living in the honor box business.
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