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Is your Fitness Center in Shape?

Intelligent Dispensing Solutions reaches across many industries to help companies increase profit and maximize their resources. The IDS Fitness Center makes it convenient and easy for gym members to find the supplies they need and makes workout facilities the go-to place to find what they’re looking for. The IDS Fitness Center brings nutritional and fitness essentials right to those that want them. Workout facilities can use IDS machines to increase profit while meeting a need among their clientele.

The IDS Fitness Center is capable of dispensing large packed products like bulk containers and bags, to small individually packaged samples. The machines can also dispense refrigerated beverages and shakes. Our Fitness Center system can be set up as a standalone dispensing unit, or include satellite lockers giving you expendability for a variety of products.

The IDS Fitness Center is configurable and expandable for a wide range of products. The machines off secure dispensing, cash and credit card payment options and web-based interface. Third-party POS integration includes Bar Code, PIN code, Mag Stripe and PROX Card.

All transactions are secure. You can customize your IDS Fitness Center with your logo on the outside of the machine, too. Our Fitness machines easily integrate with ABC Financial software as well. This way customers can use their gym membership or ID card to pay for their products.

IDS will be at the Club Industry Show at the Hilton Chicago October 10 and 11. We will be showing off our equipment and would love to answer any questions you have about how our machines can increase your fitness center’s profit. Please call us today at 1-877-771-4446!

How Can Will Call Lockers Help Your Business?

Companies want to cut costs and customers want efficiency purchasing experience. Intelligent Dispensing Solutions’ Will Call Lockers are helping companies sell items online without having to staff an employee at their location to work the pick up desk.

You can fill the lockers at a time that is best for you. When the item purchased is placed in the locker and the door is shut, a one time pickup code is sent to the customer, so they can come pick up their purchase. The lockers bring customers into the store. This way they see other items to purchase and develop a bond with your brand or business. Lockers can also be placed in secure locations outside of your store so your customers can access their items outside of store hours. 

IDS equipment works for all types of businesses and locations. A bookstore, copy center or dry cleaner probably only needs one size of locker, but if you’re supplying parts, mail, or groceries multiple locker sizes may be best. We can also pair lockers to a vending machine so they can best dispense your product. IDS is happy to work with employee access card or IDs you are already using.

Great customer service is important to any successful organization. IDS Will Call Lockers are a productive way for your customers to have a positive and efficient online purchasing experience. Contact us today with your needs and we will work to customize equipment that is perfect for your business. We look forward to helping you work smarter and more efficiently. Call IDS at 1-877-771-4446.

iVendTech: Secure Access to Technology and Office Supplies

Successful businesses are always on the lookout for ways to save time and money. Intelligent Dispensing Solutions incorporates the latest controlled dispensing technology to help businesses and organizations across the globe work more efficiently and save money.  IDS has supply dispensers that provide instant access for employees to IT products and other essential office supplies. Our supply dispensing equipment is a cost effective and instant way to secure supplies while getting them into the hands of those who truly need them.

Employees need access to certain tools in order to perform their job well. Unorganized supply cabinets and locked up technology can lead to time wasted for employees and lack of productivity. IDS’s iVendTech reduces costs from untracked office and IT supplies and increases employees productivity. Our machines are simple to use, they work 24/7, they don’t take breaks or need vacation time. The IDS Supply Dispenser contains a state-of the art control system that allows secure web based interface for 24/7 real-time transactions and reporting. Supply Dispensers track who is taking what supplies and when. There is security, organization and accountability with our machines. No more losing money on lost supplies or wasted time. IDS has APIs that customers can use to integrate with their internal systems. Our machines can use access codes and key cards to enable and track employee access. Your implementation specialist will work with you to customize equipment that works best for your business and organization. IDS also provides leasing programs as well as equipment branding services. If you have any questions during the life of your equipment, we have expert technicians on call ready to help you.

For more information about our iVendTech machines for your office and IT supply management give us a call at 1-877-771-4446.

