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Gamification New Frontier for Vending Machines

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By , July 28, 2016 11:48 am

Vending Machine Manufactures are Challenged by Gamification

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Gamification and geo-fencing are new frontiers for vending machines.

However, integrating new technologies like the cloud, gamification and geo-fencing is not simple, causing most vending machine manufacturers and operators to ask for help.

For example, embedded computer solutions firm ADLINK and chipmaker Intel have stepped in with smart solutions, enabling a new breed of connected, smart vending machines that offer lower operating costs and cloud connectivity.  With these solutions, machine operators can diagnose and repair systems remotely, and receive real-time updates, such as supply and operating status, that can be used to optimize delivery schedules and improve inventory tracking and controls.

Use of the cloud also makes it easier to use promotional strategies to increase transaction sizes and sales volumes, such as vouchers, coupons, gifting, dynamic pricing and loyalty programs.

With so many IoT solutions and ideas, in an increasingly busier society, the future of smart vending machines looks very bright. One day soon, we may see entire shopping centers composed only of vending machines.

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Why Should Your Business Consider Gamification?

Gamification can improve your customer experience and overall return rate. It provides a more interactive experience for your customers to engage with your products.

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Take Coca Cola For Example

We’ve all heard of Coca-Cola’s Rewards Program. Well, they took the program to a new level with the “Happiness” Campaign.

Coca-Cola gamified its vending machines in Japan by allowing customers to “check in” while using the machine. Each vending machine had a unique QR code, so the customers even had the ability to label one machine as “My Vending Machine”.

With every purchase, customers receive points towards virtual gifts such as clothing items for their virtual avatar, special badges such as a Christmas badge for holiday purchases and other incentives. http://www.maximizer.com/blog/gamificatio-the-future-of-marketing/

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Radical Innovative Business Opportunities for Forward Thinking Entrepreneurs

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By , July 27, 2016 2:08 pm

Join Carts Blanche’s Small Biz Revolution

downloadCarts Blanche offers 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.

Do you expect to see fresh cherries in a coin vending machine?  Sometimes we have to think outside the box – Vending Goes Mobile

Latest-Business-Ideas-for-2016-health-foodEntrepreneurs 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 + INNOVATION = BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES + ENTREPRENEURS = SUCCESS

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

Carts Blanche turn-key business “VendaCarts” mobile automated 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.

Millennials Snacking Trends Favor Multicultural Flavors

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By , July 25, 2016 1:49 pm

images (3)Break rooms, Micro Markets, vending machines or a VendaCarts trailer banked with vending equipment, Harris Poll states that 84% of Millennia’s love multicultural flavors.

http://www.vendingmarketwatch.com/news/12235501/millennials-seek-cultural-variety-in-what-they-eat-watch-and-buy

NEW YORK, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/  There is a clear demand for multicultural influence in the lives of American adults. More than three quarters of Americans (78%) agree they love trying new things outside of their own culture. This desire for novelty and variety is even higher among Millennials, of which 84% love the exposure to different cultures. People seeking this multicultural experience can find it in many places, including what they eat, watch, and buy.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,034 U.S. adults aged 18+ surveyed online between June 7 and 9, 2016.

One place where people look to fulfill their desire for multicultural influence is in what they eat. About one quarter of all U.S. adults (26%) say it is at least very important that the foods they buy and consume contain multicultural flavors. Millennials place more importance on buying and consuming multicultural flavors than any other generation, with 32% saying it is at least very important. Among those ages 35-44 and 45-54, 27% each find it important, while only 20% of those age 55-64 and 21% of adults ages 65 and over feel the same.

However, multicultural flavor is still not as important as other factors when purchasing and consuming food. Locally sourced ingredients are at least very important for 36% of American adults, followed by organic or natural ingredients (32%). Buying foods with multicultural flavor is seen as equally important as purchasing from a company with a strong social purpose (26%).

Complete results of this study can be found here.site_logo

Editor’s note: This is great information for micro market operators who have the ability to bring products of different shapes, sizes and cultures to the breakroom.

Connecting Pop-up Retail Businesses Through Social Media

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By , July 25, 2016 11:29 am

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Connecting your business to customers will be challenging without embracing social media

It is becoming increasingly difficult to create vending customer’s loyalty through conventional media methods. Promoting your pop up retail vending business is what your vending business is all about, by using social media you expand.

It is no longer enough to rely on the in-store shopping experience to create that kind of intimate connection between those prospective customers that have access to your vending machines.

Marketing your social media accounts for promotional value is a must in todays market.  Build your own customer vending community.images (2)

Through promotions of certain items that the manufactures offer is a great way to engage your customers.

Customers want to stay informed about what sales and promotions you are offering.  In some situations that break room or where your bank of vending equipment is located may not be necessarily convenient to them.  Make it convenient and make it worth their while, in todays times everyone wants to save and love trying new items.

