Robert Becker Soda Machine August 25th, 2018 - 14:50:01
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.
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.
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.
Product Selection - You need to get the right products in front of the right people. People are obsessed with getting great locations but thats not it. A great location will only bring you half of the way. You need to get the right products in front of the people at the business or they will never use your machines. I would go so far as to even say that product selection is more important than the location itself.