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April 20-25, 2015, Intelligent Dispensing Solutions will place one of their newest creations on display to firefighters and EMS personnel during the FDIC International Conference. For ages, first responders and medical staff have faced a common problem in the course of duty; how to properly store and secure supplies, especially supplies classified as controlled substances by the FDA. Furthermore, Intelligent Dispensing Solutions will launch ScrubTrak medical vending machines for greater control and accessibility to scrubs throughout a variety of medical settings.

ScrubTrak

healthcare vending machineIn most medical settings, all staff have access to scrub supply rooms, which results in many pairs of scrubs being taken, used, or even thrown away without accountability. ScrubTrak enables managers to control which employees have access to scrubs, how many pairs may be checked out at one time, and the current inventory of the EMS vending machine.

ScrubTrak Knows Who Gets Scrubs

ScrubTrak can be set to identify who accesses the machine through the use of personalized pin codes, mag stripes, or a unique barcode.

Multiple Locations

In traditional scrub storage locations, staff would be faced with ensuring enough scrubs are in stock with respect to sizes, styles, and staffing needs. In addition, most facilities keep scrubs in one central location for each unit. ScrubTrak allows managers to use multiple machines and control inventory from one central location without the need to physically count numbers of scrubs each day. The data for inventory control is kept in a central, cloud-based operating system as well.

Inventory Control

ScrubTrak functions as a specialized form of inventory control as well. Intelligent Dispensing Solutions notes that this vending machine can be customized to keep track of all inventories and applies to the following situations in addition to ScrubTrak software.

Controlled Medications

Managers must keep track of current inventory of controlled medications within medical facilities.  However, this often involves multiple staff used to count medication numbers multiple times throughout the day. Furthermore, a low supply can result in many patients being in pain or unable to be cared for properly.  In some cases, such as different level staff, staff may be granted access to certain medications while others are not. For example, a Licensed Practical Nurse will be unable to access medications required to be dispensed by a Registered Nurse.

Medical Supplies

Aside from medications, the use of medical supplies represents one of the greatest costs medical facilities incur throughout the course of business. According to Health Services Research, supplies and devices accounted for 24.2% of costs resulting increased average cost of medical services. This occurs when staff do not properly document supplies used for patients. As a result, the medical facility tries to make up for these costs through increased costs. Our systems track what was removed and which staff member removed supplies. Furthermore, it can be programmed to track which patient each supply is for.

As Intelligent Dispensing Solutions moves forward with greater inventory control through the use of medical vending machines, more medical facilities will face the challenge of ensuring optimum operational efficiency. Ultimately, managers and supervisory staff will have the chance to see first-hand how IDS vending machines will save them time and money at the FDIC International Conference this month.

oasisHave you ever wondered what type of benefits would be offered if healthy foods were available from a vending machine? While this may seem like something right out of “Back to the Future,” this is something you could be seeing in your area and very soon. Increased technology and the need to make good food accessible in food desert areas, has led to the development of this revolutionary product.

The latest Robotic Retail units will be stocked with foods such as eggs, milk, bread and healthy, prepared foods, such as salads that would otherwise only be found in a grocery store. The pricing in these units will not be astronomical either.  In fact, they’ll be right on par with what you would pay at your local grocery store. This makes getting healthy foods much easier for people who don’t live near a grocery store, don’t have a car to get there, or simply live in food scarce area.

When you shop a Robotic Retail vending machine you can pay with cash, a credit card, or a debit card, as well as with a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program card, or other food assistance cards.

These machines, which are being called the Oasis 24seven are approximately the size of a shipping container. They hold between 200 and 800 different items, weighing anywhere between one ounce to 10 pounds. When you shop with the machine you will make your selection on a computer screen, and then a robotic arm will deliver your selected items.

While there are similar machines currently on college campuses, the goal of the Oasis 24seven is to provide access to food for those who may not have it.  And not just any food – but healthy, quality foods for those who may otherwise only have access to processed options.

In addition to benefiting those in areas where access to healthy foods may be low, these machines can help to reduce issues of theft. The inventory control in this machine is superior to even the highest quality grocery store security systems. Why? Because patrons do not have access to the actual groceries. Instead, they will enter their selections into the computer screen, and then have it delivered by the robotic arm and conveyor belt.