More importantly, it shows them that we appreciate the connection between their lives and what we want to sell them.

Are you planning on changing out your vending equipment or expanding, if so let customers know.  If you share a new product, promotion or sale on your Facebook page, share it on your twitter site.  Consider having the social media technology on the vending equipment.

ENGAGE THE CUSTOMERS

Imagine a Rolling Micro Market – But Automated and Secure

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By , July 18, 2016 2:44 pm

imagesQRVP7MI5Imagine a Rolling Micro Market, a rolling profit center but automated and offers security.

Then imagine VendaCarts, “The Future of Mobile Vending”.

The  Vending Industry “State of Vending Industry” is praising Micro Markets for the increase in revenue for vending operators, which is great.  Yes Micro Markets are wonderful and serve to meet the demand in brick and mortar locations like offices, hospitals, manufacturers etc.  But the vision of having an industry that is mobile offers limitless possibilities.

Check out the article from VendingMarketwatch

Throughout the year vending operations continued to recover from the Great Recession and have invested in systems that allow them to become more efficient, such as vending management systems (VMS), which can help eliminate unprofitable accounts, rearrange routes and reduce service frequency. Cashless payment acceptance also continues to be adopted at a steady rate and as many operators commented, it has helped increase sales at locations.

In 2015, however, micro markets proved to be a large reason for the bump in industry revenue.

MICRO MARKETS INVIGORATE REVENUES

In 2015 the percentage of revenue associated with micro markets rose to 10.2 percent, up from just 1.8 percent in 2012, making it the highest revenue-providing service segment after vending machines.

Consumers like micro markets for the open concept shopping experience, the ease of use and fresh food options, to name a few. Operators enjoy providing micro markets as there is more product variety, a bigger opportunity to offer promotions and loyalty rewards and better consumer engagement.

Here are six micro market spotlights from the State of the Vending Industry report:

  • ·87.6 percent of readers agree that the micro market segment is growing
  • ·21.1 percent of operators who have placed micro markets have between 1 and 10
  • ·Just 1.5 percent of operators who have placed micro markets operate more than 500
  • ·The average number of micro markets per operator is 13
  • ·7.2 percent of micro market locations have less than 50 employees
  • ·Micro markets were the primary driver for many operators’ bottom lines; despite this, the number of vending companies offering micro markets is less than 50 percent.

MICRO MARKETS STILL HAVE CHALLENGES

Continued growth is predicted in the micro market segment, but despite all of the benefits there are still challenges that operators face. There is a learning curve that comes with managing an increased number of SKUs in the warehouse. Likewise, some operators face the challenge of deciding whether or not to separate vending and micro market routes and hire route-specific drivers. As many operators increase the number of micro market locations they operate, they are finding they need to grow their staff as well to analyze reports, make changes in the market and manage inventory.

Within the report, 19.5 percent of operators who offer micro markets noted that theft management is one of their top three concerns, from getting and installing cameras to spending time watching video.

http://www.foodservice-snacks-desserts.com/productsandbrands/industrynews/MicroMarketsBoostVendingRevenues?utm_source=vmwtoday&utm_medium=enl&utm_content=customarticle&utm_campaign=stateoftheindustry&o_eid=3448G2937623J2H

Interested in reading the entire report with graphs? Visit: www.vendingmarketwatch.com/document/12222476/2016-state-of-the-vending-industry-report

 

Mobile Pop-Up Stores and Flash Retailing Hit the Roads

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By , July 15, 2016 4:33 pm

Carts Blanche, LLC VendaCarts is the global leader in

mobile robotic retail mobile pop-up stores, cafe’s and flash retailing

Wikipedia:  Pop-up retail, also known as pop-up store (pop-up shop in the UK, Australia and Ireland) or flash retailing, is a trend of opening short-term sales spaces in Canada, the United States,[1][2] the United Kingdom and Australia.[3] 

Pop-up Retail began extending into other genres around 2009, when the Pop-up restaurant – temporary restaurants popping up in various locations – began growing in public interest and frequency. [16]

What ever you want to call it Carts Blanche is the answer to your business in a box solution.

Carts Blanche’s, mobile automated retail pop-up store is a new and unique way to deliver self-service traditional and non-traditional products to the masses where they work, eat and play creating a time-efficient option instead of waiting in long lines.13510888_1721876424747124_5301762148481389261_n

Intelligently Designed

Innovating Through Mobility

Unique Retail  Locations

Mobile Pop-Up Stores and Cafe’s for Automated Retail Sales

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Mobile Pop Up Retail Expands Business Opportunities – Go Mobile – Go Anywhere

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By , July 13, 2016 2:46 pm
  •  Go Mobile – VendaCarts Allows You To Go To The Crowds

    In todays economy step away from high end, risky brick and mortar business idea, turn to Mobile Pop-Up Cafes and Flash Retail for new business opportunities.

