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cblomqui last won the day on March 28 2018

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  1. VPG is a sub-co-op under USG, so the two are clearly linked. To be a USG member, companies typically need to have annual revenue of $600k +. VPG brings in smaller companies, but has a few that could qualify for USG but just don't want the requirements hassle. The VPG rebate is a fixed amount and the members don't have to do anything. The reason they need the Vistar account number is that Vistar provides the reporting to USG (so do most other distributors). VPG is now approaching 1,000 members.
  2. Why not go the micro market route?
  3. Micro markets are never automatically out due to the location being blue collar. One of the biggest micro market setups in the industry is located in the Tesla Gigafactory - nothing but blue collar there. Just need to make sure people are held accountable for theft and that you have safeguards in place.
  4. Sounds like a prime micro market location to me.
  5. I saw on vending market watch that Parlevel integrated with quickbooks.
  6. The location that is closing around here is offering 25% off of most items tomorrow. Good time to stock up.
  7. Parlevel, Nayax, MEI. I know Parlevel has no minimum on hardware purchases, so that might be helpful if you are looking for 2-3. Just call each company and shop around. Someone will certainly give you their business.
  8. Every operation is different, but I always think technology can help any business, especially in vending. If I were you, I would give them a call and describe your situation to them. You might find that they have tools besides prekitting that can help you, or you might not think it is worth the investment. The best why to find out is to talk to them directly.
  9. Customer service and support from Cantaloupe won't translate over to USAT with the purchase. The devices, protocols, and technology are completely different. Plus, USAT has hundreds of thousands of connections more than Cantaloupe that they have to support. It is not as simple as having a good support team and moving them over. If anything, it likely means that Cantaloupe's customer service will get worse. Mergers and acquisitions are always messy. In their press release, they stated that they won't even complete the merger until 2018, and I expect it to take much longer to work out all the kinks.
  10. In my experience, people do not notice it or they do not care. As a consumer, I would gladly pay a 10 cent tick for the convenience of using my card.
  11. Wouldn't necessarily look for something cheap. A lot of the "cheap" management systems are old, don't get updated, and don't help you accomplish a whole lot. If you are looking for something to help you monitor your machines, it really should be about VALUE. Does what I pay each month per machine justify the savings / increase in sales / peace of mind I get from remote monitoring? If you just look for something "cheap" or "free," then you likely aren't going to get a lot out of it.
  12. Any update on this? Was curious if a full fledged OCS system is worth looking into.
  13. Depends on the demographic of the complex. If the apartment complexes are a little more high end, then they might perform well. Low income complexes will have a lot of theft and vandalism.
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