The first Oasis 24seven is going to be located in the Greater Des Moines area. However, if the trial run goes well, there is a good chance you will see one in your local area before you know it.

2015cleanshow

IDS has recently announced that it will be attending the 2015 CleanShow event, taking place from April 16 to April 19, to exhibit its new ScrubTrak line of medical vending machines. The ScrubTrak is powered by a state of the art inventory control software that is designed to put managers back in control of the disbursement of necessary resources across a medical facility.

CleanShow 2015 is taking place at the beautiful Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show has recently expanded its format to allow for additional days over previous years, which was a move made in part to give people in attendance more time to take in new exhibits, attend educational sessions and network with other people in the industry that they work in. The ScrubTrak scrubs vending machine is just one of the many technological advancements that will be on display all throughout the show.

CleanShow 2015 is an event designed for people in the laundering, dry cleaning and textile services industry. People come from all over the country to take in live demonstrations, educational sessions and engage in bold networking opportunities that they are unlikely to find anywhere else. During the 2013 show alone, 422 different companies traveled to New Orleans and utilized almost 200,000 square feet of booth space to show off their latest innovations to the industry.

ids scrubtrak medical scrubs vending machineIDS’ ScrubTrak machines have a large range of technological advancements that can’t be ignored. They operating system that powers these machines is cloud-based, for example, meaning that they are always connected to an active Internet connection at all times. This means that all ScrubTrak machines that are in use by the same company are always connected to one another and sharing information, regardless of where in a building they’re located or if they’re spread across multiple facilities.

Each time scrubs are dispensed or returned to the machine, its operating system is updated to reflect this information. A camera can be added onto the unit to record video of each transaction, making sure both that only authorized individuals are using the machine and to help track down lost resources whenever possible.

The same easy to use, sleek graphical user interface also allows facility managers to manage “pick lists” for warehouse distribution, employ dynamic routing to get scrubs where they’re needed the most and more. All of this comes in a machine with a relatively small footprint, allowing ScrubTrak to fit in effortlessly in any sized facility. IDS will be giving live demonstrations of the latest models at the show for all four days.

 

ems today

Intelligent Dispensing Solutions, the industry-leading medical vending machine manufacturer and solutions provider, is proud to announce that it will be attending the 2015 EMS Today Show. IDS will use the popular event as an opportunity to showcase the state-of-the-art locker systems and medical vending machine systems that it has been providing to healthcare facilities of all types around the country on a regular basis.

The 2015 EMS Today Show will take place in Baltimore, Maryland from February 25 to 28, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The event is a yearly opportunity for professionals in the healthcare industry to get together to share information, talk about the latest topics and collaborate on solutions that will take the industry into the future in 2015 and beyond. Manufacturers and other EMS suppliers have an opportunity to get together with EMS professionals looking for everything from emergency vehicles to airway management equipment to training and simulation solutions and more.

The CAP 12 door locker system from Intelligent Dispensing Solutions features 12 individual compartments that can be used to store EMS medical supplies  from oxygen tanks to radios to back boards, regardless of their shape and size. Not only do these lockers allow healthcare facilities to increase efficiency by allowing easy access to these types of items, but they’re also great for security purposes to help make sure that only people with an appropriate access level can obtain the items inside.

A smaller locker system available from IDS is the CAP 3 door locker, which includes three separate compartments in addition to all of the features that the CAP 12 provides. Both of these solutions come with adjustable back panels, energy efficient high intensity LED lighting and more. They are available in black, blue or red, though custom colors are also available at an additional charge to help make sure that the door locker fits in with the current visual design of the healthcare facility it will be installed in.

Access to the versatile locker systems can be controlled through a few different methods depending on the preferences and needs of the healthcare facility in question. A PIN number can be used, for example, which can be assigned in the form of an individualized identification number, a stocking number or even a trip number. The systems are also compatible with proximity card readers and can easily be adapted to work with your current proximity card issued for access to other areas of the facility.

A bar code scanner is also available, which reads the ID information embedded in your current system’s bar code badge or ID. Biometric readers can also read a person’s fingerprint and allow access based on their authority level, providing for the most comprehensive security solution possible at all times.

