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What’s Your Favorite Snack in Dallas Fort Worth?

“The rapidly evolving consumer landscape is dramatically changing Beautiful young womanthe game in the food industry,” says John Haugen, vice-president and general manager of 301 Inc., a business development venture capital firm that will work with food and beverage industry start-up companies.
301 Inc. began as a new business development team within General Mills in 2012. The name comes from the address of the original Pillsbury Mill. 301 Inc. With this legacy name as its heartbeat 301 Inc. will seek to meet “consumer needs faster than ever by combining the vision and passion of entrepreneurs with General Mills extensive capabilities.”
In addition to seeking out new brands and new products to meet growing consumer needs for healthier, natural, organic products, General Mills is not only looking at new items to drive market sales but revamping the old. Take a look below to learn some interesting facts about some of America’s favorite snack bars.
Granola-Bars1The Bar: Nature Valle Oats and Honey Bars
• Its significance: #1 bar brand in convenience stores with a 94% awareness
• General Mills (GM) Revamps:
o August 2015 the bar was made easier to bite with a crunch reformulation
o October 2015 new consumer messaging to promote that the brand has no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners
o Fall of 2016 – expect to see new brand packaging
The Bar: Fiber One
• It’s significance: Fiber One is the #1 selling fiber bar
• GM Revamps:
o April 2016 – Fiber One Oats & Chocolate will have no artificial flavors or sweeteners
General Mills was founded in 1866. It could be easy for them to dig fiber_one_barin their heels and stick to what they’ve always known. Instead, as we rapidly approach the end of 2015 and enter 2016 they’re living out a lyric from an old Girl Scout’s song. It states, “Make new friends but keep the old; some are silver and the other gold.” It appears then that you can teach an old dog new tricks and that you can expand a company without losing what makes it, it.

As we at Vend Pro look forward to the New Year we’d like to say thank you for another year of doing business together throughout Dallas Forth Worth. We’d also like you to know that we are going to follow General Mills’ lead and continue to search for new ways to meet your break room needs in 2016. We promise we’ll keep your favorites while expanding our product line and that we’ll continue to stay on top of all the food trends affecting our industry this coming year. Call Vend Pro today at (972) 948-3431 for a free no-obligation of your break room needs!

U.S. Military Following School Snacking Guidelines

At this year’s annual Association of the U.S. Army conference one of the key topics discussed was vending machines. Well…kind of anyway.
As the Defense Department finalizes their Healthy Base Initiative which seeks to improve nutritional choices, increase physical activity, reduce obesity and decrease tobacco use on U.S. military bases, military officials are looking to make healthier food options more readily available to service members and their families.
Because revising long standing contacts with popular military base fast food restaurants (i.e. Burger King and KFC) could take years, military officials are looking for quick short term fixes including:
• Labeling menus with calorie content at restaurants on base
• Changing vending machines to meet NAMA’s (the National Automatic Merchandising Association) Fit Pick and Fit Pick Select standards
Since 2005, FitPick has been NAMA’s signature initiative that identifies better for your products available form vending and micro market channels. Easy to use, the most recent FitPick standards are as follows:

fit pick tableFitPick Select, is a component of FitPick that is specifically designed to help vending operators in Dallas Fort Worth and throughout the country meet strict school guidelines and achieve and maintain successful operations in places of education. Here are the most recent FitPick Select standards:

fitpick table 2In addition to the above nutrient standards, any food sold in schools must meet at least one of the following four criteria:
1. Be a “whole grain-rich” grain product;
2. Have as the first ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product, or a protein food;
3. Be a combination food that contains at least ¼ cup fruit and / or vegetable;
4. Contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of a nutrient of one of the nutrients of public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (calcium, potassium, vitamin D, or dietary fiber).*
5. **On July 1, 2016, snack items must contain ≤200mg sodium per item

The Defense Department will be looking at all of the above criteria to see if these standards are strict enough or if an adaption to the FitPick and/or FitPick select programs will be necessary. In her presentation at the conference, Capt. Kimberly Elenberg, Director of U.S. Public Health Service’s Medical Readiness and Training Program, stated what schools and counties working on healthy programs already know, “what we have to balance is a business model that works as well as aligning that we our priorities as a service.”
If you are looking for a Dallas Fort Wort vendor for your school, county/city building, or military base call Vend Pro today at (972) 948-3431. As members of NAMA we are very familiar with the FitPick and FitPick Select standards and can help create a vending menu that is healthy, delicious and can still help drive revenue for your program.

