Carlene Petersen Soda Machine November 20th, 2017 - 16:34:44
Make sure you are well versed in the soda vending machines that you will be using. Are you able to do the basic maintenance that it will need? Anything can break down once in a while. When people do not have their soda machines they are used to, than can get upset quickly. Keeping the customer happy is essential. Make sure you know your machines. Do not purchase old, out dated machines that frequently jam coins, do not make change for dollar bills, etc. Get a machine that will keep you as headache free as possible, and enjoy your job.
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.
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.
If you decide that you want to go into Soda vending machines, you have to do some strategic planning on where you want to place your machines so that they are in high traffic areas. Keep your eye out for new businesses that are opening in the area, and try to get the contract to place your machines in those buildings. Check any place where people work and see if they have vending machines in their break room. Another option would be larger churches who have meetings in their building all week. They may be willing to place a machine in their fellowship area.