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  1. 4 points
    Everyone knows that if you eat a honey bun and wash it down with a Diet Coke they cancel each other out.
  2. 4 points
    There is a world of difference between bulk vending and full size vending. Full size vending does require a web presence. Bulk vending has basically two parts; commercial and charity. Charity vending is all face to face with location owners. They are not searching the web for some guy to plunk down a double head machine in their business. "Sales" (locating) are made the first 15 seconds of your conversation, either the prospect likes you and trusts you and wants to help you or not. They do not care much what is actually in the machine. They think they are supporting a good cause at no cost to them. Never ever let a charity location choose the product, it will almost always be cashews or M&M peanuts. Neither of which is a path to profit. Charity locating is very slam bam. There are telemarketers that do a good job (Rodney is one of them). But again, the sale hook is the charity not your vending business. And in charity vending if the location thinks your motive is your profit you will make no sales. Commercial bulk is different. Local, Mom & Pops ( if your area still has some) are very old school. They want to see YOU. They don't care about some glitzy web page. Corporate sales are different. Corporate sales require lots of research. You need to visit locations and judge them, visit with management to get them on your side. You work your way through the gate keepers until you get to the decision maker(s). The talk will be about expected revenue, service issues, liability, commission. You need a profession presentation and good closing skills. It is all about the money. Your Dun & Bradstreet rating will be more important than a glitzy web page. The buyers are smarter than that. Ok, after all that, yes a web presence could help if you are a commercial bulk vending operator. I had one for years. Maybe someone along the way looked at it. But I never got a commercial lead off the page that was worth pursuing. Yes I had the random guy wanting to start an arcade, or second and store, school carnival type thing. But I never had one worthwhile commercial lead via web page. This is the long answer. I tend to give the short uncomfortable ones because: easy and truthful. Bulk vending is a very old school business. Data processing in general: I have been using computers for over 30 years, before most people even knew there were such things. I started on a Commador and moved to a Tandy 1000 with a blistering clock speed of 8mhz. was living large. I used data processing because I was, from the beginning, a commercial operator, charity came after as fill in. I needed it at to handle taxes and commission reports efficiently. So I have fiddled with computers a very long time. With that in mind I will say to you; if you intend to always be a charity operator you need a 8 1/2 X 11 yellow pad and a clip board. If you intend to be a commercial operator, well you need to learn something about data bases and spreadsheets, they will help you manage product rotation, taxes and commissions. I built my first web page myself, and a couple that followed. It is not hard. But it has never been worth the bother of building it, having it hosted and maintaining it. In retrospect the web page was an ego thing. It was never a valuable tool.
  3. 3 points
    Went out locating and found ,locations for 3 of my new spirals. 2 of them are in small but busy Mexican food places, and one is in my local Pizza Hut. Plus last wee i got a popular steakhouse and an Asian grocery store/cafe. 5 down, 13 to go.
  4. 3 points
    Shinkage/stales/open bags should be anywhere near 10%. We don't religiously count ours but ours is about a half a percent if I had to give an educated guess. Keeping your margins high is a constant battle on many fronts. It all adds up. Fractions of percentages add up from many different factors. Go up a nickel or a dime on some of your items. Write down every item that you carry/sell and see what it's specific cogs/profit margin is. Try and add a row or two of the better profit items and one or two less of the poor profit items. Try and be as efficient as you can when it comes time to working your machines. A while back, we maximized our augers in our machines. We luckily had a bunch of spare augers sitting around in our warehouse. For example, if we had a chip that was in a 12 deep auger and it could fit into a 15 deep auger we switched it out. Maximizing your augers like that to most of the rows on a 40 column snack machine will allow your machine to hold 75-100 more items. We did that to 75+ snack machines. That's 5500-7500 more items we can put in our machines, just by maximizing the augers. That means you can go there less often, hence pulling out more money per visit. By doing that, you are also burning less fuel so your fuel expenses going down. Just by optimizing one thing, we helped our business be way more efficient and improved our bottom line.
  5. 3 points
    So if you develop a good supply chain for your business you will be miles ahead of your competition. Every adversity is really an opportunity.
  6. 2 points
    It's a "run for your life" Made by "don't do it"
  7. 2 points
    You are probably right, but I don't think I want to grow to 3 routes either. I am doing very well as a one-man operation and my decision making in the last 12 months (dropping distant accounts, pulling slow accounts, etc..) has made my bottom line improve drastically. I wouldn't say it's fair to say I'm just turning down $20k accounts though, just this one in particular.