 

 

west region care council

Intelligent Dispensing Solutions, one of the world’s top medical vending machine manufacturers, is pleased to announce that they will be attending the West Region EMS and Trauma Care Council event to take place on February 20-22, 2015. These events will allow IDS to exhibit some of their state-of-the-art medical vending machines for pharmaceutical control, as well as their revolutionary new EMS locker systems.

One of the many topics of discussion that IDS will engage in during the events has to do with their medical vending machines, which allow a greater level of both security and control to healthcare professionals. Intelligent Dispensing Solutions designs their vending machines to allow professionals in the healthcare field to instantly access and restock certain medical items using standardized access protocol. Features, such as iQ software allows an organization to catalog and time-stamp all withdrawals, as well as regulate access to medical supplies to people with a certain authority level in order to reduce theft and to improve the efficiency of the facility as a whole.

EMS locker systems are designed to add additional infrastructure to medical facilities of all sizes, giving them the ability to control access to larger EMS supplies like back boards, radios, oxygen tanks, safety clothing and more. EMS locker systems come in a few different varieties, like the CAP 12 Door Locker and the CAP 3 Door Locker. Each unit includes adjustable back panels, LED lighting and other features that make it a versatile solution for all medical storage needs. Custom colors are also available to help an EMS locker system fit in with the existing design aesthetic of a healthcare facility.

Intelligent Dispensing Solutions has long been seen as an industry-leading vending machine manufacturer, as well as a solutions provider for vending operators and businesses of all sizes. One of the company’s current focuses involves promoting vending machines that are designed for an office  and retail environment that enable businesses to safely and securely store and organize various types of office supplies.

logoThe West Region EMS and the Trauma Care Council event will take place on February 20-22, 2015 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center in Ocean Shores, Washington. Now in it’s 30th year, the event is designed to bring healthcare professionals involved in emergency care together for an educational conference designed to share information, empower people with new technology and alert them to the types of solutions that will help them do their jobs better on a daily basis.

 

702x336xIMG_3122-702x336.jpeg.pagespeed.ic.t36gMYpyJ-When you walk up to a traditional vending machine, you expect to drop in a few coins and receive a snack, a cup of coffee, or even a cold soda. How about a pen?  A notebook? A computer keyboard? Or even a new set of scrubs?

Vending machines are moving far beyond the traditional snack foods and drinks. The Penn State library recently installed two vending machines that dispense necessary items for their student population including blue books, writing utensils, headphones and calculators. Students do not need to have cash on hand to use the machines; they simply swipe their university card and the purchase is deducted from their balance.

When it comes to this new generation of vending machines, the sky’s the limit. Conventional office vending machines provide that 3 PM snack, but instead of chocolate, chips, and mints, IDS machines can replace the standard office supply cabinet. Inventory control is provided by having employees scan their ID or entering their employee number to receive necessary supplies.

The most interesting aspect of an office supply vending machine is that they can vend almost any type of supply your employees or customers require. Custom vending machines allow businesses to sell their product automatically at any time of day or night by automating the transaction. Any type of medical supply that is subject to inventory control, from pharmaceuticals to equipment, can be easily tracked. Even IT equipment like a keyboard or a mouse, that would have been a hassle to replace in a corporate environment requiring tracking paperwork, can be dispensed via vending machine automatically.

With web-based iQ technology, inventory managers can easily track the machine’s inventory.  By simply logging in to a web based device from anywhere, supervisors can track the machine’s records and track sales or employee use. No longer will that supervisor need to check each machine individually to inventory its remaining products. With iQ technology, businesses can increase employee accountability with detailed records of materials or products requested by each person which leads to a decrease in theft and shrinkage.

The automatic vending feature appeals to any business that is working toward increasing employee autonomy and efficiency. For example, rather than having employees fill out requisition forms and wait for necessary replacements like a computer power cord, Facebook CIO Tim Campos created a series of custom vending machines to automate this process, reduce expense, and increase efficiency.

No longer just for snacks, vending machine manufacturer Intelligent Dispensing Systems creates custom machines to dispense office, medical, and IT supplies.

