With all of the fun new tech in vending machines today, building a machine to help donate to the people who need it most is a delightful surprise. In an article on 11alive, the Coca-Cola company has introduced a vending machine that will take contributions for the American Red Cross.
The machines are currently installed in malls all across Atlanta, and yes, you can make a donation by using your credit or debit cards.
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Though most businesses strive to be the best business and try to provide the best service for their customers, not every business is perfect–and certainly not every customer is perfect, either. Keeping your customers’ business should be priority number one, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. So what do you do when you lose a customer? Try to win them back! Here’s a couple of ways you can do that:
- Try to figure out what went wrong. If a customer doesn’t return for more of your business without any known reason, stop to think about how you serviced that customer and what you might’ve done to keep him/her from coming back.
- If things ended badly with a customer, give that person a couple of days (or even weeks) to cool off. Then revisit the customer and see if you can come to an agreement. Sometimes it’s not the best time to mend things with a customer when she/he is angry or just plain impossible. Sometimes it’s better to give your customer some space and time to think so that when you revisit them, they might be in a more cooperative mood.
- Give your customers incentive to come back. Offer special discounts for their interest in your company in the first place. Ask them if you can help them with anything else.
- Ask for feedback. Allow yourself to take some good old fashioned criticism from your customers. If you have a website, add a survey box so that customers can tell you what they liked and didn’t like about your business. Remember, there’s always room for improvement.
One of the things about drink vending machines is their constant need for maintenance. They are used frequently from thirsty customers and need the proper sustenance to keep your customers and your pockets happy. Some of the most common problems with drink machines are failing to vend product, not taking dollar bills, and/or failure to cool the product. You can find some helpful troubleshooting techniques when dealing with the issues mentioned above here.
There are several techonology gadgets out there to help you run your business, too many if you ask me. These new technological tools are supposed to help us run our businesses, and they do, but how are you supposed to keep track of them all?
Evernote is an app that you can download on your computers, smart phones, and tablets. It’s a great source for taking notes, can serve as your own digital filing cabinet, daily planner, a project manager and team facilitator, all in one program. There is a free version, which most people can get by on, as well as an upgraded version for a monthly fee of $5 or a $45 yearly fee. For tips on how to use Evernote to its full advantages, go to their website here.
There’s been a lot of talk around the internet about the revolution of healthy vending. More and more people are becoming conscious in what they eat, and although fatty snacks are cheaper, it’s no longer worth the risk of harming one’s health. Campaign efforts such as Eat This, Not That are an example of some of our future eating habits. Companies like Fresh Healthy Vending have noticed this trend, and are making efforts to change the world of vending towards this newfound love for eating bettwer.According to Franchising.com, Fresh Healthy Vending has done five things to set them apart from other vendors.
- Offers Healthy Foods
- Offers Healthy Drinks
- The machines have a nice design, and are dual-temperature controlled
- Going against the grain and offering customers easy access to healthy product options
- Franchise program that spreads the importance of healthy vending
Bob Mangiafico, Canteen Vending’s Regional Vice-President, has announced his retirement for April 23 of this year (reported in Vending Times). He was in the Canteen business for forty eight years, and has been hailed by the president of Canteen, Tim Bailey, as someone with outstanding dedication, extraordinary service, undaunted leadership, and exceptional loyalty, reported Vending Times. During his time at Canteen Vending, Mangiafico was recognized as Regional Director of the Year and praised with a Lifetime Achievement Award.