My Vending Work Van Vandalized

I remember when i was doing my vending business during the early days, i make sure that all my vending keys and collections for the day is secured when i get home.

It was a standard procedure for me and i even have a small bag that contains all the vending keys. I was very careful during the early days and even have the cash locked up inside the van when going from one place to another.

I have a security safe inside my van and its is very hard to break in.

As time goes by and very confident in my business thinking that here in Canada everything is very safe and secure. I just have to lock the van each time to hop on to another location and it was very worry free for me.

I soon upgraded my van to a slightly new model so that it will not keep on breaking down and problems with downtime on my visits.

I woke up on a day getting ready for work sometime on the second week of December were i was planning to leave Vancouver, BC for a short break.

My driver’s side glass window was smashed and all my vending keys, collections for a couple of days, chocolates, old English cookies, Dan d pak peanuts boxes were also gone missing! Just because i was too complacent not securing my things and leave everything in my work van.

This happened just beside the street were i usually park at my townhouse. Leaving all things inside my van has been going on forever and was thinking that my place is secure but it is definitely not!

Before i went for a break in the Philippines i asked around people here in Vancouver, BC what are their personal experiences on car break ins.

  • USB phone connector in jack
  • sweater
  • empty bottles and plastic for recycle
  • handbag
  • shoulder bag
  • backpack
  • wallet
  • laptop
  • power bank
  • gift wrapped item
  • couple of loonies on car dash

I was very astounded and surprised that i made a list of points that will make you think twice when leaving your car.

I was not able to update my blog on the vending business for quite a while. The reason behind this is that i was in panic mode. It is the time that i needed to do the following things before i leave for a short break.

I wanted to make a short visit to Philippines since it is were i grew up and i somehow miss my buddies and family. You cannot go wrong with the people that you grew up with you, it is 100% transparent even thou there are some disagreements. Friends and family without any pretensions and real were my heart is most comfortable.

My time is very cramped because i have to wait for Ford dealer to have it arrived for a special order on my driver side glass since my van is still not mainstream.

How many locks shall i destroy to replace the locks on the vending machine?

The time that destroying the lock on the vending machines takes about it least 15 to 20 minutes which includes the replacement of a new lock.  There are stubborn locks that took me up to close an hour to destroy.

Imagine instead of visiting 10 locations, i was doing only 5 to 6 and not getting collections to pay my bills because of downtime.  A meager $60 to $100 collection per collection slows down.

There are some vending machines that i have installed a high security lock and i have to use up to 2-3 drill bits just to successfully destroy a lock. What i did was not to service the vending machines with high security locks and ordered duplicates from the manufacturer and have to wait for a week to arrive.

In case, you wanted to change your regular locks to this high tech high security lock then here is the company information.

Van lock Vanamatic High Security Locks is by far the best locks for your vending machine.

I have set aside everything that i have been doing regularly. I set aside my part-time online training course that i was extremely engrossed and got everything out of momentum.

I have stopped all other things and have to work 7 days a week rain or shine just to destroy locks and change them. Some locations that have high security access cards were also stolen and i cannot go to those locations and service my machines. I have to choose a day were the manager is around for me to get a spare key again.

In short my vending machine business is in turmoil. There are locations that i just did not service anymore before i left Philippines for a break.

Sometimes maybe this is a blessing is disguise that vending operators must be also on the lookout and very cautious. I had some vending professional which i regularly talked too. And he told me his work van was robbed 3 times. Twice in front of his townhouse and another time in the parking lot of Costco.

I strongly suggest doing the following precautionary measures after working even thou it takes a little of your time just to make sure that everything pans out and never happens again.

Preventive Measures After Work

  • Leave nothing near the dashboard, not even a couple of loonies
  • Do not leave any form of GPS device
  • Do not leave your USB phone charger inside your vehicle
  • Remove all products from the front till the mid section of your work van
  • Open the glove compartment so that thief will see nothing when flashing lights by
  • Also, opens the middle compartment between the driver and passenger seat if any so that thief can see that nothing is left inside not even a single dime
  • Remove all kinds of shiny objects

For added security measures on your vending work van.

  • Always bring the cash with you per location strapped beside your body no matter how small or big the collections
  • Install 2 Way car alarm with shock sensor
  • Install DVR Car Dash Cam
  • Security Clear 8mil tint for all the side windows ( if robber tried to hit glass again then glass will not break and security tint will hold the glass and will trigger the car alarm )
  • Even if your collection is minuscule, always bring the coins to the bank coin counter after doing your rounds.

