Cantaloupe Systems’ Seed Platform Integrates with Micromarkets, Partners with Imperial
San Francisco – Cantaloupe Systems today announced Seed Micromarket Integration, giving operators the first integrated solution to manage micromarkets and vending machines. Operators can use Seed’s easy-to-use, cloud-based tools to schedule, prekit, service, and manage markets alongside traditional vending, without costly retraining or complex switching between multiple IT systems.
“Seed Micromarket Integration gives Cantaloupe’s customers the same efficiency-boosting tools for both micromarkets and vending machines” says Allen Lwin, Product Manager at Cantaloupe Systems, “Our goal was to make managing markets as easy and familiar as managing vending by building micromarket support into all major Seed features including scheduling, prekits, planograms, and more.”
Because it is proven to boost sales compared to traditional vending, micromarket adoption is growing rapidly. Unfortunately, many operators are struggling to convert sales gains into profit, because micromarkets have higher operations costs and no integration with existing IT systems. “After deploying over 50 micromarkets, gross sales were up but margins were getting hammered by increased operations costs,” said Craig Hunt, Project Manager of Imperial Vending in Tulsa, OK, “Seed Micromarket Integration means higher profits because Seed will reduce micromarket operations costs just like it does in our vending business, and because we only have to use one system to manage it all.”
In addition to reducing office and warehouse time for servicing micromarkets, Seed Micromarket Integration also simplifies field operations. Drivers only need one handheld device to service both vending machines and micromarkets, because micromarket support is now integrated into Seed Mobile, the recent winner of the NAMA 2013 Innovation Award. Seed Mobile Photo Audit™, like all other Seed Mobile features, is available with Seed Micromarket Integration, making it easy for drivers to take photos to verify micromarket cleanliness and planogram accuracy online.
The first micromarket supplier to fully implement Seed Micromarket Integration is The Market by Imperial, the new micromarket solution from Imperial Companies. “None of the many micromarket solutions in the marketplace offered forecasting, VMS integration and pre-kit support necessary to make the micromarket business a real home run for the operator,” says Lance Whorton, President of Imperial. “Our market and its integration with Seed Platform brings together the best offering available on the market.”
Other micromarket suppliers are currently finalizing their implementations of Seed Micromarket Integration and additional partners are planned throughout 2013.
About Cantaloupe Systems
Cantaloupe Systems is the vending industry’s premier provider of cloud-based, mobile technologies that deliver an integrated end-to-end vending retail solution for cashless vending, dynamic route scheduling, automated pre-kitting and merchandising and inventory management…all accessible by any mobile device. With a combined 100+ years vending experience, Cantaloupe Systems’ expert consultation team can help vending operators modernize their vending business resulting in increased revenues, greater route efficiencies and streamlined back office administration. More than 200 customers, with some 125,000 machines connected, rely on Cantaloupe Systems’ innovative solutions to give them full control and visibility over their operations, their inventory and their people so they can more proactively, predictably and competitively run their business. Learn more about the future of smarter vending at cantaloupesys.com.
Cantaloupe Systems is backed by Global Environment Fund of Chevy Chase, MD., and Foundation Capital of Menlo Park, CA.
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