Unique Vending Machines
I want to take minute and give you a perfect example of what can happen when we get creative about our vending machine placement. Vending machines will not just vend items that you can find from your bulk vending distributor. Perhaps we should more frequently think outside the box and see what other items will vend in a vending machine. Once vendable unique items are discovered and found to vend properly through vending machines we can then take a moment and think about high earning locations that our items will vend through.
To give you an example take a look at the vending machine in the picture. It is full of corn and placed to at the deer exhibit at a privately owned petting zoo. Bird feed and pellets to feed fish and other items can be found around the petting zoo. Would you have guessed that a mini vending route could have been setup in such a way? A follow up question is, what do you think the mini vending route would bring during a service cycle.
This route is setup at in an area that gets enormous seasonal traffic. The summer time around these parts is strictly bananas. Seriously, travelers, campers, locals and even people from out of the country come to visit this area of the country. Can you think of an event with similar activities that attracts lots of people in your area? Let me first answer the how much this route makes during the busy months and I can tell you that I was shocked at what my friend Jim told me. He said during the summer months he services his specialty route twice a day. Jim’s first service is around 11am before lunch re-stocking the machines and collecting an average of $950 dollars from the machines during that service cycle. Jim would go home for the rest of the afternoon and return around 8pm to re-stock and collect an average of $1100 hundred dollars. I about fainted when I calculated in my head Jim’s daily gross sales for the busy months.
To give you another prospective let’s do a little math for one of Jim’s busy months for this revenue. Let’s round down a smidge to help make the math easy. Jim’s mini route grosses $2000 dollars a day and we will multiply that by 30 for the days in one if Jim’s busy months. We are taking $60,000 thousand dollars. How many people’s complete vending routes are big enough to generate $60 thousand dollars in a year?
We do not have to do what everyone else is doing to create a lot of wealth in the vending machines business. If there are a lot of vending machines in your area there is still room for you if you can be creative. From Jim’s personal example you can see that being creative really pays big. Off the top of my head I can think of other events and unique Ideas for placing vending machines: Street fairs, County fairgrounds, golf courses, city or county festivals and the list goes one. Can you think of any unique vending ideas to post below that are not currently listed?