Soda and Snack Vending Machine Placement
Published: Monday, September 19, 2011
When selecting your vending machine locations, consider the following:
When placing soda and snack machines, be sure to consider the employee or customer traffic of the location. Does the location have enough employees or customers to make it profitable? Take note of the wait time for the customer. A longer wait time will certainly benefit your sales. If you are considering placing a soda machine in a hotel or motel, make sure it has at least 20 rooms. For a business location, a good starting recommendation would be 40 employees minimum for soda machines and 75 minimum for snack machines. If the employee count does not meet the minimum, be sure there is a heavy line of consumer traffic. This makes the location within the location an important point to consider.
2. Location within the location
Take into account where you plan to, or are permitted to place your soda or snack vending machine. Is it in an employee break room which offers no customer traffic? Or, is it in a place where both employees and customers have visibility and access?
Also, consider the dimensions of the location within the location. Is there enough clearance for your machine? A standard soda vending machine measures 72"H x 39"W x 33"D. If the machine is going to be placed in an enclosure, allowance should be made at 80"H x 45"W x 40"D. Remember the following space requirements: the door opening, the plugs and cords at the back of the machine and the compressor's need for air circulation.
You will need access to electrical outlets that offer enough power supply for your specific vending machines. Soda vending machines typically run on 115 volts at 10.5 amps, used for both lighting and refrigeration. Most commercial grade three prong outlets are sufficient to power an electrical vending machine. Note: Power consumption may vary, however, due to indoor or outdoor placement.
The products you place in your soda and snack machines are very important to your success at your chosen location. What type of location or business is it? What products or services do they offer? What type of consumer traffic do they get? Considering these demographics will help you select the best products for each location you want to place.
When vending soda, decide whether you want your machines to carry 12oz cans or 20oz bottles. Also, consider providing alternatives to soda such as water, energy drinks, and teas. The location will again determine the type of drinks that will be most desirable.
Placing snack machines has a few additional considerations. Snacks have a much shorter shelf life then soda, so choosing the right snacks will encourage product movement and minimize product loss (i.e. profit loss) due to spoilage. Snack vending works well in larger offices or places with very heavy traffic. The bulk of vending revenue is derived from the soda machine, so consider its placement first, adding a snack machine where foreseen profitable.
Placing soda and snack vending machines requires a bit more than the average coin-operated machines, but the product selling point is higher, lending to a greater profitability if rightly placed. If you are considering soda and snack vending, but need a jump start for placement, consider contacting a vending locator.
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