Top 10 Employer Wellness Programs: How They Can Help You in Dallas Forth Worth

Every smart Dallas Fort Worth employer wants healthy employees. healthy woman drinking waterTo help DFW businesses keep employees healthy, corporate wellness programs have grown into a multi-billion dollar business. Vend Pro works with some of these wellness programs. Such programs offer nutrition education, preventive care, health screenings, gym membership incentives and more.
As a Dallas Forth Worth health partner, Vend Pro wants to share some highlights about 10 top corporate wellness programs in the country.
Snacknation, an online snack service provider, recently listed what it considers the nation’s top corporate wellness programs. By reviewing how these companies help employees follow healthy lifestyles, employers can gain a better sense of what a structured wellness plan will provide. DFW employers who want to have a healthy work environment will certainly want to know about the approaches these companies take. Here are summaries of the top 10 wellness programs. More information is available on their websites.
1) Marino Wellness (marinowellness.com)
Marino Wellness has three levels of corporate wellness programs for different sizes of companies. These three different plans will cover just about any size budget. Options include annual health risk assessments, monthly massage days, personal coaching, workshops and education initiatives.
2) EXOS|MediFit (mediafit.com)
EXOS|MediFit designs custom fitness centers that are eco-friendly. In addition to nutrition education and physical therapy, it offers a tactical program to help injured military personnel get back to duty, and a sports program to help athletes improve performance.
3) Wellness Corporate Solutions (wellnesscorporatesolutions.com)
Wellness Corporate Solutions provides health fairs and health risk assessments for employees. It also offers eight week-long wellness campaigns to challenge employees to strive harder in a work environment. Employers can download a form and get a closer at employee incentive ideas that can turn good health intentions into results.
4) Kinema Fitness (kinemafitness.com)
Kinema Fitness’ integrated platform – online secured software portal – allows employees to create and access their own account to view and sign-up for classes, communicate with other employees, and log fitness and nutrition tips. This online platform supports the wellness programs being implemented on-site at the client location.
5) Premise Health (premisehealth.com)
Premise Health is an on-site health care provider. It does more than just cover basic health needs; it also offers chiropractic and acupuncture services. The company focuses on improving patient, provider and client experiences. It invests in technologies that sustainably engage patients, improve the efficiency and satisfaction of providers, and allows employers to track outcomes.
6) TotalWellness Health (totalwellnesshealth.com)
TotalWellness’s goals are threefold: 1) Lower healthcare costs, 2) Prevent diseases, 3) Create corporate wellness solutions to foster a safer and more productive work environment. Services include program design and consultation, health risk assessment and reporting, corporate health fairs, health screenings, nurse counseling, on-site flu shot clinics, health education, and a wellness portal.
fresh food vending machines in Dallas Fort Worth7) WorkStride (workstride.com)
While it is not typically considered a corporate wellness company, WorkStride helps employers recognize and reward behaviors to improve employee wellness. The software platform powers recognition, incentives, and reward programs. The solution makes it easy to highlight good deeds, compensate great work, and share authentic stories that reinforce a good direction.
8) Fitbit (fitbit.com)
Many people know Fitbit as a tiny wristwatch-like device that helps people reach personal fitness goals. Fitbit also provides corporate wellness programs, helping people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their goals. The platform combines connected health and fitness devices with software and services to help people become healthier.
9) Provant Health (provanthealth.com)
Provant Health partners with businesses to improve employees’ health while supporting employers with their healthcare affordability agenda. Provant’s Life+ Program combines personalized “high touch” services with social networking tools that link rewards to healthy behaviors and outcomes.
10) Marathon Health (marathon-health.com)
Marathon Health offers onsite healthcare, primary care services, Man With Saladpreventative care, chronic condition coaching, occupational health care, ancillary services and more. Outreach efforts include healthy food drives to benefit local food shelters, educating middle and elementary school students about health and wellness, supporting Special Olympics, and providing free blood-pressure checks for seniors.
Vend Pro encourages Dallas Forth Worth employers to engage in corporate wellness programs. Vend Pro partners with DFW employers by only carrying those products that are part of what most consumers consider to be a healthy diet.
For more information about healthy snack and beverage options available to the vending industry, contact your Dallas Fort Worth vending partner, Vend Pro, at (972) 948-3431 to discuss your customized break room solution.

