Joyce Keith Soda Machine July 28th, 2017 - 20:29:14
Soda bottling companies often provide the soda vending machines free of charge. However, you do have to sign a contract saying that you will only purchase the supplies for the beverage vending machine from this company, which can cut down on your profits. When you buy from the company, you will receive discounts, such as one free case of soda for every ten cases that you buy. The downside to buying all the sodas and other beverages from the company is that you will pay full price for the supplies.
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.
Airports, shopping malls and other strategic locations where there is high people traffic are prime places for soda vending machines. Often when out shopping, people want a cool refreshing drink and they dont want to go into a restaurant and sit down. With the beverage vending machine, you will find that at certain times of the year, business is better than others. Summer is the time when cold soda sells best from the soda vending machines, so you do have to be prepared for a slow down in business when winter arrives.