This was a slower week. I tried to take a little more time for the family and other (non-business related) critical matters and as a result didn't do much apart from servicing a few routes. No new placements to report as I did little to no legwork this week.
I did speak with the Coke rep and am all set up and ready to go - I just need to send them a list of locations. Unlike Pepsi which wanted to review every location and only provide newer bottle vendors Coke is willing to try any location I
Finally heard back from Pepsi this week. My machines are now on order and should arrive within 2-3 weeks. Once they get here Pepsi will deliver them to my office and I will be responsible for moving them on location. Metro Vending sent me several extra locations (15 total I think - our contract was for 10) though a few of them appear to be duds. I've also located a few spots myself for 3PO machines (I'm out of cash to buy my own machines at the moment). I'm looking forward to getting these soda
I set up my first two soda machines this week (as discussed in previous posts). I don't think either of them are going to be top-performing locations but that's OK. My plan is to buy older used or refurb machines for slower locations and stock them with cans - then use my 3PO contracts with Coke and Pepsi for the better locations since they will supply newer and nicer looking equipment. The first machine I got is a single-price can machine - I placed it at an electrician office (10 employees on
Plodded along this week. Placed another honor box and hired a friend to place more for me at $20 each (he got one already).
Still waiting on the mover to move my new 4-wide snack machine and soda machine into place, that is supposed to happen this upcoming Monday.
I'm riding along with the previous owner visitng all the new honor box locations. It's taking longer than I hoped because the boxes take a while to fill (I have to sort through each box to remove the large number of stales the prev
Some success this week. I picked up my first full-line placement - and Electric company that wants a soda machine ~50 employees. I purchased a refurbished can machine and will be having it moved in sometime next week. Also placed an honor box there.
I'm working on replacing some of the older mechanical machines I've acquired - especially the ones still set at $0.50. The hotel account I gained at the end of last week has an ancient electrical machine (early 80s model). I purchased a refurbished
I doubled the size of my business this week!
First - I was able to place 2 of the Buzz Bite machines sitting in my shed (got these with the route I purchased last week). I took them with me when servicing my two steel manufacturing accounts and both let me stick one in their break room beside my combo machine. I think they will do well there as there are a lot of guys moving through these breakrooms and no other coffee or energy products offered.
On Wednesday I purchased a strange biz-op ene
The biggest news this week is that I acquired another route. I purchased 1 U-Turn, 2 Single-Heads, and 8 Buzz Bite machines on location (plus 1 more U-Turn and 7 more Buzz Bites in storage) for $2,000. I payed more for this one than I wanted - but overall I think it makes a good addition to the business. I was a bit conflicted about the Buzz Bite machines but was given evidence by the former owner that at several of the locations are performing rather well with them ($50/month - though the other
My name is Roger Hicks - though I go by BobTHJ on the net. I have run my own technology company for the past few years - contracting to an aviation company which supplied 95% of my income. Though it suspected it was coming I found out two months ago that my billable hours were being cut by roughly 80%. I suddenly needed to find work! Though considering several options vending caught my eye when I saw a route for sale on Craigslist for $15,000. Upon calling the owner I learned she had 40 placed c