Tips to Managing Employees

You manage your most valuable assets: Your Employees. IDS takes care of the rest. At IDS we take pride in managing inventory, tools, technology, textiles and medications, but our main concern is people. We help businesses and organizations save time, money and energy. This allows more opportunities for company leaders to invest in and support their people. Companies thrive where there is open communication and trust between bosses and their employees. In this blog we will discuss some helpful employee management tips from a Thriving Small Business article about characteristics of good bosses.

Communicating a clear vision to your employees is important to any business leader. Understanding the why behind responsibilities help workers do a better job with their tasks and feel like a more important part of the organization. Why does it matter? Where are we going? Answers to these questions are helpful for bosses to discuss with employees.

Setting clear expectations and providing consistent feedback and coaching are also qualities of good bosses. There’s a difference between a coach and a referee. A referee just calls out violations with no relationship or feedback for the players. A good coach on the other hand shows more interest in the players’ well being and provides positive encouragement and constructive criticism. Good bosses give their employees space to do their job but also show the value of their employees with consistent feedback so employees can grow in their line of work. Rewarding good performance is important as well. Noticing a job well done will make a worker feel valued, and help to build a positive culture in your organization.

Your employees are your most valuable assets. Make sure they know that. People that feel appreciated will perform better and their positive attitude will rub off onto their coworkers. IDS has solutions and applications to make sure inventory management does not get in the way of a boss’s most important job. Give us a call today to learn more about how our equipment can help save your organization time and money. 1-877-771-4446

School Food Application

We are proud to offer solutions to help schools feed children nutritious lunches and snacks. IDS has the technology to integrate a school’s POS so that students can use their IDs or a code to get their food from the machine. The healthy school vending machines can offer different food categories and be programmed so each student can choose one food from each category offered. Our school food application is perfect for schools without a lunch room or schools looking to provide after school snacks to students that are part of an activity or students who may not get a nutritious meal at their home.

Convenience & Accessibility

Intelligent Dispensing Solutions thrives because of the time honored vending machine principles of convenience and accessibility. IDS machines help businesses and organizations around the world by dispensing products in a convenient and accessible way. Often times the problems we solve are about how to get certain product into a customer or employee’s hands in a simple and cost-effective way. Automated dispensing does this by through convenience and accessibility.

There are endless examples of how controlled dispensing provides convenience and accessibility. Recently in the news a biking organization opened up a vending machine to distribute bicycle parts and accessories 24/7. The machine is open any time of day for individuals to get bike lights, locks, access to CO2 and other resources. There does not need to be an employee or volunteer manning a counter to distribute because the machine does all the work storing, securing, and dispensing the supplies. People can use the machine all hours of the day. The machine is in the open in front of the main building making it simple to find and easy to access.

Vending machines provide convenient access to support the public’s interests and hobbies, but also can provide life saving medications and other medical supplies. There are machines in the Las Vegas valley dispensing Narcan, a drug that can “block the effects of opioids and can even reverse an overdose.” Future plans are to include personal hygiene kits, safe sex kits and pregnancy tests in machines too. The machines are able to control inventory and limit use to those who are registered in the Center for Behavioral Health’s syringe exchange program. A registration card provides access to the machine’s supplies. The machine scans the card so only authorized individuals and use the supplies and so it can track who is taking what from the machine.

Automated retail dispensing supports a wide range of products, but the end goals often remain the same: control inventory, provide around the clock access, be in a convenient location. Intelligent Dispensing Solutions specializes in helping organizations everywhere save time and make more money with controlled inventory assistance. Call us today to learn how we can be of service to you. 1-877-771-4446

University Dispensing

College campuses are places that have really benefited from product dispensing. Students do not always have the time or ability to travel to a store to get the supplies and products they need. In many instances college students will pay for convenience of purchasing items on campus rather than making the effort to go buy them somewhere else. It is hard to say no to an item you need that is right in front of you.  Intelligent Dispensing Solutions has helped schools benefit from the growing numbers of non-food vending machines on college campuses. IDS clients include the University of Michigan, Oklahoma University and UCLA.

“We were looking for a way to get the easy grab and go items out 24/7 in a campus environment,” said Erin Ranville, Computer Showcase Sales Manage at the University of Michigan.

