So glad Rahm Emanuel is so much smarter than the rest of us!

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I am so glad Rahm Emanuel has the obesity problem figured out for our country!  Good for him.  http://trib.in/Xq25BT  Let’s just eliminate all vending machines, and poof, pounds drop, body fat goes to acceptable levels, heart disease and diabetes eliminated!  Dang, why didn’t someone else think of that?  McDonalds and Burger King and Hardees (seriously have you checked the calorie count of the items Hardees offers??!! – for example Bacon Cheeseburger 1200 calories), convenience stores and grocery stores…none of those have any effect at all on the obesity problem in this country?  Not to mention that we are a nation of couch potatoes?  Exercise?  Really?  We’re too busy, or too tired after working so many hours just trying to pay the taxes our government keeps raising.

So, seriously, does eliminating vending solve our obesity and health issues.  OF COURSE NOT!  Vending is just an easy and politically correct target.  And…an industry that doesn’t have the $$$$ behind it to fight back with the politicians who are more interested in getting their name in the paper so they can get re-elected next time than really solving the very serious issues this country has.  Frankly, I am sick of it.  I am sick of politicians who don’t give a flip about anything but the next election, and I am sick of my industry being the poster child for all that is wrong with the health issues in this country.  I work in a vending company.  I have THOUSANDS of snack and beverage items 100 feet from my office.  But I watch what I eat, and I exercise regularly.  Do I sometimes grab a bag of M&Ms? Yes.  Do I more often grab a protein bar…I do.  And yes, the vending industry has made and is making great strides to offer better and more healthy options.  Our national association also offers educational programs.

These politician are not going to change.  Their concern is making headlines, keeping their pockets lined and keeping in power.  If anything changes, it is up to us to do it.

(I am now off my soapbox).  Enjoy the rest of your day! :)

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How our Atlanta vending company was helped by two of our suppliers

Sometimes it is good to step back and look at how we have gotten to where we are and who has helped us get there.  In our case, the list of friends and customers and suppliers who have contributed to our success is impressive and much appreciated.  We’ve spent a few blogs talking about some special customers.  We’d like to spend this one talking about two of our suppliers.

khraze atlanta vendingKhraze is an Atlanta based new media strategy company.  What does this mean exactly?  In our case, it means help from beginning to end from brand design to web design to social media platforms and all areas in between.  Khraze has helped us define who we are with our Freshments markets and navigate all the pieces that go with that.  http://khraze.com/

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Once we had the branding ready, Greenlight communications has been instrumental in our printing needs.  From the design work on our signage to full implementation of all the signs and affiliated pieces that go with a new Freshments market install.  http://www.greenlightprint.net/

So, thanks to both companies for your help in making us be the best we can be!

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101 Healthy Snacking Options from Vending Machines

Food companies are finally giving more options for healthy snacking in a vending pack.  We have identifed 101 good options.  These snacks fit criteria set out by FitPick (a program designed by the National Automated Merchandiser’s Association to help schools and workplaces implement a program that identifies products that meet specific nutrition guidelines.)  For more information on FitPick, go to http://fitpick.org/.

Atlanta Vending Chattanooga Vending healthy snacks

See below for a great variety of healthy and good tasting items from you closest vending machine!

