The Demise of the Orange Vending Machine

 

Why the Orange Vending machines did not take off here in Vancouver, BC.

During the 2015 introduction it made headlines and was an instant hit.

I’ll take you by the hand to see an in depth story from a vending operator’s point of view.

I visited one of my vending machine supplier not too long ago.

My supplier showed me a USED Orange Vending machine that squeezes fresh oranges for a drink ! It sounds awesome !

I was super excited and immediately offered it to one of my big vending account.

It is a good thing that it was not realized or else i will get into hot water and will be loosing $$$ on lease payments.

Would be wiser to get another vending machine or anything that appreciates.

Imagine getting your Vitamin C every day from your workplace.

I was very excited on the idea and i was pondering in my mind why the Orange vending machines are being sold for a hefty discount ?

I took some pictures of the Orange vending machine and went to the website and the company is located in Italy where the machines are made.

Here is the link on the Oran fresh Orange vending machine company. It is a great machine in concept, design and operation wherein it squeezes around 3 to 4 fresh oranges into a cup.

The machines are formerly installed in university and they are pulled out, the supplier told me that the university wanted a hefty commission which the owner of the Oran fresh didn’t agree and he pulled it out.

I had my mind racing with a lot of ???

I guess this story needs to be analyzed in depth.

I have a question for you : Why would a prestigious university think of $$$ instead of concerns for the students. It is after all a prestigious university. You can read between the lines.

These machines were also installed in Langara College and even the top honcho was drinking from the orange vending machine. Here is a news clip that was big during 2015. I noticed that the orange vending machine was not to be found in Langara College anymore.

I again research and typed the keywords : Problems on Orange vending machine.

Here are some links that is worth reading on the existing orange vending machine operations.

Blogger in China noticed that the orange juice was dark and not the usual color.

Reddit forum says :

  • Oranges that are about to expire goes into the orange vending machines
  • Fruit flies on some machines
  • Cockroach on machines that are located in tropical countries

Again the Orange machines are not mainstream here in Vancouver, BC and if there is an electronic part that gets broken or a mechanical part gone bad then you have to wait for ages get to order one from the supplier in Europe.

There is not enough technical support on this Orange vending machine.

I noticed also that there are also a lot of made in china orange machines for sale in alibaba, i guess this is a knockoff of the original orange vending machine from Italy. The knockoff is around $4,000 USD while the original Oran fresh made in Italy was pegged at $12,000.

It is not a joke if you are serving fresh products to your discerning customers here in Vancouver, BC. I will not assume any responsibility on such unfortunate incidents.

In business, it is not always the monetary concerns in most cases. It will do more detrimental than benefit i would say if you blindly go ahead with such an ambitious project.

In order to successfully run this Orange vending machine business, the operator must be at the location every day and inspect the produce and clean the machine. Economically this is not feasible and not applicable here in Vancouver, BC since the labor is astronomically high.

Perhaps in Asia or other parts of Europe where labor is more inexpensive, the business model will work.

If i was still living in Asia i will not hesitate in ordering the knockoff Orange vending machines made in china since the supplier’s proximity is quite near and if you will be needing parts it is also inexpensive and manageable. Deployment to all the shopping malls will not have second thoughts with me anymore. Since it is just statistics, ratio and proportion that enormous population of people will buy fresh orange from vending machines.

If there are lots of roaches in tropical countries trying to get in the machine then just work it out with the supplier since everything is cheap to retrofit.

You see this business model will work in Asia but not here in Vancouver, BC. Small fine details of problems here in Vancouver, BC will leave you out of business in no time !

Personally when i inspected the Orange vending machine on the moving parts, i will never buy from the machine since i do not know how it is maintained and you can easily get food poisoning in the worst case scenario.

I guess the best bet is for large cafeteria operations where there are at least a couple of full time personnel that will deploy an Orange vending machine on the side as an extra income earner.

The cleaning and inspection of the fresh oranges will be a morning routine once the cafeteria opens shop.

Let me ask you a question :

Are you willing to clean the orange vending machine everyday on location even if just sold around 10 cups a day ?

Is $4.5 x 10 cups = $45 less cost of goods of oranges, gasoline and time worth it ? Profit is about $2 per cup.

Are you ready to loose $12,000 on an Orange Vending Machine ?

I’m not in a way trying to discourage people getting into the orange vending machine business, this is just my opinion, everyone is different.

The orange vending machine is revolutionary and a great concept !

Maybe the business model is not yet mature and bugs have to be iron out.

 


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Vending Machine Location Contract

Yes that’s right i was able to secure a new vending machine location and need to have it serviced after installing a combo vending machine 2 weeks prior.

New Vending machine location contract needs to be checked after a couple of weeks to make sure that everything goes well with the location and the machine placement.

With new vending machine contract locations it is imperative that you initially ask the staff in charge what is the most popular product that they wanted inside the machine.

Presently doing office locations is not that as lucrative as like 10 years ago. People are evolving into healthy snacks and drinks.

That’s why here in Vancouver, BC it would be best to offer healthy options since it is gearing towards into that direction, or perhaps offer a mix and match varieties.

It is on a Monday when the rain was pouring very hard ! In the vending service industry, you have to service no matter what the weather conditions. Vancouver is a great place to move about and there is no problem when getting around.

The vending operators here are very fortunate because even there is a heavy downpour of rain, you can still continue to do business and the city is very forgiving. There are no floods, no problem with transportation system and everything is very well laid out.

