Keeping Options Open Gives You The Chance To Change Your Mind

When starting on any new business, you should keep the exit route open for several reasons. These include change in business or macroeconomic environment; your own circumstances; probability of relocation etc. In case the dynamics of a specific business like the vending business don’t suit you or your needs, you should be able to get out of it without getting hit in the pocket seriously. One of the things you can do is to go the vending machine rental route. This will enable you to understand the dynamics of the business; your customer profile; the advantages or otherwise of your location; the kind of product mix you should have on offer etc without having put down thousands to acquire that precious knowledge.

A simple example to illustrate the point would be suppose you think that you should be offering things like snacks and cigarettes at a particular location. Yet, once operations start you discover that what people look for mostly are various kinds of beverages and soft drinks. The vending machine suppliers who have been in the business for a long time would actually be the best people to guide you on the kind of product mix as well as the model that would be most appropriate for a specific location. They would be able to help in ensuring your business is best equipped to deal with the demands of the day to day working environment.

No two vending machine suppliers are the same and service levels differ dramatically in the industry. Take real care here — it is always the difference between a pleasant experience and a wasted investment. Thanks to innovations in technology, vending machines have come a long way in the past 50 years so that now it is possible to serve a complete range of meals from this virtual restaurant. With a measure of luck you might just find the kind of supplier who would even be able to tell you about appropriate locations like canteens, lounges or outside the conference rooms of companies. You can dispense fabulous drinks and delicious snacks and earn from it too.

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Get An All Round Coffee Solution

The biggest headache for anyone who is responsible for running an office is usually making food and beverage arrangements. Even the smaller offices, shops and catering establishments need to do so. When your need is for various kinds of coffees but not too many cups daily then you can use a small to medium sized coffee machine. You can set up a Jura X9 coffee machine just about anywhere to give you 130 cups of the most delicious coffee before needing to top up. The ability to have coffee shop quality cappuccino, espresso, latte or even regular coffee is the driving force behind this bean to cup coffee machine. And, it doesn’t require to be linked to the water mains.

Just keep in mind that both the Jura X9 and the Jura XS90 coffee machine are luxury items not meant for rugged use. If you need to cater to a heavy demand, then look for an industrial coffee machine. Also, don’t expect either to serve anything other than coffee — no tea, soups or chocolates but barista quality coffee every time. With the former you can get twenty specialty coffees at the touch of a button, while the latter will give you twelve varieties. These are coffee makers that include a bean grinder, thus squeezing out the original coffee taste straight into your cup. The most appropriate locations for setting up these marvelous creations from Jura are reception areas of offices, beauty parlors, car repair garages, small bars or even seminar rooms.

The height of the coffee dispenser of the Jura XS90 is infinitely adjustable, which means you can use virtually any size of cup of glass. It has two separate integrated heating systems to facilitate seamless, instantaneous switching from hot water to steam production. Both kinds are kind to the environment with an energy saving mode which save you money and electricity. Their display dialogue system makes it easy to read selection keys and the Jura patented automatic cleaning and descaling aids easy maintenance. So, what are you waiting for? Check out both models to see which one is more appropriate for your needs.

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Our first look at the new HGZ bean to cup coffee machines

HGZ S500 Bean To Cup Coffee Machine

Kenco Local Business Service have always used parts of the Bravilor range of filter coffee equipment.  These filter machines range from small systems that produce a couple of litres to very large bulk brew systems suitable for producing up to 40 litres of delicious filter coffee at any one time.  We have been supplying these systems across London and other towns such as High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead and Maidenhead for a number of years now.  This week we have been introduced by Bravilor to the new range of HGZ bean to cup coffee machines.  I have to admit that we were impressed by our first view of these.  It has to be said that we have more research to do but the machines look great and Bravilor are a highly respected supplier within the coffee machine industry.  This combination of factors leads us to have an inkling that we may be onto a winner with this new range.
HGZ S200 Bean To Cup Coffee Machine
As you can see from the accompanying pictures these machines look fantastic and offer the full range of coffee specialities.  They are rated by the manufacturer as higher capacity than our current range of Jura equipment and so will potentially suite busier environments.  They also have the option to provide chocolate on top of the coffee options, another improvement on our current offering.  I must stress that we are not looking to replace the Jura range of coffee machines with these machines but they may well be a good addition to our offer.
We are hoping to have some more concrete details on this exciting new range early in 2013.  When we do I will be sure to bring you the details in this blog.
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Sound Business Principles are Needed in Any Trade

To flourish in any kind of business you need to follow certain principles. One of them is that until a business proposition proves profitable for you don’t tie up too much capital in it. This is why newbies to the vending trade are often advised to go the vending machine rental route. Like any rental service it is self limiting and you don’t need to start with a huge sum of money. Just be cautious about whom you deal with. A genuinely reliable rental company will not fob you off with a machine that likes to rest every now and again. Remember that you will never get a new machine on rental. It will necessarily be a machine which has seen at least some, if not considerable, usage. Therefore, it is important to check the condition the machine is before signing a rental agreement.

