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Carts Blanche, LLC (VendaCarts) Promotes Small Business on Twitter and Pinterest

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By , January 31, 2014 9:53 am

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New Business Idea – Stock Your Vending Machines with Fresh Healthy Food On The Go

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By , January 31, 2014 8:56 am

Carts Blanche, VendaMarts – is your mobile healthy food on the go automated retail store for your small business ideas.

http://www.psfk.com/2014/01/salad-vending-machine.html#!tblap

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Salad Vending Machine Sells Organic Meals On The Go

Farmer’s Fridge is a food company with a unique product: a vending machine that sells salads packed in sealed, recyclable containers.The company prepares gourmet salads, snacks, and breakfast food early in the morning from fresh produce that are organic and mostly locally sourced. The company prepares the food daily in a fully licensed shared kitchen then delivers the packed salads to the vending machines by 10 AM. Unsold salads are donated to a local food pantry.The company is SPE-certified, which means the food is properly sourced and nutritionally-balanced and delicious.

Farmers-Fridge-2The vending machines, which the company prefers to call automated refrigerated kiosks, are constructed with reclaimed wood and some recycled materials. The machine accepts all major credit cards and features touch screens and bar code scanners for coupons and email receipts.

The kiosks cuts down on counter costs and allows people to buy affordable healthy food on the go. The company also offers catering and delivery services within the Chicago area.

The kiosks are currently located only in Chicago, but Farmer’s Fridge founder Luke Saunders is looking at getting them to New York in the future, according to a post on Well + Good.

The Future of Food Retailing in the U.S – Business Ideas to Build your Business Opportunities in Vending

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By , January 31, 2014 8:42 am

2014 Trends in the Food – Beverage Industry

Thinking of starting a small business or need new fresh business ideas to expand your existing business into the food and beverage market?                   Carts Blanche, VendaCarts, Mobile Retail Store is the revolutionary business opportunity for 201416

http://blog.marketresearch.com/projected-2014-trends-in-the-food-beverage-industry

1. Overall food and beverage retail sales will continue to rise throughout 2014.  Packaged Facts predicts sales to reach $667.5 billion next year, which is a 4.5% increase over 2013’s sales of $638.8 billion. When broken down, this influx accounts for only 1-2% in actual unit growth, but also takes into account an estimated inflation rate of 3-4%. Sales are expected to gain momentum throughout the year and continue to grow, reaching an expected $796 billion by 2018.

2. Sales of private label products will continue to grow, reaching $133 billion by 2016. When the recession hit in 2008, the sales of private label products began growing at a steady pace. In just four years from 2008 to 2012, sales increased from $82.8 billion to $104 billion. During this time, private labels gained much favor and popularity. Now that the economy is steadily building again, private label sales are continuing to grow due to improved quality and increased marketing. In fact, many shoppers have found store brands that are comparable or that they prefer to leading national brands’ products.

groceryshopping3. Fresh foods will continue to hold more and more importance in shoppers’ retailer preference. When it comes to choosing a regular food and beverage retailer, there are several key factors people consider. In The Future of Food Retailing in the U.S.: Shopper Insights and Market Opportunities, 4th Edition, Packaged Facts sites FMI’s study U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2012, revealing that in addition to competitive prices and cleanliness, due to growing health and wellness awareness, high quality produce and fresh foods are now one of the most important determining factors in where consumers shop. Because of the increasing importance of fresh foods, supercenters can no longer rely on commodity pricing to maintain their customers. In fact, in Why Retailers are Keeping it Fresh: Fresh Foods Not Spoiled by Inflationary Heat, Nielson Perishables Group predicts that during 2014 and the following years, supermarkets will begin to lose market share to the larger supercenters, who are now placing more importance on the quality of these items.

4. Emphasis on healthy eating will continue to make its way into schools and alternative food and beverage retail options. With continued focus on health-conscious offerings, alternative food and beverage retailers will experience some change during 2014 as well. Most notably, by the fall start of the 2014 school year, the USDA’s “Smart Snacks in Schools” initiative will take effect, banning the sale of sugary and unhealthy snack foods and drinks from vending machines located in public schools nationwide. Traditional vending machine items, such as candy, cookies and sugary drinks, will be replaced with healthier offerings like whole wheat crackers, fruit cups and fat-free milk.

