7 Commonly Asked Vending Machine Questions, Answered

You're under constant pressure to improve your business. We get it; we're like that too.

One upgrade worth consideration is adding a vending machine to your building. Before diving into that decision, you might ask yourself, "Is a vending machine profitable for my business?" or "How much will a vending machine cost me?" Look no further.

At Bernick’s, we believe in the spirit of entrepreneurship and visionary leaders like you — it’s why we have been providing custom vending solutions since 1916. In an effort to help you feel more confident in the decision to offer vending services, our account team put together this list of the most frequently asked questions we receive.

1. How Much Does a Vending Machine Cost to Install?

It is entirely free to install a vending machine in your building. That means no cost for installation, no service charges, and no fees for product delivery. None. Zip. Period.

We live by the motto, “We don’t sell to you. We partner with you.” This means that we proudly handle everything, from installation to inventory, so long as we can place our machines in high-traffic areas.

This low-cost, high-reward decision is a win-win for everyone. We get to sell our products while your employees get to chow down on delicious food and beverage options.

2. How Many Customers Do I Need to Get a Vending Machine?

As a general rule of thumb, 50 people in an office or building is a great starting point to consider for on-site vending services. However, even just 30-40 people could justify a soda machine. These numbers ensure there is enough demand to keep the products moving.

If your building population is in the hundreds, then you might consider multiple machines or even a micro market.

3. What Does Bernick's Vending Product Portfolio Look Like?

Our portfolio is extensive. Whether you’re looking for healthy food and drink options, or are leaning toward a classic soft drink/snack selection, we have the products for you. That said, it’s important to remember your product choices will affect the type of machines we will install.

4. How Much Space Do I Need to Have a Vending Machine?

You probably need less space than you realize, considering the typical vending machine is only 72"H x 39"W x 33"D. Be sure to consider the extra space for plugging the device in, opening the door, and allowing customers space to survey their options comfortably.

We pride ourselves on the flexibility we offer when it comes to space. You might already have a break room or kitchen that would be the perfect area for an office vending machine. With a touch of rearranging, you can still have plenty of room for a machine or two while giving guests space to relax and eat.

5. Are There Healthy Vending Options?

Nationwide, people are looking for healthier food and drink vending options from makers and suppliers. Consumers now crave preservative-free products with no artificial sweeteners and antibiotics. Lucky for you, we're ahead of the curve.

We know that the demand for healthier products in vending machines is here to stay. That’s why we offer an extensive portfolio of better-for-you snack options and natural selections.  Similarly, our account team works with all of our partners to ensure our vending machine products align with their priorities.

6. What Kind of Electrical Hookup Do You Need to Install a Vending Machine?

While our machines don’t require anything special or tailored to vending, you will need a dedicated outlet for each machine.

Another benefit of our vending machines is that they’re incredibly efficient. Many come equipped with energy-saving technology like LED lighting, digital compressor controls, and movement-activated features. Our upgraded vending machine technology can help you save hundreds on power costs in the long run.

7. Can I Install a Vending Machine if My Business Is Seasonal?

Absolutely! If you know certain parts of the year are slow, we can place a hiatus on services and deliveries. As long as your operational season moves enough volume, seasonal ups and downs are fine.

In some instances, it may make more sense to utilize Bernick’s as a wholesale supplier versus a vending solution. We know that every scenario is different, which is why we like to provide options. For example, a hockey arena might only utilize soda vending machines during the slow season, while offering canteens or concession items for wholesale purchase during busier months.

So What’s Next?

There’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all when it comes to vending. Every building, business, space, and population are different. Bernick’s doesn’t see this as a problem. We see it as an opportunity to work with a new partner.

Your soda vending machine cost will always be zero. Plus, we’ll work to bring a customized vending machine or two to match your unique business or building. That’s our promise to you. Talk with a vending expert to get started today.

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Published on: Sep 9, 2022

Topics: Vending

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