Doing business here in comparison when i was in Makati City was a nightmare. I have to trust my hardy motorcycles to do the job in my deliveries including my team members where they have their own motorcycles which i have to provide. If you are dealing with computer hardware parts in Asia, the best delivery system is via motorcycle.

 

In Makati City, when it rains the roads are almost impassable and unforgiving. You have to cancel all your appointments and flooding of streets are a common occurrence and you have to live with it.

Enjoying the heavy rain downpour in Vancouver, BC while im taking a lunch break.

I thought that towards winter there will a halt in renovations.

Seems that there is no end. I was servicing a location with a vending machine on the 1st floor and the staff mentioned that only the 1st floor will be renovated and there is no need for my machine to be moved.

The duration will take around 3 long months.

I think on my next visit i will try to ask the manager if i can move the machine to the lobby area where there are a lot of guests.

Self employed people always have to be prepared with sudden uneventful situations like this.

So i guess there might be some moving expenses in case it will be moved to the first floor or else there will be no income for 3 months if it stays on the floor that will be renovated.

I also visit a community location where there are some machines which are utilized frequently by kids and parents.

I thought the dreaded out-of-order sign is no more but it seems that this is part of the business.

Coin jams scenarios will never be eliminated especially if most of the consumers are children.

I just cannot picture how the coins gets jammed inside the coin mechanism. It is actually common sense that you have to insert the coin one at a time while observing the price display that registers or acknowledge on the coin and then continue right ? Not everyone is the same i guess.

Problem :How to solve coin jams in the vending machine ?

Solution : Most cases is by flipping the coin flap inside the coin mechanism thereby releasing the accumulated coins.

See the video which i have made to show you exactly how the coin jam was resolved.

I did a lot of work on Monday since it is always a busy start of the week for me. It is always the first day of the week that i need to start the momentum to work.

Statistics of New Canadian Coin On A Cash Collection

I headed down to a coin counter that day since i have some bills to pay. The coins during that day was mostly from a coinco coin mechanism which accepts new loonies. That means all the coins that i have gathered includes a mix of new and old loonies.

I have tried this several times on the coin counter to see if the new loonies is already mainstream.

If the new loonie is mainstream and if a lot of them are around then of course i have to bring my MEI and CON LUX coin mechanisms to Broker House here in Burnaby, BC to have it re calibrated to accept the new loonies or else i will be loosing sales every day.

So what i did was to make a trial sampling computations on the statistics and ratio of cash collection’s on rejected new loonies to the overall collection’s.

Surprisingly the total cash collection’s ratio of finding a new loonies is only 0.41% on every collection’s.

For example : If you have a cash collection’s of various coins of $486 then the new loonie will be only 2 pieces

Computation is $486 cash collection’s 0.41% = 2 pieces

So for instance you have a hypothetical large haul of $1,000 cash collection’s for 2 to 3 days then it will contain only 4 pieces of new loonies.

Conclusion : Following my statistical sampling of cash collection’s and computation, it will still be fine to leave the MEI and CON LUX coin mechanisms at its present state without doing any upgrades.

I went to Brokerhouse located at Burnaby, BC and the technician told me that the cost of re calibration and upgrade to accept the new loonies will cost around $50 a piece.

At the moment in time, i chose not to upgrade my MEI and CON LUX coin mechanisms. I will be observing of the % percentage of new loonies from my total cash collection will increase to at least 2% to 5% then it will be time for me to upgrade and re calibrate all my MEI and CON LUX to comply and accept the NEW Canadian Shiny Loonie.

Sample computation :

This are all hypothetical computations. For $1000 cash coins collection, 2% will be 20 new shiny loonies, 5% will be 50 new shiny loonies.

Earning money from vending machines is tough and every expense needs to be dealt cautiously.

See the video i made on the coin counter for a coin cash collection of $486 which i just got 2 new shiny loonies.

At present im also contemplating to install all my MDB machines equipped with a debit credit card reader.

Most of the populace have debit credit cards and have quite a bit of locations that uses 90% debit credit cards instead of cash. These locations are in the west end where most of the consumers are millennial which makes it better if you just carry a plastic with you than cash.

There will be an article on how i install on existing MDB vending machines with a 3rd party debit credit card device.

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Vending Machine Robbery

I was astounded that one of my machines had an attempted vending machine robbery.

I have a public location which i visit around once a month.

This location was very notorious for vandalism and theft. I have around four machines in that location.

Three of them are cashless debit credit machines only and the odd one is a small Coke soda pop vending machine.

I thought the vending machine robberies have already subsided here in the lower mainland.

I experienced this vending machine robbery around two years ago in practically all of my public locations and have suffered great deal of losses. Normally if a vending machine is vandalized, the thief occasionally steals the bill validator stack and the coin mechanism holder which contains all the coins.

The vending machine robberies days will be numbered as more and more people are not holding cash with them. This is true for vancouverites.

The problem is that all the public locations are temporary visitors in Canada and a portion of them are reluctant to use their credit or debit card in the vending machine and they normally exchange their foreign currency to Canadian cash.

I cannot blame tourists for not fully trusting the credit debit system here in Canada yet because there are cases of reports in other countries that copies credit debit card details and siphon money.

Some people are very private and doesn’t want to be traceable when using credit debit card. So there will always exist people using cash for vending machine.

Here is a video showing my vending machine robbery failed attempt.

This method is employed where the robber drill or destroy the price indicator and insert a bent long L shaped rod with a hook to try to pop the lock.

I pity on the other public locations that was sold to other vendors on the pretense that it will be generate lots of profits, but will be a ticking time bomb for a heavy loss on vandalism.

