Healthy Vending is a Growing Sector

Growing Sector

The healthy snack vending industry is the fastest-growing sector of the vending industry. With the rise in awareness of the need for healthy food and snacks, healthy food vending is rising faster than ever.

Smart Snacks in Schools

Opportunities for vending locations in schools are especially hot in today’s market. The USDA recently published a science-based set of nutrition standards for snack foods and drinks sold to children at school during the day. Under the USDA All Foods Sold in Schools standard, which creates an opportunity for businesses offering healthy vending options? Naturals2Go is uniquely positioned to offer new operators an edge in today’s convenience snack market.

A Nationwide Trend

Outside of schools, the demand for vending machines that offer healthy snacks and beverages continues to grow. More and more people are looking out for their health and are becoming more aware of the foods they consume. In a 2014 Nielsen Global Survey of Snacking, more than 30,000 consumers in 60 different countries were polled, and the results were conclusive.

Most people today are actively looking for ways to improve their health. Inclusion of healthy drinks and snacks in the vending machines is a result of the trend towards awareness of the unhealthy ingredients in the snacks people consume.

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Be Careful When Servicing Vending Machine Business Location

I have a lot of locations that i visit on a monthly basis

and i just visited this particular office location after the xmas break. As usual since it is a small location i quickly prepared all the items before i enter the building on the bin and hand trolley.

I greeted the office staff and went into the break room, i didnt notice that there was a glass bowl of xmas goodies on top of my coke pop machine when i pulled the pop machine door, the thing fell and crash to the floow so loud that the office attendant at the reception came in a flash!

I was so sorry at that point that i keep on apologizing and have to get a broom and dustpan to clean the mess up. It is a good thing that the people in the building aren’t the sensitive bunch type, if this would have happened in another location i would have end of paying for the decorative piece that i accidentally smashed.

Here are the picture to show up what happened.

 

Taking A Break From Self Employment

 

I serviced all my locations before I went for a break,

I felt that I had a burnout during December 2017. It is very important to have a short break from working. I remember when I was in the gym doing 2 days on and 2 days off schedule during my university days following a workout schedule will also burn out your body after doing it consistently for at least 3 months continuous. It would be wise to take a short break doing nothing, the duration is suggested to be around 3 to 7 days.

It would be wise to go a thing which is not part of your routine, maybe just randomly going to place that you been never before and just to take a break and go to unfamiliar places just for the heck of it.

On Friday Jan 12, 2018 while a was filling up Petro Canada

at a gasoline station on the corner of granville ave at Richmond,bc, my mindset was to get things done quickly and as fast as I can to end the day, there was this person who approached me while im paying at the cashier using my debit card, he began speaking to me and asking which city im from in the Philippines.

I assumed at I can never get away with my accent since I grew up outside of Canada, I told him that im from Makati City and he told me he was from Pasay City and I was trying to be friendly even thou I have a ton of things to do on that Friday.

I asked him what industry is he working at and he mentioned that he broke his spinal cord and had a metal attachment on his spinal cord and I suddenly shifted my mood and was sympathizing his situation and he told me that he cannot work anymore and he just drops his wife to work and picks his wife after work. He in my eyes is still in a very productive age of around 60 years old, he told me that he has to force himself to go out everyday just to talk to random strangers because if you are isolated for a long time being disabled and no one to talk too would lead to inconsistent thoughts and mental problems.

I told him that maybe you should do something that you are passionate?

( I should have mentioned to start a blog! heh he he ), proceed to the nearby community center and take up some short courses and the like perhaps, he actually thanked me and told me that he is going thereafter my conversation with him and I gave him my business card in case he wanted to bother me at times which I don’t mind.

My analogy is that if you are doing work and vending business for a long time and every day is repetitive and putting up a show for everyone and well-mannered behavior would also lead into fatigue and there is a strong need to be left alone to make some reflections and take a well-deserved rest.

 

In doing the vending business you have to be extra careful

when doing lifting, pulling and pushing motions which if not being properly done would lead into minor sprain and injuries. Right now I have my left hand bones misaligned from being careless when I was moving the fridge packs and boxes of pop which I not heavy but if you twist your arm it will lead into inflammation of the wrist and cannot perform simple tasks and every moment will be very painful.


Way back in the year of 2015 I think it was during the spring months, I was loading pop into my van and suddenly twisted my left arm and lead to a sprain on my mid arm which was very painful, I went to a chiropractor and physiotherapist but to no avail. I went back to the Philippines on December 2015 and had to endure the pain on my upper left arm since the chiropractor in Richmond told me to take some xrays instead. In the Philippines it is a common practice to look for a ‘HILOT’ person in order to heal injuries and sprains without any xrays or physio techniques. Glad that the HILOT person was able to fix my upper arm from twisting inquiry.

The HILOT

in the Philippines is an integral part in maintaining personal health and the practitioner can remove any form of sprain and injuries by aligning your bones and nerves because sometimes the nerves are not in its original place when you have the sharp shooting pain syndrome.

It was very fortunate for me to find a HILOT person here right in the middle of Richmond and it is a Chinese version and the massager is a neuron specialist in aligning nerves and bones due to sprains and minor inquiries from sudden twisting of arms or other body parts when you are often using it for lifting, pulling and pushing products in and out from the van or during the refilling of products on your vending machines.