Good News For Los Angeles: Major Food Brands Are Jumping On The Healthy Bandwagon

Dallas Forth Worth (DFW) consumers, like people everywhere, are Healthy girlcalling for healthier food, and major brands can no longer ignore the call. In the past few months, several major brands – General Mills, Campbell Soup, Kellogg and Nestle – announced they are removing unhealthy additives.
This is good news for Dallas Forth Worth employers who have known for years that employees want to follow healthy lifestyles. As major food brands remove unhealthy additives, Dallas Fort Worth employers will have even more choices to help employees follow a healthy diet.
This month, General Mills Cereals committed to removing artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources from all of its cereals in response to consumers’ changing preferences. More than 60 percent of General Mills cereals are already without artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources.
According to a survey conducted by Nielsen on behalf of General Mills, 49 percent of households are making an effort to avoid artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources.
“At General Mills Cereals, we have been upgrading the nutrition and ingredients in our cereals for years to meet people’s needs and desires,” said Jim Murphy, president of the General Mills cereal division. “We’ve continued to listen to consumers who want to see more recognizable and familiar ingredients on the labels and challenged ourselves to remove barriers that prevent adults and children from enjoying our cereals.”
General Mills Cereals plans to have more than 90 percent of its portfolio free of artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources by the end of 2016. Trix will now use ingredients like fruit and vegetable juices and spice extracts such as turmeric and annatto to achieve the fun red, yellow, orange and purple colors.
In August, Kellogg announced Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies will soon be all-natural. Kellogg said it is aiming to stop using artificial colors and flavors in its cereal and snack bars by the end of 2018. The company said 75 percent of its cereals in North America were being made without artificial colors and more than half without artificial flavors.
untitledIn July, Campbell Soup said it would stop adding monosodium glutamate to its condensed soups for children and increase its organic offerings as part of a broader strategy to cater to changing consumer tastes.
Campbell also said it would remove artificial colors and flavors from nearly all of its North American products by July 2018, and that it would move away from using high fructose corn syrup in certain products, such as its line of Pepperidge Farm fresh breads, by the end of fiscal 2017. Most new products it is launching in 2016 also will not contain corn syrup.
Additionally, Campbell will launch new organic products, such as purees under its Plum line for kids and Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers made with organic wheat.

In June, Nestlé pledged to improve the ingredient quality and iStock_000010520105XSmallnutritional profile of some of its most popular frozen pizza and snack brands without affecting taste. Nestlé announced the improvements, which encompass more than 250 products across six brands in the U.S.
By the end of 2015, Nestlé will have removed artificial flavors from every product within these brands. It will have reduced sodium by 10 percent across the entire portfolio of six pizza and snack brands compared to 2013 levels. It will incorporate guidance tools on packaging across these brands to help educate consumers on choosing appropriate portion sizes and the importance of eating vegetables and fruits as part of a balanced plate.
Vend Pro applauds these companies for listening to consumers and making it easier for Dallas Fort Worth to follow healthy lifestyles.
For more information about healthy snack and beverage options available to the vending industry, contact your Dallas Forth Worth (DFW) vending partner, Vend Pro, at 972.948.3431 to discuss your customized break room solution.

