Keeping Your Office Working Efficiently

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When you think about office vending machines, an office supply distribution machine is likely not what comes to mind. However, today, Intelligent Dispensing Solutions is helping place these machines in offices across the nation. These innovative vending machines ensure employees are well prepared for every task and have easy access to the tools and materials they need.

IQ Technology:
With IQ technology, vending machines have been shown to reduce inventory waste by at least 25 percent through stock monitoring and reporting. Some of our IDS machines even have the capability to use an employee ID, or other form of identification, to procure items from the machine. Who gets what out of the machine is then reported so there is employee accountability. This process is called inventory reporting. It is key for a few reasons —one being the aforementioned accountability and the other being the fact that sales will let employers know what products are going faster than others in their machines.

Other benefits:
In addition to cutting down on waste in regards to office materials and tools, the machines also increase productivity thanks to the fact that needed tools are replaced quickly. For example, consider an employee is working on a big project, and their keyboard suddenly quits. In the past, it would take at least a few days to a week to replace the keyboard, due to the fact that it would normally involve the IT department ordering said keyboard. During this time, the employee would be unproductive. However, with office vending machines, the employee can have instant access to a new keyboard and is able to get back to work.

Vending machine products and other benefits of office vending machines:
Aside from keyboards, these office supply distribution machines have the capability to provide employees easy access to many other items like construction tools, medical equipment, electrical appliances and much more. Due to our machines’ versatility and ease of use, many businesses are now foregoing having an IT
department. Therefore, a vending machine, which supplies needed resources, can save employers the cost of paying IT personnel.

Although snack and soda vending machines will still find a home in office settings, machines that provide tools and materials are a worthy addition to any office as it does enable an office run more efficiently.

Make a Splash with Poolside Custom Vending Machines

Summer means trips to the pool, water park, beach or other water-based entertainment.If you have kids, you know how easy it is to forget something crucial when you head to the water for a day of fun. But, as a vending machine owner, you can make sure that families have the items they need to enjoy their outing. Pools and other water-recreation spaces don’t just offer chances to sell sodas, chips and frozen novelties.

Savvy vendors can also provide customers with waterside necessities like sunscreen, swim caps, goggles and other items, such as books to read while sitting by the pool.

Custom vending machines offer a great deal of flexibility in the items you offer to make customers’ days out more enjoyable. We can create special summer sunscreen vending machines and more in nearly any shape and size to fit the space available. Plus, machines can be custom skinned to fit the look and feel of your location or to showcase your brand. Machines can be fitted to dispense a wide range of poolside necessities. The self-service nature of the machines means that it’s easy for people to pick up the items that they need.

Credit card readers mean that even higher cost items can be offered to people who may not be carrying cash. And, with intelligent vending technology, inventory management is a snap; all sales are electronically recorded and can be viewed at a glance. This allows you to view sales and inventory remotely; this means fewer trips out to your machines. You need only go when it is time to collect cash proceeds and restock your inventory. Summer’s nearly here. This is the perfect time to increase your vending business earnings with poolside and water park custom vending machines. Talk to us today about a vending solution that is right for you.

What Will Custom Vending Be Like In 50-100 Years?

Advanced Vending Technology

Modern vending machine technology has not yet reached the level seen on “The Jetsons” where machines woke, showered and shaved George and fixed meals instantaneously. However, today’s custom vending machines have certainly improved from the rudimentary machines of yesteryear. What vending machines will look like in 50 to 100 years is anyone’s guess, but it is fun to think about what kind of machines might be around during that time. Read below to learn what the future of vending machines could look like in 50 to 100 years.

Scanning technology:
One way in which vending machine technology will likely change in the next 50 to 100 years is in the way customers pay for their product. Next Generation Vending and Food Service is currently experimenting with technology that will tie a credit card to a person’s thumbprint. This will give customers the ability to pay for products using nothing but their thumbprint. Paying via thumbprint represents just one of many possibilities when it comes to scanning technology in future retail vending.

New ways of personalizing products to customers:
Although it sounds hard to believe, one way that vending machine technology could change in the future is by making the tough decision between a candy bar or a bag of chips for customers. When using this machine of the future, customers will walk up to the vending machine, and facial recognition software will read their junk food desires and select the perfect snack for each person individually.

