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Join Carts Blanche’s Business Opportunities- Small Biz Revolution

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By , April 29, 2016 11:43 am


Join Carts Blanche’s Small Biz Revolution

Radical innovative business opportunities for forward thinking entrepreneurs.

Every year, nearly one million people decide to start a business.

Are you considering starting your own business? Take a leap of faith and begin today on your life changing adventure to secure your future dreams.

Entrepreneurs show energy, drive and passion they are the backbone of America’s economy, their passionate values built America and still drives millions of our local businesses today.

Carts Blanche offers a compelling business platform, in a fast turn – high volume growing industry of retail.

Carts Blanche turn-key business “VendaCarts” mobile real estate, rolls new ways to customize and deliver consumer products to the masses where they work, live and play.

VendaCarts appeals to forward thinking companies and individuals looking for a competitive edge as well as to those entering the automated retail sales business for the first time.

Mobile retail real-estate is a cost effective small business solution which opens new frontiers that are significant in expanding our customer’s competitive edge.

Carts Blanche small business platform meets the demand of the modern customer and redefines the self-serve retail marketplace.

The combination of retail demand, consumer adoption, core competencies and opportunities for innovation all point to VendaCarts as being a sustainable platform for future business opportunities.

Consider the benefits: 24/7 operation, unattended sales, venue versatility, mobile real-estate, vending machine interchangeability, large captive consumer base, management technology and immediate return on investment.

Younger Generation Spurs a Rise in Fresh Produce – Good sign for Vending Operators

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By , April 25, 2016 11:28 am

The importance of fresh is now more important to the younger generations 16 – 35 years old then Boomers. They are buying twice as much as Boomers.

Vending Operator’s equipment that’s in break rooms and buildings of businesses that employee predominately this age group, is given

a huge advantage in this report by NPD12036811_10153615295306226_4123156445265465868_n.  Find out who your customer are and what they prefer.



Boom in Boomer Entrepreneurs Searching Business Opportunities

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By , April 25, 2016 10:28 am

download (1)Carts Blanche offers the perfect business opportunities for entrepreneurial Boomers searching for the perfect business. If 50 is the new 30 then 60 is the new 40 – What a better time to find a new career.


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A growing number of workers age 50-plus are turning interests, hobbies or skills into a small business.  Whether you are interested in starting a small business right away or are intending to wait until after retirement, now is the time to explore the possibilities.

Whether your target market is global or just your neighborhood, the SBA and its Resource Partners can help at every stage of turning your entrepreneurial dream into a thriving business.

The challenges of starting a business later in life aren’t much different than at any other time. But, the experience and expertise that more experienced professionals bring to the table provide opportunities like never before.

Summer of Encore Mentoring

It’s official – June 1 begins the Summer of Encore Mentoring. Encore entrepreneurs over the age of 50 are one of the fastest growing groups of business owners.  If you are an individual age 50+, then entrepreneurship can offer an opportunity for you to use your knowledge, passion, life and professional experience toward creating a small business.



Rather than the dominion of the young, innovation is a product of young minds, and the baby boom generation has that to spare. “Fifty is the new 30,” says Rieva Lesonsky, founder and CEO of GrowBiz Media and a member of the HuffPost Small Business Board of Directors. “Boomers don’t feel or act their chronological age. We have a lot of good years ahead of us, and we don’t want to sit idly on the sidelines. We’d be bored — and many of us would simply run out of money.”

“Part of the baby boomer mentality is to think younger and break out of the box as much as possible,” says Steve Strauss, columnist, author of “The Small Business Bible” and also a member of the HuffPost Small Business Board of Directors. “People are living longer and healthier. I’m not surprised that boomers are changing the way we look at retirement.”

The increase of boomer startups, according to Lesonsky, has been fueled by the recession, which has created a number of “reluctant entrepreneurs.” “Many boomers lost their jobs in the recession,” she explains. “While hiring is picking up again, it’s not likely boomers are going to get hired. Due to their experience and age, they simply cost employers more to hire, both from a salary and cost-of-benefits perspective.”


The Kaufmann Foundation reveals some interesting details about boomers as entrepreneurs and why they are winning the game. There’s a 35 percent chance that an older business owner started the business he or she currently manages. In 1996, 14 percent of entrepreneurs were older than 55, but in 2014 that was true of 23 percent of entrepreneurs. Boomers are the wealthiest living generation, and since 1992 every year more and more people are working past the age of 65.

