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 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 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 management. Call us today at 1-877-771-4446 to learn how we can help you.

Top 4 Complaints Office Managers Hear Every Day

Office managers have the unique task of toeing the line between helpful coworker and strict supervisor. While the role and duties of an office manager varies from organization to organization, the crux of the position is the same: to ensure that all employees are equipped to perform the tasks they were hired to do – while keeping them happy with their work environment. According to a Gallup Poll, 24% of workers are “actively disengaged” at work, meaning they dislike their work environment.

Identifying the top 5 common office problems that you, the office manager, will most likely hear within a week of beginning your role is important; once you know the potential issues you’ll have to solve for your employees you’re one step ahead of the game in keeping them happy!

 

PROBLEM 1: “I feel like I’m being micromanaged!”

SOLUTION 1: We understand the importance of tracking logs being kept to monitor office supply takeouts, but what if there was a way your employees could get what they need without feeling like their day is being ruined by processes? With our solutions, there is. IDS makes it easy for all inventory to be tracked while removing the need to put your employees through an excruciating process (not to mention expensive production downtime!)

 

PROBLEM 2: “My computer mouse/keyboard/webcam keeps breaking!”

SOLUTION 2: IDS’s office supply vending machines solve this problem by allowing employees to retrieve new keyboards, mouses, and other office peripherals on their own – without involving IT. This solution also grants you more insight into what supplies are needed and which are extraneous.

 

PROBLEM 3: I can never find batteries when I need them!

SOLUTION 3: We live in a wireless world, and IDS recognizes the important of giving your employees easy access to batteries. Without machines, no one needs to go digging through a supply closet just to find a set of “double As”

 

PROBLEM 4: “I’m getting behind on my work”

SOLUTION 4: Because our electronics vending machine, featuring an elevator lift for fragile objects, makes it so easy for employees to get the equipment they need quickly, IDS keeps your workforce operating efficiently. This increases your bottom line not only by reducing down time but also by allowing your employees to continue providing timely service to your customers.

 

How iQ Technology Keeps Your Inventory Safe

 

Discover the power of iQ Technology, the innovative inventory and tracking software system used by all IDS equipment!

The world as we know it is changing every day. Machines are being equipped with technologies our own parents could have only dreamed of – and controlled dispensing equipment is is no exception. Very few platforms can combine all of the operations of a supply room from secure, self-service access to supplies for employees to real-time inventory visibility and full accountability for management, like like iQ technology does. This inventory software system offers countless benefits both to company management and its employees. Managers have access to the information they need at their fingertips and customers customers enjoy a more convenient, personalized experience.

iQ Technology has the potential to transform your organization one supply at a time. You inventories are now secure and easily monitored, as our software effortlessly accounts for all goods dispensed with up-to-the-minute accuracy. Say goodbye to the overwhelming, time intensive task of manual inventory counts from your supply closet: iQ Technology has arrived to optimize and streamline your inventory management process.

How do these inventory tracking vending machines and lockers work, you ask? By combining these key features into one, easy-to-use system:

  1. Cloud-Based Brain:   iQ Technology is a web-based software system, so you can manage your dispensing machines from any operating system and/or mobile device! You now have 24/7 access to your data: all you need is an internet connection.
  2. Multi-Machine Management: With iQ Technology, you can now track and manage as many machines as you’d like! No matter where your machines may be located, you can now pull reports, see real-time inventory, generate pick lists and more.
  3. Secure Transactions: All information and transactions are 100% encrypted: no credit card data is stored at any time in the machine, ensuring your customer’s safety and removing your liability
  4. Real-Time inventory Views: Real-time dispensing info would be impressive enough, but iQ Technology takes it a step further: you can also track inventory in your supply rooms and delivery trucks! That means your complete product chain can be tracked for reordering and, in the case of perishable products, expiration status. iQ Technology is truly a 360 degree solution!
  5. Alerts: Notifications about machine info can be send via email, pager, or mobile device to let you know about expiring products, power loss, and more.
  6. Powerful Reporting: iQ Technology’s impressive reporting abilities are diverse and easy to use. Usage reports, re-stock lists, inventory position and additional management reports can be generated and printed online.

 

Want to learn more about iQ Technology and how it can transform the way YOU do business? Contact IDS today.

Embrace New Technology to Manage Assets

 

BoundTree’s “Change the Game” Webinar was originally broadcast on November 13th, featuring a panel discussion on the benefits of implementing leading-edge technology solutions to manage assets, to improve quality of care and the bottom line within health care. The line-up consisted of panelists from private ambulance companies and public/municipal EMS agencies, as well as a noted medical expert, to provide peer-to-peer advice and share how they changed the game for their organizations by embracing new innovative asset management technology.  

This panel featured an IDS customer, Chief Michael Baker of the Tulsa Fire Department. Chief Baker discusses the benefits of implementing new technologies into your organization to increase efficiency.

This concept is the backbone of Intelligent Dispensing Solutions’ operation: we create machinery, software, and technology that helps save our clients money, time, and in some cases – lives.  

