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  1. Hi, first post here, I'm trying to see if there is anyone that provides direct competition to Canteen on a national level? Is there anyone here that contributes to a National Vending Management Company that competes against them to help the independent vendors? I read some of the forums and gather that there are regional management companies but is there any groups nationally?
  2. I am surprised to see so many use spreadsheets to run their business, I don't work for them, I just got a problem with them! I have the full version of the software, and believe me, its great, I don't have to guess, or figure out what goes where or worry about lost locations, I put it in once, set it and forget it, until next time. when its ready, itll show up red, and then I can go service the location. but my issue is a simple one, a few years ago I had a full version, but it was the older version, so I figured id buy the new one since it was half price if you already had the program. now back then, I was able to activate the software on any pc, so if I had 2 pc's I can activate them both, one is a steady, and one for backup. a few years ago I contacted them, letting them know that I am upgrading my pc, and that I would like to activate the software on the new pc, after 2 years, I finally get a response that I have to pay for it again, I asked why? they said it was all newly updated, you can get the demo to see it, so I did, no harm, but then I started checking the versions of the program, and it winds up that there was no update, in fact my current software was beyond what they were trying to make me pay for $150 for, now I don't mind paying for newer stuff, but why would I pay for something that's older than what I have? apparently their versions that they so called "updated" are "outdated"! now I also understand they cannot do everything for free, but I made it clear, I'm not paying for stuff older than what I already have! so I asked them to activate my new PC so I can have the full version instead of the demo, and till this day no response! $150 for old stuff, and I thought my software was outdated, its like Microsoft trying to sell you windows 97 in 2018, only $100! ha ha ha, I want to make sure everyone knows about crooks in the vending business, they are all over, the worse thing is, they were very helpful back in the day, why not now, everyone struggles, and that's understandable, but don't give me BS! http://www.softessentials.com/ record your stuff with them! still to this day no response! the most recent one is from 8/17! we have time people, hopefully they will read this and make some real changes!
  3. Looking for data on time spent servicing your routes. Specifically, I'm interested in bulk candy (Skittles, Chicle's, peanut M&Ms, etc) and 1" products (gumballs and toys). I just bought 5 machines a couple weeks ago (Vendesign and Uturn). I recently met up with a pro in my area over lunch and learned a lot. I won't say who it is for privacy reasons. I want to restate something here that he told me, and I feel this is very critical to success. He warned me that bulk vending is not passive income. You cannot sit idly by waiting for your machines to produce cash, neglecting maintenance, poorly cleaning, or worst of all: not actively locating your unused machines. You must work at this business to be successful at it. To me, this feels like the right mindset. However, I want to get a numeric feel for exactly how much work is done to maintain a large amount of machines. I estimate that the average professional spends their average month like this: - 8 hours a month finding locations (door-to-door, telephone) - 20 hours a month servicing machines (driving, refilling/clean/maintain machines) - 12 hours a month doing back-office tasks (accounting, inventory, spreadsheets, etc) So that's 40 hours a month. If this professional has 50 machines, this would mean 48 minutes per machine per month. That is not bad at all. I love to work, and I would happily work hard for 10 hours a week doing this. This would provide a side income and free me up to work on my other businesses (stock trading and real estate) and also enjoy some leisure time. Your time spent will likely be different from this estimate depending on how many machines you own, your efficiency, the economy, and many other factors. I'd like to hear from professional (incorporated LLC and/or more than 25 machines) or almost-professional (more than 10 machines) bulk candy vendors who sell candy and 1" products. Could you list these numbers please? - Average time spent per month or week working on anything in the business and also the categories of the work (locating, servicing, back-office, other). - Number of locations and machines. - Number of routes and number machines per route. - Other interesting or relevant numbers or stats you have. Thanks!
  4. I've decided I need a system to help me manage my day to day operations as my company grows. I've looked into a few companies and I think I've made my mind up but I would love some extra insight and opinion. First off, I have done my research and I need a browser based system. I've looked into Cantaloupe, Vagabond, Nayax, and Parlevel, and a couple other companies. I'm leaning towards Parlevel. I need help. I'm scared of making a mistake where there is no return.
  5. Hi, what is the best software to keep track of sales and stock for vending machines? Also is there a template excel spreadsheet that I can download? Cheers.
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