Electronics, headphones, batteries as well as phone chargers and stationary are being sold in university supply vending machines. Stanford University is using vending machines to sell more personal products like ‘morning after’ pills, condoms and Advil.

Vending machines work around the clock, never need a break and do not require a salary. Machines from IDS are a great way to take the products directly to the consumer. Our machines can accept many different forms of payments and identification access.

Inventory Management

Intelligent Dispensing Solutions takes pride in being leaders in serving companies manage their inventory. We are working to develop the best software and hardware to help all types of organizations save money.

“What we do at IDS is: How can we help with managing your operations?” said IDS VP of Sale John Van Horn. “So we put our efforts into our software from a managing perspective. Managing what you have and that could vary.”

Our inventory management and control solutions are designed to save you time and money. IDS has designed many successful applications to assist businesses, EMS, schools and hospitals securely dispense important supplies. Our applications are used to track supplies, sell products and control dispensing.

Companies spend a great deal of money either tracking inventory or losing money from “lost” invent. IDS has inventory management and control solutions that are easy, effective and automated so supplies and inventory can get in the hands of those they were intended for when they need it. We understand that for any organization it’s about the money.

“Historically 30% has been saved by using our equipment,” said Van Horn.

IDS is committed to working with our clients to create money saving solutions that allow them to spend time and money on responsibilities other than inventory control. Call us today at 1-877-771-4446 to learn how we can help you.

Vending Machines Aren’t Just for Snacks

                  It is most common for people to associate vending machines as only serving food and drinks. However, more and more we are seeing vending machines that have a variety of uses besides dispensing food. Businesses are understanding the value of convenience and the ease with which products can be stored and delivered in vending machines. Vending machines also provide a secure location for items and easy tracking and inventory information.

                  Companies are learning that vending machines help them get their products in front of their possible customers sooner. A recent Small Business Trends article titled “Vending Machines Aren’t Just for Snacks Anymore” noted that companies are selling jackets and headphones out of electronics vending machines in airports. Vending machines help companies go to their customers rather than on relying their customers coming to them. In addition to airports, schools and universities are becoming popular places to place non-traditional vending machines.  These machines can help travelers that are missing something they want for their trip or a student who needs a piece of technology for class.  Fitness centers are also great places to reach a target market through automated dispensing. Just like in traditional snack vending where location is important and a business profits when they can take their product to where people interested in their product already are.

iVendTech Satellite Machine

                  Organizations are also learning how vending machines are efficient and cost effective ways to get necessary supplies to their own employees. Businesses can use vending machines to track supplies, so they know exactly who is taking the supplies, and can limit how many workers can take. Employees can also take supplies 24/7 and do not need to wait on anyone else to access what they need. Intelligent Dispensing Solutions had been very successful helping hospitals dispense and sort their scrubs and other medical supplies. IDS also has helped fire departments track and dispense emergency supplies. Improved inventory management with vending machines is helping organizations save money and better serve their workers.

             We will let other companies get customers snacks and drink. We are proud to be on the cutting edge of automated inventory management systems helping businesses save time and money. Helping companies develop automated retail plans to reach their target market is important to us. Intelligent Dispensing Solutions is excited about the future of vending and the growing awareness and opportunities to vend non-food items. Do you have an idea of something you would like to vend but need helping making it happen? Contact us today at 1-877-771-4446. We would love to learn how we can serve you!

The Value of Saving Time

The end of the year is a good time to look back and evaluate how it went. Years can be broken up into financial quarters, which can be broken up into weeks and then into business days. Spending moments during the day doing unnecessary tasks can snowball into to large amount of wasted time over the year. Intelligent Dispensing Solutions works to save you time, which can save you money and add value to your business.

IDS has tools to help companies eliminate time and money waste by tracking supplies, securely dispensing materials and reducing administrative costs. By eliminating tedious time consuming work IDS products give you more time to spend working on more important parts of your businesss. We take pride in our asset management systems and have seen them help many different types of businesses. Contact us to find out how we can help you save time and money for your business.