Fiber One Chewy Oats & Chocolate 1.4 oz
Fiber Plus Chocolate Chip   1.2oz
Nature Valley Chewy Fruit and   Nut Bar 1.2oz
Nutri-Grain Apple Cinnamon   1.3oz
Nutri-Grain Blueberry 1.3oz
Nutri-Grain Strawberry 1.3 oz
Special K Blueberry Fruit   Crips 1 oz
Special K Chcolatey Pretzel   Bar
Special K Strawberry Bar .81   oz
Special K Strawberry Fruit   Crisp 1oz
Think Thin Choc Fudge
Larabar-Bananas Foster
Larabar-Cherry Cobbler
Larabar-Roasted Nut Roll
Fig Newtons Fat Free 2.1 oz
Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treats   2.13 oz
Nature Valley Oats & Honey   Granola Bar 1.5 oz
Nature Valley Oats and Dark Chocolate
Nature Valley Peanut Butter Granola Bar 1.6 oz
Nature Valley Strawberry   Yogurt Bar 1.2oz
Welch’s Berries and Cherries   2.25oz
Welch’s Grape Fruit Snacks   2.25oz
Welch’s Island Fruit Snacks   2.25oz
Welch’s Mixed Fruit Snacks   2.25oz
Welch’s Strawberry Fruit   Snacks 2.25oz
Welch’s Tangy Fruit Snacks   2.25oz
Austin Zoo Animal Crackers 2oz
Chips Ahoy 100 Calorie Cookies   1oz
Oreo 100 Calorie Thin Crisp   Cookies 1oz
Snackwell’s Vanilla Creme   Sandwich 1.7oz
Lance Choco-O-Lunch Cookies   1.65oz
Lance Cream Cheese and Chives   1.3oz
Lance Grilled Cheese 1.3oz
Lance Nekot Peanut Butter Cookie 1.3oz
Lance Toastchee Peanut Butter Cheese 1.5oz
Lance Toasty Peanut Butter  1.25oz
JackLinks Prime Rib Beef Cuts 1oz
Sensible Foods Fuji Apple Dried Fruit
Sensible Foods Roasted Edamame Dried Snack
Sensible Foods Tropical Blend Dried Fruit
The Better Chip – Fresh Corn   2oz
The Better Chip – Jalapeno Sea   Salt 2oz
The Better Chip – Red Pepper   2oz
The Better Chip – Sweet Onion   2oz
Andy Capp Hot Fries .85 oz
Boulder Canyon Chipoltle Rice & Bean Chips 1.5oz
Brim’s BBQ Pork Rinds 1oz
Cheez-It Original 1.5 oz
Goldfish Cheddar Cheese 1.5 oz
Ritz Bitz Cheese 1.5oz
Snyder’s Honey Mustard Onion Pieces 2.25oz
Snyder’s Hot Buffalo Wing Pieces 2.25oz
Snyder’s Jalapeno Pretzel Pieces 2.25oz
Wheat Thins Original 1.75oz
Boulder Canyon Rice & Bean Adzuki Bean
Ritz Toasted Chips Sour Cream & Onion 1.75oz
Special K Chips Sour Cream
David’s Original Sunflower Seeds 5.25oz
Kar’s Goin Granola Brown Sugar   1.25 oz
Kar’s Mango Pineapple Trail Mix 1.5oz
Kar’s Sweet N Salty Mix 2oz
Kar’s Unsalted Nut &   Yogurt Trail Mix 2oz
Kar’s Unsalted Original Trail   Mix 2oz
Lance Peanut Bar 2.2oz
Lance White Cheddar Cheese Popcorn .75oz
Clif Bar Builder’s Peanut Butter 2.4oz
Clif Bar Chocolate Chip 2.4oz
Clif Bar Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch 2.4oz
Clif Bar Mojo Mountain Mix   1.6oz
Clif Bar Mojo Peanut Butter Pretzel 1.6oz
Larabar-Apple Pie 1.7oz
Larabar-Cashew Cookie 1.7oz
Larabar-Cherry Pie 1.7oz
PowerBar Chocolate Crisp 2.15   oz.
PowerBar Chocolate Peanut Butter 2.15 oz.
PowerBarProtein Plus Choc Peanut Btr 2.75oz
PowerBarProtein Plus Vanilla Yogurt 2.75oz
SpecialK Protein BarChocolate Peanut Butter 1.59oz
SpecialK Protein BarDouble Chocolate 1.59oz
Think Thin – Brownie Crunch   2.1oz
Think Thin – Crunchy Peanut Butter 2.1oz
Think Thin – White Chocolate   2.1oz
ZonePerfectClassic Chocolate Caramel Cluster
ZonePerfectClassic Chocolate Peanut Butter
ZonePerfectDark Chocolate Almond
ZonePerfectDark Double Chocolate
Fiber 1 Chocolate Fudge Brownie 90cal
Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut – Peanut 1.2oz
Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Peanut Bar 1.8oz
Wheat Thins Toasted Veggie Chips 1.75 oz
Jamba Blueberry Blast Multigrain Fruit Crisps 1.5oz
Sensible Foods LSS Cherry Berry .75oz
Sensible Foods LSS Orchard Blend .75oz
Sensible Foods LSS Sweet Corn   .75oz
Sensible Foods LSS Toasted Soy Nuts 1.5oz
Ritz Handi-Snacks .95oz
Samai Plantain Chips –   Naturally Sweet 1.2oz
Pop Chips Barbeque Potato .8oz
Mariani Premium Yogurt Covered Raisins 1.5oz
Ocean Spray Original Craisins   1oz
Quaker  Quakes – Caramel Corn 1oz
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Vending: Atlanta and Chattanooga – Health And Wellness Trends In 2013

There is greater than ever focus on health and wellness.  Vending food and packaged food manufacturers are finally beginning to offer products that not only meet healthy criteria, but also don’t taste like cardboard!  Operators are happy to satisfy the wishes of consumers and having good options to offer makes that possible.

