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For a single machine only, a hospice nurses dispatch center doing 10 cases of cans every week, consistently year round.  For a short season account, a postal service Xmas flat sorting facility that we had to service twice a day for several weeks each year.  A Junior high school that did $1000 each week from two snack and one soda machine every school week.  

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In the last year, we just picked up a couple huge gym/ymca facilities.  We already had a couple of these accounts.  Overall, 7 of our top 13 accounts are "gyms" in some form or fashion.  I never thought it was that many near the top but it is.  We have a couple "retirement homes"/"Assisted living places" that also do well.

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On 7/26/2017 at 6:46 PM, Corvus Corax said:

Apartment complex in the middle of nowhere.

Do you have problems with theft or vandalism in apartment complexes 'in the middle of nowhere'? A former employer of mine placed equipment in isolated places and man oh man it was open season on the snack machines. They'd have that glass busted out of the door in no time and everything was gone. Product, money, all of it. And we placd a cigarette machine in a long-stay motel/hotel place and in literally hours it was broken into and robbed; it happened a second time in just a couple of days and we gave up and pulled it. The guy behind the front desk seemed to think it was pretty funny. image.png.d138fd7309de9afb1e13a5a5b61fdc30.png

The best locations I had personally were small manufacturing places or else high-employee-density office-type places - with can vendors and often snack and/or fresh brew coffee.

One of my best pop locations asked for a hot beverage machine so I installed a nice one. It did almost nothing. Turned out that throughout the place people had little coffeemakers plugged in, which they were supposed to have gotten rid of but didn't. One person  asked me why the hot chicken soup from the vendor didn't have noodles. Yeah, that will work. Maybe matzoh balls too.

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On 7/23/2017 at 9:31 AM, crunchydog said:

Just curious as to what everyone's best location are?? Mine would have to be nursing homes.

I am assuming you are selling to the employees only or is it in a location within the facility that allows visitor access also?  What's the employee count?  I am curious about pursuing them, but heard they dont do too well in my area.

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Mine are accessible to everyone in the facility-workers, visitors, and residents.  In the latest location the previous vending company had theirs in an employee breakroom, when I took over the account I suggested the move to a central open area so everyone can benifit from their convenience.  The facility manager says that machine usage has tripled over the previous operators.

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And assuming they are getting commission, it benefits them also in bigger payments.

My dad with his small company installed a bank of equipment in a county courthouse / city hall. Nice new modern equipment for the time (early 70's). They didn't tell him that the area would be off limits the public and locked other than at break times. Obviously sales were pathetic. Then they came up to him and said 'you need to buy city license stickers for all your machines' which would have cost more than his gross sales for several weeks so he said 'sorry' and pulled the equipment. I can still remember a lady who worked there watching as we took the machines out, commenting 'It's not fair...' No it wasn't, for my dad.

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I have always been amazed with how city workers often try to act like they have the authority to tell everyone what to do. No, you don't have the authority. The city does, but not you. And these are my machines so if I disagree with you, I have every right to remove them.

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It's funny because I read often you guys talking about vending machines in apartment building.In Quebec I saw this only once.It is very uncommon.My best locations are :

1.  Plastic Molding Factory 80 employees 24/24 7/7

2. Tomra ( Can recycling machine manufacturer ) 80 employees 24/24 7/7

3. Toyota Dealer

4. Break room for parking attendants at Montreal Casino 40 employees ( Casino never ever closes )

5. A Quebec Government office which is the equivalent of Securities and Exchange Commission 400 employees ( My first location ! )

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Ah, now this sounds like an interesting vending route! My dad and my brother and I all were in vending in the first half of the 70's and we had a number of plastics factories, they pretty much ran round the clock though some of them were very slow on weekends, especially Sundays. The rest of your locations also sound good. Probably the best location I had was a real dream - it was in the days when Burroughs was still in the computer business. That company ran a training and service facility in Oakbrook IL. I had a fresh brew Seeburg Marquee III hot bev vendor, a Vendo drop shelf snack and a Choice Vend Pepsi machine. Between them I took out at least $200 a week (in 1975), it was 6 or 7 miles from my home and I serviced the machines twice per week. I paid a pretty stiff commission but I made good money - half the sales were coffee which had a great percentage of profit.

My family had good accounts in factories, furniture warehouse stores, and a couple of office-type places. 

Go on Google Earth Street View and 'drive' around some of the Japanese cities. They have vending machines EVERYWHERE outdoors, along back streets, by parking lots, and just everywhere. It's amazing. And somehow I suspect that they don't have the problems with theft and vandalism you see with public unattended vending locations as we do here.

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