Here is the basic rundown on expenses that will incur in case there is a vandalism on your vending machine.

  • Coin mechanism $550
  • Bill Validator $450
  • Pucklock Security Installation $350

How long do you think that the vending operator will be able to make the expenses plus the additional downtime that the vending machine is out of service for repairs ?

According to my experience, the average profit of a public vending machine is around $50 per visit and it will take around 34 weeks to recupe the loss for one machine.

Imagine if you have a lot of vending machines located in a public area and all the time are visited on a regular routine by the robber and always breaking and destroying your vending machines then you will have some sleepless nights and some default on credit card payments and maybe rent or mortgage payments.

Here in Vancouver, BC the cost of living for regular people is extremely expensive and it is impossible to stash money here even if you are self-employed, even if you have hundreds of vending machines. It would work only if you have thousands of vending machines. But statistically there is will more break ins and out of service vending machines if you work with thousands.

I guess any form of business that entails manual work and trading your time for money is a dead end street and will be slaving a lifetime of work unless if you enjoy what you are doing.

Nevertheless, i was very happy that the robbery attempt failed.

Did you i tell you the last time my driver’s side mirror was a hit-and-run incident ?

Maybe it was the same person who did it to me again ? Second time around and now it almost smashed my blind spot mirror.

Here is a link that my driver’s side mirror was hit when blind spot mirror is still intact.

Here is a video when my driver’s side mirror was hit the second time around.

When i was headed to a location that was complaining of money being eaten which i did a quick fix the last time, i thought Halloween was over and i literally surprised while i reached my hand while opening the vending machine lol !

The robbery was enough experience for me already when i parked in downtown for a quick service call. The parking meter seems to have a perennial problem on people trying to play pranks by inserting slugs, foreign coins or robbery attempt on fishing out coins which i have mentioned on my previous article.

By the way when i first got to Vancouver, BC from the Philippines i have a lot of Philippine quarters and they work for public meters in Vancouver, BC. Sorry about this! I was just a curious cat when I am trying out the Philippine coins if they would work on the parking meters here in downtown.

As i was parking on a loading area in the west end of Vancouver.

You never know what is lurking on the garbage bins.

I remember about two or three years ago when i was driving in homer or hornby in downtown i saw a guy on a bicycle and suddenly smashed the rear window of a car parked and took out a backpack. This incident happened broad daylight when there was actually a lot of people walking by and a busy intersection with lots of cars passing by !

I’m just wondering why not make Plexiglas instead of breakable glass on the vehicles ? Or apply a tint from the inside of the vehicle which in Manila where everyone by default applies to all the vehicles.

If you apply a tint from the inside, this is a form of deterrent from the thief that would think twice in smashing your window to lurk and find some goodies inside your vehicle.

Here is a recommendation that everyone should apply to their vehicle.

When you are in Taiwan, if you attempt to smash a very tinted car, you will be out for surprise by the triad.

When you are in the Philippines or Asia in general.

Do you know that when you are in Manila city or especially when you are stuck in the traffic in the Philippines. Thieves would casually pass by the try to open your doors and make a quick snatch on your phone or bag if this is visible from the outside. In the Philippines it seems that there are constant danger everywhere and you should be on the lookout.

When i was ending my day i proceeded to a bank with coin sorting machine. I noticed that there are a lot of these new loonies already in circulation.

The new loonies will not work on MEI, Coin Lux and old coin co coin mechanisms. Seems that the six tubes coin co coin mech doesn’t have any problems on accepting the new loonies.

Next year will be very busy for everyone to update their coin mechs so that the new loonies can be accepted by the vending machine.

This is another unforeseen problem that most vendors will be encountering. Upgrading coin mech is around $30 and im not sure on the turnaround because i will be bringing in my MEI, Conlux to Brokerhouse located in Burnaby for quote and turn around time for the coin mechs to be upgraded.

I also received some news that another new $10 dollar bill is coming out, all my bill validators was not yet upgraded for the previous new $10 dollar bills and now another $10 dollar bill.

Here is the story on the unveiling of the new Canadian $10 dollar bill.

Here is a video taken on how the new shiny loonies looks like.

I have an interesting story to tell you on a recent breakthrough on the vending machine industry offering fresh drinks coming out from a vending machine. It requires a lot of work and i will be writing another blog if this project will be pushing through and what will be arising from it.

Till next time !

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Simple Vending machine solution from rain

Seems like the rainy days are more frequent now here in Vancouver, BC.

There are so a good deal of news that people are getting sick of flu.

Well yesterday i was in a hurry to get some locations done and when i approached my van the driver’s side mirror is partially destroyed and some debris on the ground which i took some photos.

That day was rainy but of course you have to provide outstanding service as a vending machine service provider to your customers. Rain, Shine or snow is no excuse.

damaged driver's side mirror from hit and run incident

damaged driver's side mirror from hit and run incident

This was the same incident that happened a few years back when i was near west Broadway taking a quick sushi lunch treat break. That time the driver’s side mirror was also hit. I called ICBC during that time and they told me that i have to pay deductible which is $300 three hundred dollars and my monthly insurance will go up.

Since i had excellent driving history since i started during my twenties i hesitate to get a claim and instead will just hold on for a used driver’s side mirror at amazon or eBay when there will be plentiful of surplus in the near future when my van will be more mainstream.

Most of the cases that slows me down is not caused by me but people who simply doesn’t care and just do a hit-and-run.