Business Alabama Features Carts Blanche’s Business Opportunities in January Issue

By , January 24, 2014 2:02 pm

Stores on Wheels

Annette Nolan expects to be a game changer in the set-in-its-ways, $42 billion vending industry. What she has in mind are retail stores that travel — as far as Moscow. Business Alabama features Carts Blanche’s Business opportunities in January Issue.

http://www.businessalabama.com/Business-Alabama/January-2014/Stores-on-Wheels/

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Annette Nolan “saw a need to take the product to people, rather than people to the product” and developed VendaCarts, like the one opposite.Annette Nolan “saw a need to take the product to people, rather than people to the product” and developed VendaCarts, like the one opposite.

Mobile’s Carts Blanche LLC markets and sells vending machines, sort of, but not quite. Because referring to Carts Blanche’s ‘VendaCarts’ as just a vending machine is like referring to Godzilla as just a lizard. Carts Blanche may change the way we insert quarters.

And for Annette Nolan, it may have changed her life.

From an office in downtown Mobile, she runs a game-changing empire in the vending industry, whether they want it or not. Carts Blanche produces colossal “VendaCarts” that can house a small grocery store, cater an army, set up automated banking in a pasture, erect video arcades on wheels and more. But for the CEO, as with any business owner, there were initial obstacles.

Hers included fibromyalgia, which forced her to choose between working for the short-term and possibly never again, or putting her business dream on hold while she recovered. She chose the latter, taking six years away from her fledgling enterprise, but using the time to broaden her product research.

Back on the job since 2007, she has used what she learned to develop an even stronger product line.

“We don’t face problems, we face challenges,” says Nolan, knowing that her company and its products are firmly on the move.

“We have two VendaCarts in Moscow,” she says, “and one operated by Airbus.”

So what is her product, the VendaCarts that are now at work here and abroad?

Basically, it is the marriage of mobile real estate with self-serve robotic equipment and billboard advertising.

Target customers include construction companies, vending operators, corporations, commercial food services, caterers, entrepreneurs, marketing and promotional companies, persons with disabilities, veterans and retirees interested in part-time or full-time retirement careers. Beyond traditional uses, Nolan’s carts also can fill a need during disaster relief operations, on military sites and during shutdowns.

Nolan is a trailblazer in an industry that doesn’t always welcome blazed trails. “The $42 billion industry has been around for over a century,” she notes. But the vending stations have been almost as immobile as brick-and-mortar stores — small upright boxes that demand an electrical outlet and always seem to prefer correct change.

“We will change that,” says Nolan. “We are the only company with this size capability and products that can be moved anywhere.” VendaCarts are not slaves to plugs. A power cord should be an electricity source, she contends, not a tether.

According to company brochures, “Once on location, both sides of the trailer are raised to create awnings, exposing the ready to operate self-service food and beverage vending business. The automated machines create a quick way to deliver food to more customers in a shorter timeframe. Pre-packaged foods and beverages ensure healthier and safer products for the customer.”

With three sizes: 16, 20 and 24 feet, VendaCarts are about the size of a small garage.  Custom designed to client specifications, the units are tailored for food sales/catering kiosks, arcade games, banking, business promotions and sales or some other customer request. It can be set up in a parking lot, at a county fair, sports venue or birthday party — just about anywhere accessible by road.

“The beauty of this system is that the operator can set up, stock and walk away. The VendaCart takes it from there,” says Nolan. “The onboard computer will send the operator a text message when supplies are low.”

Trailers with a price range starting at a $27,500 basic model to $40,000 deluxe are available to plug into a power supply or with onboard electrical generators. Depending on customer needs, VendaCarts offer refrigeration, ATM machines, Wi-Fi, Facebook and Twitter capabilities. Pop up the optional decorative awnings and you have a portable home on the range that vends food in as little as 15 seconds.

Getting VendaCarts to customers is not the problem. Getting VendaCarts to Nolan was.

“I talked to hundreds of trailer manufacturers before finding mine,” she says. “Most fabricators did not want to deviate from their designs. If they made horse, NASCAR or motorcycle trailers, that’s what they wanted to sell me. I couldn’t go to my competition for help. I was afraid they would steal my idea.” And funding sources demanded more than an idea, they wanted a prototype. She delivered.

It was too important not to — an idea that’s been germinating since her very first job, operating a flower shop in Mount Vernon. Not long after, she moved into a pushcart and kiosk business and realized that the products available weren’t meeting all the needs.

