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How Can a Custom Vending Machine Help My Business?

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Today’s vending machines are more flexible, more useful, and more profitable than ever before. Whether you have your own vending business or you own another kind of business and are looking to install a vending machine in your location, new vending machine technologies have made the idea of purchasing a custom vending machine a no-brainer.

Custom Vending Machine Benefits:

Vending machines have far exceeded just being for drinks or snacks; they are now used for not only every food you can think of but also as automated retail kiosks. Advances in vending machine technology now mean that businesses can expand their retail offerings without having to increase staffing levels.

For example, laundromats looking for an easy way to provide supplies to customers without burdening staff may find the 18 Select Laundry Center to be an excellent choice. With a variety of adjustable trays to handle both boxes and bottles, and a glass front offering great visibility of product offerings, this is just one example of what a custom machine can do for a retail location. 

However, a custom vending machine is more than just adjustable shelves. A custom vending machine will allow you to bring whatever combination of products you want to offer to your customers. Looking to offer drinks and beverages in one location? A combo vending machine gives you that option. If you’d like to offer merchandise alongside snacks or beverages new dual zone merchandisers offer features like add-on lockers which let you sell even larger items easily and efficiently. 

Vending Machine Advances:

In addition to different combinations of goods, vending machine manufacturing has come a long way in terms of customer convenience. Vending machine designer options now include custom graphic wrap designs to compliment your business and specialty currency acceptors which allow customers to use cash or a credit card, or even to get change for locations such as laundromats that run on coins. A vending system card reader that works off touch screen even allows for remote management, meaning less maintenance time for the machine operator. 

The possibilities are almost endless when it comes to custom vending machines, and it’s easy to get confused. For expert advice on both custom and traditional machines, a simple call to A&M Equipment Sales can help you get on the road to the machine you need. 

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5 ways small vending machines can bring in big profits. 

Small vending machines are a great option if space is limited!
Small vending machines can make big money!

When people think of vending machines, they often think of large, hulking machines that hold dozens of snacks and take up lots of space. However, many vending machine operators have discovered that smaller, wall mounted snack machines can offer a great way to improve your bottom line. Here are 5 ways considering small vending machines may be useful to your business.

1) Small vending machines, big choices!

Small machines aren’t just for snacks and candy. Smaller vending machines offer the opportunity to sell beverages, snacks, prepared food choices, and more.

2) Up to date payment options.

Smaller vending machines don’t have to stick with coin-operated payment options. They can now also take bills, and even credit cards, giving your customers more flexibility.

3)Saving energy

Some businesses are hesitant to host a vending machine because of concerns about energy consumption. Small vending machines, however, are more energy efficient and tend to be more attractive to retail centers.

4)Saving Space

Another issue which may cause businesses to be hesitant to host your machines is the square footage they take up. Mini vending machine options and wall mounted machines in particular, eliminate this issue.

5)Flexibility

While smaller machine brings to mind gumball and candy machines, today’s small and even mini vending machines are incredibly flexible. They can sell everything from cheap vending machine fare, such as typical snacks and candies, to full-service options that can make espresso, or serve up prepared foods and drinks. There are even machines that serve soft ice cream options.

The fact is that a business based on bulk mini vending machines can make as much, or even more than larger, bulkier machines, and their small size and flexibility in food offerings mean great opportunities to make money in almost any setting!

One of our favorite small vending machines is the AMS Slim Gem Snack Machine. With 24 selections available and weighing only about 500 pounds, it is a great choice for small spaces or to start your blossoming enterprise!

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Vending Machine License: Is It Something You Need?

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Vending Machine Licenses are an important element of keeping your business above board.

When considering starting a vending machine business, many people fail to consider the vending machine license one must obtain for their business. The truth is most states require vending machine route operators to obtain both a business license and the permits.

There are several mandatory licenses to operate a vending machine business, including a machine license and a sales tax receipt certificate. Depending upon the items you wish to place inside the machines, there may be additional licenses. Soda and snacks, candy, milk products, and tobacco all have different regulations and local ordinances may vary from the state ordinances. Failure to comply with these can mean revocation of your license. 

Vending machine sales are eligible for tax in the same fashion as food items in more traditional stores. If an item would be exempt when sold in a store, the same would be true for a vending machine. However, if it is eligible to taxes in a brick and mortar store, it will also be eligible for tax in your machines. The only exceptions from this rule are:

Hot beverages sold from a vending machine are always exempt. Certain items that are taxable when sold by food stores are exempt when sold from a vending machine for $1.50 or less. When you file your sales tax returns you’ll need to separate the number of sales you made from the sales tax you collected.