I guess im more fortunate than an actual uneventful misfortune on the actual streets.

driving hurriedly to downtown

I hurriedly left to downtown where the locations are to be served during that day.

To my surprise there were a lot of contractors in the loading bay at one of my locations and i couldn’t park and made a quick turn on the side street in case there are some available parking space.

There were none so i have to wait at the loading bay when one of cars leave for me to park properly. The car that took off didn’t even have a commercial license.

It was another hurdle when i approached the elevator which i have to go to two ( 2 ) locations on the 25th floor and 19th floor respectively. This location is a 2 in 1 location for me.

Was thinking why is this Monday difficult for me ? I still consider myself fortunate since i was quick enough to use the tenants’ elevator instead of the freight since it was out of order and security was kind enough to allow a heavy dolly filled with lots of products to use the tenants’ lift.

I need to go to a location that is about 45 minutes drive from downtown Vancouver, BC on a location that was complaining that the pop machine is leaking. This was the same problem last year when the pop machine literally flooded the floor in the school !

It is a good thing that the people there seems to be very emphatic towards small self employed vending machine service operators.

I made some remedy on the situation last week and there was the icy buildup near the condenser, it was already leaking with water so i immediately apologized and clean the place. The water retainer inside the pop machine is full of water and the ice is melting and thereby some water is coming out from the pop machine.

The video below was taken last week when the soda pop vending machine was leaking.

How to fix a leaking soda pop vending machine ?

I instinctively asked for a small large 2 liter plastic containers from a cleaner which im in very good terms and inserted in the soda pop machine and wanted to see if there are any leaks from my temporary solution.

What i did to temporary stop the soda pop machine leaking was :

  • Installed a 2 liter plastic container
  • Turned 1/4 clockwise on the thermostat to make the soda pop machine cooler

This is the video i took when the soda pop vending machine is not leaking.

I was very happy that the plastic container had a partial water buildup and the surrounding was dry. Anyway the machine is already on the period of Jurassic and i needed to have some help from Coke. I hope they will have it replaced as they did with my other locations.

If they don’t replace it then the above method is a simple yet effective temporary solution. I have some soda pop machine with the same setup on partial icy buildup near the condenser and i simply have a large plastic container to hold in case there are some leak. Whenever i visit the locations with the plastic container, i would just simply use the excess water for plants if there are or just dump it in the toilet.

The rain was pouring very hard and it was also that day that i received a call from a public location that both vending machines are located outdoor.

I have some vending machines that are outdoor and had some bad experience with it.

Simple Vending machine solution from rain

This was happening to the machine when there is rain. When you are depressing the keypad on the machine the numbers doesn’t show up what it is supposed to.

For example if i press 1 the display shows up 2, when i press 6 sometimes it shows 1. This happens when there is rain on the snack machine.

This scenario doesn’t happen if it is a soda pop machine since most of them are built to be used for indoor or outdoor.

I was thinking at that moment that maybe a wooden plank on top of the snack vending machine can be the solution, but what if the person’s fingers are wet from the rain and the long term effect will be water damage would have occurred inside the keypad and would cause some short and thereby affecting the main board. After all the keypad is connected to the main board so it is best to avoid water entering the keypad.

I was servicing the location for the longest time and had some form of rapport with the staff. I was initially asking for a wooden plank that they don’t need to be placed on top of the snack machine to avoid the rain traveling down to the exposed keypad which is very vulnerable.

Thanks to the staff that he suggested instead to put a sticky plastic wrap on the keypad and surrounding electronics that maybe exposed to the rain.

So this is the solution which i cannot explain in words but in video.

It is simple solution and yet effective. At first before the installation, when i was depressing the keypad 2 it displays 1. When i cleaned it dry and applied the plastic wrap on the vending machine keypad and the surrounding areas, seems that the problem is solved.

I did not receive any phone calls for the moment from this location.

There are times that in one day there are several problems that need to be addressed. Some people think that vending machine servicing is very easy and everything is laid out as scheduled.

As a vendor you have to be prepared all the time for such uneventful situations.

Lastly, there was another location that just received a permit to renovate. I was serving this location for a long time but they wanted a major renovation done on the lunch room. It was not renovated for more than 15 years. It was also a small uneventful surprise that the management informed us that it has to be removed and never come back.

The location wanted to change everything including the concept of not accommodating anymore vending machines in their premises after the major renovation that will be taking place on December.

I was also a bit fortunate that im constantly connecting with local locators to have standby locations that need vending machine placements. The machine was immediately transferred to another location that considers chips, chocolate bars and soda pop as essential necessities for temporary pick me up fuel.

On some rare occasions i was able to find locations on my own but of course i already have my hands full on running around filling up products on vending locations. My native tongue is distinctively not English and the way i speak English is not coherent and in tandem with Canadian English.

I don’t even sound with a thick Filipino accent. I have lived in Hong Kong, Singapore and traveled extensively in Asia before and lived in a multicultural city in the Philippines where my neighbors are mixed. Makati City which i mentioned many times on my previous blogs. I’m very comfortable with all kinds of people.

I would like to take up some ESL courses in the future meetup and learn how to make a sales pitch when approaching locations.

Seems that vending machine operators still need help from reputable locators and some vending equipment suppliers where they also provide some locations occasionally.

Everyone in the vending machine business industry have to work hand in hand in order to keep the ball rolling. If im not the one who is running the location then another vendor acquaintance will do it and vice versa.

Most locations just change hands and rotate among the vending machine business operators.

Do you think that there will be a day when you will be coming back to a previous location that you were serving before ?