“I saw a need for more,” says Nolan. “First, I wanted vending machines more accessible by people with disabilities. Second, I saw a need to take the product to people, rather than people to the product.”

“I saw a huge demand and opportunity to take vending to the masses,” says Nolan. “We are actively partnering with other industry companies in the promotion, sales and leasing of VendaCarts.”

Nolan and business partner Kathy Lovitt acknowledge that they are marketing a new concept in an industry that doesn’t accept new ideas quickly.

But, “You cannot keep Annette down,” says Lovitt. “She has endless positive energy.”

“If the industry will embrace this new concept, we will see great things happening,” Lovitt adds. “And we are getting our word out with social media and marketing.”

And once the order comes, VendaWorks can deliver within six to eight weeks — maybe a trifle longer in spring when the outdoor event marketplace demands more equipment.

For more information on Carts Blanche, call 251-786-5852 and visit the company website at cartsblancheonline.com or Facebook and Twitter.

Standard Specifications for VendaCarts Trailers From 2 to 9 Vending Machines

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By , January 24, 2014 1:14 pm

Models: VendaCarts Mobile Automated Retail Stores can hold from 2 to 9 Vending Machines.

VendaCarts Trailers

Trailer Holds up to Vending Machines

  • 10’       Flat nose
  • 10’       V-nose
  • 16’       Flat nose
  • 16’       V-nose
  • 20’       Flat nose
  • 20’       V-nose
  • 24’       Flat nose
  • 24’       V-nose
  • 2 automated machines and other equipment
  • 3 automated machines and other equipment
  • 4 automated machines and other equipment
  • 5 automated machines and other equipment
  • 6 automated machines and other equipment
  • 7 automated machines and other equipment
  • 8 automated machines and other equipment
  • 9 automated machines and other equipment

A combination of ATM’s, micro waves, condiment stands, change machines and other service units can be located over wheel well.

VendaCarts are built to order and typically require 8-12 weeks for completion.

Standard Specifications

  • Built in the USA
  • Flat or V-nose styles
  • Exterior- aluminum siding w/corner molding and diamond plate front
  • Main Frame – structural metal with tubular frame – walls and roof bow
  • Flooring, side walls and ceiling – 3/8′ treated plywood
  • Brake commercial quality drop spring dual axels.
  • LED running lights
  • Electric drum type on all wheels, breakaway switch wired in but require tow vehicle controller not supplied with trailer
  • Axel – heavy duty
  • Wheels – within walls w/chrome trim
  • Interior lights
  • Electrical service – 50 amps electrical service 110 volt w/ receptacles6836 JOFEMAR PICTURES_04
  • Lights / Brake Receptacle – 6-way 12volt
  • Shore Power – 25′
  • Ventilation fans 12 volt
  • Flush mount vents
  • 1-25″ access  door w/flush lock in rear of trailer
  • Lift-up awning/doors on either side of the trailer – total six awning/doors
  • Lift-up awning/door in V-Nose
  • Awning/door supports – gas shocks
  • Jacks – four corner – scissor jacks – hand crank
  • Reinforced platform for vending machines
  • Semi-style Camlock with dual locking system
  • Shelving over wheel well

Planet Vending Promotes VendaCarts Mobile Automated Retail Stores

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By , January 24, 2014 1:07 pm

 

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“VendaCarts” Mobile Automated Stores Wheel Into Vending!

By Annette Antoine Nolan

Based in Mobile, Alabama, Carts Blanche’s “VendaCarts” adds wheels to vending and rolls automated sales into new untapped marketplaces. “VendaCarts” is a custom designed mobile automated retail store equipped with up to nine built-in vending machines.Years have been spent in research and development within the vending, catering and concession industries. Cart/kiosk and trailer design, digital and LCD signage, automated technology, ATM banking, food, beverage and merchandising markets where scoped for the latest trends in retail while networking with industry experts, business consultants, technicians, engineers and designers all to design and develop  “VendaCarts” as the most opportunistic mobile automated retail store ever conceived.

“VendaCarts” is a custom designed mobile automated retail store equipped with up to nine built-in vending machines, a combination of service units such as microwaves, change makers and condiment stands and technology such as ATM’s, digital signage/LCD screens all with the ability to add remote monitoring systems for easier business management. Once on location, the sides of the kiosk open creating awnings, which exposes the ready to operate automated retail store. The combination of five industries under one roof introduces up to as many as 23 distinct profit centers and allows daily business activities to be accomplished by one person.