Swiss Army Snacking in Dallas Fort Worth

According to research from IRi, a market research company which healthy vending machines Dallas Fort Worthprovides clients with consumer, shopper, and retail market intelligence and analysis, the total U.S. snack bar market boasted $5.6 billion in annual sales from July 2014 – July 2015.

Data was collected from sales at Supermarkets, drug stores, mass markets, military commissaries and select club and dollar retail chains.

From this data BakeryandSnacks compiled a list of the top 10 bestselling snack bars including granola cereal and nutrition bars. Take a look at what they found and then take a look at your Dallas Fort Worth vending machines to see how many of these bars you can find for purchase. (p.s. if you don’t find ones you’re looking for let us know and we’d be happy to place them for you).

  1. Nature Valley Oats & Honey Bar ($400,000,000)
  2. Clif ($378,453,696)
  3. Fiber One ($282,693,152)
  4. NV Sweet N Salty ($256,410,000)
  5. Rice Krispy Treats ($256,391,152)
  6. Quaker Chewy Bars ($230,580,880)
  7. Nutri-Grain Bars ($222,151,680)
  8. Special K Protein($151,426,480)
  9. Nature Valley Protein Bars ($130,574,664)
  10. KIND Plus Bars ($110,109,128)

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The largest segment of sales came from nutrition and intrinsic health value bars (making up $2.76 billion of the $5.6 billion sales). But word to the wise, be careful when deciding what’s “healthy.”

According to Kissairis Muroz in their article “The 15 Granola Bars That Are Actually Healthy” on greatist.com, “Granola bars are the Swiss Army knife of snacks: they’re small, portable, napkin-free eats that can tackle a variety of situations. But not all bars are created equal, and unfortunately these tasty bites can be loaded with more sugar than a Pumpkin Spice Latté and so low in fiber and protein that hunger will come knocking before you’ve even tossed the wrapper.”

So how do you know if your favorite bar is healthy or just disguised as healthy in Dallas Forth Worth? Make sure you understand the ingredients listed and take a look at three things:

  • Sugar – you want it to be low
  • Protein – you want it to be high
  • Fiber – you also want it to be high

Not sure where to start? Here are Muroz’s top 15:

  1. Health Warrior Chia Bar
  2. Annie’s Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Granola Bar
  3. KIND Cashew & Ginger Spice
  4. Ginny Bakes Karma, Love & Apricot Ginnybar
  5. KIND Dark Chocolate Chili Almond
  6. Annie’s Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookie Granola Bars
  7. Larabar Renola Cocoa Coconut
  8. KIND Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt
  9. Zing Chocolate Coconut Single Bar
  10. Larabar Uber Dark Chocolate Turtle
  11. Simple Squares Coffee
  12. 22 Days Nutrition Nut Butter Buddha
  13. Larabar ALT Lemon Pound Cake
  14. 22 Days Nutrition Pumpkin Seed
  15. Rise Almond Honey Protein Bar

Call your local Dallas Fort Worth vendor, Vend Pro today at (972) 948-3431 to find out more about your favorite granola bars as well as some healthier bars we carry that you might not know about yet.

A Steady Addiction in Dallas Fort Worth

According to a study by Gallup Inc., an American research-based, office coffee service Dallas Fort Worthglobal performance-management consulting company, the amount of coffee drinkers in the U.S. along with the amount of coffee they drink are steady, which is interesting when you consider that coffee shops are reportedly the fastest-growing segment of the restaurant industry.