There was even a story that a regular customer goes to Costco to buy a whole load of cigarettes for his convenience store and was followed to Safeway for a quick drink of soup. When he returned his work van and window was smashed and all cigarettes missing.

Did i mention earlier that a jacket left inside the car was stolen with glass smashed ?

Living dangerously in the Philippines

I guess we are not living in dangerous times were people are held at gunpoint or stab while waiting for a public ride. This is very common in the Philippines were regular folks get robbed when riding inside a jeepney. The robber pulls out a gun and announcing a hold up and everyone surrenders watches, phones, wallets and bags.

Taxi drivers in the Philippines have a dangerous livelihood too were they are constantly robbed at gunpoint or shot. It’s the powerful and rich that is left untouched by petty crimes.

Needless to say for me there is absolutely more fun in the Philippines than anywhere during the Christmas season.

There are christmas carolling

which i always go every xmas if given the opportunity to my friend’s house which he gives charity to the poor and needy.  Even a small token from your heart can make the world a big difference.

 

 

Vending Machine Business in Philippines is not lucrative. I noticed that even if there are hundreds of driver’s in the waiting room which can readily access a coke glass front vending machine is not doing good.

Lots of vending machines in the Philippines are out of order from people trying to break in. I have yet to see when the vending machine business will take off here in my hometown.

December is good time to have a short trip since business is slow here in Vancouver, BC. Make sure that you go to a place that is warm. I guess anywhere in Asia is a good choice.

I also need to regularly travel to Philippines because it is the only time that i also go for dental repairs and checkups. Medical blood test, CT scans, x rays, stress tests and bone chiropractic adjustments needed to run this vending machine business.

If you know how to maintain your vending machines then the priority is also maintaining yourself in peak shape for performance.

I guess im back on track to my usual musings.

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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 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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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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Vending Machine Business Profits

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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How to open misaligned tubular lock on vending machine

Noon time strike!

I was getting hungry and was determined to finish off one more location before heading to about three more to call it a day.

This location has been cooperating with me for the longest time already.

I was on my 5th year with this location and i never missed a rental payment on this location and this costs me around $75 per month just to keep both machines inside the building.

It is imperative that i service this location at least once a week

since it is one of the good ever green performers on my vending machine business route.

I immediately entered the premises and took noticed that both machine needed my refilling services.

I was surprised why the tubular lock on my vending machine was vandalized.

This location has been with me for the longest time and the occupants are very honest and don’t dare do such things.

Most of the occupants are partly subsidized from the government on their rental and it is relatively easy for them to pay rent to the government and just have to work minimally to gather other income for personal expenses.

Sometimes when i was even thinking how fortunate they are since everything is provided and being pampered by the government. In comparison to the Philippines, if you are disabled there will be absolutely minimal help from the government and forget about pension, welfare and pay checks.

Filipinos have to work their ass off in order to have a secured old age security.

It is mostly the business class or high status working careers that are able to save up substantial savings in order to continue the lifestyle which can be enjoyed till old age.

Forget about the Philippine government since there is not much financial support. The indigenous tribes in the Philippines also is ignored and left out to themselves unlike here in Canada or the United States where they are pampered, taken care of and offered with a lot of free resources which sometimes i envy.

I simply cannot open the snack vending machine because someone tried to pick and forcibly wanted to open the tubular lock.

The lock is supposed to look aligned so that the key can freely move. But the lock was turned about 1/4, i just don’t know why the perpetrator took so much time just to steal maybe the most is $50 dollars on the snack machine in case the person is successful in opening it.

Here is a picture on how the tubular lock looks like when the perpetrator tried to try to forcibly open the tubular lock but without success and leaving me frustrated.

Noticed that the picture above shows that it is almost impossible to open the tubular lock using the regular vending machine keys.

In order for the tubular lock to be open, the two grooves has to be aligned so that the key can fit.

The have tried to out the key forcibly into the lock but it doesn’t work. The solution to successfully open the tubular lock is to shave off the protruding notch or metal on the tubular shape key.

It took me around almost 10 minutes! and i hammered the key on the tiles and floor in order to shape to remove the protruding notch.

I hammered the key into the tubular lock and was able to open the snack machine and did my refilling service.

I immediately notified the manager in charge and told me that will try to advise the tenants. I hope they listen and have empathy towards small self-employed businessman.

I did not have enough time to change locks to eliminate this problem. But on my next duty im planning to install both machines with special tubular locks like the ones on my other vending machine picture below.


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A Hundred Years

I was servicing a location in the east side of town. The people there seems to be very familiar with diversity and just talks just about anyone.

There seems to be no superficial looks and none of the populace are judgmental.

