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When is it a good time to jump in bed with the bottling companies, such as Coke, Pepsi, 7up?

Can you guys tell me about the experiences you've had or are currently going through. Good or Bad.

Do's and don't, pros and cons, etc. Thanks in advance.

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Working with a bottler is great for many different reasons, No upfront investment to buy machines, Free deliveries, Free repairs or at least parts to fix machines..

 

Downside is you can only vend their products, you have to hit quota (shouldnt have a nice like new machine in a crap account anyways), Need a commercial location to get deliveries.

 

Coke and Pepsi have been making it a lot harder for new vendors to get machines from them (at least in Arizona)

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A big question is... How much do you need them and how much can you order? Do you have a location where the zoning allows for their deliveries? Can you get leased equipment?

The only bottler I use directly from is 7up. For the rest, I work with another friendly vendor. I also get some from my local Merchant's Mart (Vistar).

I prefer to be kissed before I get screwed.

As of right now I don't need them, I actually met with the Regional director this morning and he gave me the run down on how their program work for full line operators.

The prices he quoted me are quite pricey to me...for instance Coke 12oz can is $9.29/case.

All my locations allow for their deliveries [hence some of the locations used to be coke  :blink: ]. He also said I can get loaned equipment after the first 6 months or a case by case basis [he will pull some strings]. This meeting for me was to help me understand that part of vending and once again how can I and my vending company benefit from a corporate partnership.

Who is the friendly vendor? Vistar?

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As of right now I don't need them, I actually met with the Regional director this morning and he gave me the run down on how their program work for full line operators.

The prices he quoted me are quite pricey to me...for instance Coke 12oz can is $9.29/case.

All my locations allow for their deliveries [hence some of the locations used to be coke :blink: ]. He also said I can get loaned equipment after the first 6 months or a case by case basis [he will pull some strings]. This meeting for me was to help me understand that part of vending and once again how can I and my vending company benefit from a corporate partnership.

Who is the friendly vendor? Vistar?

My friendly vendor is just a local competitor. We work deals out all the time. I even have an account of his that is a 3-account deal so he trusts me to keep them happy. I own the machines at one location but he has the contract. If I come across a big location that requires food or something too big, I'll refer it to him. If he comes across a smaller account in my area that is can/snack only, he'll often refer them to me.

Vistar is one of the largest vebd-product distributors. They have just about everything. I have even bought things such as advil, razors, coffee, etc... Stuff you cannot get at Sam's.

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FYI if you work out of your garage like I and the Bottlers won't go into the neighborhood with there trucks you can arrange to meet the truck and get your product that way.

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I have Pepsi machines in my locations. I have to purchase 10c per delivery. No weekly, monthly, or yearly quotas. They fix the machines. They have never sent parts and told me I had to fix myself. They deliver to my house.

Coke now wants your account. Basically to have Coke machines in your account, they fill and service the account and pay you a commission. They will not deliver to my house.

As I get more established I may take the Pepsi machines out of my accounts and put in my own but for now the arrangement with Pepsi works. I also need to get better at teching the machines before I pull the Pepsi machines.

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