I had some time and felt like a little something to chew on. I headed to where I knew the airport had a group of snack vending machines and my favorite coffee vending machine.
As I approached the corner I noticed that one of the machines was new. In fact it looked quite cool with its sleek lines and mottled grey finish.
I selected my favorite bag of crisps, dug out my wallet and began digging for coins, when I noticed that this group of new vending machines had a weird coin slot.
Learn about these methods and more (such as coffee cupping) in our free coffee classes.
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On closer inspection I noticed the sign that said that this new vending system accepted credit cards and or debit cards only. Wow, a cashless vending machines.
It seems that the vending machine business is under going a revolution. If you are going to buy a new vending machine you can choose the cashless ending systems as well.
This obviates the need or coin counters and similar machines to help you in your business. Vending machine suppliers want you to buy vending machines with the new system.
To make the machine work you obviously need more than a power outlet. You need to have a telephone line through which the card reader can send and receive the necessary information.
Whether you want to purchase a soda vending machines or a washing powder vending machine, the use of this technology is on the increase.
Ultimately the idea is to be able to pay for purchases made at new vending machines with your mobile. The concept entails amounts deducted added to your account which is then passed onto the vending machine supplier.
Already vending machines provide more than just snacks. medical vending machines, washing powder vending machines, automotive spare parts vending machines, just to name a few are the new generation of smart vending machine that are coming onto the market.
In this way a specific retails service can be provided around the clock without staff having to claim overtime.
OCM (OnCoffeeMakers.com) was started in 2007 with the first webpage about coffee machines. And for a number of years, we focused on helping people find their desired coffee machine (we still are helping folks with that! So, if you are looking for coffee machines for office or restaurants - check out the link).
In 2010, we started getting enquiries on restaurant marketing and we start to help food and beverage brands with their marketing. Below are campaigns and events that we have done over the years:
OCM's campaigns: F&B Marketing Ideas by OCM
OCM's Events: F&B Industry events by or with OCM
Check out this restaurant marketing guide to learn more about the many campaigns and companies we have worked with.
Since then, we have also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of these modules are still running in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes, below are some snippets of our lectures and workshops:
OCM’s F&B workshops: Food and Beverage Marketing Lectures | Workshops - click to watch classes on customer journey map, JTBD and more.
So, if you are looking for industry practitioners to help you scale your coffee or F&B businesses, do drop us a message or book an appointment. Do also check out our various social media platforms on regular F&B and coffee market updates:
For regular coffee (F&B) related videos: OCM Youtube
For Daily Coffee Inspiration (fun coffee content): OCM IG
For insights into the coffee (F&B) industry: OCM LinkedIN
PS: For the coffee lovers, we continue to share coffee articles (and videos) and have also started a free coffee class section (with free online coffee training supported by coffee partners).
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