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I found an unlocked vending machine

Every day is busy for a vending machine service operator.

I recalled that during my early days of vending business, there were occasions that because I was in a hurry, I forgot to close the vending machine !

Sometimes you think that when you are running a vending machine business it is pretty easy and straight forward. Vending machine business has a learning curve when you are servicing various locations.

When you are at an extremely busy location sometimes you lose your composure and always in a rush and forget things like : vending keys, tools, vending machine unlocked

Did I tell you at there was an instance that I forgot my vehicle keys inserted in the ignition and the van was locked ?

This was around two years ago when im servicing machines in a very crowded and rowdy location.

I learned a lot of lessons that you should only do certain actions like moving or operating other people’s property with the consent. If you try to move, touch or operate things that is not yours you will get into big trouble. Here in Canada there are so many rules and regulations to consider.

Unlike when I was still in the Philippines, sometimes you just move the person’s belongings or lock doors that are unlocked without ask the owner and get a very positive feedback for such an initiative.

Here in Canada if you act accordingly without being told to do might even get into trouble since it is not your property and do not have the right to touch, move or operate. Everything you do needs permission from the owner.

So most of the time, it is better to leave the things the way they are.

I have a location in a public area that has another vendor’s machine besides mine.

Even thou I have a rival vending machine beside me, I instinctively talked to the security to inform the vendor to secure his machine since it is left open. I dare not to lock it on his behalf, because maybe he went down to get his goodies and might be coming back or might accuse me of trying to play pranks on his vending machine.

I hurriedly left this location since I have a homeless vending machine that has found a good refuge in another public place.

This time I went to set up this vending machine at another public place in a secured spot with security fab access. The vending machine was deemed homeless when it was during the spring time towards summer when there are a lot of renovations going all around the lower mainland.

During that time I thought my business is going downhill.

I had a thought why is this situation happening to me back then ? I had around three to five locations which are actually doing major renovations. The location do not have the intention of getting rid of me because of bad service.

It seems that during the spring and early summer it was like everyone was with the wavelength of making changes in their lunch rooms and changing the wallpapers and flooring. Some companies are downsizing to rent out the extra space.

The business here in Vancouver, BC is always on the arena of acquisitions and mergers. Other companies have to inflict some serious downsizing or even run out of business. You will have noticed that a lot of small self-employed businesses capital resources run dry after a couple of years. If they survive the 3rd year then they would be slaving for the most part of their life by working for sustenance of business with minimal vacations.

In a very expensive city, it’s somehow invites new flock of people who just likes to work all the time and wanted cash injections from foreign migrants on establishment of new small businesses.

Going back to the vending service industry.

Sometimes it would be wise to talk to extremely strong locations to add machines since you know that sales will dramatically increase if the machines are updated and especially if it comes with everything : bill validator and debit credit card readers.

I left to a location that is still in the vicinity of downtown and I just wanted to show you that all the public places are vulnerable to theft.

This particular location was vandalized many times with different methods.

Methods used in vandalizing my combo vending machine :

  • Dollar bill fishing attached with tape
  • Drilling a hole and using a hook to pop out the lock
  • Destroying the Lock in front and popping out the lock

What I did was to install a puck lock at the side of the vending machine and access the key through the back of the puck lock.

After this installation I was not vandalized anymore.

There was a time like two years ago during the summer months I had several vending machines located in public locations that was vandalized every week. I don’t know if this is the same person who was caught by the police.

The theft in Ottawa was worst where everything is destroyed, here is a news link.

I guess the more exposure you get in the public locations statistically would have more break ins and problems on your vending machine business.

This is a short and brief article since everything is straightforward and just wanted everyone to see that in the vending machine business, you still have a form of a learning curve in order to be truly professional.

After all we are just human.

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Keyless Lock For Vending Machines

I used to have six ( 6 ) combo vending machines in a public hotel about two years ago and was robbed and vandalized twice.

I installed puck locks on all six ( 6 ) of them and it did not happen to me anymore.

The new buyer had a break in with the Puck Lock system which i heard when the location was still his. Sadly the management choose another vendor just recently and he had to sell the machines at a discount including the loss of this public hotel location. Another vendor informed me that probably the old vendor did not comply with the management on some changes to the machines to install even color sticker on all the machine for a uniform look and blend in with the hotel’s wallpaper.

If you are not flexible and do not make any compromise to the location then your days will be numbered.

It’s just like a marriage relationship, both parties need constant communication, compromises and flexibility for everything to work out.

Here in Vancouver, BC it seems that looking for locations brings to mind on : infatuation, marriage and divorce breakup cycles.

My locations presently are around 100% doing good and have very good relationship with all managers after learning my lessons on my first year not reaching out to management to develop some sense of rapport.

Being Flexible is the key.

Going back to the security measures.

I’m always constantly thinking for a security measure that won’t allow deter any kind of vandalism attempts. Right now most of the vending machines : snack, soda pop or combo machines are very vulnerable to theft especially in the public high locations.

This is very true for locations in shopping malls, universities and hotels.

Can you believe it or not ? University vending machine are always broken into since they have to remain open for hungry students at night.

Around 99% of the hotels have a form of vending machine installed in their building because it is for the convenience for their customers and also no need of assigning another staff.

It is not practical to have a snack kiosk and manned by the hotel staff for snacks and pop to run it since the staff would be better off running the daily activities inside the hotel premises.

That’s why most hotels just opt a vendor to place vending machines and in turn get a cut of the profits on a monthly basis and not bothering the maintenance schedule.