The vending machine technology listed above is just a small taste of the amazing designs that are yet to come in the next 50 to 100 years. In fact, some of the above technology is simply unbelievable. However, it is unlikely the past generations ever thought that many of today’s vending machines would be touch-screen operated or house a wide range of products from office supplies to sodas. Therefore, “unbelievable” is a wise goal for vending machine manufacturers.

Marijuana Next Big Thing in Custom Vending?

Medical marijuana has been legal in Colorado for several years. But, a new convenience for those with pot prescriptions has been unveiled: at a recent promotional event in Avon, Colorado, manufacturers presented custom vending machines that dispense pot.

The machine, which is known as the ZaZZZ uses biometrics to verify a customer’s age and confirm that he or she is over 21. The machines are climate controlled to keep the product inside fresh. The machine could be used to dispense edibles and smokable products on a self-serve basis to those who have medical marijuana cards. There are already machines that automate medical marijuana dispensing from behind the counter.

Custom vending for medicines, like marijuana where it’s legal, are a boon to both patients and medical professionals. The machines make inventory control a breeze, as every item dispensed is automatically counted. Many doctors offices and nursing homes have found these machines a convenient option, since patients can order medications right in the office. In a nursing home or other residential care environment, patients can have medications dispensed daily to ensure older patients remember their medications. These machines are also a boon to those who are embarrassed about medications they’ve been prescribed, whether they are marijuana, Viagra or medication for a yeast infection. When patients can get their medications without having to discuss their purchases, they are more likely to comply with their doctors’ orders.

Where self-serve medical marijuana vending machines fit into the picture, however, will remain to be seen. The first ZaZZZ machine has been placed in the Herbal Elements dispensary, but, as yet, does not have marijuana inside. The shop’s owners are still waiting for authorities to give self-serve the okay.

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Supply and Demand – Laundromat Vending Machines

Customers typically head to big, 24-hour Laundromats for their convenience, and you can make yours even more convenient with a custom laundry detergent vending machine. Custom vending machines that have single-use detergent options can benefit your customers as well as your business. Here’s how.

Less Hassle, More Convenience

Some Laundromats choose to sell single-use detergent from behind the front counter, which can be a hassle for employees as well as customers. Employees are not always stationed in that exact location, and they are often pulled away from other duties to run back to the front. An on-site vending machine also saves your customers the hassle of waiting in line or heading down the block to buy detergent from the nearest convenience store.

High Availability and Choices

Custom vending machines are available all night long, just like your 24-hour Laundromat, without the need to constantly man the machine or have an employee at the front counter.

Thanks to the different styles and sizing options of automated supply dispensing machines, you can personalize a machine that works specifically for your business. Choose from a variety of different laundry detergents, fabric softeners or other supplies to meet customer demands.

Easy Inventory Management

You no longer have to spend time and energy keeping track of the different type of laundry products you have in stock. Pick a machine equipped with iQ technology and the vending machine takes care of inventory control you. Instead of standing at the machine at reviewing the stock, iQ technology lets you log in to a your personal customer account and access information from its cloud-based system.

Custom vending machines not only deliver what your customers want when they want it, but they help keep your Laundromat business running seamlessly. Want to learn more about the vast options in custom vending? Give us a call at 1877-771-4446

The Origin of Custom Vending

 

Historical Vending Machine

The world of vending has evolved over years to include advances like remote monitoring and inventory control software; but, vending machines have a history far older than you might think. Custom vending machines may seem like a new technology; however, they are actually a very old invention. The first custom vending machine, in fact, was created in the first century AD by a Greek mathematician.

Hero of Alexandria, was responsible for many startling inventions. He created a heat-driven engine that could open and close heavy stone doors. He also devised many objects that were used in the city’s theaters, such as a device that raised and lowered curtains and another that would create thunder-like sound effects. But, one of his most useful inventions was a custom vending machine, which is described in his book “Mechanics and Optics.” Hero’s machine would dispense holy water when a coin was inserted into the machine. The coin would be inserted into a slot at the top of the machine, falling down onto a pan attached to a lever. The lever would open a valve that let water flow out until the coin fell completely off, closing the valve and ending the dispensing.

We want to take your business into the future of vending. Here at IDS, we offer a large selection of top of the line custom vending machines with remote inventory control, custom supplies dispensing and more. Give us a call for more information 1877-771-4446.