This is convenience retailing at its finest. Moving vending operations from the traditional bricks-and-mortar to the masses in the special events marketplace, construction/building sites, manufacturing locations, university settings, entertainment facilities and disaster relief sites leads the vending industry into a wider playing field multiplying locations and profits exponentially.   The “VendaCarts Revolution” is on!  Come join us!

http://www.planet-vending.com/vendacarts-mobile-automated-stores-wheel-into-vending/

Vending Machine Coffee Sells Soar with no Promise of Coming Down

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By , January 24, 2014 12:36 pm

 

Good News for Starbucks, net revenue increased 12% to 4.2 billion.  Even greater news for vendors, start now planning, this revolutionary business opportunity in coffee.   VendaCarts mobile trailers “Pop Up Coffee Café” with coffee vending machines can make your dreams of owning your own business a reality.  Low Overhead, No Bricks and Mortar Building Expenses, Endless Locations, One-Man Operation.

Starbucks Corp. reported financial results for its 13-week fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 29, 2013.

First quarter fiscal 2014 highlights:

  • Consolidated net revenues increased 12 percent to $4.2 billion
  • Global comparable store sales grew 5 percent, driven by a 4 percent increase in trafficstarbucks-logo_10601606
    • Americas and U.S. comp growth of 5 percent, driven by a 4 percent increase in traffic
    • EMEA comp growth of 5 percent, the highest growth in 13 quarters, driven by a 3 percent increase in traffic
    • China/Asia Pacific comp growth of 8 percent, driven by a 7 percent increase in traffic
  • Consolidated operating income increased 29 percent to $814 million
  • Consolidated operating margin improved 260 basis points to 19.2 percent
  • Earnings per share increased 25 percent to $0.71 per share
  • Dollars loaded on Starbucks Cards globally reached $1.4 billion in the quarter; the My Starbucks Rewards program now has over 7 million active members in the U.S.
  • Opened 417 net new stores globally – bringing total store count to 20,184 – including the 4,000th store in CAP and the 2,000th store in EMEA

“Holiday 2013 was the first in which many traditional brick and mortar retailers experienced in-store foot traffic give way to online shopping in a major way,” said Howard Schultz, chairman, president and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Co., in a prepared statement. “As our solid traffic growth and record Q1 results demonstrate, Starbucks unique combination of physical and digital assets positions us as one of the very few consumer brands with a national and global footprint to benefit from the seismic shift underway.”

“Starbucks strong Q1 results once again demonstrate the fundamental strength of the Starbucks business, particularly noteworthy given the continued economic challenges worldwide,” said Troy Alstead, CFO and group president. “Successful holiday sales around the globe drove healthy growth in comparable store sales which, combined with our best in class operations, drove another quarter of record operating results. Our continued ability to execute at this level gives us the confidence to reaffirm our aggressive growth targets for fiscal 2014.”

http://www.vendingmarketwatch.com/news/11299591/starbucks-net-revenues-increase-12-percent-first-quarter-2014

Pop Up Coffee Shop for Kindle Bookworms – New Small Business Idea from VendaCarts

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By , January 23, 2014 2:47 pm

 

OK here is another business idea for you – VendaCarts – Mobile Pop Up Coffee Shop for Kindle Lovers – and Computer Geeks. Coffee Vending Machines are a hit for 1 reason – perfect cup of fresh Joe.  Now marry that with a couple of Kindle vending machines, docking station, computer hook ups and lets charge our cell phone while we are at it and that is a new revolutionary VendaCarts, Mobile Pop Up Coffee Shop.  What about a bag of hot popcorn, cold drinks and snacks for your enjoyment.

Getting your products in the hands of consumers can take some cunning, and it seems that Amazon has no lack of it. GeekWire reports spotting an Amazon Kindle vending machine in McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Sin City is, of course, the location of CES 2014, which just so happens to be coming to a close tomorrow. With thousands upon thousands of technology enthusiasts passing through McCarran’s doors over the next few days, Amazon clearly saw an opportunity to pick up a few impulse buys during the mass exodus.

kindlekioskThe automated kiosk sells everything ranging from basic Kindle e-ink readers to the Kindle Fire HDX, which comes with a price tag just under $400. There are also Kindle accessories on offer, such as the Kindle PowerFast adapter. It’s easy to imagine accessories being the big sellers at these kiosks, if only because so many people (meaning me) seem to frequently leave the house in a rush, forgetting things like chargers in the process. For what it’s worth, the folks at GeekWire actually gave the kiosk a spin, opting to purchase a PowerFast adapter. Aside from technical hang ups (they report the interface going inactive for as much as 10 seconds at a time), they got their adapter for the somewhat hefty price of $20 however, this is the same price as it is online at Amazon.com.