Before Obtaining Your Vending Machine License

Consider the location where you will be placing your machines. If they will be in schools, regulations may be different than if you are placing them in commercial areas.

To run your business legally it is important to not only know your local regulations. Adhere to them carefully, ensuring your business is above board and reproach.

To learn more about the vending machines available to you, visit our website: https://www.amequipmentsales.com/ 

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FDA Requirements for Vending Machines: What You Need to Know

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FDA regulations on vending machines aren’t too difficult, but you need to ensure your company is abiding by the law!

Whether you’ve had your vending machine business for a long time, or you’re just starting out, there are some FDA requirements on vending machines that you should know about.

The Food and Drug Administration, to tackle the obesity epidemic, has created food labeling requirements for all foods sold from vending machines.

Because Americans eat about one-third of their calories away from home, the FDA has created these calorie labeling requirements for vending food items. Food labeling has become more popular in all venues, from restaurants putting calorie counts on their menus to companies redesigning their cans and box packaging to more prominently display nutrition information.

Vending machine labeling requirements mean that vending machine operators who own or operate 20 or more vending machines, have the duty to disclose calorie information for the food sold from those vending machines, subject to certain exemptions. The compliance date for these changes went into effect on December 1, 2016.

Most packaged food items have calories posted on the back, but for vending machines with glass fronts, the calorie declaration that is now often part of package design on the front of packaged food is acceptable, rather than having to post signage on the actual machine. If the foods you stock do NOT have calorie information on the front of the package, then you must adhere to the following policies:

Calorie declarations must be clear and conspicuous and placed prominently and may be placed on a sign in, on, or adjacent to the vending machine, so long as the sign is in close proximity to the article of food or selection button.

Calorie declarations for total calories present in the packaged food are not informative for gum, mints, and roll candy because consumers typically do not consume the entire packaged product at one time. In order to consider this issue further, FDA is extending the compliance date to July 26, 2018, for gums, mints, and roll candy sold from glass- front machines in packages that are too small to bear FOP labeling. In the interim, FDA encourages vending machine operators to provide calorie information for such products through a sign in close proximity to the gums, mints, and roll candy inside the vending machine.

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FDA website: https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm515022.htm

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How to Start a Snack Machine Business

A reliable machine can provide a reliable source of income!
Not all snack machines are the same, be sure your machine is reliable!

More than Just Snack Machines

If you are new to or thinking about getting in the snack machine business, we should first let you know that the vending machine business covers much more than simply snacks! With drinks, combo drink-snack machines, and school supplies, there isn’t anything that can’t be sold in a vending machine! With the knowledge that there are now endless possibilities available to you, here are some questions to consider:

Are you ready to be your own boss?

Many of us dream of being our own boss. Picking your own hours, choosing who you work with, and the length of your commute is all liberating. The advantages also come with plenty of responsibilities, so be sure you are ready to shoulder the work that comes with being the boss.

Are you motivated?

Starting your own vending machine business means no more 9-5 schedule. You must be willing to stay until the work gets done! Some days will require the entirety of your day, while other days pass in the blink of an eye. One of the best parts of working with vending machines is that many times they can conform to your schedule. Depending on the location, vending machines generate sales 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and could be serviced at any point in the day!

If you have the motivation and desire the freedom that comes with being your own boss; we recommend contacting NAMA (the National Automatic Merchandising Association.) They have collected a series of invaluable resources that will provide you with the information needed to make sure your company hits the ground running! Call (312) 346-0370 to contact NAMA or visit their website: www.vending.org.

Food For Thought:

Pick the Right Brand of Vending Machine

Not all vending machines are the same. Steady income of your business is dependent upon minimizing the downtown and maximizing the sales for your individual machines, and a lesser machine is simply going to make your life harder. Because the type and quality of vending machines vary so greatly, we recommend taking a look at NAMA-certified vending machines or calling a local vending company (click here for a list of vendors by state)

Watch Out for “Biz-Op” Scammers

Some companies will sell a route with inferior machines claiming a stake in a franchise that exists only in name. After you have committed your time and money, the company will have stolen your money and ran!

If you find a passion for owning and operating your own vending machines, you can stay in the business for life! Set your schedule every week and above all take pride in being your own boss!

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School Vending Machines Have A Healthy Option

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Schools are cracking down on unhealthy snacks, but that doesn’t mean school vending machines are out of the picture.

As of July 1st, 2014, schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program are required to adhere to the USDA standard called “Smart Snacks In School (SSIS)”.

The SSIS program aims to improve the health of school children across the nation. Founded on evidence-based research and practicality, it encourages schools to sell healthy foods that are aligned with the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans. These guidelines suggest the consumption of more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy options—while limiting calories, fat, sugar, and sodium.

