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  1. flintflash

    Snack box update

    We are on a 13 business day cycle, so with weekends falling in there, we a roughly on a 2.5 to 3 week cycle. Keep up the GREAT work buddy!
  2. Well....that and I coach soccer in my spare time...lol.
  3. Vending business for 25 years. Nothing else, just vending 24/7.
  4. flintflash

    Snack box update

    Excellent week, buddy! Really great numbers! I wish I had YOUR box average. Keep it up!
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    Best Vendors Management, anyone deal with them?

    I believe Best Vendors is connected to Compass Group. Compass group is Canteen. Best Vendors gets corporate vending bids with the huge retail chains and big corporations. They only bid out the stores that Canteen doesn't want to deal with, usually because it is low volume or way out of the way. Either way, it's primarily garbage accounts. If you are the only player in town, I would be adamant about NO COMMISSION. They have to get the account serviced so if you hold to your guns, they will probably cave on that. I have gotten accounts in the past and pressed Bast Vendors to waive the commissions because no one else would touch it. We only took the account because I had several accounts right next door. But trust me, most everything that they pass on to other third party vendors that is not a Canteen is garbage. Continue to play hardball with them.
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    Usi coffee machine

    Vistar will sell everything you need to fill that machine. I have only placed a few coffee machines, but my experience has taught me that you don't waste money on filling the tea.
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    Machine info

    That is the Ultra Flex machine, much NEWER than the old AP 6600. they are decent machines. I know the State governments used those in their Rest Areas on the highways.
  8. flintflash

    Snack box update

    Not sure how big the route is, but when you are servicing a smaller route, sometimes all it takes is one or two accounts to affect it. That is something that I try to get across to my route drivers. The larger the route, the less impact one account can have on the overall shortage. So, let's say you only serviced 20 accounts as compared to 30 accounts, one bad account or one "rip off" can greatly impact the overall route. With that in mind, look at that route as one to build (if it is a smaller route). That will help maintain your shortages. I can show you more specifics if you need. Keep up the AWESOME work!
  9. flintflash

    Snack box update

    Doing SUPER, buddy! I notice that one week has a higher box average that the other. That quite normal. I have routes that are completely different. Some have huge usage and box averages compared to others. Different areas are like that.
  10. flintflash

    Overprotective managers

    Well, after a year, you are pretty much reselling the box again. It only works if you talk to the manager/owner beforehand and replace the box in a short time span. But communication is the key.
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    Route Update (for those who care)

    Chips will always be the items that should make up the majority of your out-dates. Bryan, pulling your own chips is VERY SMART! I do the same thing, because Sam's is notorious for not rotating product properly. If the dates are bad, I just don't buy it. Never settle for a cruddy date, just because you want to menu it. Well done, Bryan, wee done!
  12. flintflash

    Route Update (for those who care)

    I have "Fixed" routes, as does Bryan. That means that the route covers a specific area and is on a regular schedule. New accounts get placed on their particular route and are serviced on the regular schedule. You will always have some outdates. the idea is to maximize the shelf life on what you purchase. I will not buy ANY item that has less than 10 weeks (allows me minimum 3 services). Chips are ALWAYS going to have some outdates(stales), that's just a FACT in this business. Definitely watch your chip dates, especially when purchasing from Sam's. I still struggle with shelf-life, and I purchase from the distributors (like Vistar). Candy should ABSOLUTELY have at least 6 months on it, and cookies 4-6 months (I like 6-8 months, but Sam's can make that difficult for any consistency). So...to answer your question....YES, you are flirting with more stales/throw-outs with a longer service cycle (fewer times to try to sell an item). But you also want your service days to produce, and hitting accounts weekly can limit that. At the size that you are at, you certainly can set your service cycle as you see fit. If you want some accounts serviced more frequently, you can do that. But as you grow, you will want to settle into a set schedule and right now, I have found 12-13 business days to be the "sweet spot". My route drivers will agree (at least their paychecks will).
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    Insurance

    TOTALLY agree with AZ. In my 25 years, I've never had an "additional Insured" certificate cost me extra. The companies that request it are usually following a protocol from a corporate office. It's mainly just a CYA procedure for them, requested by their insurance company. Some will request the Liability Certificate, and some (if you have employees) will request a copy of your Work Comp. It's really no big deal. BTW, we use a broker for our insurance. They will shop prices for you AND be your "go-between" when dealing with the insurance company.
  14. flintflash

    Route Update (for those who care)

    I know you addressed your question to Bryan, but to give you some perspective: my box is about the size of the woodgrain box without the wide back that holds the coin box. I pack 70 items in my box, which includes LSS chips, 2 oz bag cookies, candy, granola bars, etc. At this early stage in your business, the Cameron box is probably enough for now, and you can always double up the boxes on a larger account. HOWEVER, as you approach that 100 account goal, Bryan is absolutely correct: switch to the woodgrain boxes. I, too, am on a roughly 3 week schedule. The larger box is more suited for the longer service schedule and will produce more revenue. The idea is that you want your delivery days to produce as much money as it can. Let the boxes sit out a little longer, making the route much more profitable to run. For example: You can service accounts once a week and bring in $200, every two weeks and bring in $400, or every 3 and collect $600. (this is just HYPOTHETICAL). The point is that it will cost YOU the same to run the route regardless. So if it costs you 6 hours plus $40 in gas to run your route (again, HYPOTHETICAL), why not maximize the time and money. The extra days can be used for selling and growing the business. These are just a few things to consider as you continue to grow. Again, just my 2 cents.
  15. flintflash

    Overprotective managers

    One thing to keep in mind, sometimes PULLING the box is a way to work the shortages. There is nothing wrong with temporarily removing the box for a short period of time, and then replace it again. And many managers will go along with that. Just my 2 cents!
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