  8. 2 points
    I'll note that when I have 3 routes and a warehouse located in the center of the city lol.
  9. 2 points
    You do not automatically become wiser when you age, sometimes you just become more confident in being an idiot.
  10. 2 points
    Do you have an idea of how much money you can spend, how you are going to acquire/service locations, how you are going to store machines and stock, and the amount of time you can ut into the business? These are, to an extent, going to determine the type of machine you can both afford and make money with. Whilst I admire the concept of having a single brand of machine, in reality each brand has multiple generations, models, and types that will mean they perform differently, have different fault patterns, and non interchangeable parts. Each brand does not always cover the spectrum of machine types - 2/3/4/5/6 wide, ambient snack, chilled snack, stack drink, glass front drink, combo, food, frozen. The machines you will need will be dictated by what the location wants/needs rather than what you want to supply, also available space will affect your machine choice. Irrespective of branding you need to look at newer machines that offer MDB payment systems and DEX to be able to utilise CC readers and do remote monitoring. Here, standardising on a single coin mech, note reader, and cc reader will save you time and money in the long term as they are all interchangeable within your fleet (Don't forget to have a working spare of each). As far as the KVM machines - I'm not as anti chinese, but I will say that you get what you pay for. I have one of the earlier KM series machines (They are manufactured by Kimma), and they are rather flimsy in comparison to the AP/National machines I have. Shelves are plastic and cannot self support when fully loaded with bottles, paint finish is quite soft and scuff marks are easy to get, spare parts are expensive, but the machine does do its job when sited and was around half the price here as a US built machine (both are imports to Australia). I don't know what the support is going to be in the US for these machines - The factory is more geared to deal with distributors but I haven't found it difficult for spares to be obtained. If pushed for a choice of manufacturer/machine in the US, I'd probably look at AMS as having the larger range of machines with (mostly) interchangeable parts within a generation, but there are niches they don't cover (very narrow machines for example) My2c
  11. 2 points
    If your compressor only clicks on and off without starting it could be coincidental to the move or it was dropped too hard and the rotor in the compressor was damaged. If the issue is it runs but isn't cold then your machine was low on freon at the last location and you didn't realize it. When a compressor gets right on the edge of charged/undercharged it is usually capable of keeping a cold cabinet cold but as soon as that cabinet gets warm, as yours did, it's then not sufficiently charged to cool again without being recharged. So, you may just have low freon.
  12. 2 points
    Hello, You are only going to want to put about 75 mints per box. The coin boxes will not be able to hold much more than $25 dollars.
  13. 2 points
    https://sweetstopvending.com/ Sweet runs his own bulk business and I am pretty sure he is a member here, good prices and fairly fast shipping
  14. 2 points
    Narrow AND short pallet jack.
  15. 2 points
    Generally we like to put a chocolate (P'Nut M&Ms dominate), a fruit (skittle or mike & ike) & gum in a 3 head- u entice 3 different cravings/preferences. I find that in black & latin areas fruit flavored items are favored. I can't pinpoint white, Asian areas but women generally prefer chocolate. If something absolutely dominates we'll take out the weakest seller & replace with a like item to what dominates. Still suggest that long term u gravitate toward gum & toys & get out of candy completely where possible. P'Nut M&Ms were $5.99 when i started now they're $12ish. Yes we started giving less per vend but they crack in the sun, spoil if the a/c is off & occasionally draw bugs. Skittles, Mike & Ike too often stick if it gets too hot or too cold. Have no where near gotten out of candy but am continually easing that way. 850 is still 3 cents per vend & toys never spoil.
  16. 2 points
    I know, but i am saying that i would rather remove the ballast completely from the machine so it can never cause an issue. I am just too lazy.
  17. 2 points
    It is a hit and miss thing. It only takes one addict to make a great seller. Across all locations skittles are probably the most universal candy. M&M and PM&M do good in factories. Chewy Sprees are a good mover in a lot of locations too. The rare place M&I and Hot Tamales do well you always have to be wary of temperature swings and humidity. Here is a my advise about gum. It is my choice for a new location because it is cheap and an indication of sales. Yes sales can sometimes be improved upon by changing to something else. But the reason you see so much gum is that really large operators don't want to fool with a lot of product, they focus on how many locations can be collected in a day. They only service when there is a lot of money in a machine. Routes are scheduled to maximize cash picked up. They put locations on a monthly, bi monthly, six month, or even lomger pick up schedule, so you need a long lasting product. I realize that when you are small you really don't have the same concerns a larger operator does. You really work hard maximizing and fine tuning each location. Sure, even really big operators want great return, but it becomes a real numbers game because you are very much focused on labor, mileage, spoilage etc.