In short, healthier foods are in, junk food is out.

43 Percent of elementary schools, 74 percent of middle schools, and 98 percent of high schools offer vending machines to their students.

In the past, most school vending machines have been loaded up with sugary candy, salty snacks, and beverages that completely lack any nutritional value—adding fuel to the fire of the obesity epidemic that affects children (and adults) across the country. As a result of this, and the new legislation, many schools have decided to completely ban junk food everywhere, while others have decided to focus their attention on the contents of their vending machines.

Thanks to these regulations the vending machine industry has become more creative with their offerings, and more healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, smart snacks, and healthy beverage options are offered.

Instead of stocking school with apple pies, cheese crackers, and nacho chips, options like sunflower seeds, baked chips, and low-fat popcorn are now seen as far better ways to fulfill those midday munchies. Soda is also a big no-no in schools, as the sugar and calories are seen as prime targets in anti-obesity efforts. Smarter beverage options can include bottled water, seltzer and flavored water, 100% fruit or vegetable juice, fat-free milk, or other low-calorie drinks.

Healthy snacking options are now available from almost every distributor and allow your vending machines to be a source of nutritious snack and beverage options, instead of an endless stream of empty calories. If you’re looking to change your vending machine business over from junk food to smart snacking there are tons of options out there; just take a look! And if you’re looking to start your own vending machine business give A&M Equipment Sales a call, we’re here to help!

 

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Vending Machines: How to Strike a Deal with an Establishment


Vending Machines: How to Strike a Deal with an Establishment


Vending Machines generate $20 billion to $30 billion annually. Getting an establishment to agree to host your machine can be very profitable. A vending machine’s financial success is tied to its location. The more people visit an establishment, the greater your chances of sales.

Look for locations with lots of employees or pedestrian traffic, such as colleges, auto shops and factories. Stay at least a few blocks away from coffee shops, grocery stores, and bakeries.

 

Push the Right Buttons

Contact the business owner or the property manager of the building or business where you want to install your machine. Introduce yourself as the owner of a vending machine business in the area and illustrate why a vending machine would be a great fit for the establishment. Explain that a vending machine is beneficial to customers, employers, and employees—especially in that they can access lunch, drinks, and snacks without leaving the building. It can also boost morale and productivity.

 

Come to Terms

Some businesses may agree to a vending machine only on the condition that they receive a percentage of the net sales. If there is no competition, negotiate a commission of up to 10%.  Or, to help to determine the rate, research the local market to find out what other vending machine companies pay.

 

Be Prepared

Expect to answer the business owner’s questions about how much power the machine uses; how it works, runs, and is installed; how, when, how often and by whom it will be monitored, restocked and serviced; and how commission is tracked and payment is sent. Offer to keep the machine stocked with the items that are most popular according to your records.

 

Seal the Deal

Create a document that details the terms and conditions to which you and the owner of the establishment agree. Review it with him or her a final time before you both sign it.

 

The vending machine industry can be a lucrative one. If you secure a suitable location that attracts a steady stream of people and keeps the machines fully functioning and stocked with the items customers enjoy most, you can definitely make some serious coin.

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Graphic Vs Live Display Drink machine

Graphic Vs Live Display drink Machine

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Graphic Vs Live Display Drink Machine Beginning a snack or drink live display vending machines business venture is an exciting and potentially beneficial prospect, but also one that is filled with uncertainty and risk. Whether you are starting your own vending business or forming a partnership, research the pros and cons that most relate to the business. Learning the facts helps you be realistic about your business’s chances of survival. According to the Small Business Administration, seven out of 10 new companies will last at least two years, but only a quarter of those will have the longevity to last 15 or more years. The information below should help you better understand graphics machines and live display.

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Graphic Vs Live Display Drink Machine If you want your vending machine to stand out, what can you do? A vending machine is a remarkably familiar sight. To keep navigating customers to your business, amongst this vast sea of different options, you must keep your vending machine looking as sharp and presentable as possible. One of the most effective approaches you can take to make your vending machine POP is to purchase different wraps to place on the outside of your machine. These are typically made of vinyl and come in a boundless variety of designs and prices. Vendor’s Exchange and graphicsthatpop.com (GTP) are two companies that sell graphics for vending machines. GTP also sells pre-cut graphics panels. These panels offer the added advantage of hiding any unsightly blemishes on your machine, such as scratches, dents, chipped paint, etc. You may also check with your local print shop to investigate different adhesive vinyl wraps that may be available in your community. Vinyl wraps aren’t only for driving attention to your vending machine. They also add a layer of protection to your machine. Wraps can protect it from damaging bumps and scratches. If your wrap gets worn or damaged, they are relatively easy to remove. You can then replace the wrap with a new one that you’ve designed or that better fits your location.

