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How To Choose The Right Snack Vending Machine For Your Business

When it comes to keeping your employees and customers fuelled, few things rival the convenience of a snack vending machine.
Woman waiting for her food at a snack vending machine

Whether you manage a bustling office, retail store or recreational venue, selecting the right snack vending machine is key. However, with numerous options available, it’s often difficult to know where to begin! To help you get started, our machine experts from Oasis Coffee & Vending have shared their best advice for choosing the perfect snack vending machine.

What Is A Snack Vending Machine?

A snack vending machine is a nifty automated device designed to dispense a variety of snacks and beverages upon payment. These machines are equipped with shelves that hold packaged options including crisps, chocolate, granola bars and nuts. In some cases, snack vending machines can be equipped with a cooling system to store fresh lunch options too. 

They’re entirely customisable, designed to cater to a diverse range of preferences.

Man selecting items from a snack vending machine

 What Are The Benefits Of Installing A Snack Vending Machine?

There are multiple benefits to installing a snack vending machine, which is why there’s 1 for every 55 people in the UK! Here’s just some of them.

  • Convenience – Vending machines offer 24/7 access to drinks and snacks, making them convenient for hours outside of the traditional working day.

  • Revenue Generation – By providing snacks on-site, businesses can generate additional revenue streams.

  • Space Optimisation – Vending machines occupy minimal space compared to traditional snack bars or cafes, making them suitable for businesses with limited square footage.

  • Productivity & Morale –  Offering a variety of snacks can boost productivity by providing a quick boost of energy.

 

How Do I Choose The Right Snack Vending Machine?

Choosing the right snack vending machine for your business involves several factors. At Oasis Coffee & Vending, we’re here to help you every step of the way.

 

Define Your Requirements

To start, it’s important to assess your venue’s specific objectives. You should determine the target audience for your vending machine, the types of snacks you want to offer and the estimated volume of weekly sales. By understanding these requirements, you’ll choose a snack vending machine that aligns with your business goals. 

You might also want to factor in sustainability when choosing your snack vending machine. Opting for an eco-friendly choice can support your business’s commitment to environmental responsibility.

Pressing buttons on a vending machine

Machine Capacity

The anticipated demand for snacks is an important factor in choosing your vending machine. You should choose a machine with sufficient capacity to accommodate your snack variety, and adjustable shelving to help you optimise storage space for different-sized snacks.

However, it’s just as important to not overestimate your capacity! Doing so could leave you with out-of-date stock and unnecessary expenses.

 

Consider The Right Location

Location plays a crucial role in the popularity and use of your snack vending machine. Ideally, you should aim for high-traffic areas where the machine will attract maximum visibility. Some of these popular locations include entrances, break rooms, employee lounges and waiting areas. 

Ensure that the chosen location provides easy access for both users and maintenance personnel. And remember to shield your machine from environmental factors that could impact its usability and longevity.

 

Maintenance & Stocking Included?

If you’re a busy office manager, you probably won’t have time to service and stock your snack vending machine. But that’s where we come in! At Oasis Coffee & Vending, you can invest in a maintenance and servicing package that includes regular cleaning, restocking and technical support. This can ensure the smooth operation of your vending machine, minimise downtime and maximise profitability.

 

Ease Of Use

Finally, it’s advisable to choose a vending machine that offers a user-friendly interface and hassle-free transaction process. Intuitive features such as touchscreen displays, contactless payment options and clear product labelling will enhance the user experience and encourage repeat purchases. 

Additionally, look out for a vending machine equipped with inventory tracking and remote monitoring to streamline operations and optimise efficiency.

Woman waiting for her food at a snack vending machine

Snack Vending Machines With Oasis Coffee & Vending

At Oasis Coffee & Vending, we help businesses of all sizes find their ideal snack vending machines. With customisable options, flexible maintenance plans and dedicated customer support, we’re committed to delivering an excellent service that you can rely on. 

From Westomatic to Crane, we work with some of the UK’s largest snack vending machine providers. So if you’re stuck on where to start, you’ve come to the right place!

To find your perfect fit, contact our friendly sales team via sales@oasisproducts.co.uk or give us a call on 020 8751 6006.

April 3, 2024

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