When searching for a new vending machine service, you're likely to be presented with a bunch of options. From the many companies to choose from to the flavor choices, there's a decision to make at every step of the way. But the very first decision will be whether or not to choose self-fill or full-service. Certain factors will determine which route is better for your business (e.g. number of employees and customers), but even if you qualify for full-service vending, you might consider self-fill. Here's a quick guide to help you decide.
Self-Fill Vending Machines vs. Full-Service Vending
First, What's The Difference?
Workplaces wanting to get vending machines for their employees or customers have two types of vending services to choose from: self-fill and full-service vending.
Self-fill is exactly what it sounds like: the machine is filled by you. This means you purchase the product on your own and have someone (an employee) stock the machine as it sells out of product. With this option you get to keep all the money put into the machine.
The downside to this option is that it can be time-consuming and quickly turn into a hassle, which leads us to you other choice...
Full-service vending is when a vending company installs equipment and they service the machine(s) for you. All at no cost. The vending company will collect all the money from the machine, as that is how they make money. This is often the more popular route for businesses who want vending services since it requires no work on their part and is free.
Which is Best for Your Business?
When it comes time to decide on self-fill or full-service vending, there are some things to consider. First, with self-fill, you will be responsible for keeping up with the machine so you need to ask yourself a) Do you want that responsibility? b) Do you have the time and resources to manage a vending machine?
With full-service vending, all of the work is done for you. The benefit of a full-service vending program is that you don't have to do any of the work. The downside is that you have to search for vending companies. At Vending Group, we connect you with the best vending machine operator in your area and manage the entire process, from installation to ongoing service.