  18. 2 points
    Don't waste your time or money. Locations are gotten by in person sales effort.
  19. 2 points
    I uploaded the full printed tech sheet regarding the full update here: https://vendiscuss.net/files/file/107-dixie-narco-bev-max-2-full-update-2010/
  20. 2 points
    Before Sam"s came along every decent sized city had at least a couple of good wholesale bulk suppliers. Most are now gone. But there still are suppliers that specialize in bulk, you will just be paying shipping. Near Chicago; TJ King, Baltimore; Cardinal Dist and A&A. The best thing for you is if Sams completely stopped supplying anything for bulk. A lot of small location owners were able to buy their own machines and supplies at Sams. Sams did a lot of damage to bulk operators.
  21. 1 point
    All of the credit card suppliers offer that kind of software as long as the machine reports cash sales properly. The card reader can make you money and the ability to prekit or change your service schedule based on sales allows you to save money on route expenses. You can also do this manually when you're small but if you plan on growing to 60-100 machines or more you will want technology to do that work for you beginning now rather than later. Just remember, not all accounts will be worthy of a card reader so in those cases you will still want the data capabilities of their modems in each machine.
  22. 1 point
    A lot of lcm's just need any mdb harness to convert to mdb. If your board doesn't allow it, just swap the board for one that will. However the LCM will not report cash sales.
  23. 1 point
    Or more accepting of your own ignorance lol.
  24. 1 point
  25. 1 point
    That's good because some areas are totally dark and you cannot get a signal, which would make web-based usage completely useless. I specifically want an app to make it work. I am also considering vendsoft as an alternative as it seems far cheaper. I also checked out vagabond but that seems like its really made for large companies due to the costs. The only other one I know of is vendsys but they don't seem to offer much explanation on their website. It really comes down to parlevel and vendsoft. I already signed up for a free trial but I never really got to use it lol. I think my in-laws came into town and I completely forgot about the trial period... Even so, for about $80 it would cover everything that I am looking for, but I still think I may take advantage of their cheaper alternative (about $30/month) just to see if I can take full advantage of my offline machines before I go into prekitting. What I really need is to put in a lot of data. I could do this myself with notebooks (which I have in many machines) but that is a very time-consuming task. Thanks for the responses.
  26. 1 point
    I was on the fence about it myself about 6 months ago. Was looking for an app that would help with my coffee delivery service. Ended up converting my entire operation over to parlevel. Customers can even order coffee and supplies directly from the website as they gave me a url and a "web store". So not only is coffee service extremey organized and easy (literally when they sign my iPad on delivery it emails an invoice auto generated to them) all of my vending machines are planographed and organized as well. Love parlevel.
  27. 1 point
    I'm not sure you can make a generalization. I recall a post from one operator in the past who estimated about 3 service calls a year per machine, which included minor issues such as coin and bill jams, but I don't think I have nearly that many myself. I have a wide range of equipment from brand new all the way to should have been scrapped already. A lot of it is the environment the machine is in, and of course how well maintained. I think a lot of complaints and service calls can be avoided just by taking the time to properly load the products and having a good inspection routine each time you touch the machine. If you are a "throw product in and go" person you will have more problems overall IMHO.... as far as real breakdowns such as compressors, again a little cleaning goes a long way. Keep the drain flowing, the door gaskets clean and intact, and get the dust and lint off the screens and fins as needed.
  28. 1 point
  29. 1 point
    I wouldn't unless it was to resell. Spirals are not as needed as they used to be.
  30. 1 point
    A related question, does anyone know of a less expensive source than Sam's Club for single size candy?
  31. 1 point
    If you want to buy 10 or more,when I bring my next container in, you can get them for $1250 ea plus shipping costs from our NC location to your location. They are 31" cranes, with 2 coin mechs, and are wired/ready for the ICT A6 DBA. I have over 200 of this model in use, and have sold several hundred to other operators. They are good machines. send me your name/contact info and we can talk about the details. I imported 8 different cranes before I chose this model for our use. The stuff on Alibaba is a total crap shoot! I would not go that route.
  32. 1 point
    To my knowledge, the DN's only use the sold out switches. Royal, USI, and Vendo mostly have drop sensors attached usually to the bottom of the pan to detect that a drink has dropped based on the vibration. They can't tell if the drink vends properly beyond that, so if it hangs up for some reason before falling into the delivery chute it will not detect that. Machines with drop sensors go into sold out mode on a selection usually after 2 failed vend attempts on a single purchase. I am not aware of a drop sensor kit for DN machines. As far as double vends I am not sure. A lot of the smaller USI's use the drop sensor in place of a selection depth setting, so if they read two drops they would reset from single depth to double depth.