When i was strolling in Metrotown on a sunday, i noticed that all the CokeAnd soda pop vending machines are equipped with key less locks.

I guess this will be more practical than to install a puck lock because there is no need to retrofit and expensive labor needed to move, drill and weld.

Here is a short video which i took when i was at Metrotown on one of the Coke soda pop vending machines.

And if you are ambitious enough to get rid of all your keys then this is the route to take. Especially if you have a number of machines in public locations which you think is not safe.

For most vendors their machines are secured in offices, warehouses, factories and private schools which are secured.

Then this key less lock doesn’t need to be bothered with.

It seems for now the cost i would guess is very prohibitive for me, i would instead invest in debit credit readers for my vending machines which is more practical for me.

Here is a link in You Tube on the manufacturer’s Key less Lock for Vending machines in case you wanted to know how it works !

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How to hack a vending machine with a coin and string

I was extremely busy the last few days. Sometimes when you are too focused on your vending service business.

I was wondering why there is a surge of vehicles especially in the afternoons stuck in most gasoline joints.

When you are a journeyman in no matter what kind of service industry you are then you would realize that the gasoline prices are normally highest in the mornings. The prices drop when everyone is rushing back home to for a much deserved sumptuous dinner.

The gasoline stations attendant told me that there was a pipeline rupture in Prince George and upsetting the prices to rocket. Recent news tells us that repairs are underway and the surge of prices will not last long. Probably it will settle in the mid 150’s which im used to.

Here are the pictures i took during the day and afternoon.

I wish i have time to drive to Abbotsford during late afternoon rush hour.

When you are on the road every day, you envy the people in the office that is comfortably seated.

I work i had before which requires me to seat the whole afternoon on a table and entertain customers walk ins and procedures in the printer refilling station way back in the Philippines and somehow i reminiscence.

I’m into another phase of business right now, in the self employment livelihood there will be always constant changes on all aspect of lifestyle and never same.

This week requires me almost to be in downtown most of the time which sometimes cause some frustration not only in a struggle to find a good spot for parking but there are always parking meters that are rigged for extraction of money.

Here is the news from CBC News.

This is one the meters again i encountered. The picture below depicts that my $1 ( Loonies ) clearly is inside the coin meter and im just puzzled what kind of contraption the syndicate uses to fish out the coins later when everyone is rushing back home.

I always take pictures just to make sure that in case i get a parking ticket, i can justify it for my defense.

By the way two ( 2 ) days earlier i went to visit one of my school locations and was astounded why they insert plastic coins in the vending machine ?

In the vending service industry, it’s not all the time that you visit your location everything is predictable on your meager collections.

This time the expected collections is not realized because of a plastic coin found inside the soda pop vending machine. Of course, the school authorities will always be informed and notified immediately to avoid future problems.

Here are the pictures of the plastic coins that im talking about.

Did it tell you that im going to see if the hacking a vending machine with a coin and string still works ?

Here is what i have prepared for you to see if this contraption is really working.

 

How to hack a vending machine with a coin and string

Things to prepare :

  • dental floss
  • coin with a hole ( see my previous post on where i got this coin from )

String to coin 18 inches in length

Attach the string to the coin with a hole and have it at least about 18 inches in length so that the coin can reach inside the coin mechanism.

If the string is too short then you cannot fish and play with it inside the coin mechanism.

Insert coin and string into the coin slot

You will see a sequence of pictures when i was trying to insert the coin into the vending machine.

The vending machine is equipped with conlux coin mechanism.

Conclusion

i have tried to use the hacking the vending machine with the use of a coin and string. I tried many attempts of inserting and pulling it but the price indicator never did register on the townie ( $2 ).

I even flick the $2 into the coin slot and the coin just slides down to the coin return slot as a reject.

The conlux coin mech which is equipped perhaps in all the healthy max combo vending machines seemed instinctively that the coin is not the appropriate type.

If you try to pull it up to get back the $2 ( townie ) it will never be aligned back to the coin slot and you will never get back your money. The string will break off if you pull it hard rendering all your time and efforts futile.

I went to another location which has different types of coin mechanism and trying to see if the hack with a coin and a string would work.

It so happened today that i was in one of my locations with four ( 4 ) machines inside a lunch room with different types of coin mechanisms.


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Hole in coin vending machine

thanksgiving turkey

Im a rush last week to get things done because here in Canada this a long weekend celebration for the thanksgiving.

Wherever i go there are lots of people everywhere in Walmart, Costco, Canadian superstore, no frills etc. In Costco Richmond the people seem to be in a frenzy buying mode.

People are rushing to buy turkey, food and get some things prepared at home for family and friends gathering for the main event.

I was reared up in the Philippines so the thanksgiving has virtually no meaning to me. I know it is very important here in Canada and the united states on this special day and of course as residents here, i just have to get used to it.

I was pondering of going to my hometown Makati City for a vacation this December. December in the Philippines is widely celebrated and people are more festive and there are tons of parties.

You will normally gain around 10 lbs of weight every year when you go celebrate the Christmas season in the Philippines.

diversity in office

I was surprised that a striking notion of people not celebrating thanksgiving is also a big figure since the immigration and ethnocultural diversity in Canada is around 20.6% as reported by the statistics of Canada. I guess im not the only one.

turkey

I wonder why the turkey became a thanksgiving mascot. Some suggest that feasting on large amount of turkey meat will make you sleepy.