Completely Custom and Energy Efficient

office vending machinesIf you do not know by now, Intelligent Dispensing Solutions is all about creating custom vending machines. Part of it has to do with what is in the machine and the other half what is on the outside. In the inside of the machine you can dispense whatever you want, from industrial tools to clothing to USB cords. And to accommodate items that are not of the food and drink kind, you need a special design to dispense. But it is not just about the mechanism. You can fully design the machine to look however you want, just like the guys at Facebook did.

Besides bring you awesome custom vending machines, Intelligent Dispensing Solutions is also proud to proclaim their vending machines energy efficient. After all, what’s the point of bringing you great innovation if it’s not going to be completely intuitive? With versatile configurations and machines that are more responsive and use better technology, there is no end to the dispensing possibilities. Best of all, the vending machines are guaranteed to make everyday life easier for your employees and to cut costs for your business.

Talk to a representative today and see what solutions you can come up with.

Office Supply Solutions to Enhance Your Business

When it comes to running a business, efficiency is everything. After all, wasted time spent dealing with any mundane matter eventually leads to a reduction in profit. Therefore, keeping an office running smoothly is paramount when it comes to owning and operating a profitable business. Read below to learn how custom vending machines could help businesses do just that:

Managing supplies: 

Paper goods, pens, sticky notes and paper clips are all items that are crucial to most offices. Unfortunately, keeping an office properly stocked is not always easy. Employees who are not held accountable tend to use more supplies than they actually need or end up taking office supplies home with them.

If office supplies are kept in custom vending machine designed to dispense office supplies, employers are able to keep up with what office supplies each employee is using. Furthermore, even if employees are responsible and do not abuse their access to office supplies, having office supplies dispensed through a machine helps employers keep track of what supplies are being used the most and allows them to better judge overall costs of materials for their businesses.

Convenience:

In addition to better managing office supplies, a vending machine that dispenses office supplies also is convenient for both employees and employers. When employees are in need of a particular supply, all they have to do is make a quick trip to the machine, use their employee identification badge and just like that they have the supplies they need.

By meeting a real need for inventory control for offices, custom office vending machine solutions offers employers a way to ensure efficiency during the day-to-day operation of their businesses.

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Medical Grade Dispensing Solutions

Hospitals have a lot of supplies to keep track of, and that means a lot of manpower and resources are needed to help manage them. Incorporating a vending-based inventory control system can help hospitals distribute medicines, scrubs and other supplies securely without the need for additional staff or reams and reams of paperwork.

IDS offers vending machines designed specifically for hospitals and healthcare facilities looking for innovative, cost-effective medical inventory management solutions.

Efficiency
Each machine uses unique personal identification numbers (PINs) or encrypted ID cards to keep track of who’s using supplies so you can avoid the shrinkage problems that plague many hospitals today. Using specific ID data also helps you control the way items are dispensed by allowing you to restrict access based on the ID provided.  

Convenience
For hospital personnel, there’s no need to wait for supply room staff to get the supplies they need. Supplies can be dispensed at any time of the day or night, 365 days a year.

Hygiene
Our ScrubTrak vending machine doesn’t just dispense scrubs securely – it also provides a convenient drop-off feature so used scrubs are safely corralled until it’s time to clean them.

Inventory solutions don’t have to be complicated. Today’s vending systems can help hospitals gain efficiency while cutting costs so they can focus more of their resources on caring for the patients they serve.

Epic Oreo Custom Cream Vending Machine

Attendees at this year’s SXSW festival got a chance to try out treats from a very unusual custom vending machine. A pair of machines that made 3D printed Oreos were in the brand’s Oreo Trending Vending Lounge doling out a dozen different flavors and colors of cookies.

People could pick from a list of trending fillings and the custom Oreo vending machine would go to work. The flavors and colors were determined by Twitter trends such as #NYC and the Ellen selfie. Anyone who wanted to join the conversation was able to chime in under the tag #eatthetweet. The cookies were a success, with many users tweeting their pleasure at the high-tech treats. Each cookie was created in under two minutes. Custom Vending Machines

While machines that make cookies that change with social media trends are a fun novelty, there are many real-world applications for custom vending machines. These machines can be used for a wide range of applications from tracking office supply inventory to dispensing medical supplies. Looking for an easier way to manage a product or supplies? We have a wide range of vending machines for sale to meet your needs.