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VISTAR One Source for Vending Products

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By , September 25, 2015 9:58 am

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Looking for vending products like snacks, food, beverages and non-food items

check out Vistar –

 

VISTAR is your source for candy, snacks, beverage and non-foods for your hotel, retail environment, vending, office coffee and concession business. With our service, national presence and product selection, VISTAR is the right choice as your full-line distributor. From taking your order, to delivering your products, we strive to make your every contact with VISTAR a positive experience.

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Can the Strategy C-Stores use Boost Sales for Vending Operators?

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By , September 25, 2015 8:56 am

Can the strategy convenience stores use to boost sales apply to vending operators and YOUR vending business?  YES! Below is an article focused on C-Stores, I have highlighted the points that could apply to your vending business, check them out.

How to Boost Sales in Convenience Stores

by Miki Markovich, Demand Media

Boost convenience store sales by motivating your employees to provide excellent customer service.

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Step 2 Reward your employees to provide exemplary customer service. Although many convenience store owners may believe that paying close to minimum wage will only bring them average or below-average employees, with some creative motivation, you may be able to provide the top service in town. Consider implementing an employee reward system. Use comment cards, sales goals or other markers as an employee performance measurement base. Reward the employee with gift certificates or other incentives for meeting milestones. Also, send cards and perhaps a small gift on birthdays and employment anniversaries to show you care about your employees as people.

Step 4 Brainstorm products and service options. Seek innovation. Consider what special products or services you can provide to entice customers to shop at your establishment. This may mean installing a drive-through or stocking video game rentals. If you have large truck or RV parking, it may mean providing services that appeal more to cross-country travelers.

Step 5 Merchandise your products attractively. People are more likely to buy products that are featured in an attractive display.

Step 6 Position complementary items near each other. This way, when a customer buys one item, for example charcoal, they can easily find other necessities such as lighter fluid or long matches. This can boost sales by doubling purchases.

Step 7 Create a loyalty program. There are many options from punch cards for drink purchases to coupons for total money spent. You may desire to get creative and offer convenience store Bingo cards. Once patrons get five products stamped in a row, they receive prizes.

Step 8 Watch for trends. Learn what items people are spending their money on and stock them.

Iced Coffee Popularity is Growing Reports Beverage Daily

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By , September 22, 2015 9:44 am

thIced coffee rise in popularity can be credited to Stumptown Coffee Roasters.  To boost revenue, vending operators can start stocking the popular brand of iced coffee.co

It’s a good time to be in cold coffee. According to Beverage Marketing Corp., ready-to-drink coffee beverage consumption was up 52 percent last year from 2009. The popularity of cold brew coffee has made coffee giants like Starbucks and Peet’s take notice and offer the drink, but one company credited with popularizing the beverage.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters, based out of Portland, OR, which began selling ready-to-drink bottles of cold brew coffee years ago, is now betting on a big future for cold coffee, reports BeverageDaily.

The company has several new ready-to-drink cold brew coffee options in the works and is growing its retail footprint. Stumptown’s 10.5-ounce ready-to-drink beverages—oftentimes referred to as a “stubby”—are even offered through some OCS operations in the U.S.

The biggest challenge for Stumptown in scaling their ready-to-drink cold brews, Beverage Daily reports, is maintaining quality and temperature during distribution.

http://www.vendingmarketwatch.com/news/12113069/stumptown-bets-on-big-future-for-cold-coffee-trend

Retail Sales of Cold Brew Coffee Up 115% From 2014

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By , September 21, 2015 3:20 pm

Cold_Brew.5571c58caf19fThe popularity of cold brew coffee in the United States has exploded in the last year, according to new research from Mintel. Retail sales of cold brew reflect its expanding role in the coffee category with estimated 115 percent growth from the year prior, reaching $7.9 million in sales. Growth has been steady since 2010, increasing 339 percent through estimated 2015. However, cold brew remains a small part of the overall ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee segment, making up just 0.4 percent of sales in estimated 2015.

Overall, 24 percent of consumers currently drink retail-purchased cold brew coffee. Older Millennials, those age 21-38 (55 percent), and men (30 percent) stand out as groups most likely drinking this type. Mintel research indicates that consumers are most likely interested in cold brew because they enjoy trying new styles of coffee preparation (37 percent).

Despite its rising popularity in the US, the majority of cold brew coffee non-drinkers remain uninterested in trying the product (58 percent). This is particularly true of older generations, including 65 percent of Baby Boomers. However, while 45 percent of Millennials express disinterest in cold brew, the same number (45 percent) of Millennials say they are interested in trial. Of the 76 percent of Americans not drinking cold 

brew coffees at home, one third (33 percent) say they have not tried but are interested in doing so.

While cold brew promotes a smoother, less acidic taste and a naturally sweeter flavor, Mintel research shows that the majority of consumers who have tried, but do not like cold brew say it is because of the taste (48 percent). The higher price point is a detractor for a mere 9 percent of cold brew drinkers. Consumers who have not tried cold brew and are not interested in doing so are most likely to cite taste perception as the reason (83 percent). Highlighting a potential need for consumer education, nearly one in 10 consumers (9 percent) who have not tried, and are not interested in trying, do not know what cold brew is.