Check to see whether you can ask for another model if you find that the model which you are taking on rental is not sufficient or otherwise not appropriate for the needs of your regular users. Also find out whether there any hire purchase options. Make sure that you discuss who is responsible for the maintenance as well as refilling the stocks. The big question is who are the best people to approach for advice and help while searching for rental options? The very best people are the manufacturers and their authorized vending machine suppliers. They are the people who have the machines and know who has bought which kind of model where and whether it is in service.

Sometimes it happens that people buy machines for a location which shut down and then don’t know what to do with their inventory. For such people giving out their machines on rental or offering options on hire purchase is a good way to recover their capital. Manufacturers and stockists also offer rental and lease options on slow moving models to keep their funds rolling. You can look for such companies online or in the local Yellow Pages. You can also ask people who already have vending machines where they sourced them.

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Catch Potential Problems Before They Start

The one thing you want to be sure when you use a coffee machine in London is that it runs smoothly without any kind of operational hiccups. It is said that positive thinking helped people to invent the aeroplane, but negative caused others to design the parachute. This means that looking for potential problems is not a counterproductive activity. Rather it helps you avert them from cropping up and throwing plans and functions into disarray. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines as to how often they recommend it be serviced — most manufacturers recommend a quarterly service. Also find out what your options for replacing broken parts are.

A word of caution: resist the temptation to do it yourself. This is because coffee machines have a complex mechanism. Over a period of time any coffee machine will accumulate residues of milk, sugar, coffee powder – all of which will affect the taste of the coffee being dispensed. A clean coffee pot really makes a big difference in how your coffee tastes. Left over coffee oils can accumulate inside your coffee machine and become rancid. And mineral deposits called scale can form too, especially in areas with hard water. Scale can affect the heating unit and the water flow of your coffee pot and reduce its efficiency. While it is desirable to follow a regular cleaning regimen, make sure that you do have service engineers taking a look on a regular basis to ensure smooth functioning.

This applies equally to coffee machines as well as vending machines in London. There are too many moving parts and far too complicated a working in most models. And, when you are sourcing one don’t even look at the models which have plastic parts since they will come apart sooner than is good for anyone. How long you have had a particular machine; was it a new unit when you acquired it; the innate ruggedness of the model; the load that it typically has to handle  each factor will impact how much wear and tear your machine is taken and whether you should consider replacement as an option or whether simple maintenance will do the trick.

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Improve the Productivity of the Workplace with a Simple Gesture

Most people need their caffeine to overcome drowsiness and mental block which occurs after working in a concentrated manner for a while. Most managers now realize that the office coffee machine is a useful means of helping people overcome mental sluggishness. It is a simple gesture to put up such a machine but the impact on productivity is radical. The unspoken message is that management cares, while the benefits of cutting down on time wastage involved in preparing tea and coffee in the office kitchen or when staff go out to catch their cup of coffee have been mentioned often enough.

These machines are available in various shape, sizes, color and price. Something like the table top Kenco singles brewer can prove to be the perfect hot drinks solution for businesses which want a quality drink. It requires minimal cleaning while the digital display ensures ease of operation. The Korinto has proven very successful in the office environment for it can produce a range of espresso based coffee drinks including cappuccino, latte, espresso, Americano as well as chocolate and a mocha. However, it need not cost you an arm and a leg to install a coffee machine in the office since you can look for used coffee machines.

Just be a little cautious to check out the state of repair it is in before deciding on a particular model of used coffee machine. You might be paying a fraction of the price you would have for a new one, but you don’t want to spend a small fortune on repairs for a machine that is forever breaking down. It is not a matter of just ordering a machine as very often people realize, after some discussion, that what they need is in fact different from what they thought they needed. Also, the source should be a trustworthy one and not a fly-by-night operator who leaves you stranded with a malfunctioning unit. Always remember to ask why the unit is being sold — if it is because the current user wants to upgrade or is moving or it is café or restaurant closing down, then you might just find one which has been gently used.

