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There is no denying the power of social media. From kindergartners to grandparents, people all across the world are going online to share their lives and their interests. It is a wave that continues to rise and one that businesses of all types are attempting to take advantage of.

Old Navy Combines Custom Vending and Social Media

As a recent article from In Style notes, even vending machines are now part of the social media equation. Clothing company Old Navy decided to draw attention to its $1 flip-flop sale by dropping off custom vending machines in random places – machines that would dispense free flip-flops for a tweet. Interested consumers could keep track of these machines on Old Navy’s Twitter.

This effort by Old Navy demonstrates that such marketing avenues have true potential for businesses savvy enough to learn about and utilize social media platforms. Unfortunately, not all vending machine owners have million dollar marketing teams to come up with such interesting social media campaigns. For many owners the idea of marketing through social media may seem foreign and even intimidating.

However, there are companies working to make things easier. Fanwise offers a way for vending machine owners to create positive social media feedback in exchange for free products. More options like this are bound to appear as the desire for a social media presence grows among businesses.


Why Social Commerce Matters for Vending Machine Owners

Social media like Twitter and Facebook allow businesses to deliver interesting content and promotions to customers that want to be communicated with. If someone likes what a company is selling and chooses to connect with them through social media, the stage becomes set for ongoing interaction. This makes it easier to build your brand with customers and allows them to say positive things about your company. The more positive reviews and pervasive your brand becomes, the more profit you can expect to generate.

The best part about all of this is that it is free for companies to take advantage of. It may take some effort on the part of vending machine owners to find the right balance, but once they do they will have a new marketing channel that reliably delivers customers to their machines.

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When you think about office vending machines, an office supply dispensing machine is likely not what comes to mind. However, today, Intelligent Dispensing Solutions is helping place these machines in offices across the nation. These innovative vending machines ensure employees are well prepared for every task and have easy access to the tools and materials they need.

IQ Technology:
With IQ technology, vending machines have been shown to reduce inventory waste by at least 25 percent through stock monitoring and reporting. Some of our IDS machines even have the capability to use an employee ID, or other form of identification, to procure items from the machine. Who gets what out of the machine is then reported so there is employee accountability. This process is called inventory reporting. It is key for a few reasons —one being the aforementioned accountability and the other being the fact that sales will let employers know what products are going faster than others in their machines.

Other benefits:
In addition to cutting down on waste in regards to office materials and tools, the machines also increase productivity thanks to the fact that needed tools are replaced quickly. For example, consider an employee is working on a big project, and their keyboard suddenly quits. In the past, it would take at least a few days to a week to replace the keyboard, due to the fact that it would normally involve the IT department ordering said keyboard. During this time, the employee would be unproductive. However, with office vending machines, the employee can have instant access to a new keyboard and is able to get back to work.

Vending machine products and other benefits of office vending machines:
Aside from keyboards, these vending machines have the capability to provide employees easy access to many other items like construction tools, medical equipment, electrical appliances and much more. Due to our machines’ versatility and ease of use, many businesses are now foregoing having an IT
department. Therefore, a vending machine, which supplies needed resources, can save employers the cost of paying IT personnel.

Although snack and soda vending machines will still find a home in office settings, machines that provide tools and materials are a worthy addition to any office as it does enable an office run more efficiently.

Companies looking to cut costs without hurting their costumers’ experiences may turn to industrial vending machines, which are growing in popularity even through recent challenging economic times.
Industrial vending machines contain products employees use to do their jobs, like safety equipment, first aid kits and even materials to manufacture products. Employees can then access these items via the vending machine rather than a stock room. This eliminates the need to hire a team of people to oversee the stock room and monitor who checks out what materials.

The machine tracks which employee takes an item, the quantity and when it was taken, creating accountability. According to a report on The Street, this helps companies reduce supply consumption by as much as 50 percent. This results in a more efficient work environment and some pretty hefty savings.

Industrial and office vending machines, like those offered by Intelligent Dispensing Solutions, do not have to require the use of money to access materials. Large companies can program the machines to dispense materials using employee ID cards or pre-assigned identification numbers. This kind of technology provides real, workable solutions for the modern businesses.

If you’re in need of a custom vending machine for your facility, give us a call at 1-877-771-4446. We will help you find the right solution for your business.

Fendi recently launched their new campaign and it revolves around.. haute couture vending machines.

As a custom vending machine company, we’ve always known how the possibilities are endless when it comes to vending products and supplies, but Fendi has taken it to a whole new level. The mastermind behind the new campaign is the famous fashion mogul Karl Lagerfeld. It’s no wonder he’s replaced the contents of the typical vending machine with high-line purses as his distaste for junk food is well known.

The Fendi handbag vending machines can be spotted at the Fendi Roma store in Italy, Fendi SoHo Pop-up-Shop in NYC and at the official Fendi Flagship boutique in Paris.

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Fendi Paris Flagship Boutique (source: Fendi instagram)

Fendi Custom Vending Machine in NYC SoHo Pop-Up-Shop

Fendi Custom Vending Machine in NYC SoHo Pop-Up-Shop (source: Fendi Pinterest)

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Fendi Vending Machine on Display in Rome, Italy (source: Fendi Instagram)

We at IDS would like to wish you all a happy independence day with a flashback into the late 20th century. Pictured below, artist Mel Chin spiced up some American Flags and filled a vending machine with them. Commemorate our troops by purchasing your next machine from an all American Vending Machine Manufacturer. Give us a call today at 1877-771-4446

 

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Vending machines sure have come a long way since they dispersed only cigarettes and sodas. In fact, New Balance and Westin Hotels recently partnered to offer New Balance shoes via a vending machine. In this particular case, the vending machine was set up to dispense, free of charge, 75 sets of New Balance running shoes–for one day only– in celebration of National Running Day.

