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flintflash last won the day on May 17 2019

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  1. In our region, Body Armor IS a Coke item. They have even added it as a category in our rebate program.
  2. I've talked to our Sam's store manager before about this when I see certain candy/snacks disappear. Each store is only allowed a certain number of SKU's. When they get inundated with a bunch of new items, they have to eliminate somewhere. Generally they try to swap SKU's within the same department, but certain areas (like the candy aisle) have many of SKU's of the same item, just different pack size. Ex.: M&M Peanut. They may have Vend size, King size, bulk bags, fund-raising packs, variety packs, and so one. When they need to eliminate, they tend to look at some of the more obscure items (Mounds, Chuckles, new flavored candy ie: Mint Kit Kat, etc). Talk to your store manager about items that you want. If you have a good relationship with them, they may make adjustments elsewhere to keep an item you might purchase regularly. Most times, it's just a guessing game for them, OR corporate makes suggestions. We sell A LOT of Chuckles (particularly in the summer months). When our store eliminated them for some new candy items, I talked to them about bringing them back and suggested to them some of the duplicate items they may want to consider. They were very appreciative and receptive to the feedback. Needless to say, I can purchase Chuckles all year round now.
  3. AZ is 100% correct. This is a STUPID conversation. This is a VENDING forum for folks in the VENDING industry to give and receive advise on proper or preferred methods of running their vending business. This is NOT a BRAGGING site for old weight-lifters or a puzzle site on how to cram whatever-heavy-thing into a small space. The question is NOT "Can it be done ?" but "SHOULD it be done?" and the answer is NO! Just because a vending machine "might" be able to fit in a minivan on it's side does NOT mean it SHOULD be transported that way. (By the way, while you were brainstorming how to get it in there, you certainly were not thinking about how to get it OUT). Your suggestions, while slightly entertaining, are doing a HUGE DISSERVICE to those who come to this website and seek advise on the PROPER equipment and methods for moving equipment. The original thread was an inquiry about the proper/preferred equipment dolly that various vendors use. Your goofy diagram and suggestions are not realistic for most in this industry and could cause someone a serious injury. Let's leave the "pissing contest" for the Golpher Page or go visit Lunkheads_R_Us.com. Just my 2 cents!
  4. I'm assuming that you have Trademark permission and are a registered and licensed Charitable Representative for Candy for a Cure in order to make your own boxes to sell on Ebay.
  5. I've had bottler machines sawed in half, stolen and dumped on the side of the road, and lost in a fire. They don't come back on you because it's a "cost of doing business". Most of their equipment gets written off the books(depreciated) quickly, so they just eat it. As far as getting insurance for the equipment, realistically it doesn't make economical sense. We used to have insurance on our equipment for damage; covered up to $5000 per location (if there were multiple units placed), but after a few years I dropped it. Situations like this where you lose your equipment to a fire or some severe situation is pretty rare. The amount of money that you will pay annually for the policy will end up being more than if you just by the replacement machine. Unless you are in an area where your equipment is getting damaged on a regular basis and/or stolen, economically it just doesn't make sense. It's good in theory, but really, your looking at $1000-$2000 to by a decent used machine to replace this one. Take the loss and move forward. I would seriously think about this account though, if fires are a habitual thing with them. Maybe do as some of the others have mentioned and have them add you as an "Additionally Insured" on there insurance policy. That's pretty common practice. Good luck with the situation. You may catch a break and have your equipment listed in the "Damage" and recoup some of your losses from their insurance company, but I wouldn't press hard on the issue if you are planning on keeping the account. I have had losses covered in the past (as a pleasant surprise), but we never demanded compensation from our accounts.
  6. Sounds like you have a solid foundation with your accounts. The Holidays are always a tricky time for Honor Snacks and I am sure for the Charity honor boxes as well. If I can give you just one piece of advice: DO NOT watch any more of these videos. Vending Business Solutions is a SCAM Biz Op group. This guy is an idiot and all they want to do is sell you boxes. And I looked at their website and it is the SAME SCAM known as Coke Solutions (before they were sued by Coca-Cola for trademark infringement). $16/box is ridiculous (or $12/box if you buy 200 ???) Get your information from this site, from the actual guys battling in the trenches, and not these "Rainbow and Sunshine" Snake Oil salesmen on YouTube. Keep working at your route, and sell, sell sell! If you are not growing, you are dying. Hope 2020 is a great year for you!
  7. Still going strong! Liking the consistency of your numbers! Well done, my friend!
  8. That's an EXCELLENT goal! I'm planning on doing some growing as well!
  9. Great week! Hope you had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving, my friend! I see you are still tangling with the guy out of Shreveport. Hopefully not too much.
  10. My comments regarding the notes were geared toward Honor Snack Trays. I apologize for the confusion. You are probably correct regarding the Charity Lollipop/Mint boxes that notes are not a good idea for those, especially since they are typically left in public locations. The main thing I wanted to stress was more about looking at the shortage as a part of the system and not necessarily "theft". You are probably on the right path with the Lollipop boxes in lieu of chocolate candies. To add to Chris's feedback, another option would be to hire a part-time sales rep. Get a college kid home for break or the holidays to go out for a few days and place accounts for you. Or find that "Stay-at-home" mom that would like to earn some extra part-time spending cash. This is also an option. I don't know how you hire route drivers for the charity boxes, as I am not sure how you would go about auditing them. I have systems in place to audit my Honor Snack drivers, but those systems would not apply to the Charity game, or at least I am not sure how to tweak them to work for the Charity lollipop boxes. I would think that running a lollipop/mint route would be more of a solo enterprise.