Since i do have knowledge on this subject.  I went to my trusty google source and the thanksgiving myth is busted. They say that turkey contains a lot of this so called amino acid L-tryptophan.

bodybuilding gym

From my younger bodybuilding experiences before which i consume a lot of the BCAA branched chain amino acid before i sleep to recover stress and induced muscle growth.  I know that L-tryptophan induces sleepiness.

bikram yoga

When i was introduced to Yoga it has more calorie burning effects and more long term health benefits and mind body connection.

So i just learned yesterday that turkey doesn’t cause you to get sleepy.  

It is the old-fashioned beer and binging which we all know.

Earlier during the day i go my locations as usual and hurriedly collected my bounty for the day. I headed down to Van city at Kingsway which is one of my favorite branch only because everything in that spot is very accessible for a vending service journeyman who is always on the road.

KFC, Boiling Point, Raijin Ramen and of course WholeClub which i normally head to once i get all my coins sorted out into paper bills.

Alas, i found for the first time a Townie ( two dollar coin ) with a hole on the center.

hole in coin

I quickly kept the coin in my wallet, i was contemplating to buy a plastic string and will try to attempt to use it on one of my vending machines and try to document it and try to upload it here on my future articles as an educational purpose.

I will show on my future article post what really happens when you insert this into the coin mech while my vending machine is open for everyone to see if this form of hacking still works.

I got another call from one of my vending service locations, there was this cooler and not working.

Its just a 15 minutes drive from where i am so i immediately run down to the location and found out that the cooler’s power cord was intentionally cut.

cord was cut

coke cooler

I immediately reported to the top honcho in that location. I guess he understood clearly that it was not my fault why this thing happened. The plug was re connected and powered, i was told that on my next visit to observe if the cooler is still functioning.

I was very happy that this cooler is supplied by Coke company so i just to have it reported and see if they can do something about it. If you are for the long haul in the vending service industry, you have to set up accounts with coke or Pepsi. It seems that Coke has a stronghold on most of my accounts. Customers loves to consume coke products at my end here in the lower mainland.

Coke truck suddenly called that i have some deliveries to be sorted out so i have to figure out the cooler problem on my next visit.

coke delivery truck

It is important to establish vending service accounts with large distributors so that they can offer some help when the problem arises like the coke cooler. If i were to buy a cooler it will cost me around $600 to $1,200 at craigslist.

If you have a very good account with Coke as a supplier then it would be very beneficial for your business since all the soda pop machines and coolers will have to be serviced free of charge.

It is really up to you as a vendor to choose if you will go with Coke or Pepsi.

Here in the lower mainland as i have mentioned before, coke is the prominent player. But of course, the playing fields changes over time.

There will be customers who likes to eat Chinese food and there will be customers who likes to eat just sushi and customers who likes to eat green salad bars.

I for one, eats green salad bars when im on the go but plunge on chocolate bars and chips when im comfortably seated right on my laptop doing my blogs which is far from what you call healthy living.

Healthy living changes over time and gradually.

So in this aspect, soda pop, chips, chocolate and gummy jelly will always be there.

You can blame it on the all that sugar.

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How Much does it cost to lease a vending machine ?

vending machine lease contract

Is leasing a vending machine a good way to start on your vending machine business ?

What are the costs involve the leasing a vending machine ?

When you are starting a vending machine business, you have several options to consider. You can go ahead and start it from the scratch.

However, it requires a lot of capital because you will need to invest on the machines as well as one the location. Or else, you can obtain a vending machine from a franchise.

Out of the above mentioned options, people prefer to start their own vending machine business. Then they are provided with the flexibility to manage the business operations. In other words, they are provided with the chance to manage their own businesses and keep on making money along with time.

But if you are not in a position to absorb the upfront expenses of starting a vending machine business, you don’t need to worry about anything. That’s because you can simply lease a vending machine and start the business. That’s where you will wonder how much does it cost to lease a vending machine.

If you lease a vending machine for a period of 48 months, you will have to spend around $125 per month on the lease commitment. You also need to pay insurance on top of the lease.

However, this amount can vary based on the type of the vending machine that you purchase. However, the figure is reasonable amount for you to have a basic understanding about the amount that you will have to pay per month on the vending machine lease.

Now you know how much does it cost to lease a vending machine. There are some terms and conditions, which you need to adhere to, while you go forward with the lease. You need to have a clear understanding about those terms and conditions as well. Then you will be able to get the best possible returns out of the amount you spend.

You should also have a basic understanding about the process that you will have to follow when leasing a vending machine. Then you will be able to go ahead and follow those steps, so that you can end up with a smoother experience when starting the new vending machine business.

As the first step, you need to determine what sort of products you are planning to sell with the vending machine.

vending products

That’s because the vending machine differs based on the specific product that you are planning to sell. In addition, the size and the space requirements for the vending machine business would also change based on the requirements.

Next, you need to take a look at the maintenance cost that is linked with managing a vending machine.

vending maintenance tools

For example, when you go ahead with a coffee machine, you will have to invest more time and money on regular servicing. But when you go ahead with a soda machine, you don’t need to invest such a lot of time or money on the servicing. Therefore, you must consider all your expenses and then determine what the perfect vending machine is for you to get started with.

Next, you need to download or draw up form lease contracts for the space of the vending machine in a business property.

vending leasing agreement

You can also go ahead and negotiate the lease amount that you are going to pay for the property, where you have the vending machine installed. You can simply visit the local businesses in your region and approach the management directly. Then you can ask how much it would cost you to lease a space for the vending machine. Then you will be able to execute the vending machine lease document.

