Just as there are all kinds of vending machines, there are all kinds of vending machine suppliers. Some vending machine suppliers will give you profound advice which will go a long way in helping you become established in your business if you are a newbie. There will be some who will only be interested in parting you from your money with all the tall promises on what their vending machines can do for your business. Just check to see what the reputation of the vending machine supplier is within the industry.
Take a close look at the various kinds of models on hire/sale. What are the stocking options? Will the model which seems right to you dispense only bottled drinks or will it dispense edibles only in cans? Some vending machines can only offer refrigerated products – cold cuts, yogurt, mineral water, soft drinks, sodas and ice creams. Others will offer restaurant quality hot food round the clock.
The most important determinant for the best option when you are choosing a vending machine is the location. It is the location which will help you decide both the type of vending machine needed as well as what would be the most profitable stocking options. Just keep in mind that vending machine suppliers are actually the people who usually have the best idea about the line of products that are likely to sell the most in a given location. Vending machines that are located in schools and hospitals would need to have a line of products that cater to health consciousness while answering food and beverage needs.
Experienced vending machine suppliers know that vending machines located in busy places like railway stations, airports, bus terminals and shopping malls thrive by offering reading materials like newspapers, magazines, books etc along with refreshments. On the other hand, in locations like saloons and furniture stores where people might visit with their children and where they might need to linger vending machines which dispense fruit juices, candies, cookies and small toys do very well. In places which enjoy cool to cold weather most times of the year, vending machines dispensing hot beverages and specialist drinks like lattes and cappuccinos thrive.