It reminds back when I was still living in the Philippines where I grew up in Makati City which is very similar to Downtown Vancouver or I would dare say a mini Hong Kong or Singapore.

All the concrete establishments are there. You can be as cosmopolitan as you can be in a filipino way.

In Makati City where I grew up my neighborhood are all super friendly because everyone knows each other and whenever you go out to hotels it seems that you always end up rubbing elbows with someone who is familiar.

It seems that when you are an outsider, no ones likes to talk to you and normally the people have this snobbish attitude. The expats there in makati city seems to have a hard time rubbing elbows with the neighborhood and they are always at ease with their own groups. Except for expats who opened up their own shops in the makati city neighborhood.

I have acquaintances with a lot of expats coming from Australia and united states who opened brick and mortar businesses in the Philippines.

Most of them who are flexible and have this friendly attitude have become very successful in their business endeavors.

Of course a westerner who ventures to a country that is homogeneous like the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, China or Japan can be turned only in two ways either assimilate or xenophobic.

As I have mentioned before that self-employed people in whatever background that they came from are naturally flexible and willing to assimilate simply because this is survival.

If you always have a blank face when servicing your locations and running your business then your days will be numbered. Customers knows what kind of mood you are projecting.

If you are too stuck up with whatever thoughts then you will get nowhere in business because you will be too judgmental and it is likely that you won’t capture the heart of the masses.

While I was servicing the location in the east side Vancouver, a person came up to me and mentioned : “Wish that you can keep the location for a hundred years”.

I instantly replied to him : “It will take me about 20 years to pay off my mortgage and another 10 years to buy my dream cars and the remaining years to travel and see the world!. Maybe another 10 years for my blogs and websites to rank in Google 1st page” he heh heh

There was call again from a location wanting me to go and service immediately.

Seems that this location is engrossed with water. I drove by and checked the machines and I silently just left the place after servicing the location. The machines are about 3/4 full and there are still water inside the machines. It was an absolute waste of time when I got there.

Customer is always right.

Next time I will just go to that location on my projected schedule while is every month. I know that the machines are still OK but as not to piss off the customer, you just have to go and service it even you know that it is still full. The location seems to be in love with water.

Or maybe the location missed me so much that I need to show my face all the time.

This getting to be a fatal attraction in the making. he he he

On my way home I visited a location which is on schedule and needed to be tended asap since it was already about a month’s time.

This location used to be on a bi weekly ( every two weeks ) visits because it is a factory located in Delta and there are always thirsty and workers that are always wanting snacks.

I was running this location for almost three to four years already, I lost count in my mind.

About one year ago while im servicing this location there was a healthy max combo machine suddenly that appeared with our snack and pop machines. It has all the bells and whistles and comes with a debit credit card reader for convenience.

During that time I was contemplating that I wish that the manager won’t side track and get too eager on depending on this new machine since it caters all forms of payments.

And might opt to do away with our aging machines in favor to the new vendor.

Our snack and pop machines are more than ten years old and the coin mechanism are non mdb which means that you cannot upgrade and adopt a bill validator and credit debit reader since the motherboard is the old school style. Our snack and pop machines are still using windows xp if you are comparing an analogy to the age and capability of the laptop.

Our snack and pop machines cannot run windows 10. In order to do this, the pop machine has to go and probably the snack machine can still be upgraded with a new motherboard which will cost around $1,000+ and debit credit readers and bill validators can work.

The sales on that location even thou without the new flashy combo machine prior to that is only around $120 gross sales every month and this translates to only $60 take home profit after deducting gasoline, cost of goods with my sweat and energy included.

Upgrading the motherboard to mdb complaint is not feasible with the $120 gross sales collection every month, so if the manager decided to keep the new vendor then it is fine with me.

I was surprised today when I was servicing the snack and pop machines that the new flashy combo machine is not in the lunch room anymore.

This comes to mind that maybe the new vendor retreated and found some new locations that are more promising and moving his machine with do him better in sales rather than sticking out with the existing snack and pop vending machines.

Or maybe the management have decided just to keep one vendor ?

I myself did not ask the management on my way out of the location, I do not want to raise eyebrows or changing their minds to getting back the new vendor’s machine.

If you wanted to stay in the vending machine business for a long time then sometimes you have to stick it up. The bottom line is the vendors’ performance and service.

If you go to your location faithfully and service it all the time without any lapses and problems, there is no reason for any right-minded manager to relieve your services.

Did I mention to you that there are also locations that the managers can instantly press the email send button and kick you out without consulting or give a valid reason why you and your machines are to be thrown out ?

Here is the link on what kind of business locations to avoid at all costs on your vending machine business.