This isn’t the first Amazon kiosk to be spotted in the wild. Kindle vending machines have been popping up in public places since last November. Those temporary kiosks were part of an initiative to get people to buy the Kindle Paperwhite in the midst of the holiday shopping season, but regardless of whether these kiosks are permanent or temporary, Amazon seems pleased with the result. An Amazon representative told GeekWire that the company is “very happy with the customer response” so far, so it would it appear that these kiosks are actually pulling in a respectable number of sales.

With these kiosks, we’re seeing Amazon enter the retail market without investing as much money as competitors like Apple and Microsoft. While those two have dedicated stores to sell their products – complete with rent and employees to pay – these kiosks allow Amazon to sell directly to consumers without sinking a bunch of money into opening up a full-blown store. Provided Amazon’s little experiment keeps bringing in sales, we’ll probably see these pop up in more locations. Have you seen any of these kiosks appear in your area? http://www.androidheadlines.com/2014/01/amazon-kindle-vending-machine-pops-up-at-mccarran-airport-as-ces-comes-to-a-close.html

A Revolutionary New Mobile Pizzeria Concept and Business Opportunities

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By , January 20, 2014 1:39 pm

Introducing the world’s first pizza vending machine!
Imagine having fresh pizza, cooked to perfection, with a choice of three toppings – in less than three minutes! It may sound too good to be true but, thanks to Let’s Pizza, it’s now a reality. 365 days a year. Thanks to Carts Blanche your new business opportunity can be a mobile Pizzeria.

lets pizzaFresh Pizza? Let’s Pizza. Any day, any time, any place

The Let’s Pizza vending machine is already a major success in Italy. And now, it’s attracting widespread interest among fast-food vending connoisseurs in the UK and USA.  Our VendaMarts Mobile Pop Up Café is perfect for your very own Mobile Pizzeria

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Let’s Pizza kneads the dough, forms a round, adds tomato sauce, layers toppings – and then bakes it all in front of your very eyes. There are no frozen pizzas here; Let’s Pizza is a mini-pizzeria that’s open 24 hours a day!

It’s that simple –  we’re revolutionizing the hot food vending industry! Delivering reliable pizza vending for food outlets, coffee shops, universities, student accommodation, colleges, careering companies, events, budget hotels, independent businesses…the list goes on. Thanks to its unique design and solid business proposition, the Let’s Pizza vending machine is being widely adopted in public venues and at private events.

Check out Let’s Pizza web site http://www.letspizza.co.uk/  Now check out Carts Blanche’s web site http://www.cartsblanche.com/

You will be putting Pizza, Drinks, Deserts on VendaMarts Mobile Pop Up Pizzeria.

The Growth Potential for VendaMarts, Mobile Convenience Store 2014 Best Business Opportunity

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By , January 20, 2014 1:00 pm

th46DKN9PRCurrent research on the Convenience Stores Industry shows rise and high growth potential.   Making Carts Blanche’s ” VendaMarts”  Mobile Convenience Store business opportunity to good to pass up. 

thSTCCG32JAny and most all packaged foods and beverages offered at C-Stores can come in vending machines.  This is a new business opportunity to help launch your company into the Convenience Store $708.2 billon dollar arena.  Vending machine manufactures are changing with the times and offering more equipment to meet the demand.  Our VendaMarts is just the mobile real estate needed to take traditional and non traditional product to the  consumer.

With in-store sales leading the way, the convenience store industry achieved record total revenue of $708.2 billion in 2012, an increase of 2.8 percent from the previous year. In-store sales (merchandise and foodservice) grew 4.7 percent, according to the Convenience Store News 2013 Industry Report.

Because profit margins are much higher inside the store than on motor fuels, the gains in  in-store sales had a positive impact on industry profits. Total industry pretax profits increased 4.1 percent to approximately $6.72 billion, or about $46,000 per store.

The c-store industry ended the year with 149,220 stores, a net total of 1,094 units more than the prior year. The ratio of chain-operated units to single-store units remained the same, with 37.1 percent of the industry’s stores being part of chains and 62.9 percent operated by single-store owners.

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