  33. 1 point
    The eagles look like the are 25 cent, cant make money on capsules at 25. The 2" vendors: one is 25 cent the others are 50 cent, same thing cant make money at those price points on 2", and I don't know if you can get the conversion kits or new mechs. The strength tester, love tester etc. are great until they aren't. Don't know if you can get parts, I had a few once and the problem I had was if a board goes bad the cost of replacement as nearly as much s the machine was new. Personally I would not buy them at any price. But that's me.
  34. 1 point
    Only if you're single and she is too!
  35. 1 point
    I have 400 ultravends that have been on route for over 20 years so I wouldn't necessarily say they are junk. Are they ideal, maybe not, but they can last forever in the right location. I have a used one I can give you if you want to pay the shipping.
  36. 1 point
    Have him look at any major grocery store in the soda section.
  37. 1 point
    DEX stands for Data EXchange, it's the NAMA protocol for vending machine sales data transfers, which is what makes it possible for any machine that's up to the standard to use any up to standard telemetry (USAT, Nayax, etc) to send the sales data to any up to standard software (ParLevel, etc). Using DEX data gets you beyond forecasting, so when you are getting ready to go service you can know exactly how many of each item has been sold since your last service. With a good backend software you can optimize machines based on the solid sales data, weaning out the bad products and increasing the good ones without having to depend on your (probably better than my) memory... surprised you aren't playing with it already since you have some card readers out....
  38. 1 point
    Gotcha, if you need help building a website, just let me know, and i can build one for you. Or I can walk u thru it...just ping me if you need help.
  39. 1 point
    Thats interesting info about Mike/Ike. I noticed empty canisters for Mike/Ike, and thought it was 'hot'.....stocked inside my auto shops, and they ended up sitting. Now, I know why it was 'hot' in the 2 locations I visited. It was the demographics. That's very good information. Thanks! Keep it coming!
  40. 1 point
  41. 1 point
    I've never seen a ballast cause an interference issue. It's only when the bulb tries to light that the lockups can occur. With no bulb in the circuit the ballast is just a warm transformer, if that.
  42. 1 point
    I had something similar once. I finally in desperation just told it to test vend all (I think that was the option) & it finally started working right. It’s like it needed to run through its paces. I’m wondering if it has a backup battery that has gone out.
  43. 1 point
    We fill ours at the warehouse and put chocolate in a cooler and fill chocolate at location. Everything except chocolate is set and tested at warehouse
  44. 1 point
    Servers are having high volume due to companies compiling large reports for tax purposes. This happens every January. Rather than building a report, you can have reports automatically emailed to you at the intervals you want. Go to Administration, report register. We don't rely on USAT for accounting purposes.
  45. 1 point
    just got my parts in and am going over this weekend and thats what i am afraid of ;breaking something
  46. 1 point
    Vending is a very expensive and risky business. Read everything you can on these forums. Esp in the downloads and go back to read maybe a year or two ago.
  47. 1 point
    Finally upgraded my service vehicle. I bought a Toyota Sienna last August for $800. Gutted the back and turned it into a cargo van. It was a major upgrade from my F150 at the time. Was able to run that for nearly a year and no issues then it died. Then while I hunted for a good deal on a larger and more reliable cargo van, I started running out of my pickup again. Damn does that sucks! 4 months later I finally pulled the trigger. 2017 Ford Transit 150 with the medium roof. I can actually stand and work in it! BEFORE: AFTER: Now I just need to figure out my design for the cargo area. I plan on building my own custom setup. Anybody have any pictures of their setups to give me some inspiration?
  48. 1 point
    As a pastor besides the struggle of unusual hours for many churches, not everyone who comes through the church office is a quality person. We have some real characters who come through who would think they are free snacks put out by the church for them to enjoy. Also my youth group would think the same thing and the next thing you know the box would be empty and only a couple of dollars in it. When it is just the staff or leaders of the church are in it would have plenty of money and be fine. I wouldn't do it. I would do a gumball machine or drink machine in a very large church if they had a gym or large youth room.
  49. 1 point
  50. 1 point
    And if we play it that way, does that mean it confirms and strengthens my perception if he turns out to be other than black? I'm certainly not arguing about the facts of what he was discussing, I'm only offering my perception of how it was presented. I certainly could be wrong, as I'm going off of a few sentences. EDIT: Grammar is a cruel mistress.