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In the world of business, convenience translates into money. The fewer steps necessary to get from point A to point B, the faster you can supply a demand, the more revenue can be generated each business day. This is why ‘Will Call’ Technology is the answer to the needs of many companies.

Intelligent Dispensing Solutions has found an innovative way for many businesses to supply their customers with what they need without running into unnecessary expenses. With state of the art vending machine technology, vending can be broadened into all types of product dispensing. Using custom vending machines to help distribute products to your customers can cut down on costly payroll additions and human resource issues.

Who Can ‘Will Call’ Help?

‘Will Call’ Technology is an innovative service created by Intelligent Dispensing Solutions to help companies make their products available to customers in the easiest, most cost effective way. ‘Will Call’ is most beneficial to companies that deal primarily with online orders which customers need to pick up. Any customer who has ever experienced the long lines at traditional pick up centers can tell you, the old days of waiting in line and dealing with tired, annoyed pick up employees is not ideal. ‘Will Call’ technology uses retail vending machine lockers which entirely eliminates the need for an additional employee at the station as well as wait lines. ‘Will Call’ Technology is also beneficial for larger companies for use in supply dispensing. Employees can order supplies and pick them up when they are ready. This new innovation eliminates the need for extra employees to disperse supplies.

How Does It Work?

When an individual’s order is ready for pick up, they are notified through email or text and they are given a security code. Only this code will open the ‘Will Call’ Locker holding their order. This ensures that each order only gets to the person who ordered it. The customer simply puts in their code at the pick up station, retrieves their order and the transaction is finished. The locker is now available to be filled with the next order for the next customer.

Is It Safe?

Intelligent Dispensing Solutions is among the top vending machine manufacturers today. Their products are custom built to ensure that each client receives a machine that will suit their individual needs. IDS understands that each company is different and one machine can not fit all. That is why from idea to completed product, IDS works tirelessly to make sure the vending machine you wind up with is exactly the product your company needs to solve distribution issues in the most convenient and cost effective way.

 

Inventory-ControlEveryone is familiar with the ubiquitous vending machine. Since its first development in London, during the 1880s, as a vehicle for dispensing post cards, these machines have become a lifesaver for hungry office workers, peckish students, and thirsty travelers. With the convenience of walking over and pumping some quarters into the machine, the consumer has ready access to quick treats on the go, regardless of where the nearest convenience store might be located. Today, thanks to the innovative thinking of iQ Technology, custom vending machines are an excellent way to manage the entire sales process from point of sale purchases to inventory control to enhanced security features. It is almost like having a computer that dispenses cold sandwiches.

What Makes iQ Technology Different

At Intelligent Dispensing Solutions, they have harnessed iQ Technologies to produce innovative custom vending machines, which gives owner-operators unprecedented control over all aspects of their product dispensing business model. In developing their custom vending machine, they have leveraged the power of cloud-based computing to transform the way vending machine manufacturers conceive of their products. The result, of course, is that vending machine operators have unprecedented levels of customization at their fingertips. Just some of the innovations that their designs supply include:

  • Cloud-based Computing Power
  • Multi-Machine Management
  • Secure Transactions
  • Powerful Reporting Tools
  • Alerts

Gone are the days when vending machine owners needed to add up the coins in their machines, and subtract the number of candy bars that are missing from the inventory to see where they stand from a sales perspective. Now, all that information is readily available to owners of a custom vending machine.

Also absent, is the singular focus of using vending machines merely to dispense food items to hungry consumers on the go who are operating in a busy environment. Today, the concept of the “office vending machine” has expanded to include more than just a dispensary for bad coffee, and now these machines are being used to dispense, with just a swipe of an employee badge, all manner of office related supplies from a new computer mouse to a packet of post-it-notes.

What Makes Intelligent Dispensing Solutions Different

While their groundbreaking, vending technology is on the cutting edge of innovative, Intelligent Dispensing Solutions cut their teeth in the vending industry more than 80 years before, and they bring to the table a vast array of business related vending solutions that they have gleaned over the course of eight decades. Their design team is standing by to answer any questions about the manufacture of advanced technology vending machines for any business and all industries.

