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  1. I've got a question for all you pros.. I recently landed a partially subsidized account. Electronics factory with an even split between white and blue collar. Company covers my wholesale costs. At what point do low prices cease to drive sales? For example, Will I be better off charging .50 or .75 for a soda? I think this demographic will be somewhat frugal, and obviously I want to create every day customers Nvb
  2. Sure It was a fish processing plant, about 250 employees. 24/7 shift work.. Hard working, blue collar, no education required. Many young people with about 50/50 male female split. Again i was using a 5 wide combo machine to maximize capacity. It may have been worthwhile to go with 2 full sized machines, but as I said it was so close to home that servicing every 3 days was not a problem. Another guy had the canned soda machine - I wasn't even selling pop! Overall the place was probably grossing 4k+ per month during the high season. This account was a gem, it ticked just about every box when it comes to 'what to look for'.
  3. Combos have their place for sure. I grossed 3k per month out of a combo machine at one account.. had to service every 3 days but it was so close to home that it wasn't a big deal at all. Someone else had the pop machine there, so I just did snacks and whatever drinks he wasn't selling. I'm going into a new account (100 employees) with a combo (USI VT5000) and a stacker machine. Combo will handle all the snacks and my higher priced/ bottled drinks. Canned soda/ higher volume will go in the stacker.
  4. Vendo 721 new for $2800 CDN I'm not seeing them anywhere near that price.. am I missing something?
  5. Well that's true.. This eskimo would happily pay for premium ice, but I am a special snowflake. The prevailing wisdom on these boards is to stick with snack/ soda and avoid coffee and frozen food unless asked. I know how one sizes up a snack/ drink account by demographics and numbers - but I'm not so sure what makes a killer coffee account (Aside from no free coffee )
  6. Hello All, This is my first post - awesome resource here! I'm about to close on a new account.. ok it's just my 2nd account ever but I ran a large factory for 5 years in the past. I've never sold coffee. New account details: Tech/ manufacturing 120 staff 60 white collar upstairs (engineering) 20 white collar and 40 blue collar down (manufacturing) I already have the Snack/ Soda negotiated and expect $1000/ month + There is free coffee upstairs and down (staff has to make it. Folgers, coffee mate etc..) I'm leaning towards providing a Keurig on each floor and Vending K-cups. I doubt the company will stop providing free coffee, so this would be just as an alternative. I'll already be on location doing the snack soda so it's very little extra effort to add.. What are your thoughts? Do I offer coffee at all? Is the K-cup vending idea a good one? Is there profit to be made? Estimates? What if I could have them remove the free coffee? I've seen machines like these but have never seen much vendor feedback: http://www.uselectit.com/Vending_Machines/Coffee/CTop/ http://koffeekarousel.com/ http://www.amsvendinginc.com/microvend/ Any input would be helpful nvb
  7. Hello all, I'm a long time reader of the forums - figured it's time to start posting and maybe sharing some of my experiences. I'm currently setting up a new account at a factory of 120+ and trying to decide on equipment, contract details. Looking forward to spitballing some ideas. nvb