Plus, Kaufmann showcases that a lot of boomers choose entrepreneurship for lifestyle reasons. Maybe they’re passionate about a certain industry, want to supplement their income, or just simply work less than they did previously. Fewer boomers pursue entrepreneurial ventures to “change the world,” as compared to millennials, which may give them a sharper edge.

The world may be changing, but millennials might not be leading the pack as some might imagine. The numbers don’t lie – it is never too late to start over.

Snacking in American – Good News to our Vending Industry

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By , April 25, 2016 10:16 am

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Snacking in American is on the rise and good news for vending operators and the vending industry.  Snacks are IN!

Chicago, April 18, 2016 — Snacking and talking about how much U.S. consumers snack is all the rage, but contrary to popular belief Americans still do eat three main meals a day, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company.  It’s fact that U.S. consumers snack a lot — between meal snacking accounts for about a third of all eating occasions — but they continue to view the day as generally having three main meal occasions that align with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, according to NPD’s daily tracking of eating and snacking behaviors.

Although consumers still hold to three main meals a day, there is a shift in what consumers eat at these meals.  The number of dishes and ingredients used to prepare main meals continues to decline as more consumers rely on “healthy” portable snack foods to be a part of their breakfast, lunch, and dinners.  As the sizes of our meals shrink and people continue to incorporate more traditional “snack” foods into main meal menus, the perception is they are grazing or snacking more. These mini-meals, however, are not adding new or additional occasions to the day and consumers continue to eat three main meals each day.

“There is a lot of buzz about snacking these days. One headline could talk about how snacking is up and another might say we graze throughout the day instead of eating a main meal,” says Darren Seifer, food and beverage industry analyst and author of Snacking in America. “While those headlines are eye grabbing and give people something to talk about, it’s important to read past them and dig into the details. The opportunities are uncovered by the details and not the headlines.” 12036811_10153615295306226_4123156445265465868_n


Hale to Hummus – Secrets Out Vendors – New Money Making Snack for Vending Machine

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By , April 22, 2016 11:30 am

HALE TO HUMMUS!  Vending Operators can add another healthy popular snack to their vending machines, guaranteed to increase sales.  Hummus popularity is growing.



The hummus people have accommodated our flavor quest beyond all rational necessity,” Whiteman told TODAY. “More flavors begets more shelf space, begets more purchases, begets more shelf space.”

All this snacking adds up to big business — very big business, with U.S. grocery sales now topping $725 million annually, according to numbers cited by the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council.

It’s estimated that 25 percent of American homes now stock hummus in the fridge.

Just 20 years ago, hummus sales barely topped $5 million, according to the council.

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, have been cultivated in the Middle East for thousands of years. (The word “hummus” actually means “chickpea” in Arabic.)

Yet history is murky on which clever cook first thought to mash the pale yellow legumes and mix them with sesame seed paste, or tahini, to make hummus.

Sabra hummus in production at the dipping company's factory in Colonial Heights, Virginia Graham Copeland

Sabra hummus in production at the dipping company’s factory in Colonial Heights, Virginia.

To keep pace with the boom, American farmers have quadrupled their production of chickpeas in recent years, churning out more than 100 million pounds last year, up from about 25 million pounds in 2009.

The United Nations has even declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses, which aims to promote “pulses” — another name for legumes like chickpeas and lentils — as sustainable and nutritious eats.

No hummus-maker has benefited more from the product’s rise than Sabra, the dip behemoth (partly owned by Pepsi) known for its novel flavors like jalapeno or “Tuscan herb garden” and distinctive red lids.

RELATED: Kourtney Kardashian shares her 6 go-to healthy snacks

So far this year, the brand said it has accounted for 62% of all the hummus sold in U.S. grocery stores.

Sabra’s even the “official dip of the NFL” and a favorite of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.

In a 2011 email recently released by the State Department, Clinton gushed to a friend, “I love Sabra hummus – whatever that means!”

RELATED: 14 craveable party dips

Sabra chief marketing officer Eugenio Perrier said Sabra’s goal is to make hummus as ubiquitous as ketchup by “conquering one mouth at a time.”

The push has included sending fleets of red hummus trucks prowling streets in smaller markets to give away free samples.

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Sabra, known for its distinctive flavors like chipotle and basil pesto, is the No. 1 hummus brand in the U.S. It has accounted for than 62% of all hummus sales in the U.S. so far this year.

The company takes a lot of credit for the dip’s booming popularity.