Listen to the event recording here.

The IDS System for Medical Supply Dispensing in Chesapeake

The Chesapeake Fire Department has implemented IDS’ secure, web-based system to dispense medical supplies for its team in order to increase their efficiency and decrease their tax dollar spend!

How does this medicine vending machine work, and how much will it cost taxpayers? While the city invested $85,000 to get the machine up and running, it has been determined that this initiative could actually save taxpayers thousands of dollars in the long run. The machine’s supplies are accessed by employees through scanning their department IDs and choosing the dispensable item via keypad selection.

 

The department’s previous system of an open closet approach for EMS inventory management was far less efficient: crews got supplies after sending an email and awaiting new deliveries. Additionally, restocking was estimated and often inaccurate. There were countless potential delays. Additionally, there were excess fuel costs because crews could only get supplies from one central supply station, no matter where they were based in the city.

 

Now things have changed.

 

“The IDS system is going to prevent stations and employees from hoarding supplies and thinking they may need more, while really they need less,” says Chris Bergeron of BoundTree Medical.

 

The implementation of IDS’ system at Chesapeake Fire Department, three years in the making, helps speed up the process of getting supplies and helps keep up with costs. The system provides info that will allow the fire department to use tax dollars more efficiently. This year alone, Chesapeake crews had over 27,000 emergency calls, of which 76% were EMS calls where medical supplies are used.

 

Now, the new dispensing machines can also help identify what specific items are needed for different emergencies, further increasing efficiency and preparedness for medical calls.

Watch the full video feature on this exciting new wave of medical supply technology here, and be sure to visit the IDS website to learn more about our controlled dispensing technology.

 

What Machines Do We Offer for the Modern Office?

From technology to services to subscriptions, the modern office of every industry is far more streamlined than those of generations past. Ask any office worker what their workspace consists of: usually just  a computer, some drawers, and a great pair of headphones. What does this mean for YOU, the Director of  Purchasing, Office Manager, or Building Manager? Well, the supplies you offer your tenants and employees will not just consist of the typical staplers, pens, and notebooks anymore. Your employees’ needs are different, and it’s up to you to accommodate those needs.

This is where IDS enters the picture. Our unique office supply vending machines are a quintessential part of the modern office, particularly for the tech industry. In these environments, tech hardware must be in perfect working order at any given moment of the day. Without these supplies, employees are simply unable to perform what you are paying them to do. Our modern office lockers and vending machines provide an easy, secure, and efficient way to keep efficiency at 100%.

Here’s a small sampling of the modern office lockers and vending machines we offer.Inquire with our helpful, talented customer support team if you have additional questions or quote requests for these machines.

Host Machines: A host or standalone workplace vending machine simply means it is a single machine that contains a Tech Controller. These machines vend various sizes and varieties of hardware that are carefully vended when the appropriate code is entered. All host machines include a Numeric Pin Code that allows customers to identify individual usage.

Satellite Machines: Satellite machines sit side-by-side to a host machine and do not contain a designated Tech Controller, as satellite machines operate off of the Tech Controller of the host machine. Satellite machines are configurable for office supplies and IT peripherals of various sizes.

11 and 12-door Host  Lockers: The Smart Secure Locker 11-Door Host provides the ability for on-demand dispensing of larger office supplies and IT peripherals that are unable to be dispensed from the IT5000 with Tech Controller Machine and allows users to access and return high cost items or items that contain sensitive data (i.e. laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc.) through a will-call application.

Want to learn more about any of these innovative office supply vending machines? Visit the IDS website today. We’re glad to answer any and all of your questions! Contact us here.

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What Can You Store in an IDS 12-Door Locker?

The IDS 12-door Locker is a unique dispensing apparatus, conceptually similar to a vending machine while providing the next level of service: dispensing larger inventory like laptops, backpacks, and kits. This system is a more efficient way of tracking inventory usage, and provides another level of security for these items.

Some additional features of the locker include optional LED lighting to illuminate your offerings, optional re-charging adaptors for stored tech items, and personalization options (i.e. choose a single color for your machine, or customize the locker with your logo and colors! Speak to a representative about this option).

This machine is incredibly versatile! Here are some of the ways to use this supply locker and the types of items that you can store that could benefit your company.

 

HOTELS:

  • Blankets
  • Games
  • Breast pumps
  • Blenders / Small Kitchen Appliances
  • Books

SCHOOLS:

  • Laptops
  • Notebooks
  • Tablets
  • Projectors
  • Textbooks
  • Uniforms

HOSPITALS:

  • Med Kits
  • AEDs
  • BioHazard suits
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Bedpans
OFFICES:

  • Laptops
  • Equipment
  • Medical Kits
  • Kitchen Appliances
  • Recreational gear (games, video game equipment, ping-pong rackets)

RESTAURANTS:

  • Flatware sets
  • Medical Kits
  • AEDs
  • Centerpieces
  • Coloring books / Crayons

BEAUTY PARLORS:

  • Nail drying kits
  • Waxing kits
  • Spa gear
  • Bathing suits
  • Robes
  • Haircut capes

The possibilities are truly endless! Speak to a representative today to learn how a IDS 12-door Locker can benefit your business today. We offer financing options as well as leasing opportunities, so please be in touch with us to make this a reality for your employees and customers. Strongly considering the IDS 12-door Locker? Check out the technical specs this locker requires on this page.