“Retail sales of cold brew coffee reflect its rising popularity as growth has been steady since 2010, shooting up rapidly from 2014-2015,” said Elizabeth Sisel, Beverage Analyst at Mintel. “While cold brew represents a small portion of the overall category, our research indicates curiosity about trying a new style of coffee is driving current consumer demand. However, this may foretell future challenges for the beverage; when a newer coffee brewing method begins to trend, it may easily overshadow cold brew’s current popularity.”

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Samsung Pay New Mobile Payment System

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By , September 21, 2015 1:00 pm

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South Korean-based company Samsung will launch its new mobile payment system, Samsung Pay, in the U.S. on Sept. 28. The announcement was made at the company’s Galaxy Unpacked event earlier this week in New York City.

“It is easy, safe, and most importantly, available virtually anywhere you can swipe a card,” said Samsung’s mobile business CEO, JK Shin at the event.

Samsung Pay uses a near-field communication (NFC) chip, CNET reports, and LoopPay technology called Magnetic Secure Transmission which turns in-store payment terminals where consumers normally swipe a credit card into contactless readers. Stores, restaurants and other retail outlets require no special equipment to accept payments with LoopPay-enabled smartphones or devices.

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Innovated Vending Machines is Revolutionizing Hair Styling Businesses

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By , September 21, 2015 12:55 pm

We at Carts Blanche always like to keep you informed on the many versatile uses for vending machines and this

new Hair Extension vending machine is no exception.

Washington, D.C. (DATE) – Virginia entrepreneur Marcella Ellis, CEO and founder of the Mane Vendor “Hair Extension Vending Machine,” is still strongly maintaining her firm’s success in the hair care and distribution industry through her combination of education, modern technology, and beauty tools. In her upcoming city-to-city tour, Ellis will be providing “Look and Learn” live demonstrations, as well as promoting her new tool that is already creating the biggest “buzz” in the hair care industry since the flatiron. The innovative vending machine is revolutionizing the hair styling business through on-spot dissemination of premium hair and hair care products.11229832_677143839054528_8850053996050936793_n

The vending machine solves the age-old problem of the beauty industry. Many styling salons fail to sustain a well-stocked inventory that caters to the needs of their customers. Issues arise when salon customers cannot acquire hair for weaves and extensions, forcing them to find an inconvenient third-party seller. Meanwhile, salons suffer revenue losses because they are often unable to meet demand. However, the smart vending machine solves this issue by acting as an easy-to-use seller within salons that choose to take advantage of the opportunity it provides. With the machine, salon customers can say goodbye to unsatisfying hair and long shipping times because it provides high-quality hair with zero tangle and plenty of styles.

Food Trends Show Vending Operators Benefit by Offering Breakfast 24/7

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By , September 18, 2015 8:25 am

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Vending Operators can benefit from the latest news on breakfast is wanted all day.

When it comes to breakfast, Americans are looking for convenience and quality taste.

A new study by consumer insights platform provider Instantly reveals more than half of Americans do not consistently eat breakfast every day of the week, with 12 percent rarely eating breakfast at all. For those who rarely have breakfast, lack of time is the second most-selected reason for not doing so, next to not having an appetite in the morning.

“In the U.S., with longer work days that break out of the 9-5 model, timing and convenience has become a deciding factor in what many Americans eat in the morning,” said Andy Jolls, chief marketing officer at Instantly. “But that doesn’t mean demand for breakfast foods is low. If companies can provide breakfast in a format that accommodates busy schedules while appealing to taste and nutrition, they could see significant incremental growth.”

According to the study, when time is a constraint, Americans are likely to get something on the go (43 percent) or skip the meal all together (21 percent). When eating on the go, 63 percent of respondents might grab something from home, 45 percent would go to a drive-thru restaurant and 31 percent might stop at a convenience store or gas station.

When it comes to fast food restaurants, McDonald’s dominates preferences. Forty-four percent of respondents agree that McDonald’s is their “go-to” for morning eats, compared to Taco Bell (4 percent), Burger King (5 percent) and Jack in the Box (4 percent). While 52 percent of Americans believe fast food menus have become healthier in the last year, 57 percent are still concerned about the nutritional content of fast food breakfast. Yet 72 percent of respondents believe fast food chains should sell breakfast items all day.

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Editor’s Note: Breakfast is a daypart that operators, both in micro markets and vending, can take better advantage of. Consumers are not only looking for breakfast items that are convenient, but they are also looking for “all-day” breakfast items. Operators, it might be worth taking a look at your breakfast offerings to see where you can improve.

Advantage Plus – Selectivend Announced a Special Rebate Program for Vending Operators

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By , September 14, 2015 12:21 pm

This sounds like a Win-Win program vending operators promotes products as rebate program through Selectivend.