 

Conclusion :

It is essential to take a break and take some minor adjustments on your bone and nerve especially when your work entails you in moving all the time.

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Vending Machine Business Pros & Cons

Vending Machine Business Pros & Cons

I sincerely wish that this website will be a rich resource for anyone on understanding the journey of running a vending business.

It is A Simple Business After All

It is a very simple and it just take one to fill up the vending machines in 6 to 8 hours per day.

You have to prepare a good vending machine business plan.

And the good part is that you have cash everyday. There are no accounts receivable or waiting for paycheck, this a cash based business.

This can be done by a single person who can run this business in its entirety.

It is a matter of grouping all locations in an area. For Example i arrange my schedule as follows :

  • Monday = Downtown Vancouver
  • Tuesday = East Side Vancouver
  • Wednesday = Burnaby
  • Thursday = Surrey
  • Friday = Richmond
  • Saturday = East Side and West Side Vancouver

i personally operate around 100-120 machines, and you might wonder how i can do it by myself?

i started with a few locations back in 2012 and its just a matter of organizing your vending machine route driving schedule some locations need to be filled 1 month, most twice a month, some once a week and some extremely good locations needed to be serviced twice a week!

No Age Restrictions and No Skills Involved

There is no age discrimination on this kind of simple business,

you do not need to have any skills in customer service, but of course you have to always be in a good mood because in most cases, there are people or passerby asking for freebies. I would recommend to give some since you’ll have happy customers for long term.

This Starting your own vending business can be done with :

  • Semi Retired
  • Retired
  • High School Graduates
  • University Students
  • Professional

How Do I Manage My Time?

I manage my own time and make your own schedule as long as the machines are well stocked with snacks. According to my experience the best times to go are as follows below :

  • Early to avoid rush hour
  • After 10am when everyone is already i their cubicles
  • Lunch time when everyone is eating
  • Between 1 to 2 pm before everyone is itching to get home

Vending Machine Passive Income ?

Instead of running a mom and pop grocery store in which i stayed from 9am to 9pm and earning just a minimum salary since most of the income gets paid to the landlord, my machines do the work for me while im doing other things or other work.

I have locations in hotels and establishments that have night shifts e.g. production facilities, grain terminals, night school, it continually earns even when im sleeping.

Some of my machine is installed with devices, and always alerts and reminds me when the machine is 50% empty via email.

Easy to Maintain

Machines are very easy to maintain even thou they are more than 10 years old, i have a lot of machines that are 15 years old and they don’t cause any problems.  Most of the problems that i encounter is very simple to repair and caused by my negligence while servicing the machine.

Most of the problems are :

  • Loose screws when pushing and pulling the trays
  • Coin mechanism inside machine
  • Loose Wiring accidentally get disconnected while servicing the machine

Here is a very helpful link on How To Basic Repairs which anyone can do it.

How to fix a leaking soda pop vending machine

How to Repair Vending Machine

Worst case scenario is some of my pop machine or combo machine is over 15 years old, sometimes there is a build up of ICY Material and starts leaking and some cases need to have the compressor changed, it is around $500 to $600 to have it replaced by a vending machine technician.  The compressor itself costs around $350 to $450.

Are My Accounts Happy ?

Here in Vancouver, BC, 70% of the accounts doesnt have any written contracts since if you don’t provide a good service of restocking, procurement supplies manager would opt for another vendor.

Most of the customers are happy as long as you service them regularly and most of all if you can provide a certain % commission, 5% commission from profit is very common here in vancouver, bc.

I myself as mentioned before handles around 100+ machines in the lower mainland here in vancouver, bc.  i had some very rare occasions which is still very vivid in my memory where the establishment had only about 1 to 2 weeks to move my machines out of their premises.  the reasons for this is unknown since i always perform my duties as a vendor, i personally believe that you must always have a rapport with everyone who uses your machine.  You absolutely and should never have any ill or cranky emotions whenever you are servicing your locations.

When i was starting out in vending i used a family sedan and gravitated into a professional commercial van which i’m very happy with its performance.

I had a tip before on how to keep the account very happy, is to sometimes clean the premises or throw away some cardboards for recycle and most instances is to give out freebies and always have a great smile even thou you have a bad day from family or finances or personal problems.

I have to always have to set aside all problems and have a happy disposition to my customers.

I’m always under the mercy of the location manager or people who simply doesn’t like the way you look or the way how you approach the business and whoever you are dealing with.  It would be such a heartache if you are removed without any valid reason if you are just starting out because you will be loosing the following :

  • Moving expense = normally you have to pay around $100 to $150 moving per machine
  • Leasing expense = monthly payments on machine
  • Time in emptying products = loss of time in which you can service other machines
  • Investment loss in the location = if you paid $5,000 or even $10,000 for the account.location and you are removed without any reason this will be a disastrous loss if you loaned the money or lifetime savings gone to the drain, but this is a very rare case scenario. Just make sure that the manager or contact person have rapport with you before you jump into new accounts, or else you get burned

I heard that when you are in sales you have to have that personality that attracts people and customers and be very pleasing and at the same time a tad bit persuasive.

Conclusion

Owning my vending business is a very viable income for me in supporting my small family here in Vancouver especially when everything is sky high and have some form of freedom since i manage my own time.

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