Vending machines are the ultimate “just-in-time” product delivery method. When hunger strikes, vending machines come to the rescue with an assortment of convenient food options. However, keeping those machines well-stocked—and thus profitable—is a very labor-intensive effort. Since the introduction of vending machines to the food service industry, operators have relied on manual inspections of machines to monitor product inventories and maintenance needs. Drivers follow established schedules and routes, restocking machines and performing repairs as needed. Without current inventory information, drivers face the unknown—be it supply shortages or unnecessary stocking trips—every time they run their routes. Machine maintenance is often delayed because problems are only detected during scheduled visits, and sales can stagnate when fast-selling products aren’t restocked quickly enough. Every day, the inefficiency of operating without accurate, up-to-date inventory data costs operators significant time and money.
, available cash or specified geographic parameters. Additionally, the Google Maps Directions API enables route managers to generate the fastest service routes for every truck in their fleet, all the while taking into account factors like road closures and traffic. Here’s how it works: When a machine’s product/sales threshold is reached, Vagabond’s application submits a service request to the appropriate operator, who then uses the updated inventory information to stock a truck with a made-to-order selection of desired food items. Similarly, operators are notified when maintenance needs are identified. The application then uses Google Maps information to plan out time-sensitive and cost-effective stocking routes. The combination of accurate inventories and consolidated stocking/maintenance runs results in significant cost savings for vending operators and a more consistent vending experience for consumers.
ector of the food service industry has proven to be a logical and highly profitable choice for partnership. Vagabond Vending provides operators around the country with powerful machine communications, enterprise resource planning software and technology financing solutions. During its nearly two-year relationship with Vagabond, Woolpert has integrated application updates, assisted with the launch of new Vagabond product features and provided continuing technical support.
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