“Now it is difficult to find a store without Sabra or another hummus,” Perrier said. “Obviously we think we have the best product, but it’s great to see that in restaurants and bars and everywhere else you can now find hummus for sale.”



Mondelez Shares 5 Points to Help Sell New Products in Micro Markets and Vending Machines

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By , April 22, 2016 7:51 am

Mondelez recently published a must have list of 5 selling points to promote new products in Micro Markets.  As a vending operator stay on top of exactly this, if it works in micro markets then yes, it will work in your vending machines. The article points out several ways to promote new products to your customers.  Location, location, location is still in the forefront.  Have designated spaces in your vending machines to promote new products.  add stickers to them to help them stand out.

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The ins and outs of introducing new snacks into micro markets.

New Products

Snacking has been steadily growing over the past several years. According to new Technomic research 83 percent of consumers in 2016 snack on a daily basis, which is 7 percent higher than previous years. This is great news for micro market operators because one of the best things about micro markets is the variety of snacking options available for operators to offer consumers. Unlike vending, micro markets have few, if any snack restrictions, and can be home to products of different sizes, multiple flavors, various dayparts and top-selling brands.

One big mistake micro market operators make is not introducing new snacks frequently enough, making a market feel stale. Without new, trendy and seasonal products, consumers just won’t come to shop. Here are the top 5 tricks of the trade micro market operators use to successfully introduce new options.


Micro market operators have the option of offering a much larger number of stock-keeping units (SKUs) compared to vending. But of the thousands or so new products introduced each year, how does a company decide which products to offer?

First and foremost new products need to meet a consumer demand. Operators should speak with clients about their specific requests and/or general desires. For example, many locations want to go healthy, asking for no salt or low sodium snacks, gluten free chips, high protein energy bars and other very specific products. Other locations might just ask for granola bars, without the specifics of what they define as healthy. Find out what criteria will meet the need and seek out products from there.

Second, operators should consider hosting an open house and/or tasting event at the micro market. This not only creates excitement and brings people into the micro market, it allows for immediate feedback on the new products. Consumers love having their opinion matter, so try asking them to vote on the new micro market items they like best. Work those items in during the next round of new product introductions. Ever-changing consumer snacking trends mean operators should, on a consistent basis, discuss new product introductions with clients.


Once you know generally the type of items a location wants, the next question becomes, how often should you introduce new products? There is no magic number or timeframe used by every operator. Some operators attempt to receive at least two new items per week across all categories. This requires reviewing the distributor’s ordering guide continuously and strict warehouse management of all the new SKUs.

Other operators introduce one to two items per month, keeping the micro market fresh and new without there being a continuous turnover of new products. Review rebate offers and manufacturer promotions for ideas, but also make sure the items meet location requests or demographic preferences.

Designate a certain number of SKUs as NEW, and use those to track your rotation of new items or assign the management of new SKUs to a specific warehouse supervisor to ensure you can regularly and efficiently refresh the micro market product line.


There are several ways to emphasize new products in micro markets; in a cooler or on a shelf operators can hang a brightly colored tag reading “new” or use a static cling. Using a tag or cling means the product can reside with other ‘like’ items while remaining distinguishable and drawing the consumer’s eye. New products can also be placed in a space on their own near the entrance of the micro market, letting consumers know immediately that the market has been ‘refreshed’ with new items.

Another way of promoting new products is utilizing digital advertising and displaying new items on monitors and kiosks. Since all consumers need to use the kiosk to pay, an operator can be sure the new product marketing message is being seen by market users.

Some micro market systems also allow operators to send customers direct email, which is a great way to market new products. However, don’t inundate a person’s inbox or they will block you. Also, it’s a good idea to offer promotions around new products in emails and other marketing messages, such as bundling for a discount or a buy-one, get-one offer. This has been shown to raise awareness and sales of new products.


Just because a product didn’t sell well once, doesn’t mean it won’t sell well in the future. Reviving products back into a micro market can have a positive effect on sales. If a location begins requesting an item that was previously tried, operators should consider reintroducing the product. Management and clientele changes or the evolution of snacking trends can mean a product that did not meet consumer needs a few months ago could generate incremental sales today.

Also, look at different varieties and sizes of products that are being requested again. Perhaps the item suffered due to a lower perceived value. Talk to the location, ask for specifics about the product; brand, flavor, package size, etc. You could uncover that a larger (or smaller) bag would be more welcome, or opting for a more trendy superfood ingredient makes a difference.


