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vending machinesCheetos are a variety of potato chip- a corn chip, really. They are made with corn and cheese and are one of the more individual and delicious styles of chip. Chester Cheetah is the mascot for Cheetos. He speaks in a mid-Atlantic accent. Before Chester was the Cheetos Mouse who spoke the slogan, “Hail Chee-sar.” Pretty cheesy, right? The interpunct, the little dot that existed between Chee and tos, was dropped in the mid aughties. Because of a pork enzyme in these chips, Cheetos are tref. The crunchy ones are fried, the puffed are not, and as a result are less delicious.

Frito-Lay created Cheetos in the late ’40s. Fritos began in the ’30s, when Elmer Doolin paid $100 for the recipe after trying a bag of corn chips while eating lunch in San Antonio. He expanded his business hugely over the next ten years. The original ingredients are corn oil, whole corn, and salt. Today PepsiCo owns Fritos and Frito-Lay after a 1965 merger. Today Fritos corn chips are one of the more original chips you can find in vending machines. The barbecue ones are especially tasty.

Both Cheetos and Fritos are corn snacks, but they are very different from each other. The ingenuity of Americans, such as Mr. Doolin,  contributed to these delicious snacks we find in custom vending machines everywhere.

office vending machinesAn office vending machine is a necessity in a large building. When two o’ clock comes, and the sugars from lunch run out, you feel a crash coming on. Or, if you went out for lunch and you’re locked in a food coma, lethargy weighs on you and work becomes a drag. Nothing perks the two o’ clock employee up like a quick rush of sugar or caffeine. And chances are you have a coffee pot (and some employees may be wary of their caffeine intake, afraid of addiction) so you might as well invest in an office vending machine.

That burst of energy from the chocolatey peanuts in a Snickers bar will allow you to power through to three o’ clock and then, with the end of the day in sight, onwards, onwards, to a late afternoon triumph of finishing work at a record pace, and feeling good like you earned it when the clock strikes five.

Yes, vending machines help boost the office morale. It gives people something to look forward to in the worst part of the day. So, if you don’t have one already, choose an office vending machine to make everything better for your workers.

vending machineI was coming out of a restaurant with my girlfriend in a hip part of town and I saw a custom vending machine. It was filled with bike supplies, spare tubes, patch kits, wrenches and the like. How convenient, I wondered, with so many bikes in this part of town, right under the bridge, surely this bike vending machine gets lots of business. What a great idea. I had never seen a custom vending machine like that before.

That you could put anything in a custom vending machine and watch it sell, goodness willing, really blew my mind. If I had my druthers I’d put literature in custom vending machines. I’d place them in airports and train stations and doctors offices — shorts stories and novels by Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Chekhov. Classics, you know. When you give people too much choice, it’s overwhelming. Give them ten or twenty choices and they can eliminate what they don’t like and choose what they do.

In the meanwhile I guess I’ll be on the lookout for other vending machines, ones that are there for me when I need them. And when I really need them, they’ll be there, because that’s how fate works.If not, I’ll take my business elsewhere, and probably be overwhelmed with choices.

The days of the rickety old school vending machines with a sour apple and a sugar daddies clanging around the insides are long gone at my school. Repairing and restocking my school’s old vending machine was a full time job. I am surprised I didn’t make the switch to the simpler IDS system earlier. IDS showed me how to please parents, teachers and even, students;all while maximizing profits.

My school’s vending machines where not winning any popularity contests with students, parents, or staff. Students complained about seeing the same popular sodas and candy bars sell out instantly. Parents complained about a lack of healthy options. Lastly, teachers complained the students couldn’t get school supplies out of the machines. We had four vending machines all stocked with sodas and candy bars, most of which were unpopular.

IDS listened to us and solved our problem. They eliminated the unpopular snacks and replaced them with healthy options. We used the space we saved getting rid of unpopular foods to find retail slots for school supplies like tape, pens, and scissors. Now my entire school board is happy with the results, and the profits.

IDS listened to my schools problem and tailored an affordable and practical solution, as I am sure they will do for your business.

A sugar low makes me feel glum. Sleepy and lonely and lazy and I think about caffeine but I don’t want palpitations. It strikes about mid-afternoon, siesta-time. But this is America and we don’t have time for siestas. What we do have time for is a quick trip to the office vending machine. A bite of a candy bar and I’m ready to go again, pounding out paperwork and typing with force.

Fortunately, the office vending machine also manifests as vending in schools, as retail vending and in other places as well. If you think your small business could benefit from a vending machine, but you’re unsure about the products that come with it, think about a custom vending machine. Vending machine manufacturers, such as Intelligent Dispensing Solutions are often more than willing to accommodate you when it comes down to it.

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