 

overview1In our ever-increasing cashless society, wouldn’t it make sense to create a cashless vending machine?  According to the Bloomberg BusinessWeek, however, “…most of the 5 million vending machines in the U.S. still accept only coins or bills, even as prices rise.”  And when many people don’t even carry cash any longer, that means those vending machine operators are losing sales and profits.

To fix this problem, vending machine manufacturers are designing and installing vending machines that accept credit and debit cards, the most common way for Americans to pay today.  Some of these machines, called “smart vending machines” can even accept payment with a smart phone and then allow the customer to charge their smart phone at its very own smart phone charging station.

This new method sure brings convenience but what about security?  According to Vending Times, the vending industry’s leaders held a seminar during the 2014 Atlantic Coast Exposition to discuss just that.  For example, Lauren Miller, whose vending machines appeal to customers who don’t carry cash, says that his vending machines operation “doesn’t touch your card, and doesn’t store your data.”  This means fraud, which is reportedly low at $1 for every $1,000 spent at vending machines, is minimal.

While security for the consumer who engages in cashless vending is safe, the same can be said for the vending machine owner.  For example, at Intelligent Dispensing Solutions, they never track customer’s information, but they do use a system that tracks the inventory data for any vending machine anywhere and makes that data available to their customers at any time. This means inventory control just got easier and smoother than ever.

Instead of having to visit every office vending machine to check on inventory levels, you can check your inventory remotely from anywhere there is Internet service.  Furthermore, operators can also access data that helps them choose the right items to stock their vending machines by knowing what is and isn’t selling according to stocks.  On top of that, vending machine operators get more sales with cashless vending offered by Intelligent Dispensing Solutions who never store payment information, keeping your customers safe and secure.

The future of cashless vending machines is gaining ground because it is easier for consumers to pay with debit cards, credit cards, or their smart phones.  Smart vending machines are where vending operators need to grow their business in order to survive.  Using cash to pay for a candy bar or a can of soda is becoming less and less convenient in our modern cashless age.

Cashless vending machines accept credit cards and mobile payments. And you can charge your phone at the same time.

TweetShirt-02It’s no secret that social media is more popular than ever. Twitter in particular is taking the world by storm, boasting hundreds of millions of dollars and a true billion dollar valuation to its credit. It seems that Twitter users can’t get enough of the “micro blogging” service and companies in many different industries are finding bold new ways to meet that demand. One possibility for social media interaction in the not too distant future has to do with the pairing of the vending machine manufacturer and social media-enabled vending machines.

Brands like Old Navy and Nike have zeroed in on an idea that is brilliantly simplistic. Patrons can walk by a Twitter-enabled vending machine, post a tweet about a product or service that the company offers and get some type of reward for their trouble. Old Navy has already begun rolling out these social commerce vending machines in Japan to great success. After posting a tweet about Old Navy brand flip flops, users of the vending machines can actually get a pair of those flip flops to call their own.

Old Navy has had similar success with these types of campaigns in the United States. In years past, the brand had installed 28 machines in strategic locations in major cities like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Not only did the company get promotion via the tweets, but the media attention also funneled directly into its big summer sale.

According to Evigo.com, these types of digital media vending machines accounted for 3,500 different tweets and 12 million impressions. Though that may not necessarily sound like much for a social networking site with hundreds of millions of users, it’s important to keep in mind that these campaigns were limited in their scope to this initial roll-out. Representatives from the companies involved were very clear that driving traffic wasn’t the goal – building excitement and displaying true innovation in the realm of social media is the prize that they were after and it’s definitely a prize they seem to have obtained.

These social media vending machines are a true example of “out of home advertising” and taking marketing campaigns and word of mouth to bold new heights in a digital age. One of the major factors that brands love about Twitter is that it is a great way to get customers involved in their marketing campaigns. Tweets can be seen by millions of people all over the world, creating the type of brand awareness in an instant that most companies only dream of. If social media campaigns like the type that Old Navy, Westin Hotels and other major brands like Nike are any indication, “social commerce” isn’t an idea that always seems to be just over the horizon – it’s one that is already here.

Eddie Bauer NYC Store OpeningTwitter is the second most popular social networking site on the planet, behind only the Internet behemoth Facebook. With hundreds of millions of users all over the world, it is also seen as a bold new source of both resources and innovation in terms of retailers. Eddie Bauer is just one example of a retailer that is using the social networking site to its fullest extent by installing Twitter-activated retail vending machine solutions in certain locations.