  11. Let me preempt my response with: "I am not real familiar with the honor charity lollipop/mint/bulk candy boxes". I have run Honor Snack trays, so I can share my experience and wisdom of that and hopefully some will apply to your business. Yes, my experience is that usage(volume) will drop slightly due to Halloween and the left over candy everyone brings in to work. That should have corrected itself by the second week of November. By now, you should be running "business as usual". With the Holidays coming up, you should see a nice 'spike' in volume as stores bring on extra help and businesses start cranking up for the holiday season. Yes, shortages will creep a bit during this time due to "temp" help, but if you have laid the ground work, you should be able to control that. Typically, volume should pick up now and then generally crashes the week between the Holidays. By mid-January, you should see volume rebound once again. Let's address this topic of "Theft" or as I refer to it as Shortages. In the Honor Snack world (and I am sure with the Charity box also), shortages are just part of the game and MUST be realized as a permanent factor in the grand scheme. You CAN'T eliminate them, only MINIMIZE them. That said, looking at shortages as a NEGATIVE issue will only FRUSTRATE you and make it difficult to properly run an Honor route. Referring to them as 'Theft' is a reflection of that. Theft implies 'intent to defraud', like someone took money from the box or purposely took candy with the intent to not pay. While this does happen, folks also take from the box WITH THE INTENT to pay and do honestly forget. Some assume their company pays for them. Go into each account with the idea that the money was meant to be there, but someone just forgot. It is now YOUR responsibility to remind them, whether that be thru talking to someone or leaving a simple reminder note. I have read comments by other operators that criticize the use of notes, and I must say, their arguments don't hold water. 25 years experience shows me that they are a KEY element to 'working shortages' and when your entire company (I have multiple route drivers) runs less than 15% shortages combined (well below industry standards), I'd say that there is something GREATLY BENEFICIAL to using the Reminder Notes. I could write an entire post on the correct way to use Reminder Notes, but I won't bore you with that. The main thing is to ALWAYS keep a positive attitude with your accounts when dealing with shortages. Go into every account EXPECTING some shortage. It is YOUR duty to "train the account" on how to use the Honor System. YOU asked for your box to be there, they did not beg you to place one there. You are, in a sense, conducting your business in their office. You need to "connect" with your accounts; build strong relationships. THAT is how you will REDUCE shortages. Sometimes you have to sustain a little higher shortage with an account to give yourself some time to work on that relationship. Here are a couple tips when viewing shortages: 1. Always look at your TOTAL shortages (entire route) FIRST, before looking at individual accounts. If your entire route is running 19% short, you do not need to HAMMER the accounts that are running higher. If the entire route is running above the 20% mark (this should be your target), THEN look at individual accounts that need extra attention, but continue to 'blanket' your entire route with friendly reminders. 2. Never leave Totals Due! This implies an 'Invoice' or a 'Bill' that the business will assume they are responsible for. This contradicts your sales pitch when you tell accounts that THEY are not responsible for the box or the money. 3. The MORE accounts you service, the EASIER it is to control your shortages. The smaller the route, the more a "high shortage" account will impact the entire route. 4. ALWAYS ALWAYS keep it POSITIVE when addressing shortages. Never demand money OR leave an ultimatum ("Next time the box is short, I'll have to remove it!"). You will always lose the demand/ultimatum game. 5. NEVER burn a bridge when you DO end service with an account. Always remove the box with the intent that you will replace the box in the future. Sometimes it takes a few 'go-arounds' to make it work. I just felt that this whole notion of "Theft" or "Shrinkage" needed to be addressed. Feel free to run your routes your way, but this is how I train my drivers to service their accounts. I hope things continue to work out for you and your route continues to grow! Just my 2 cents!
  12. Yes sir, Bryan is correct! It's not so much how FAR you have to drive, as long as you can be productive. Look at it this way: driving 30 minutes away and servicing 40 accounts is better than 10 minutes away and hitting 5 accounts. You DEFINITELY do not want to drive 30 minutes away for only a handful of accounts, but if it is a productive trip, you are only out some drive-time and a some gas. My route drivers would rather run a HIGH-VOLUME route an hour drive away, than a low-volume local route, especially if the high-volume route brings in close to twice the money. As you choose to go out farther with your routes, be sure to heavily sell that area. Make it worth travelling that distance, don't just "dip a toe in to it" to check it out. Commit and CONQUER! Keep up the good work!
  13. GREAT volume! Looks like the numbers are climbing back up. Well done!
  14. I would PASS on this. You asked the right questions and YES this whole thing sounds fishy. I would never buy anyone's accounts that was getting out of the business without taking over their boxes too. Why would they need to keep them? It's not that I want to keep their boxes; what am I going to do with them? I want to know that there is a box on location when I swap it out with one of mine. Anyone can give you a list off accounts and a load of BS. You are SMART to walk away from this guy. Besides, sounds like you have a bunch of the accounts already if you are sitting next to him. Why pay for accounts you already have? Sounds like a scam to me. Good choice avoiding it!!
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