Data is king when it comes to introducing new products. In fact, data lets operators know which new products are moving and those that need to be replaced or moved. Because of the massive amount of products and ever changing consumer snacking trends, it’s important to do at least weekly inventory management of products, regardless of how many new product introductions an operator makes. By reviewing the data, operators can make room for new products as well as removing, re-pricing or repositioning items that aren’t selling.

Repositioning items can be especially helpful for increasing the sale of new items. Try adding a display at the kiosk to increase impulse purchases of the new item, or draw attention to it. Or try reorganizing the snack display, giving the new items more prominence. Benchmark the sales data before and after the change, to ensure sales are increasing, as well as not adversely affecting sales of other items.

New snack offerings in micro markets can revitalize market sales and bring excitement; operators should be sure to place the same amount of attention on new product introduction and selection as they did to the micro market when it first opened.


American Express Reports Women are Fueling Business Startups

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By , April 19, 2016 1:24 pm

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Women, Especially Women of Color, Are Fueling Business Startup Activity

New analysis from the 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express OPEN, finds women-owned firms are increasing at five times the national average rate, and nearly eight in 10 net new women-owned firms are being launched by women of color.

President & CEO, Womenable

April 06, 2016 For the sixth year running, Womenable and American Express OPEN have taken a look at the state of women-owned businesses across the U.S., focusing this year on trends between 2007 and 2016. Bolstered by the publication late last year of the 2012 Survey of Business Owners data by the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2016 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report estimates that:
  • Between 2007 and 2016, while the total number of firms increased by 9 percent, the number of women-owned firms increased by 45 percent—a rate fully five times the national average;
  • There are now 11.3 million women-owned businesses in the country, employing nearly 9 million people and generating over $1.6 trillion in revenues;
  • Women-owned businesses now comprise 38 percent of the business population, employ 8 percent of the country’s private sector workforce and contribute 4 percent of the nation’s business revenues;
  • Since 2007, there have been 1,072 net new women-owned firms launched each and every day.

Big Business Growth for Women of Color

The most remarkable trend seen over the past nine years has been the phenomenal growth in the number of firms started by women of color. Their numbers have more than doubled since 2007, from 2.2 million to now nearly 5 million, comprising fully 44 percent of all women-owned firms.


American Express OPEN/Womenable estimates as of 2016 based on data from the U.S. Census.

In fact, comparing the growth in the number of minority women-owned firms with the overall increase in women-owned firms since 2007 finds that nearly eight out of every 10 (79 percent) of net new women-owned firms launched over the past nine years have been founded by a woman of color.

As of 2016, there are an estimated 1.9 million African-American women-owned firms, just under 1.9 million Latina-owned firms, 922,700 Asian-American women-owned firms, 153,400 Native American/Alaska Native women-owned firms, and 31,100 Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander women-owned firms.

Geographic Trends of Women in Business

What other trends are we seeing? Geographically, as in years past, there’s been greater growth in the number of women-owned firms in the South compared to other regions of the country.

Across the U.S., women-owned firms have been flexing their economic muscle over the past nine years. The 10 fastest-growing states since 2007 in terms of “economic clout” (a combination of number of firms, employment and revenue) are found in every region. They are:

  • North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas (all tied for first);
  • Iowa;
  • Indiana and Wyoming (tied for fifth);
  • Georgia and Tennessee (tied for seventh);
  • Utah; and
  • Maine.


American Express OPEN/Womenable estimates as of 2016 based on data from the U.S. Census.

Further, the 10 fastest-growing metropolitan areas for women-owned firms in terms of combined economic clout, from among the 50 most populous cities, are:

  • Charlotte, North Carolina /South Carolina;
  • San Antonio, Texas;
  • Dallas, Texas and Memphis, Tennessee/Mississippi/Arkansas (tied for third);
  • Austin, Texas and Indianapolis, Indiana (tied for fifth);
  • Miami, Florida;
  • Detroit, Michigan;
  • Richmond, Virginia; and
  • Houston, Texas.

These top-ranked cities, like the top-ranked states, are located across the country, but it is worth noting that four of the 10 top-ranked cities are located in Texas.

Continue Reading:  https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/articles/women-especially-women-of-color-are-fueling-business-startup-activity/?linknav=us-of-topics-findmore-industrytrends-article

Baby Boomers – Entrepreneurs and Business Opportunities

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Baby Boomers will change the face of entrepreneurship and Carts Blanche can offer the business opportunity you need to have a successful, relaxed, exciting 2nd., 3rd. new career.