Health and wellness are twin pillars driving developments across the U.S. food industry in 2013, according to Food Formulation and Ingredient Trends: Health & Wellness,” a study from market research firm Packaged Facts.

Healthy snack vending Atlanta and Chattanooga

Packaged Facts examines five health and wellness topics…

Better Breakfasts

Sweeteners

Salt and Sodium

Healthier Snacking

Alternative Proteins

For a more thorough read, check out this article on Vending Marketwatch online http://www.vendingmarketwatch.com/news/10884328/health-and-wellness-trends-in-2013?utm_source=VendingMarketWatch+Daily+Update&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=AUTM130219002

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Let Us Help You Get Rid of Your Vending Headache!

Do you have branches all across the country? News from all planet

And is one of your biggest headaches dealing with a multitude of vending companies?

Wouldn’t you love to be able to focus on the important things you need to do to run your business?  We can help!

We can provide unparalleled vending management experience with a complete end-to-end vending solution for national companies. Our ability to implement national programs allows our clients a better solution whether they’re looking for consistency, excellent service, healthier options, cost control, savings, or all of the above.  And since we are independent of any manufacturer, distributor or parent company, we have no contractual agreements toward any product or brands.    

The core business model is consolidating vending programs for large companies.  With over 25,000 machines under management, we are uniquely positioned to consolidate your vending service under one consistent program. The service solutions we offer include:

  • Full-service cold and hot beverages featuring carbonated soda, juices, water, energy, tea and coffee drinks
  • Snack machines including a full line-up of healthy choices
  • Refrigerated Deli selections
  • Micro Markets providing a significant improvement in quality and quantity of beverage and food choices with much healthier options including, fresh salads, fruit and sandwiches.
  • Office Coffee Service from single cup brewers to multi-cup air-pots and the supporting condiments
  • Water systems including both bottled (water cooler) and filtration systems

We would love to make your life a little easier…give us a call and let us show you how we can help!

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Green Vending in Atlanta and Chattanooga!

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OK, so it’s not quite St. Patrick’s Day.  But it’s close…which made me think of Green….which made me think of the things we as a company do to make for a cleaner and better environment.  OK, so the St. Patrick’s Day is a stretch; just trying to be cute and clever.  :)

We believe in using the most energy efficient coolers, freezers, and machines to store and dispense food. Most of our equipment is Energy Star rated. This is not only responsible but saves money on energy costs as well—it is the same reason that we use new fuel efficient Sprinter Vans to deliver the products found in each VendEdge machine.  Additionally, we use remote monitoring throughout the company to tell us when machines need product, as well as telling us when the machine is out of order.  This helps eliminate unnecessary trips, but also lets us know “just in time” to service equipment.  This is the best of both worlds!   We have an ongoing commitment to give our customers the best service possible while being the best citizens we can possibly be. We actively attempt to reduce our fuel use, recycle, and incorporate new vending technologies to best service our customers and our environment.

And, by the way, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Tired of the same ol’ same ol’ in your vending break room?

So, you go to the vending machine in your breakroom, starving to death.  You look at each row, each item, and find absolutely nothing that is really what you want.  The weather outside is nasty…you only have 15 minutes for lunch…it’s late, and you are tired…whatever the reason, you just can’t go to that great little restaurant down the street.  Honestly, so often, vending is the “food of last resort.”  So, here you find yourself in front of a black box that holds 30 or so different items, and you pick one…only to find that the machine won’t accept your dollar.  Grrrrrr.

There is a better option! The newest and most exciting thing to come to the vending industry in decades is a concept called Micro Markets. Basically, it is a small market right in your building.  The payment system is by way of a self checkout kiosk.  The food is displayed in coolers and racks, so there are no hung up spirals and no malfunctioning bill acceptor.  There are 100s of items available, including a wider variety of healthy items.