Coffee shops are on the rise (40% growth from 1999-2005) while coffee consumption has been the same in similar studies ran both in 2012 and 1999. In all studies 64% of Americans consistently drink at least 1 cup a day. Here’s how that 64% breaks down:

26% drink at least 1 cup a day

19% drink at least 2 cups a day

8% drink at least 3 cups a day

11% drink at least 4 cups a day

The remaining 36% drink none

Here are a few more numbers worth mentioning:

office coffee service in Dallas Fort Worth

26% of coffee drinkers consider themselves addicted to coffee but only 10% think they should drink less. And with more and more studies showing the positive effects (improved concentration/memory, lower risk of certain types of cancers, Parkinson’s and stroke) of caffeine, there may not be a need to.

What does this mean for your Dallas Fort Worth office coffee program?

It’s simple. Keep offering high quality coffee to your Dallas Fort Worth employees to help them stay focused and feel appreciated throughout the work day. Statistically 64% of your population will appreciate this added benefit.

And although our coffee consumption hasn’t changed in volume some things have changed for taste. For instance, we now know that a large portion of the population prefers a light roast. Make sure you are offering a full line (light, medium and dark roasts) to keep your full 64% at the office for their coffee breaks.

And for the other 36% make sure you are offering a high quality tea coffee and tea service in Dallas Fort Worththat matches your coffee brand in perceived value. Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, second only to water and you don’t want your office tea drinkers to feel less appreciated than the coffee crowd.

Looking to improve your Dallas Fort Worth office coffee service? Call Vend Pro today at (972) 948-3431.  One of our team members will be happy to discuss improvements that can be made to your current program while sticking to your budget.

Is Your Dallas Fort Worth Vending Company Fully Licensed?

There are over 40,000 different licensing jurisdictions in the United iStock_000011116770XSmallStates. To put that number into perspective, if there was a jurisdiction for every mile from the North Pole to the South Pole you would walk around the world twice before visiting them all.
To make matters more complicated each of these jurisdictions set their own standards as to the licensing they require from businesses; standards that can vary from every county in the state of Texas. Because of these complications this blog will not discuss the specific licensing required of your Dallas Fort Worth  vending company but rather the importance of having a properly licensed vendor within DFW.

route driver3That being said there are some licenses in Dallas Fort Worth that are standard. These include:
• Federal tax ID
• State tax ID/resale permit
• County licenses
Some of these you may be familiar with in your own place of business, which is one of the reasons you should care if your vending company in Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) is licensed; it seems only fair that if you pay your taxes, so should they. However, more importantly then the profit the government makes off of businesses or the sense of what’s “fair” are the other two intertwined reasons why licensing exits:
1. Licensing keeps businesses accountable for their actions
2. Licensing holds businesses to health and safety codes
You want to work with a Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) vendor who is accountable. Honesty is a character definition and it stands to reason that if a company is honest with the government there is a higher chance they’ll be honest with you about their service and commissions you garnish off their vending machines.
Furthermore, vending offers a variety of food. If you walk into a fresh food vending machines in Dallas Fort Worthrestaurant or a grocery store you expect them to abide by certain sanitary codes. You want those establishments to be rodent and bug free, to use clean equipment, etc. By choosing a Dallas Forth Worth vending company who is properly licensed you are ensuring that they are being held accountable for the way they handle your food.
Here are some things that inspectors look for:
• Food is kept off the floor
• There are no signs of unwanted creatures
• Refrigerated and frozen products are properly stored
When choosing your vending service in the Dallas Forth Worth (DFW) area make sure they are fully licensed, for your health, for your safety, for your peace of mind, and maybe even your budget. Call Vend Pro today at (972) 948-3431 for a free no-obligation consultation of your break room needs!

