Many organisations are now looking at vending solutions as a means of business improvement. This now goes beyond the traditional vending solution such as snacks and beverages. Vending machines can be used for many other purposes and businesses are using vending machines for all kinds of products to increase sales, increase customer service or for stock control with the aim of reducing costs and wastage.
Previously vending has been limited to items up to the size of a paperback book, however now with the introduction of the Sorrento locker system, larger items can be made available to staff and customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Worldwide Vending is able to assist with customising a solution for businesses where products or items need to be available in a secure, managed and cost effective manner.
Below you’ll find some examples of customised vending solutions from Worldwide Vending that have solved a client’s business problem and have reduced costs and/or increased profits.
Dental Training Products
Dental students require artificial teeth to practice on during their training. Ordering online was problematic for students as they need to order well ahead of time. The provider had to manage hundreds of accounts which resulted in large administrative costs.
A vending machine from Worldwide Vending provides students with their training requirements on site and as required. Payment is via Tap and Go with a credit card.
Administrative costs are reduced for the provider and delivery times reduced from days to seconds for the student.
Supply of Safety Equipment
Contractors on large building sites often turn up without the appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). The Builder has the option of;
- sending the contractor home to for their gloves, glasses or whatever they need in which case productivity on the site is reduced,
- lending the contractor the equipment which is often not returned resulting in a cost for the builder, or
- selling the equipment on site with which has associated stock control, administration and cash handling issues.
Worldwide Vending worked with the PPE supplier to produce a vending machine to self-serve the protection equipment that contractors need. Contractors arriving on site without appropriate PPE can simply purchase form the vending machine. The machine is also stocked with tools that are commonly misplaced such as tape measures, pliers and screwdrivers.
There is a requirement for a printed tax invoice to be produced and presented to the contractor for each sale for their business records. Worldwide Vending worked with the vending machine manufacturer and the credit card payment provider to provide a seamless payment solution that includes receipt of a printed tax invoice.
Building site productivity is increased and costs are reduced.
Self-Serve for Large Supplement Tubs
Worldwide Vending is the preferred partner for the supply of vending machines for the overwhelming majority of the 24/7 hour Fitness Industry. The supplements provided from these machines have been limited by the size of the product that can be dispensed from a traditional vending machine. There is a demand from club members for larger supplement tubs which until recently could only be fulfilled by the club over the counter during staffed hours.
Worldwide Vending has developed a locker solution which works in conjunction with an existing vending machine. This provides the capability to dispense larger products securely. The club member selects and pays for their product as usual and the door of the locker containing their product is released, allowing the purchaser to collect their product.
Fitness club owners are able to meet the demand for a larger range of supplements, especially larger, higher value supplement tubs. This results in increased member service along with increased cash flow from supplement sales.
Towel Hire Vending
A large Australian bank wanted to provide a towel hire service for staff who cycled to work at their corporate headquarters. Staff wanted to shower and change before starting work. The bank required a solution that would enable them to control both the towel hire and payment processes. A vending solution with its self-serve capability seemed the best option, however the towels proved to be too large to vend successfully from a standard vending machine.
Worldwide Vending provided a modified locker solution which was similar to our Gym locker solution (see Self-Serve for Large Supplement Tubs, above). A small vending machine was used to control the locker cabinets and to support the “tap and go” payment system. As the towels are dispensed from the lockers and not the small vending machine itself, we were able to configure the small vending machine to provide storage space for extra towels.
The bank now provides a towel service for a small hire fee ($2). A commercial towel hire company restocks the lockers and takes away used towels for laundering. There are no cash handling issues as all transactions are cashless using credit or debit card. The hire fees collected by the bank are used to offset the cost of the towel service and staff no longer need to provide their own towels.
Think Outside the Box to Solve Your Business Problem
The solutions presented here are just some of the solutions that are achievable with a vending system. Just about any product that is reasonably compact (think up to the size of a paperback book) should be able to be dispensed with a traditional vending solution, often with with little customisation. Our locker system may be suitable for larger products.
It’s our knowledge and experience in the industry and our service and support that allows Worldwide Vending to be the leading vending solution in Australia. We work with clients from industrial and commercial sectors to provide Australia wide vending solutions that aim to increase business results!
Do you have a need for a customised vending solution? Talk to us today to discuss your requirements.
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