You will be loosing money in no time on such kind of locations.

As long as you can perform then you can keep the location for a hundred years! He he lol.

 

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A Strange Case Of Empty Unopened Coke Diet Inside Pop Machine

I have a story to tell you. I got a call from one of my location that just have a pop machine.

It is in a located that is out of my usual vending machine business route. It is located in North Vancouver, BC.

The person at the other end of the phone says that the machine is constantly giving out wrong pop and they have to mop the floor on several occasion.

Customer is always right if you are in business.

They are requesting for the pop machine to go to avoid leaking problems and always need to mop the floor on leaky pop machine.

I asked specifically that is the problem and the customer told me that : ‘The coke diet on several occasions came out of the machine empty”

I told them that i will immediately go to the location and take a quick look and rectify the problem immediately.

I arrived at the location and tried to do the usual Vend Motors Test on each column of the pop machine.

The pop came out and there was no problem on the regular pop.

I tested a few times just to be certain so that i won’t be receiving anymore calls.

Indeed, out came a coke die that is half empty.

I inspected the Coke Diet and there was no physical holes, i was in panic mode and i figure that i will dispense all the coke diet and coke zero inside the pop machine one by one.

I was astounded that 70% of the coke diet and coke zero products are actually empty even thou there are no physical holes on the aluminum can.

I decided to remove all Coke Diet related products to stop from happening again.

Thus, i saved this location from my pop machine being removed and will be continuing its service.

I have also checked that all the coke diet products inside the pop machine is already around more than 2 years shelf life and have expired. So this comes to mind that diet products that are more than 1 year should be taken out from pop machines to avoid leaking and empty cans.

I made some research and found some Q & A on some forums and it mentioned from a former Pop Manufacturing employee that :

Pop products undergo a process that they spray a chemical coating to avoid the phosphoric acid to dissolve and eat away the aluminum.

The said chemical coating has a shell life. When the coating wears away the acid inside the pop will eventually evaporate or have some micro holes wherein the contents of the pop will leak

Here is the link to one of the numerous forum that i have researched, link.

I have decided to remove all the slow moving pop inside the pop machine.

I also found out that there are people selling perfectly empty pop cans without any sign of leak or evaporation for $250,000$ at eBay ! I wonder what makes it a novelty.

Here is a link to a ridiculously priced empty pop cans for $250,000 at eBay.

After solving the problem with the case of the empty unopened pop cans, i went to visit my other locations.

I went to my evergreen locations that is constantly hungry for chips and chocolate bars and end up disgusted with problems again.

You know that last week was the transition of summer to fall and everyone was back to work after spending a deserving vacation from all types of work.

I myself was still in a limbo caught in the old world. It glad that i was back here in Vancouver, BC and was hungry for work simply because that i have to pay this vicious cycle of unending bills to pay and credit card debt being piled up.

Self employed folks here in Vancouver, BC are not immune to debts. Most of the self-employed businesses here in Vancouver, BC plays according to seasonality patterns.

During summer some businesses are super strong and if you take a vacation then the opportunity is lost.

Some businesses are unaffected the whole year round. Vending machine business in essence functions 365 days in a year, that only applies in the case if you are diversified just like the landscape here in Vancouver, BC.

My reason for being diversified is that all your locations cannot be concentrated in lets say : school or hotels. It has to be evenly distributed to all sectors of demographics in order for a successful vending machine business. That’s why i was contemplating that you need to have a balance in locations as indicated on my previous article.

I had a slight surge in out of service calls on my vending machine business locations this summer. I guess every summer there are a lot of visitors and tourists visiting Vancouver.

The users simply do not know what will happen to a vending machine if other than a US or Canadian coin is inserted inside the snack and pop machine.

I was even inside a hotel when a tourist came out from their room and was snickering behind my back when i was servicing a combo machine that had an out-of-order sign.

I immediately look back behind and suddenly showed the coin to him before he closed his room. Guess what, it was an over sized south Asian coin that will surely jam the coin mechanism.

Summer is always good for the vending machine business, it’s just that you will encountering problems on visitors, locals that came back from holidays and trying to get rid of their foreign coins.

With this kind of problem it will surely hurt my sales projection and if it occurs a lot then there will be delay on my bills that will not understand what really happened to my coin collection because of a PESO, Rupee, Token, Pence or other coins that would have caused it.

Here are the pictures that i took on my bounty from my jammed snack and pop vending machines.

I’m still in a quest in finding the elixir to acquire boundless energy in servicing vending machines. Maybe on my next holiday trip. He Lol.

Vending machine business is a risk to partake as with any other self-employed business.