Why Lease a Vending Machine from iVendTech?

iVendTech offers a unique vending supply solution for the modern office. Ever find yourself 10 minutes from the largest meeting of the quarter, only to discover your keyboard stopped working? Disastrous, we know. That’s why we innovated a game-changing solution for offices just like yours.

Our vending machines offer office staples like pens, tape, and, well, staplers, as well as larger tech items like keyboards, computer mice, and tablets. Our Will Call machines offer even higher tech office gear like laptops, and hardware your IT team wishes you had on hand all the time. This ingenious solution ensures that no employee is left without the equipment crucial to their job performance.

Don’t think this solution is viable for your company? That’s where our leasing options come in.

We partner with Modern Leasing to offer exclusive financial agreements with eligible partners. Our leasing programs assist customers by providing cash flow, enhanced liquidity, and greater flexibility. In our current economic landscape, bank loans are more difficult and time consuming to obtain. IDS has streamlined the lease approval process making things quick and easy for you.

Why lease a vending machine?

Other than the obvious answer – so you can utilize this amazing technology without an initial down payment – there are many additional benefits to leasing one of our machines. Most U.S. business and vending machine companies lease equipment as it allows you to grow without putting the money down up-front. Financing your business equipment is one of the most powerful economic tools to help your organization grow and thrive.

Why lease from iVendTech?

IDS (iVendTech’s parent company)’s vending machine leasing solutions can enhance your liquidity, help manage cash flow, and optimize your balance sheet. iVendTech has also worked hard to streamline the leasing process for you, so you can spend less time on the technicalities of financing and more time operating your business.

Want to learn more about iVendTech’s exciting leasing options? Get in touch with a representative today. Looking to do some more research about our leasing options? Visit our site for more information.

Clean Scrubs for AORN Compliance – The Easy Way

No matter how tidy your nursing staff is, at the end of the day, it just can’t be helped: Nursing is messy. Since nurses are often first on the scene and in charge of keeping rooms clean and orderly, much of the typical nurses day is cleaning up literal (and figurative!) messes. It’s pretty likely your nurse’s scrubs will need a good scrubbing at the end of a long shift!

Additionally, scrubs accumulate obscene amounts of microorganisms, both harmful and harmless, over the course of the day. The last thing you want your nurses wearing s is a garment crawling with potential disease! Not only is it unhealthy for your staff and your patience, but you’re facility may be at risk for following out of AORN compliance. This fact makes proper scrub laundering and care all the more important.

Our team at ScrubTrak™  has invented an innovative scrub machine management system that makes storing and dispensing fresh scrubs a breeze. By offering dispensing and return units for scrubs, and monitoring compliance through our real-time software system, hospital administrators can confidently comply with AORN.  

Visit ScrubTrak’s site to discover the solution of scrub inventory today.

6 Small Ways To Show Employees They’re Valued

It’s a little-known fact, but this time of year is infamous for employee turnover. Because we associate the launch of the school year with new beginnings, many employees see this as a prime time to give their two-weeks notice.

We all know the various costs and headaches associated with employee turnover – recruiting and training costs, and negotiating salaries can cause a cosmic shift on your balance sheet. So what steps can you take TODAY to keep the All-Stars on your team?

Your employee retention strategy should be in effect from Day One – but there are definitely some quick pick-me-ups you can offer your employees to keep them happy. Here are 6 ways to show employees that they are appreciated and valued, and keep them excited to stick with your team!

1: Entrust your employees with important decisions.

By showing your workers that you trust them to make educated, smart choices, it empowers them and breeds trust and goodwill.

2: Let employees reward each other.

Create a program where employees can reward one another, either with compliments or physical rewards. This creates a real team-player vibe and helps build solid connections between coworkers.

3: Show intention, interest, and empathy.

Bosses tend to have an aura of inaccessibility around them. Bond with employees by showing interest in their opinions, exhibiting intention when you speak with them, and empathizing with their concerns, whether personal or professional.  

4: Employee bonding events.

These don’t have to be costly, all-out affairs: a simple movie night will do the trick. Bonding in a non-corporate setting is super-important when building a team that employees want to stick with.

5: Take care of their needs.

Feeling taken care of and secure is like glue for employee retention. We stress this a lot with our iVendTech customers: by providing an office supplies vending machine, you’re not just monitoring your inventory effectively, you’re showing your employees you want them to succeed.

6: REWARDS.

Of course, no one is going to turn down a bonus or some other thoughtful gift! Gift cards, cool gadgets, or even days off are great incentives that keep employees coming back for more – and performing at their best!

We hope this article was informative and helpful for your business – let us know in the comments if you have another strategy we didn’t name! And be sure to check out our IT supplies vending machines on our site.