Although giving away free New Balance shoes is not the typical use of a vending machine, the products that are sold or dispensed via vending machine are growing. For example, many offices have started utilizing vending machines as a way to dispense office supplies to their employees. It works great because the business owners can keep up with their office inventory, cutting down on waste while making sure the right quantity of products are available, and employees have immediate access to the supplies they need to do their jobs.

What will come next in the custom vending machine industry is anyone’s guess. However, it is apparent that the industry as a whole is expanding and evolving to accommodate the needs of today. Interested in learning more? Give us a call at 877-771-4446.

Westin Hotels New Balance Custom Sneaker Vending Machine National Running Day 2014

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Recreational and Mediacal Marijuana Vending Machines

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Recreational marijuana sales are climbing and naysayers are eating their predictions as crime rates continue to fall.

In March 2014 alone, Colorado sold almost $19 million in recreational weed, much of which reached customers via marijuana vending machines. Ten percent, or $1.9 million, goes directly toward building new Colorado schools. At this rate, the state will generate $30 million in taxes alone this year to improve public schools.

Now that marijuana possession is legal for the 21 and older crowd, police are focusing their efforts on more serious offenses. What’s impressive, though, is that crime is down 10.6 percent across the state. Perhaps the reason is because legal smokers now have less to be angry about and therefore less motivation to commit crimes. Does that mean that other states are soon to follow the lead? What do you think? Sound out in the comments below.

Summer means trips to the pool, water park, beach or other water-based entertainment.If you have kids, you know how easy it is to forget something crucial when you head to the water for a day of fun. But, as a vending machine owner, you can make sure that families have the items they need to enjoy their outing. Pools and other water-recreation spaces don’t just offer chances to sell sodas, chips and frozen novelties.

Savvy vendors can also provide customers with waterside necessities like sunscreen, swim caps, goggles and other items, such as books to read while sitting by the pool.

Custom vending machines offer a great deal of flexibility in the items you offer to make customers’ days out more enjoyable. We can create special machines in nearly any shape and size to fit the space available. Plus, machines can be custom skinned to fit the look and feel of your location or to showcase your brand. Machines can be fitted to dispense a wide range of poolside necessities. The self-service nature of the machines means that it’s easy for people to pick up the items that they need.

Credit card readers mean that even higher cost items can be offered to people who may not be carrying cash. And, with intelligent vending technology, inventory management is a snap; all sales are electronically recorded and can be viewed at a glance. This allows you to view sales and inventory remotely; this means fewer trips out to your machines. You need only go when it is time to collect cash proceeds and restock your inventory. Summer’s nearly here. This is the perfect time to increase your vending business earnings with poolside and water park custom vending machines. Talk to us today about a vending solution that is right for you.

Advanced Vending Technology

Modern vending machine technology has not yet reached the level seen on “The Jetsons” where machines woke, showered and shaved George and fixed meals instantaneously. However, today’s custom vending machines have certainly improved from the rudimentary machines of yesteryear. What vending machines will look like in 50 to 100 years is anyone’s guess, but it is fun to think about what kind of machines might be around during that time. Read below to learn what custom vending machines could look like in 50 to 100 years.

Scanning technology:
One way in which vending machine technology will likely change in the next 50 to 100 years is in the way customers pay for their product. Next Generation Vending and Food Service is currently experimenting with technology that will tie a credit card to a person’s thumbprint. This will give customers the ability to pay for products using nothing but their thumbprint. Paying via thumbprint represents just one of many possibilities when it comes to scanning technology in future retail vending.

New ways of personalizing products to customers:
Although it sounds hard to believe, one way that vending machine technology could change in the future is by making the tough decision between a candy bar or a bag of chips for customers. When using this machine of the future, customers will walk up to the vending machine, and facial recognition software will read their junk food desires and select the perfect snack for each person individually.

The vending machine technology listed above is just a small taste of the amazing designs that are yet to come in the next 50 to 100 years. In fact, some of the above technology is simply unbelievable. However, it is unlikely the past generations ever thought that many of today’s vending machines would be touch-screen operated or house a wide range of products from office supplies to sodas. Therefore, “unbelievable” is a wise goal for vending machine manufacturers.

Medical marijuana has been legal in Colorado for several years. But, a new convenience for those with pot prescriptions has been unveiled: at a recent promotional event in Avon, Colorado, manufacturers presented custom vending machines that dispense pot.

The machine, which is known as the ZaZZZ uses biometrics to verify a customer’s age and confirm that he or she is over 21. The machines are climate controlled to keep the product inside fresh. The machine could be used to dispense edibles and smokable products on a self-serve basis to those who have medical marijuana cards. There are already machines that automate medical marijuana dispensing from behind the counter.

Custom vending for medicines, like marijuana where it’s legal, are a boon to both patients and medical professionals. The machines make inventory control a breeze, as every item dispensed is automatically counted. Many doctors offices and nursing homes have found these machines a convenient option, since patients can order medications right in the office. In a nursing home or other residential care environment, patients can have medications dispensed daily to ensure older patients remember their medications. These machines are also a boon to those who are embarrassed about medications they’ve been prescribed, whether they are marijuana, Viagra or medication for a yeast infection. When patients can get their medications without having to discuss their purchases, they are more likely to comply with their doctors’ orders.

Where self-serve medical marijuana vending machines fit into the picture, however, will remain to be seen. The first ZaZZZ machine has been placed in the Herbal Elements dispensary, but, as yet, does not have marijuana inside. The shop’s owners are still waiting for authorities to give self-serve the okay.

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