The Twitter-activated vending machine will be on display when Eddie Bauer opens a new store in New York City in the spring of 2015. The vending machine will be available for customers to interact with for the first two weeks after the store is opened. Not only will the machine be specifically designed to dispense the brand’s famous line of outdoor adventure products, but it will also offer discounts, gift cards and other promotions for people who Tweet using the @liveyouradventure hashtag and @eddiebauer Twitter handle.

For those who don’t want to wait that long to interact with a social media enabled vending machine, Eddie Bauer is also opening a holiday “pop up” store in New York City that will feature the hardware throughout Christmas and New Years.

One of the major benefits of retail vending through IDS has to do with security. All IDS automated vending machine solutions are physically secured in such a way that puts bank vaults to shame. Not only is the frame of the vending machine itself secured with high grade steel, but it also uses high grade security glass. Customers will be able to clearly see the products on display but will never be able to gain unauthorized access. Regardless of the location in which these machines are placed, the vending machine manufacturer has gone to great lengths to make sure that all merchandise stays as safe as possible.

Retail vending through IDS is also secure in terms of digital security. Customers will still be able to access merchandise using all of the means that they have become accustomed to – fingerprint readers, credit cards and even traditional cash. Advanced technology called iQ Technology, however, makes sure that all customer information that is entered into the machine is secure at all times. Retailers won’t have to worry about hacking and other types of digital theft, as no credit card or other sensitive information is stored on the servers in the first place.

Twitter-activated retail vending machines are just one of the many ways that retailers are engaging with customers on their own terms – namely, in the digital realm. It is a true example of innovation at its finest and can be seen as an inspiration for retail businesses of all types to see the Internet not as a threat, but as a bold new frontier.

26690477_lThe vending industry is currently in a state of expansion. Spreading outward from its core of foods, beverages, and entertainment, vending machines are finding their way into a number of professions. The reason is a unique combination of inventory control and advances in technology that give vending machine management several advantages. As vending machine manufacturers adopt these features, the potential solutions vending machines offer continue to grow. Below are several of the most promising examples and what they can offer:

Controlled Substances and Healthcare Supplies

Vending machine manufacturers are making inroads into the healthcare system for one primary reason: The importance of supply management for hospitals, clinics, and similar organizations. Healthcare organizations deal with a number of products that require tight controls, particularly drugs and similar controlled substances. Despite their best efforts, many hospitals see losses due to mismanagement and ongoing troubles with employee theft.

Medical vending machines offer a solution to these issues by allowing medical professionals to access exactly what goods they need without worrying about theft or mistakes. The system uses a mix of timestamps, access protocols, and unit tracking to control exactly who has access to drugs and valuable medical supplies, while keeping them safe. As a bonus, medical vending machines also provide solutions for dealing with scrubs using software like ScrubTrak to pick up new scrubs and return soiled versions.

Office Management and Accountability

In some respects, office supplies face the same losses that medical supplies do thanks to mismanagement, theft and miscommunication. A vending machine system for appropriate office supplies can solve corporate problems with these losses.

Office vending machines can be customized to offer everything from simple pens and notes to flash drives and electronics. Items are provided to employees who scan their IDs, helping to create more accurate accountability and removing human error from the process – as well as getting employees their solutions without requiring a lengthy request process.

Kitchens and Similar Workplaces

Busy kitchens found in large-scale restaurants and hospitality industries may seem like an odd choice for vending solutions, but the right kind of machine can provide a help to managers dealing with a balance of inventory control and workplace safety requirements.

Knives and other cutlery or expensive preparation supplies, vending machines can offer simple control answers to environments that are inherently different to closely regulate because of high turnover or sudden changes in volume and activity.

Law Enforcement Controls

While law enforcement may not suffer from the same turnover rates as the hospitality industry, these organizations do have plenty of sensitive products to monitor. Vending machines can help these agencies track ammunition, weapons, and similar products to increase safety and prevent deadly mistakes.

There is no better time to join the vending industry. With strict monitoring and inventory control, vending machine owners can rest assured that the technology is on their side.