You may require a vending machine for all sorts of reasons – the most obvious being convenience. Vending machines are available to sell alls sorts of food and drink from coffee to healthy snacks and bottled water.
You will need to find a good vending machine supplier to get your machine from because you will need a quality machine and a good back-up service. Because you will need top-up products and maintenance, the service aspect is actually really important.
There are a few ways to go about sourcing a supplier. You may already find that your company is tied in with a specific supplier such as may be the case with a large institution such as the NHS where bulk discounts get negotiated to help save money. If this is the case, you will probably have to stick with them.
If on the other hand you are free to choose your own supplier it is best to first ask other businesses that you know if they use a supplier and find out what they are like to deal with. Recommendations from people you know are usually pretty trustworthy and a good place to start.
If starting your search from scratch, it is a good idea to use the internet. Try Googling phrases relating to the product you want, such as ‘coffee vending’ and see what companies come up. Note that the results at the top and right of Google’s search results are paid, and the others are the unpaid, organic results.
On discovering a few suitable companies, look for testimonials on their website or online reviews to see how people rate their products and service.
Sometimes you will find umbrella organisations that represent a group of vending machine suppliers. They are useful to use because the suppliers are usually vetted before being allowed to join. If you come across a site like this you will probably come across a supplier-locator where you can search for members near you.
It is useful to deal with fairly local suppliers because it is easier and cheaper to get products from them, not to mention better for the environment in terms of fuel use and power used for refrigerated delivery vans (if buying perishable goods).
There are many great vending machine suppliers out there and you need to find the one that best suits your needs but remember that price isn’t always the useful deciding factor – a cheap company can be terrible and that will not help you in the long run.