Once you finalize the space requirements and commit on the lease, you need to go ahead and pay attention towards the vending machine lease. That’s where you need to focus on what kind of a vending machine you need to purchase.

Based on the type of vending machine you buy, the amount that you have to put as the lease would differ. With a basic research on the internet, you will be able to come across the perfect vending machine, which matches with your business requirements. Then you will be able to go ahead with it as well.

Conclusion

vending machines in premises

It is better if you can select more than one vending machine, which can help you with getting your requirements catered. Then you can compare the lease rates for the different vending machines. Then you must go ahead and obtain the specifications, which are the physical measurements for each vending machine type that you have selected. Along with the lease rates, you need to compare the specifications. Then you can determine what the most profitable option available for you to go ahead with is.

Based on all the information you have gathered, it will be possible for you to select a vendor. Then you have to simply move forward and execute the lease agreement for your vending machine. Then you can also arrange a date, so that the vendor will be able to deliver the vending machines to your premises. You will be able to see this date in the lease agreement that you sign with the vendor as well.

vending products

When the lease agreement is finalized, you can purchase stock that is needed for your vending machines. Then you will be able to fill in the vending machines and start the business, as soon as they are delivered to your premise by the vendor. You should also plug the vending machine and double check if it is working for the customers.

As the last step, you can calculate the profit that you will be able to generate from your leased vending machines. Then you can determine whether you are making good profits or not. If you are making good profits, it is possible for you to go ahead and lease another vending machine. Then you will be able to increase your profits and make more money out of the business.

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Vending Machine Business Profits

energetic to get started in business

Are you looking forward to start a new vending machine business?

young entrepreneur

Are you a born entrepreneur ? Do you like to being your own boss ?

Then you must be keen to know about the vending machine business profits.

Plenty of reasons are available for the people to go ahead and take a look at the vending machine business opportunities.

The main reason out of them is that you don’t need to have any special skills or you don’t need to obtain a special training to get started with a vending machine business.

young entrepreneur

You will even be able to do it as a home based business or as a part-time business. But if the vending machine business profits are not good, you need to think twice before you get your hands on this business opportunity.

garage used for home business storage

According to the statistical information collected from vending machine that are located throughout United States, it is clear that they generate a large volume of sales, which are equivalent up to $7 billion per year. This is not a small amount to neglect. It has also been identified that the snack vending machines are capable of generating a massive volume of profits, which is equivalent to $64 million per year.

cash business

The vending machine businesses that exist out there in the world are mostly cash based ones. In fact, around 75% of the transactions that take place from the vending machines are done in cash. This is another great reason, which increase the vending machine business profits. The demand for vending machine businesses will not go down in the near future as well. Hence, you can think about getting into this business opportunity, as it can generate amazing profits to you.

However, there are some important steps, which you need to follow in order to get the maximum vending machine business profits. Below mentioned are some crucial steps out of them. If you want to get started with a vending machine business, you should never ignore these steps. Then you will be able to receive the best possible results at the end of the day.

Before you start a vending machine business, it is important for you to take your time and do a comprehensive research. It is true that you don’t need to have any special skills or capabilities to get started with a vending machine business. But you will be able to experience a variety of benefits by investing your time on the research. Then you will be able to understand the different options that are available for you to consider. You can then analyze the positives and negatives associated with each option, so that you can settle down with the most profitable option out of them.

Start it from the scratch

If you have capital to be invested, you will be able to start a vending machine business from the scratch. In here, you will be purchasing the vending machines on your own. In addition, you will be sourcing the locations on your own as well. This can provide you with an enhanced degree of flexibility. That’s because you are the owner of the vending machines and the locations. Hence, you don’t have to pay anyone with a percentage of the vending machine business profits that you receive. It is possible for you to get started with a couple of vending machines and then increase the number of machines as your business develops.

Buy an existing vending machine

You can also purchase an existing vending machine business. But before you go ahead with this option, you need to do a case study and make sure that the specific vending machine you are going to purchase is capable of generating profits. If the vending machine is a profitable one, you will be able to generate an immediate cash flow. You should also take a look at the reason why the vending machine owner is selling it. In most of the cases, the vending machine owners tend to sell them as they are not capable of generating profits. Therefore, you need to analyze whether you are in a position to generate profits out of the vending machine or not, before you invest your money to purchase it.

Sign up with a franchise

The next option is purchasing a franchise. This can be considered as the easiest method available for a person to get into vending machine business. That’s because you will have to invest minimum amount of money on this business opportunity. In addition, you will be provided with the benefits that come along with an established business model as well. This option assures a higher chance of ending up with vending machine business profits, when compared to the above mentioned options.

Conclusion

Last but not least, you need to have an understanding about the factors, which are in a position to create an impact on your vending machine business profits.

Theft and vandalism can be considered as the biggest reason that can negatively impact the vending machine business profits. Hence, you need to do research on the crime stats of an area, before you go ahead and start your vending machine business. If you notice that there have been a lot of instances for theft and vandalism in the region, you are strongly encouraged to stay away from investing on a business. Then you will be able to keep peace of mind in the long run.

The other prominent factor, which can impact vending machine business profits is the repairs that could arise in the vending machines. If you purchase new vending machines, you don’t need to worry too much on this. That’s because the newer vending machines come along with a two-year comprehensive warranty. Likewise, the refurbished vending machines also come with a three-month warranty. But the older machines can give life to a lot of problems and you will have to spend your money to get the repairs done. This can negatively impact the vending machine business profits at the end of the day.

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