 

ids scrubtrak medical scrubs vending machineHospitals, clinics and other medical facilities and practices are constantly trying to balance quality care with inventory control and minimization of costs. This can be difficult, and it pays to find ways to control costs without compromising care, comfort and safety. One area of inventory that is notorious for shrinkage is scrubs. Personnel frequently forget to return scrubs, and they get lost or thrown away. Not only that, but standard methods of storing, cleaning and stocking scrubs may be inefficient.

Fortunately, there is a better way. Imagine a custom vending machine that not only stores and dispenses clean scrubs, but also tracks them.

ScrubTrak systems offers an easy way to dispense, track and store scrubs using powerful, cloud-based software that can be customized for your facility. Flexible management tools allow management to generate usage reports that can be printed online or sent to a desktop application. These features put inventory control at management’s fingertips, and allows for better planning and greater cost efficiency.

In order to access the scrubs in the machine, personnel must key in a code. The computerized, cloud-based system stores all data, and management receives regular notifications regarding stock and other data. When stock is getting low, a notification is sent out. Personnel can return used scrubs to the vending machine, and that will be tracked as well.

Management can control the inventory, allowing only certain personnel access to the scrubs, and setting limits on how many scrubs are dispensed per person.

Storage of scrubs using a custom vending machine is much more streamlined. Both clean and soiled scrubs are housed in the space-saving machine. No need to keep them locked up or to distribute keys to certain personnel. They can be accessed any time of day.

Vending machine manufacturers that provide and maintain this service include custom features like remote inventory control and mobile notifications. For facilities that are large, or have more than one location, these vending machines are ideal. Personnel can retrieve scrubs from one machine, and return them to another. The cloud-based technology keeps track of all the vending machines for the facility, tracking and recording inventory easily. This ultimately reduces waste, shrinkage and improves efficiency.

 

Intelligent Dispensing Solutions | Custom Vending | Medical Vending Solutions

Healthcare facilities face a number of challenges with regard to their supplies, and many of those challenges can be met with a custom vending machine. IDS is on the vending industry’s cutting edge by offering custom medical vending machines that can dispense tools and instruments, scrubs and even controlled substances, all of which come with numerous benefits.

Superior Inventory Control

The iQ technology IDS uses in its custom machine allows for remote inventory tracking. Rather than having to physically visit each machine, medical administrators can access reports online to review each machine’s inventory. This feature saves time and improves accuracy, giving administrators a real-time view of the inventory at any given time.

Custom machines can also machine time-stamp and catalog all withdrawals, only dispensing items to those with authorized access. Whether it’s a controlled substance, costly surgical instruments or a pair of scrubs, the custom machine will regulate the item’s access based on the swipe of an ID card, employee PIN or other access protocol.

Reduction of Inventory Shrinkage

Inventory shrinkage is another issue that can be eliminated with a custom medical vending machine, particularly useful for the facility’s scrubs department. Scrub shortages and constant inventory depletion is often the result of employees not returning scrubs after use. A custom machine can address the problem by dispensing scrubs in an authorized user’s specific size and color, as well as giving him the option of returning soiled scrubs. This feature saves money and eliminates the mess often found in scrubs return areas.

Medical Vending Benefit Overview

The full slate of medical vending benefits are many, and they include:

  • Fast and easy access to supplies for authorized users
  • Tracking of costly items and controlled substances
  • Reduction of shrinkage and theft
  • Elimination of storerooms
  • Customized sizes featuring single-sided or double-sided display
  • Reinforced steel and heavy duty glass for theft prevention
  • Custom skin options to specify machine use

While healthcare facilities may continue to face a number of challenges across the board, keeping tabs on their supplies need not be one of them. A custom medical vending machine provides a top-notch solution that comes with numerous benefits.

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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.

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.