This is the only way to experience adrenaline in one’s system and eventually enjoy some benefits like continued destinations and maybe accelerate one’s exposure to the great diversity experience that Vancouver, BC has to offer.

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Vending Machines Unsecured in Europe

As a vending machine operator here in Vancouver, BC, it is imperative that everything is secured properly in the public places.

Before i left for vacation i was talking to a coffee guy here in downtown Vancouver, BC, he told me that he was also servicing some coffee locations in the university and there are lots of vending machines at the campus.

I was thinking that it must be a very lucrative business is your vending machines are located in a university campus.

The demographic population is catered to the young and according to some of my locations there is a never ending desires of chips, chocolate bars and pop. Sometimes you need the caffeine and sugar content to boost you up when you are studying.

When you are concentrating hard to finish your thesis or mathematical problems it will lead you mentally exhausted and normally students go grab a chocolate or chips to make you happy from the sugar rush.

There is no conclusive evidence that you are loosing weight by using your mental functions in extreme levels when learning or studying according to studies.

I was wishing that i have machines located in universities before but right now im very reluctant since the coffee guy told me that in the lunch room, someone would come in with a hoodie and breaks the whole lock in one of the vending machines and come back after 30 minutes.

When the guy comes back after 30 minutes he then has a duplicate that will open all the vending machines located in the lunch room.

I used to have a location in a hotel with 5 or 6 machines, i just have 1 key for all the machines. This is the make your job faster since too many keys sometimes slows you down when servicing locations.

I myself was a victim with my machines in a hotel which i previously owned.

I used to have 6 machines in a hotel but everything has a different lock and secured with an additional puck lock. The last news i heard that the new owner which i sold to was broken into.

A year have elapsed with the new owner and the latest news was the hotel was getting rid of him because the management signed an agreement with another vendor.

You know in this business nothing actually is guaranteed permanent placement on your machine. You have to be on the constant lookout of new locations.

If your hands are full then maybe it is best to has a couple of new locations every year just to maintain the income level that you are comfortable with. Sometimes even veteran vendors which has around 20 to 50 locations loose around 1 or 2 every year, which is the nature of the business.

Your new location is an infatuation, marriage and sometimes end up in divorce as an analogy.

Several factors which i have mentioned why you loose locations.

  • renovation
  • opting for your vendors
  • storage space needed
  • management got pretty tired of your face
  • majority consumers got into 50s and needed change
  • new manager wanted changes

You just have to has a happy disposition whenever you are servicing your locations and never get into trouble with anyone inside the facility that you are servicing.

I was visiting London and Scotland and i was surprised that all their vending machines located in the airport or hotel do not have any added security locks.

If these machines were in united states or Canada im 100% that in due time the machines will be vandalized.

I was surprised also that in every hotel in London and Scotland, they only has a vending machine which is situation in front entrance of the hotel.

The machine is directly facing the hotel reception.

I had machines also here in Vancouver, BC in some locations in a hotel in east side Vancouver,BC and it is also in front of the manager or reception office but it was vandalized many times.

Sometimes i was thinking that when living in the established old world of London doing vending machines would even be safer than compared to lower mainland in Vancouver, BC.

I was thinking probably it is safer because in London or Scotland the streets are very narrow and there is no way to get around when breaking into a vending machine.

Your getaway vehicle can be immediately chased and run over by the police authorities in London streets.

Maybe the vending machine are protected by the medieval knights. ( joking )

Do you think chivalry and honesty is still practiced in England ?

But in stark contrast whenever im inside a small shop in London seems that the owner will instantly approach you and ask you if you need any help ? And seems like they do not like people staying too long and observing around and inspecting the products.

All the Sainsbury in London even if it is a very small satellite branch always has a security guard lookout. Sainsbury can be compared to shoppers drug mart here in Vancouver.

While here in Canada there are no security guards in all shopping malls inspecting on the exits.

It is only in Costco that there are assigned staff that inspects the receipt upon exiting.

Here in Canada when you are inside a store big or small, nobody cares if you are staring a product for the longest time. No one cares. You can take your sweet time to decide if the product is meant for you no pressure, akuna matata.

There is a real sense of being righteous there in England and seems that everywhere i go people have this akuna matata mental attitude.

My break was short and im afraid that if i spend some more time in medieval times there in Scotland then i will be out of momentum on my vending machines business and customers will be complaining.

Back into the new world here in Vancouver with renewed vigor and energy to work.

I like it here since it is easy to get around and virtually traffic is non-existent as compared to the streets in London.

Its just too bad i don’t have great European food lunch breaks here.

I guess Tim Horton deserves its respect here in the new world.

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