Beatrice Kelley Soda Machine May 10th, 2017 - 13:49:31
Removing the lights in a soda or vending machine reduces the visibility hurting sales and may only save $50 per year. By simply unplugging customers may approach the machine and find it out of operation so you have the added hassle of unplugging and plugging in daily. Timers can be installed to regulate the times that a vending machine has power but because timers may shut down a machine while its running through a refrigeration cycle. Shutting down a machine during one of these cycles may increase the amount of required maintenance.
One of the problems with the soda vending machines is that you usually have to make a decision to go with one product per machine. For example if you get a Pepsi machine it will be filled with Pepsi Diet Pepsi Caffeine Free Pepsi Mountain Dew Pepsi zero etc. You would not be able to include 7-up. You would need to have a separate machine for other products or some places they have machines for generic drinks. Also lately with the popularity of energy drinks one almost needs to have a vending machine that includes those drinks and water. There are also machines that are for fruit juices.
Switching out the soda and replacing that product with others will be a way to continue to profit from the soda machine. Other locations that are strategic places for locating your machine are airports the shopping malls. All these are high traffic areas ad there ideal for the machine. The biggest challenge is finding the most strategic location. The machine will be a welcome sight to shoppers who are thirsty and do not want to go to a restaurant to satisfy that thirst. Business with the soda machine is better at some times of the year than at other times. The best time for the selling of cold soda through the soda machine id in the summer and the slowest time is in the winter. The biggest hurdle is finding a location that will be the most profitable for the type of drink or snack machines you will offer.
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.