Live Display Drink Machine

Graphic Vs Live Display Drink Machine Live display vending machines offer a great compromise between traditional drink vending machines and the glass front bottled drop style of machine. Like the glass front, the live display machine helps convert sales by displaying an actual product for your customers to see when they make a selection. The live display can give you an edge when placing in a new account. Let’s say you are taking over an account that was run by someone who would buy unreliable machines and one of the problems was that the machine never worked. Now if you go and place a similar machine with a front sign it will put off some customers who dealt with the same machine in the past. The live display will attract new customers help increase sales in your location. This is a proven method for increasing sales.Live display vending machines also offer some versatility in product, with the capability to vend 12 oz cans, 20 oz bottles and several other sizes.

While a new business venture can be invigorating, it is also a tiring pursuit. The hours you set for yourself may grow exponentially as you try to get the company off the ground. While your old job may have had a 40-hour work week, small business owners can work approximately 52 hours a week, according to the 2005 Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. These numbers can increase around the time of your opening. You’ll also need to purchase insurance and other benefits that were likely provided or subsidized by your former employer. Giving up those benefits can be costly. Don’t underestimate the difficulty that comes with having to wear many hats. While you may have been performing one or a few job duties at your old job, when you open a business, you will need to have the ability to complete any needed task, including hiring and firing employees, arranging contracts and relationships with vendors, and performing less glamorous jobs, like cleaning.

 

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The Benefits of University Vending Machines

University Vending Machines in a cafeteriaWhen most people think of eating on college campuses, they picture unappetizing cafeteria food. The use of University Vending Machines can change that.

 

 

Although cafeteria food has significantly improved, this is not always an option for a hurried college student. Students may not have time between classes to stop by the commons, and hunger can interfere with concentration and ability to perform.

Vending machines are both helpful and profitable. By placing a snack or soda machine in an ideal location, such as a college campus, you can help college students curb their hunger as well as make a profit from your sales.

 

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The Benefits of University Vending Machines

Sometimes, hungry college students do not have the time to navigate their way through the cafeteria for a quick snack. Therefore, snack machines are ideal for universities. On-the-go students simply have to dig up their pocket change in return for an easy, tasty snack. Other benefits of college vending machines include:

  • Helping students get their “caffeine fix” to perk up for class
  • Providing college students with bottled water to prevent dehydration
  • Offering students both sweet and salty treats for a midday pick-me-up
  • Additionally, specialty devices like laundry vending machines can help college students with laundry, which is often a big step for new students. Others, such as medical aid vending machines, offer bandages and alcohol wipes to prevent infections and the spread of germs.

Vending Machine Business : Making Profit With An Ice Cream Vending Machine

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Vending Machine Business: Making Profit With An Ice Cream Vending Machine


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Starting a vending machine business provides many benefits. Starting a vending machine business offers the luxury of working less than one day per week while receiving those same benefits. The vending machine market has grown exponentially in recent years and allows you to run a business that’s simple to execute with low capital start-up costs and take the initiative margins.

Your customers are looking for convenience, and with busy lives, they’re seeking to satisfy a craving while on the move. You will have a broad target audience when you begin an ice cream vending machine business. There are certain aspects to keep in mind that ensure you achieve the most success through your business venture. Our refurbished machines are an alternative to a franchise, requires no franchise fees or royalties. And the vending machine business offers an abundance of additional benefits that make your next business venture exciting.

Simple Execution.

When you start your business, we provide you with details that you need to get started, making the process easier. From the machine itself to coolers, compressors, and traditional flavors of ice cream, you can set up and execute a business plan stress-free. You’ll streamline the process by setting up a vending machine, placing it in a lucrative location and watching your earnings pile in.

Location. The most important aspect is location. The more traffic is passing by your vending machine, the better your potential is with the business. Think about the product—delicious ice cream—and choose a location that can provide the most return on investment. With locations available nationwide, you can choose high trafficked areas such as zoos or theme parks, or choose popular shopping destinations like Walmart. The opportunities are endless.

Earnings Potential.

As vending machines are sprouting up in many areas and venues across the country, ice cream has become a popular and profitable vending machine product. Depending on the location of your machine, you can make money around the clock without being present. You can check in and collect your earnings once a week, and re-stock to maintain your operation.

Make sure to get the proper licenses before you set up, and take initiative in your new venture by keeping your equipment in good working order. If you have any questions about our business opportunities or would like to learn more about our proven business model, don’t hesitate to contact us!