Alyson Brewer Soda Machine July 03rd, 2017 - 18:17:14
A great place to pick up used machines is Craigslist and eBay. Also, make sure to look in your local yellow pages for vending companies. Most medium sized cities have vending companies and they very often have used machines for sale that they are no longer using. One of the main issues though with getting used machines is keeping track of all the different product selections. Getting the product selection right is paramount to running a successful vending business. Thats why I suggest using a vending management solution so you can keep track of all of your different sodas in each machine.
Business Plan - You need to have a business plan for you snack and soda business or you are destined to fail. You need to know if you are buying used or new machines, combo or individual, etc. You need to know if youre going to vend cans or bottles. There are so many different variables and you need to figure them out before you go into business. Make a plan that makes sense for you and go with it.
In the vending business, selling beverages from a soda machine is one of the easiest money makers. You will need to have a selection of different drinks such as bottled water, juice and soda. Also needed would be a carefully thought out location to position your machine. Think carefully about the location of the machine, because that one decision alone can make or break the business for you.
Vending Management - You need a way to manage your entire vending route. You need to use an online vending management solution to track your business. This is the one point that I see more operators fail on than any other. Good vending management software will let you keep track of which products are selling the best and keep track of your inventory for you. This way you know you need to bring, where you need to bring them and when the machines need serviced.