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GatLanceWaterlanding11DES MOINES, Iowa, Sept. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Selectivend, Inc., a leading manufacturer of full-service vending solutions, today announced the launch of a rebate program aimed to assist small and medium-sized business owners in improving productivity and employee morale by providing an on-site vending solution.  According to a study by vouchercloud.com, office workers spend an average of 25 minutes of an eight (8) hour shift preparing and consuming snacks and beverages.  By offering employees refreshments through on-site vending, business owners are able to provide employees with the convenience of a wide selection of easily accessible snacks and beverages, while improving the productivity of their workforce.

This month, Selectivend announced a special “Snack and Drink*” rebate program on the Advantage Plus, 

By offering employees refreshments through on-site vending, business owners are able to provide employees with the convenience of a wide selection of easily accessible snacks and beverages, while improving the productivity of their workforce.

This month, Selectivend announced a special “Snack and Drink*” rebate program on the Advantage Plus, a combo snack and drink vending machine.  Under the rebate program, brand name food and beverage products including Gatorade, Propel Fitness Water, Tropicana juices, Nestle Pure Life bottled water, Lance sandwich crackers, Cape Cod potato chips, and Snyder’s of Hanover mini pretzels are available to consumers free after rebate.  The products eligible under the rebate program have an estimated vend value of approximately $3,999, which fully offsets the purchase price of the machine.

“Providing refreshments via on-site vending increases employee productivity by eliminating the need for employees to travel off-site while also requiring employees to spend less time preparing refreshments.  In addition, it makes employees feel that their convenience is taken into account and the time it saves them is appreciated,” said Selectivend’s Vice President of Club Sales, John Schofield.  “Our drink and snack rebate program is a fabulous opportunity for business owners to improve the productivity of their workforce, while increasing employee morale by providing convenient on-site access to refreshments.”

For a limited time, consumers can take advantage of Selectivend’s special snack and drink rebate program by purchasing the Advantage Plus vending machine.  Visit www.selectivend.com or contact Selectivend directly at +1 800-323-8793 to learn more about the program.Selectivend, Inc.
8040 University Blvd.
Des Moines, IA 50325
Fax: 1.515.274.5180
Email: clubsales@selectivend.com

High tech takes on automat – opens in San Francisco

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By , September 14, 2015 10:34 am

High Tech Advances Automation in Food Delivery Systems New Eatsa Restaurant.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

A new restaurant opened in San Francisco Monday that’s anything but ordinary.
Eastsa is far from a swanky new dinner spot, but it’s a fresh take on fast food.

“I would like to think that everything about this restaurant is different,” said Tim Young, Eatsa CEO. For starters, customers swipe their credit card before ordering.

“When you start with your credit card it knows all of your history, so what you’ve ordered with us,” said Tim Young, Eastsa CEO.
The restaurant has a computerized ordering system. There are no cashiers and no wait staff. One bonus, computers never get tired or grumpy.

“You don’t have to worry about like uh people giving you a look for trying to customize your order, and I really like that,” said one customer.
There are people working at Eatsa, but customers will never see them.

eeeThe restaurant is an extra high-tech version of the old automat. When you take away all the novelty, what you’re left with is a fundamentally different way to run a fast food restaurant. The iPads and robotic cubbies are far more than eye candy, they’re part of the business plan.

“The entree was only $6.95, which is really amazing,” said one customer.  Eatsa serves all vegetarian quinoa bowls, a grain that’s high in protein and typically expensive.

“It allows us to be more efficient and what that allows us to do is have a lower price point,” Young said.   That does mean fewer jobs.

“The concept of technological disruption of jobs is real,” said Rob Nail, Singularity University CEO. But Nail said new jobs will emerge. “Turning those humans on to more human activities,” Nail said.

Make the Move to Smarter Vending with Cantaloupe

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By , September 14, 2015 9:04 am

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Webinar:  Make the Move to Smarter Vending – Featuring Megan Daniels O’Neil, Daniels Vending, LLC

Event Details: 
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
10am PT / 12pm CT / 1pm ET

It’s time to make the move to smarter vending…even if you think you can’t.

Are you unsure if a technology-based vending solution would work for you?  Do you think you’re too geographically distributed to see a lift? Do you have spotty internet access where you’re located? Are some of your machines offline? You don’t think of yourself or anyone on your team as “tech-savvy”?

Don’t worry. You can make the move to smarter vending and improve cash accountability, reduce excess inventory and even improve your merchandising all while increasing your revenue.

Join us for a 45 minute webinar to learn how! We’re thrilled to have Megan Daniels O’Neil, General Manager of Daniels Vending, LLC as our guest.  As a rural operator, she faced a number of challenges to modernize her business but with the help of Cantaloupe Systems, she’s transforming her family’s third generation vending operation and has already boosted driver revenue by more than 30%.  Megan will share her family’s story of Making the Move and highlight these key areas:

> The Challenges:  Running a Rural Vending Operation and All that It Entails
> Where to Start:  Considerations for Choosing a Technology Solution and Partner
> The Approach:  Vending Operations and Implementation Best Practices
> The Results:  Wow!

Register Today!  http://go.cantaloupesys.com/webinar-make-the-move-daniels

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