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  1. Poplady1

    Hello From Dallas TX

    Parlevel Systems and of course Avenue C. Graphics that Pop just does fronts or design areas for your equipment. Parks Coffee is being very aggressive with small micro-markets. They like offices with a breakroom with anywhere from 90 to 140 employees. If you are interested in that type of setup message me and I can give you their concept. Low investment brings in on average $800 to 1200 a month. I do not have any financial interest in micro-markets, their equipment or any commission. Just information for new vendors. Here are some reasons to consider a micro-market They trigger more visits per day avg 1.2 visits to .7 per day Components can be configured to fit lots of different sizes and spaces Less maintenance and downtime compared to vending machines You can create a much more attractive space with different product sale banners-signs Healthy vending products can be used more effectively Pricing can be competitive It is very hard to turn a market back into vending unless the vendor is really dropping the ball Fresh food like salads, fruits, and much more turns over quickly in markets. You can design most of the market on your own if have just purchased the Kiosk only. You will notice lots of micro martket equipment is for sale on ebay and craigs list from companies that jumped in too early before enough information was gathered on what worked and where. Hope that helps. Blue Moose
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    Newbie looking for feedback

    I agree with everything Gumball said.
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    New Member Here

    Camile there is a forum for Honor Boxes and under the Bev and Snack tab they will discuss Combo machines.
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    Recommendations for "new" machines

    If you are bringing in $100 each machine weekly that is $9600 annual. Keep the account 3 years $28,800 or 5 years $48,000. Thats why vendors try to please especially new "new" car dealers. These machines are okay but that snack is older. If you sell the account be sure to let the buyer know they want new machines and also give them the income figures. If I were the buyer I would take it off your hands and get a 5 year agreement with them based on new machines. Then I would put these on another location and bring in what they want, new machines with credit card readers on them, those increase sales 28% percent as per automatic merchandiser (plus my vendors.) But this is my two cents. During my years in vending I never had a new auto dealership that wasn't worth the investment and I certainly don't have trouble now when offering one to my group.
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    Recommendations for "new" machines

    Could we see a photo of your refurbished machines and know a little bit about the location you are installing. Office, warehouse, mfg or ?
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    Location Help

    Girl Scotts normally range in the 8 to 12-year range. If the 50 visitors are the girls, then you are looking at the 35 staff. If they are serious about the snack, explain to them that most of the profits in vending come from the drink. For that reason, you have to have the support of the beverages. Ask if it is a bottlers machine? If so explain that the bottlers really aren't in the business of vending and they understand if they need them to move the machine so you can get a snack. Coke and Pepsi no longer do contracts so they can just ask them to pick up. On the other hand, if it is handled by an independent, explain the situation and see if they will go with you. And if that independent only visits them once a month then it is too small for you. Just tell them it looks like they have just about as much as you could do for them. You aren't going to do much business if you install just a snack. Don't be rude, just explain and see if they want to give it a try. Never slam another vendor, it will lose a lot of new accounts. Just sell your service and discuss the problems that stand in the way of them making a change to your company. Focus on what you can do to improve their vending by adding bottles, credit card readers or any upgrade you have available. Remember you are offering to buy an expensive vending machine, service it and maintain it, for FREE. So be confident when you discuss the options. We have gotten more business by being professional to business owners no matter what size they are and having them refer business associates to us. And we always try to direct them to smaller vendors that might do combo's etc. Hope this helps. Happy Vending
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    Queston, should I set this account.

    My vendor did and its okay, not grand but worth keeping as per him.
  8. Juat wondering if it might be helpful to ask about accounts that come up. This might help new vendors learn what to look for when meeting with accounts,. What are you considerations. Of course, I love hearing what vendors think about on a visit too. There are no wrong questions. Very large building 28 plus floors just off the expressway in Downtown Dallas. 800 plus people in and out daily. Also connected to a large hotel via a hallway from their main lobby. They have elevators in the parking garage that come almost to the machines. Unloading area good for 1hr. They rent out temp office space on the first 2 floors to hotel guests. The rest are offices and condo's. They want a nice drink and snack. Custom front with the name of the building on the drink and the snack with the towers name decaled inside the snack on the glass. Also credit card readers. What do you think?
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    I hired one of our best friends when she was down and out, should have known. It wasn't a good experience. Glad when she left and almost had a party. Remember when people handle money it gets tempting to take just a little here and there. They don't realize the impact. I have 5 vendors now that have grown needing to hire another driver. They are finding out they need to train 3 to get one to stay. I also had a vendor that loved her driver but she was having trouble making ends meet. I encouraged her to go out one night and do the dollar test. Sure enough each machine was short by 4 to 7 bucks each. TKK I can appreciate wanting to be sure someone knows the business if you are hurt or down for a couple of months. Just keep a close on eye them friend or not.
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    I agree you may want to keep as much control as possible in your hands. We hired an experienced manager once we had lots of vehicles and employees. In the end it was the worst move we made as he almost got us into lots of trouble between theft, lies and making extra money turning over our accounts to other vendors when they could have been saved by fixing the problem, if we had known about it. So listen to these guys and be sure you need to do it before making an error.
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    Happy to have joined the forums!

    Welcome, glad you found this forum.
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    Micro Markets

    Chris you might do them now they have a smaller setup. http://www.parlevelsystems.com/micro-market-mini-2/ One of my vending companies (mid-size) is focusing on office accounts with a breakroom and employee count from 80 to 125. He says those are easier to find and he sets-up a smaller market. He told me he converted some of his existing accounts from drink snack to smaller market. According to his email it went from a 100 bucks a week to double. He puts in two racks, a couple micro-wave, 1 bottle drop drink machine set on free vend and one cooler for food. You can findf the racks and coolers on Craigs List. Just something to think about that might open a new revenue stream
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    Micro Markets

    It is part of the beverage and snack platform. Right now we have several vendors setting them up. Probably lots of questions for anyone considering doing their first one, 2nd or 3rd one. We have learned a lot since we started offering them which might help vendors. I just bid on one serving one of those office for rent locations where people can only use the place as needed, we got the bid so now we wait to see how it did.
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    Lost my Coke Machine only KEY..""HELP!!

    You can drill it open and replace it unless you had a high security lock installed.
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    Elementary School break rooms

    In many years of vending have never had one or heard of one doing any type of money.