Struggling malls replacing stores with vending machines?
Online retailers have been taking a toll on struggling malls for years now and vending machines are coming to the rescue! It is no secret that Amazon has severely impacted malls across America. Even box stores, for example Walmart and Bestbuy, have pushed online products offerings to compete against large online sellers. Walmart recently announced that they now offer free 2 day shipping to better compete with Amazon. Malls are losing tenants at record pace, leaving half empty malls everywhere. However, a new trend is headed to a local mall near you. Mall owners are working with vending companies to place machines in traffic areas of the mall. Sometimes, mall owners purchase their own machines, service, fill, etc. in an effort to maximize profits.
Pro Active, Pepsi, Coke Cola and others are now moving vending machines into struggling malls. We have all seen vending machines at airports… everything from Bestbuy machines to pizzas can be purchased in some airports. Bestbuy offers a kiosk locator on their website. Need an iPhone charger, no problem, almost certain you will see a Bestbuy vending kiosk at your local airport. As we move further into the digital age, can shop from our smart phone, etc…. malls are looking for ways to subsidize lost rental income and make money. Adding vending machines is a way to still provide mall visitors with additional shopping options. Other parts of the world have seen innovation with hot food vending machines. Now the technology is moving to American malls.
Online purchases has increased dramatically year after year and unfortunately malls will have a tough time competing in the future. Vending machines in malls will most likely increase. People still like to get out and shop at malls and adding vending machines will help big box stores keep popular items in malls that may not be able to afford an entire store.
Hometown Vending Services now uses Stream VMS for backend vending route management software. Hometown Vending is a premier vending machine route operator, located in the Woodlands, Houston, and Conroe area of Texas. Stream VMS is a perfect fit for this operator that heavily relies on cutting edge technology to run the day-to-day operations. Hometown Vending, in business since 2005, has used a few vending route management software systems in the past and had experienced limitations with each and ultimately settled with Stream. Customer commissions, custom scheduling, iPhone app, cash management, asset management and more were key to the decision for Hometown Vending converting from the old way of doing things. Most importantly, offering this technology to their customers was priority one. Owner Roddy Arnold stated… “customers now days have many vending companies to choose from in the Houston area and using an advanced system will give the company an edge in an extremely competitive market”. It used to take several hours each month figuring customer commissions… it now takes just a few minutes and customers can view live online.
Hometown Vending is the largest operator serving Conroe, The Woodlands, Magnolia, Spring, North Houston, Cypress, Tomball and more. They offer credit card devices, Surevend delivery machines, competitive pricing, high-end vending machines, uniformed and background checked drivers, great service and more. Roddy Arnold and his staff are all full time route drivers committed to the satisfaction of their customers. In fact, Roddy always preaches to the drivers that he is “not” the boss… the customers are the real bosses. Good service is key to success and a route management software system is an important tool. Hometown Vending offers all name brand popular items that customers expect. Stream vending management software is proud to work with such an outstanding operator in the Houston area and surrounding areas.
Optimizing vending machine routes, via identifying leadmachines, is crucial to correctly scheduling the service frequency of vending machine routes. The lead machine, at each of your locations, is defined as the busiest machine in terms of sales. You simply set how often, or service frequency, to visit a location based on the needs of the busiest machine that drives the account or location. Successful operators go one step further and define the busiest selections or products and add or change the product mix to accommodate items most customers are buying from each of their machines. Many of the expensive vending management software, aka VMS, companies are touting a reduction of 25 to 40% route reductions or savings while utilizing their software. While this may be somewhat true, savings are only estimates and completely depends on the operator for making route adjustments by identifying lead machines at each location. Therefore, small to medium size vending machine operators don’t have to necessarily invest in vending route software. They simply have to identify important data and make scheduling modifications based on the data.
Route optimization leads to greater profits. Vending machine route optimization starts with a plan utilizing good data. Lead machines, at each of your route locations, must be identified so that you can analyze your service frequency. Often times, you will have locations or accounts with more than one machine and it important to identify the lead machine. Your service frequency or schedule should be driven by the machine that generates the greatest sales. Build your route or location scheduling around the busiest machine and your vending company will see an increase in profits by saving time, gas money, payroll, etc.
Effective scheduling is critical to taking good care and keeping customers. At some point, most vending machine operators lose track of their machines, locations, etc. and often start losing customers due to poor scheduling. We have been in the industry since 1997 and can tell you that most often vendors lose a location to under servicing. It can be really tough managing all the data from a machine or location; therefore, utilizing data often is crucial to growing your business by keeping customers.
This may sound crazy but you don’t have to pay for expensive vending management software system to optimize your locations and routes. Route optimization can be accomplished with spreadsheets or some other way of keeping route notes. However, it can be extremely tough for operators to continue to manage data without some help. A good VMS system can quickly provide you the needed data to make schedule adjustments and do make it easier to optimize a route. Stream VMS software system does in fact provide vending operators with machine data so that scheduling can be modified to make routes more efficient.
Stream VMS, aka vending machine software system, is a premier software solution for your vending machine company. The program is all web-based and includes realtime driver tracking, automatic cash management, smart scheduling, account and asset management, and more. The Stream VMS system is fast, intuitive, easy to use, streamlined and affordable for small to medium size vending route companies. Let Stream VMS run your vending route company from start to finish!
Our pricing starts at just $99 / month for up to 199 vending machines online and up to $199 / month for vending route companies with greater than 200 machines. The pay per machine is used by other vms system companies, however, can be expensive for most vending operators. Why worry about increasing your monthly cost if you pick up more business? With Stream, you won’t have to worry because our pricing is a fixed monthly amount.
We decided to offer a fixed pricing plan to help vending operators budget their monthly expenses. Stream VMS was designed by vendors; therefore, understands what it takes to compete in an industry with decreasing margins.
Stream VMS vending machine management system is available now on the Apple App Store. For a limited time, we are offering a free trial period of three months. There are no setup fees or any hidden fees to get started with Stream. You our required to contact us first. Some restrictions do apply. Call 713-936-2436 for details.
Our Stream VMS Mobile iPhone app made the news today! We are excited about the coverage received regarding our state of the art vending machine management software system designed to help run and organize vending route companies. The news was picked up by PR Web and the link can be found here… http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/02/prweb12514127.htm
Stream VMS is a great solution for vending route companies that need a software program to manage their routes, machines, cash, drivers, customers, etc. It is simply to hard to grow your business without the help of a software system. Stream VMS is committed to affordable cutting edge technology that will help your vending machine business grow.
In conclusion, vending machine operators will need to add a competitive advantage in 2017 to compete in an increasing competitive business. Adding a robust vending software system is a great way to spend less time keeping routes, schedules, machines, and more organized.
Check out our new Stream VMS vending machine management system video on YouTube! It is our first video… probably not up for an Academy Award, however, training videos will be releashed in the future. Vending Machine Management Software Systems are becoming popular for helping vending companies, of all sizes, run their vending business by keeping operations organized and efficient. Stream VMS, a J.R. Software product, is here to help by offering an vending machine iPhone app that works with our Stream VMS Office dashboard so that vending operators can track profits, drivers, location data, schedules, commissions, sale tax, and more. There are many different vending management software solutions available, however, most are either to expensive or too time consuming to operate. Stream vending machine management software system is fast and easy to use and is a perfect fit for all sizes of vending companies.