Kauffman Foundation reports that Baby Boomers can fuel the Entrepreneurial System.

  • Boomers are Twice as Likely to be Planning to start a new business within a year as Millennials
  • Escalating Rates of Entrepreneurship in Older Households
  • 35% Since 1989 – Likelihood that an older business owner started the business he or she currently runs


A Rising Portion of All New Entrepreneurs

Are Over 55

New Entrepreneurs ages 55 – 64

14%                          23%

1996                         2013


While some Boomers are still aiming to change the world, many are more focused on factors like independence, pursuing a passion, working less, or supplementing income.

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VendaCarts Trailer is a mobile automated retail store that meets all of the Boomers requirements.

  • Independence – Flexible Schedule

  • Pursue Passion – You choose your venue – Add Fun and Recreation to your Career

  • Work Less – Technology makes it possible to leave your Pop-Up Store unmanned. 


Pick your venue, outdoor musical festival, art festival, annual craft shows, car shows, beach, everyone needs drinks, snacks and why vend t-shirts, caps, sunscreen, flip flops.

Let us help you with your next – 2nd or 3rd career.  Call 251-680-7979

email:  info@cartsblanche.com   https://www.cartsblanche.com


Can Offering Free Food Pay Off in your Vending Business?

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By , April 11, 2016 2:43 pm


The vending operators are always trying to increase sales, why not consider giving free food in your vending business to make that happen.

Have you ever thought about giving away food for free? Okay, it’s a trick question. Most you who sell food now probably feel that you’re already giving it away. by Paul Schlossberg

You’re well aware of deep discounting when products are close to the last code date. It’s impossible to forget the cost of unsold out-of-date food (when you trash it).

We’ve become much smarter at how we stock and merchandise food SKUs. The category, however, continues to be a significant challenge for vending and micro market operators. At the same time, food is an important opportunity for profitable growth.

For now, we skip over the strategies and tactics you will need to use to build a successful food business. That is a more complex subject. It will be addressed in future postings.

An article at Thrillist.com got my attention, 55 Restaurants That Give You Free Food On Your Birthday. The benefits are obvious, especially if it’s your birthday – or that of a family member or friend.

cakeOpportunity: Why not offer free birthday food for shoppers at locations you serve? You can do this as part of a loyalty program. But you don’t need to have a loyalty program to offer it. It can be done easily using a separate calendar on your computer, tablet or phone.

You will need to register participants so that you can contact them. (There are countless advantages for two-way communications with your shoppers.)

You can create new trial for your food menu, possibly attracting new buyers. It’s also a way to enhance your relationship with existing shoppers by building repeat sales.

It’s likely that you’ve enjoyed some sort of special treatment for your birthday. That means a lot to people. It tells us that our business is appreciated. Maybe it’s a free dessert with dinner. Or an airline upgrade on an international flight (yes, it happened).

Make promotional events a part of your business. Personalize it by celebrating the birthdays of people who shop at your locations. Show them that you appreciate their business.

Use free birthday food to create more awareness of your food menu. The objective is to generate more initial trial purchases. That will, hopefully, lead to repeat sales.   It all comes down to selling more stuff.


Baby Boomers Dream 2nd, 3rd Career – VendaCarts Business Opportunities

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By , April 11, 2016 11:01 am

In 2014 it was reported by The Wall Street Journal that 10,000 Baby Boomers retire each day, leaving many vacancies and job opportunities for other generations. Baby Boomers are not ready to sit around they challenge themselves – Let Carts Blanche Business Opportunity Challenge You.

I printed this first paragraph in a post earlier today but had to emphasize it again. VendaCarts business opportunities are in line with baby boomers experience, knowledge, business savvy and active mind and body.

Baby Boomers are Retiring 10,000 a DAYth

Baby Boomers make the perfect

Late Blooming Entrepreneur

Carts Blanche can start you in a business opportunity that can be planned around vacations, trips and exciting adventures.  Enjoy life at its fullest. You’re to young not to be combining fun with a new business that will keep active.

1923651_1678407879093979_8687521617605800493_nChallenge yourself – You are your own boss – Stay Active

Go where your heart takes you, plan vacations around large events and make money.

VendaCarts offers you a mobile business that goes where you want and gives big $$.

No Bricks and Mortar holding you back.

A small investment will secure your new life of travel, fun and possibilities

Call us today (251) 786-5852 or email info@cartsblanche.com



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