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    Land locked no more – VendaCarts, mobile pop up retail trailers, offers unlimited business opportunities with new location to begin your new business. Go where the crowds are, sports events, city events, festivals and more.

    Significant Advantages

    • “VendaCarts” vending machines on wheels is the latest business opportunity in the world of vending.

Consider the Investment Benefits:

  • Mobile Real-Estate
  • Single Person Operation
  • Minimal Inventory Requirement
  • 24/7/365 Self-Serve Business
  • Immediate Return on Investment
  • High-Volume Customer Base
  • Full/Part Time Business
  • No Franchise Fee
  • Rolling Billboard
  • Large Product Offering
  • Venue Versatility
  • Wide Open Marketplace
  • Unattended Sales
  • Fast Roll Out
  • Easy to Learn Business
  • Machine Interchangeability
  • Flexible Hours
  • Unlimited Revenue Possibilities
  • Self Contained
  • Multiple Advertising Opportunities

  • Taking Vending to the Masses

Carts Blanche, LLC. “VendaCarts” offers a comprehensive business design solution without the expense and delays of customization. The integration of mobility and automated machines moves vending machines from the traditional bricks-and-mortar into an untapped reservoir of customers and sales. VendaCarts trailers can accommodate from six to ten vending machines depending on size and style. Additionally, these small business trailers can be equipped with microwaves, ATM’s, change machines condiment stands or a combination of these items which are located over the wheel well. A single person can set-up and operate the units. Once the vending machines are stocked the self-serve business is ready for operation while the operator is free to enjoy the event until time to restock.

 

Pop-up Marketing Campaigns with VendaCarts

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By , July 13, 2016 12:38 pm

Promote brand awareness with VendaCarts, mobile robotic self-serve marketing experience, newest pop-up and flash marketing campaign platform. Newest Pop-Up Marketing Campaign

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There are various benefits to pop-ups such as marketing, testing products, locations and interacting with customers.  This concept featured is great if you want to limit your views, potential customers and interaction with customers.  Great display but who many employees does it take to capture research?

Everything this marketing platform shows can be vended from a vending machine and want makes this perfect is the interaction with customers.  Twitter activated automated retail is a new sales channel for marketers and retail to reach customers.

Whether you’re marketing campaign is promoting a national brand or a new company, this is the hottest new platform to build brand awareness, expand into untapped markets and optimize customer experiences.

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VendaCarts – offers not only vending solutions but unlimited digital marketing and signage opportunities by leveraging technology to deliver a new and exciting interactive experience to targeted customers.  https://cartsblanche.com

Majority of consumers  are more likely to shop with retailers that deliver personalized and connected cross-channel experiences. Are you prepared to turn your business challenges facing retailers into competitive advantages?

Get ahead of evolving consumer expectations – know what they want

Stand out in a saturated market – leave the right impression – Optimize customers experience – Market Research

 CREATING SEAMLESS, CROSS-DEVICE USER EXPERIENCES THAT DRIVE CUSTOMERS LOYALTY.

Kellogg’s New Cereal Café Needs to go Mobile With VendaCarts

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By , July 7, 2016 11:52 am

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Kellogg’s Cereal Café Debuts in Time Square

Being a child of the 50’s we were raised on cereal and I must say I still enjoy a bowl at breakfast, noon or midnight.  Besides being great, filling and a top comfort food this new approach to a cereal café is a winner.  What would make it even greater is put wheels on it and take the pop up café to the masses.

VendaCarts, Automated Pop-Up Cereal Café, is just the thing to make this the coolest business idea of the summer.

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      Everything you need can be packaged for a vending machine  to offer the

first ever Mobile Automated Pop-Up Cereal Café

Give us a call 251-786-5852 or email info@cartsblanche.com

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VendaCarts Hits the Beaches to Refresh the HOT!

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By , July 7, 2016 11:30 am

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Thrillist features the top 25 beaches in USA and naturally Gulf Shores is one.  With Carts Blanche’s home office along the beautiful gulf coast we love our beaches.

VendaCart, Mobile Convenience Store, solves the age old problem of not taking everything you need at the beach. Naturally forgetting to take something you need to the beach is inevitable.

The thought of loading up the kids, chairs, bags and getting in and out of your car just to drive to the nearest spot to buy what you forgot makes you want to throw your hands up and stay home.

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VendaCarts Pop Up Mobile Beach Store can offer what you need for mom, dad, toddler and kids.  Pop Up awnings keep you cool, refresh with popular beverages and snacks while shopping.

 

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https://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/best-beach-towns-in-the-usa

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