Starting A Successful Vending Business
One thing almost every business has in common is that their people like to eat. Regardless of the size of the business, everyone gets hungry at some point during the day. Many professional offices today are set up in refurbished homes and most have a kitchen in which their employees can eat lunch or grab a snack during the day. The problem with this set up is that someone from the business has to run to the store for supplies occasionally.
Offering your shopping service to business may require you to visit the business and take stock of their food inventories before heading to the store or you can have someone call or fax in an order and you can go shopping and replenish their food supply. They may also have a coffee service along with frozen or refrigerated meals and a microwave and if not, you can offer the suggestion and possibly increase your business.
Vending machines are not longer the sole property of large companies. An individual can buy their own vending machines and install them in many different types of businesses such as auto repair shops, small factories and the break rooms of nearly every type of business. Merchandise to sell in vending machines can be bought at wholesale through shopping clubs and if you keep the prices reasonable, the turn of the merchandise can quickly turn your machines into a profitable business.
The trick to operating a successful vending machine business is to keep the product fresh as any out of date food items that remain will quickly cause you to lose the right to keep the machines in place. Fast response to any complaints or a malfunctioning machine will also help keep your machines producing an income. While one or two machines may help you get this business started, having several large and small vending machines will quickly add to your profits.
The food service industry has come a long way since the days of trucks driving around to factories with hot and cold sandwiches and drinks. There are many ready to eat microwavable meals that can be purchased at wholesale and resold to businesses for their employees. A word of caution on food service however, is that you should only buy from reputable suppliers and make sure that all food safety steps are taken. Someone getting sick from eating a sandwich that has gone bad will quickly kill your business and you bank account.
There are numerous opportunities in the food service industry catering to businesses and by talking to the employees their needs can be better addressed. While a business owner or manager may believe they know what their employees want, it is the workers dropping their coins into the machine and it is their needs being met that will make your business successful.
Obinna Heche: Los Angeles- California
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