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K&R Services Reaches New Operational Efficiencies with Seed Markets

As micro markets continue their reign as the fastest growing segment in unattended retail, operators are hustling to find new ways to manage their growing markets business to keep up with this expansion. With hundreds of SKUs and unique inventory challenges, operators are seeing an increasing need for a specialized solution created specifically for micro markets.     (more…)

The Next Generation of Technology – A Recap from The NAMA Show

Today’s convenience world is changing, allowing operators to connect with their customers in new, unique and dynamic ways. At the 2018 NAMA Show, Brian Fischer, National Sales Director at USA Technologies, had the opportunity to serve on a panel talking about the latest trends in technology and what is on the horizon with the ever-evolving consumer demand. In case you missed it, we wanted to provide a recap of some important takeaways for every vending operator to consider. (more…)

5 Ways to Increase Consumer Engagement at Your Micro markets

What if your regular office vending machine came alive with more fresh food options, open product shelving and automated payments deducted from your payroll for products purchased? Wouldn’t it make break rooms so much more inviting? Micro Markets, an unattended retail concept, do just that! They are most often found at larger workplace locations with employee populations above 125. Micro Markets are the fastest growing segment of the larger foodservice channel, having seen an unprecedented growth in revenue of 154.1% from 2014 to 2016. In order to install and grow your micro markets, vending operators will have to engage the workplace demographic. Here are 5 ways to build consumer engagement at Micro markets: (more…)

4 Proven Steps to Launching New Products in Micro Markets

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When you install micro markets you never want to just set them and forget them, right? But how do you stay on top of bringing in new products without breaking the bank or taking up valuable space in your warehouse to find out later that it wasn’t selling? Below are four proven ways to test new products in micro markets that are sure to drum up excitement, help boost sales, and benefit the overall consumer experience at your micro markets. (more…)

Optimize Your Operations and Increase Revenue with DATA

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Over the past couple of decades, the rise in volume of transactional data available at vending machines coupled with the emergence and evolution of information technology have enabled vending operators to capture, analyze, and transform real-time operational data into actionable insights. Unattended retail operators are now able to leverage data to significantly improve route efficiency, inventory and machine management, and increase profitability. (more…)

Cash Accountability:  4 Ways to Increase Your Bottom Line (Part 2)

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In our blog post Cash Accountability: Common Challenges Faced by Vending Operators (Part 1), we discussed the challenges that operators face when it comes to Cash Accountability.  They included outdated and inaccurate “pencil and paper” accounting, internal theft, balancing cash accounts from hundreds or thousands of machines, and facing cash shortages because of not knowing how much cash you have on hand.  In this blog, we pick up where we left off and discuss steps you can take to ease these challenges and increase your bottom line with just five minutes per day per route. (more…)

Cash Accountability: Common Challenges Faced by Vending Operators – Part 1

Don’t worry, you’re not alone when it comes to facing the challenges that come with managing the cash coming in and out of your vending operation on a daily basis.  In a recent Cantaloupe Systems webinar, Jason Pardue, a consulting services manager at Cantaloupe and our guest, customer Jared Detwiler, Vice President of Operations for One Source Office Refreshment Services discussed how spending just five minutes a day, per route can increase your bottom line. (more…)

The Secret Sauce to Unraveling All That DATA!

As an operator, your biggest competitive advantage is knowing how to use data to run a more profitable, efficient, and productive business to drive year over year growth. We all want year over year growth, right? So how do we leverage the abundance of data we now have at our fingertips as we implement new technologies into our operations?  (more…)

One Source Office Refreshments Empowers Its People with Seed Data!

It all started with connecting our world. Ever wonder if that machine got stocked on the 7th stop with Dr Pepper last Tuesday? Well, we did, and all the time. As our company continued to get bigger we knew we had to evolve,” said Tim Greble, Director of Markets at One Source Office Refreshments. Adding Seed (a telemetry device) to our machines turned the organization a full 180 degrees as they saw the impact of a connected world on their operations. (more…)

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