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Check out our market @ www.freshments.com.  Call or email us for more information about how we can bring this new offering to your place of employment!  We offer these markets to companies in Atlanta, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Nashville.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLOUdVUW1rQ

sthornton@vendedge.net

 

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Vending Industry Punished For Offering Convenience

Vending operators and the entire vending industry are working hard to give customers the best possible service in a challenging environment. Interesting perspective from someone new to this industry.

http://www.vendingmarketwatch.com/blog/10875619/vending-industry-punished-for-offering-convenience

 

 

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3 Easy Tips on How to Stay in Shape at Work

From our friends at under30careers.com….

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Healthy at WorkToday in America our jobs involve little physical exertion—we sit at a desk to analyze graphs, write reports, and schedule meetings.  And what starts to develop after only a few years is another chin, a tire around our waste, and an extra 30 pounds that we get to show off daily.  What can we do to help us fight to keep fit while still sitting sedentary most of the day? We’ve set out to help answer that question with these three work related health tips to keep the weight off during the workday.

1)    Eat small snacks throughout the day, and when you do snack healthy

In addition to eating three large meals per day, you should be eating several snacks between those three core meals.  Small snacks will prevent you from pigging out at lunch and dinner (thereby reducing your portion size during those meals), and over time, your metabolism will speed up, meaning you will be more effective at processing the food you eat.    Before you leave the house in the morning, pack some snacks high in protein and fiber—they tend to be the most filling.  Oatmeal, apples, whole-grain bread, and hard boiled eggs are some of our favorite.  Don’t feel like waking up early to fill up some zip-lock bags with healthy food?  Sandy Thornton of VendEdge, an Atlanta based vending operator, says not to worry.  “Wellness in the workplace is of growing interest to human resource directors and management.  The vending industry has addressed this in a variety of ways by offering new and better tasting healthy products and portion size options,” she says.  “Some companies are even putting micro-markets in their buildings, which gives employees an opportunity to choose from even more healthy items.”  So next time you get those 2 PM hunger cramps, reach for the healthier food option available at your workplace, not the Cheetos.

Read the rest here…

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Five Tips for Getting More from your Vending Machines

Ok, let’s face it, buying from a vending machine sometimes has its challenges.  A machine occasionally will take your money, or there is simply nothing in the machine you wish to buy.  If these are inherent problems, however, there are things you can and should do to improve your buying experience in the workplace.vending

1.  Talk to the driver who services your account.  Explain the ongoing issues and ask if there is anything he can do to improve the situation.  It may be an issue that is beyond his decision making abilities, but talking with the driver is a good place to start.

2.  If the driver is unable to help, call your contact at the vending company.  If you don’t know who that is, call the main number and ask for Customer Service.  Most vending operators are hard workers and sincerely want to please the customer.  Ask for a meeting and then work together for a solution….one that works for both of you.

3.  Ask if the company has new technology it can bring to your account, such as remote monitoring and credit and debit card readers.  Remote monitoring allows a company to “see” if a machine is out of order or needs product.  Oftentimes, a company who offers remote monitoring may know these things even before the customer does!  Credit and debit card readers allow for a much better experience, as often consumers do not have the correct change.

4.  If your company fits the correct parameters, including type of account and size of account, a micro-market may be a good solution (www.freshments.com).  Micro markets bring all the newest technology including remote monitoring and credit and debit card acceptors and also allow a much wider variety of products.  Typically a micro market will offer four times the number of items available in a typical bank of vending machines.  Markets are not restricted by the size and number of spirals in a machine.  Therefore the size and number of products can be much different than a typical offering, including a bigger selection of healthy items!

5.  Finally, if all else has failed, and you simply cannot work out an acceptable solution with your current vending company, you may have to consider other options, such as finding and choosing another vending company.  How do you find a good company?  Ask people in similar businesses as yours who they use.  Use a search engine.  And of course, we would love to be considered!  Our clients agree.  We rarely lose a client, as we work very hard to give the best in customer service.  We provide vending and markets in Macon, Atlanta (I-75 from Atlanta to the GA/TN state line), Chattanooga, Nashville and Knoxville.  We would love to speak with you about your needs.   www.vendedge.net

 

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