If your company has a considerable number of employees, especially full-time ones, vending services can be quite useful. The operator often takes care of the maintenance on all vending machines, as well as keeping them well stocked. The kinds of snacks or drinks to be sold are your choice. To have vending machines installed in your place of business, there are a few things that must be met first.
Safety always comes first. Therefore, your vending machines ought to be in a secure location. There are people who will vandalize or steal from vending machines, so it’s better to have cameras around (although not required). Provided that the vending machines are in an open public area where it is always in view of someone, that will generally suffice.
There needs to be enough people present in the office or building to justify having machines there. Obviously, sales are important, so there need to be enough customers and traffic going by the machines. Generally, having 40 or more workers is ideal.
Vending machines will vary in size, but normally speaking, your typical machine will be approximately 80” X 40” X 35”. Make sure that there is enough clearance for the machine to be placed in the location you desire. In addition, see to it that there is enough room to open the door to the vending machine for restocking it, and make sure that there is enough space behind the machine for plugging it in. Besides the restocking matter, there will be times when the vending machine needs maintenance. Place the machine where these activities will be possible.
Finally, there must be electrical outlets. A vending machine ordinarily runs on 115 volts at 10-12 amps. Hence, a three-prong electrical outlet must be available. Remember that you cannot run a vending machine with an extension cord (it is a fire hazard), so the placement of the machine needs to be within a few feet of the outlet.
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