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Being Able to Eat and Drink While on the Move is a Godsend

Most of us are on the move for a significant proportion of our lives these days. The reasons are many — studies, work, completion of household related tasks, entertainment. The days when you were certain you would be home for dinner or did not have to stir far afield to accomplish tasks have gone, perhaps forever. Nowadays it seems magical if you can actually find time to have leisured meals on a normal working day. This is why we have come to rely on vending machines to supply our basic nourishment needs. If for some reason you are responsible for providing the refreshments in your office or neighborhood, then you could be looking at options of getting vending machines for hire.

Whether they are the simple soda or gumball vending machines or the more sophisticated ones which give you hot and cold options, the truth is that new ones can be quite pricey. Unless you have been long in the vending business and it has already proven profitable for you, it makes better sense to test the waters first. When you hire them you can play around with different models and product mixes to find out which is the most appropriate for the location as well as for your pocket. You can purchase new or refurbished models at your convenience without sacrificing the business opportunity. It has been found that coffee vending machines are usually profitable in most locations and in most climes.

Coffee is the favored beverage for many people and there are many kinds of coffee machines which can serve as a complete hot drink solution. For example, the N&W Koro coffee machine is ideal for environments such as offices, meeting rooms, stores, professional studios, small cafés and restaurants since it can brew cups of espresso, café macchiato, decaffeinated coffee, café lungo, cappuccino, café latte, Americano, tea and hot water at the push of a button. If you connect it to the water mains, then you can serve as many as 60 cups in an hour. What more could you really want?

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Taking Care of Thirst Needs

People need to slake their thirst regardless of the weather. The commonest need is water which few people carry with them. Therefore, while stocking any drink vending machine you should be particular about ensuring that different kinds of water like flavored Drench water, as well as sparkling and still water are on offer. Depending on whether the drinks are free or users are paying for them, you have to cater to tastes while choosing your product mix. If it is supposed to be for your office staff, then costs will certainly be one of your concerns. Even if your personnel are paying for their drinks, they will naturally balk at high priced items since it would be daily expenditure.

Apart from stocking popular brands keep an eye on who your regular customers are and what are they usually asking for. A clientele of adolescents would want products that are very different from what cabbies and truck drivers would. The right vending solution for your company would be a slimline cold drink machine if you are smaller company, while for a large company it would be a state of the art, stylish machine, able to offer a large selection and able to cope with high demands. However, if you want a hot drink solution then an industrial coffee machine might answer your needs.

There are many kinds to choose from and your budget and daily offtake would dictate which one you opt for. The Milano offers the latest technology in floor standing coffee machines since it can dispense a vast range of drinks including Kenco coffee, cappuccino and lattes. It also provides benefits like strength adjustment and go large options. A good quality machine will allow for any combination and for drink strengths to be set. For example, the Tassimo Professional is an intuitive system with an integrated LCD display to help guide you, step by step, to making a perfect drink and personalizing it to suit individual taste. It has a 12 drawer dispenser which ensures that the full drinks range can be displayed next to the machine. It provides space for 24 cartons of great tasting branded products for everyone to enjoy.

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New Cadbury products

We have just received news of some new Cadbury Dairy Milk products including a Dairy Milk bar containing pieces of Oreo.  This kind of cross over was always likely to happen with Kraft taking over Cadburys and we feel these new products are exciting for the vending industry.  In addition to this product there have also been three other new Dairy Milk products launched containing different things.  Look out for these in our snack machines over the coming months as we are sure to be giving them a try at some point.  We are always looking for new products that might be a hit in the vending market.  If you are interested in trying these new products in your vending machine please give us a call.

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Bevmax 4 Cold Drinks Vending Machine

The Bevmax cold drinks vending systems have had a huge amount of success over the years.  Much of this is due to the fact that they are a huge leap forward when comparing them to the old fashioned closed front can vendors.  These standard can vendors could only vend 330ml cans and only 7 or 8 different selections at that.  The first Bevmax changed all of this as it is capable of vending a wide range of different shaped bottles and cans.  It also allows you to dispense a plethora of different flavours rather than being limited as before.  The other benefit of the Bevmax system is that it allows the customer to actually see the product he or she is buying which research has shown is important in buying process.

The BevMax 4 is a greener, more reliable and technologically advanced
merchandising platform than the previous models that showcases a large variety of product and reliably delivers it to the customer every time. The Bevmax 4 is available in two sizes, the 35 select (990mm wide) and the 45 select (1181mm wide), increasing its
versatility even further.

Additionally, the BevMax 4 boasts a self contained modular refrigeration unit offering much improved performance. This unit can be easily removed from the front or back of the machine.

The Bevmax 4 really is miles ahead of the other machines available that purport to do the same thing.  For more information please give the office a call 01494 785808.



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