Dallas Fort Worth Vending Providers Embracing Healthy Products in Newer and Better Ways

Common negative stigmas are associated with vending machines. 107Can’t think of any? We’re sure you can but just in case you can’t here are a few:
• They steal your money or don’t take your money
• Product gets stuck
• They only offer junk food
To combat these negative images the vending industry has:
• Embraced cashless technology
• Installed SureVend technology – using infrareds to detect whether or not a product has vended, ensuring your employees either get their product or their money back
• Added healthy beverages and snack options to our product lines.
Perhaps the greatest advances have been in regards to point #3. Fitnessmagazine.com listed 10 healthy vending machine snacks that were low fat or fat free including: baked chips, peanuts, pretzels, popcorn, Nature Valley granola bars and even some cookies.
Although the acknowledgement that it’s possible to find healthy snacks in vending machines is appreciated, this list fails to do justice to the vast variety of healthy alternative options available in vending today.

healthycollagev3If we were to make our own list it would include some of the following products:
• Gluten free items
• Organic items
• Vegan items
• Beef jerky
• Be Kind bars
• Go Picnics
• Trail mixes
• PopChips
• Coconut water
• Sparkling water
• Fresh fruit
This list could continue for quite a bit longer but to save your scroll finger let’s just say this: healthy and vending are no longer antonyms but synonyms. Vending machines have progressed with the times and so have the products they offer.
For more information on healthy snack and beverage options available to the vending industry contact your Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) vending provider, Vend Pro at (972) 948-3431 today!

Does Your Dallas Forth Worth Vending Company Offer a Revolutionary Office Coffee Service?

In the early 1900s coffee breaks in the workplace were a novelty Coffeeand were only first issued by factory owners in an attempt to get their line workers to move faster. Breaks were closely regulated and coffee was heated on kerosene fueled hot plates.

In the early 2000s coffee in the workplace in Dallas Forth Worth is no longer a novelty but a necessity. Hot plates have been replaced by espresso machines/single cup brewers and employers encourage their employees to take frequent breaks, to make themselves feel at home.

Although the change in heart may be for noble reasons there are also very practical statistics behind the changes. Numerous studies show that:

  • Employees feel more appreciated if coffee is offered free of charge in the work place. Happy employees are loyal employees and loyalty means less turn over and easier hiring.
  • If coffee is offered there is less reason to leave the office which means faster breaks and more productivity.
  • The factory owners were right (to an extent): taking breaks does increase productivity when returning to work.

Coffee breakThe evolution of coffee in the workplace from 1900 to 2000 has been extreme. The progression of equipment, the research showing its benefits from an employer perspective and the priority placed on it by employees (by 1950 coffee breaks were written into almost all union contracts) have all gone a long way in establishing coffee as a necessary employee benefit.

In 2015 as coffee has become an office staple in Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), companies need to find other ways to set themselves apart, making sure that the coffee they offer is still a benefit and not a nuisance. Some important things to keep in mind when choosing (or improving) your Dallas Fort Worth office coffee service:

  • As brewers and coffee selections evolved so did people’s taste coffeebeans sackbuds. Make sure you choose a coffee (either a premium brand or local roaster) that your employees enjoy. If they don’t like the coffee they are likely to pay for the cup they do enjoy even if it means leaving the office.
  • Offer a large variety (including decaf). You don’t want any employee to feel like their preferences are less important than others.
  • Make sure you have a strategic plan for who makes the coffee and cleans the pots (no longer an issue with single cup brewers). As companies make cut backs, employees are already feeling overwhelmed. Throwing the responsibility of cleaning the machine onto their shoulders might be the breaking point.

If you are looking to improve your current vending or office coffee service in Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) and surrounding areas but not sure of the steps you should take call your local Dallas Fort Worth vendor, Vend Pro at (972) 948-3431 . Vend Pro can help you with coffee samplings and show you even more data on the benefits of a quality coffee in your work place.

Man has evolved, coffee as an industry has evolved, your business has evolved, and your office coffee service should reflect that.

How to Choose a Great Vending Service in Dallas Fort Worth

machinebank-transparent4How do you know what is considered a great vending company in Dallas Fort Worth? Will they deliver what they promise? What types of questions should I ask a company who provides vending and office coffee service before making a decision? If you have asked these questions, then you are not alone. Most companies throughout Dallas Fort Worth look for a vending service that will meet the needs and desires of their employees but just do not know what questions to ask when searching for the right vending provider in Dallas Fort Worth. Well, here is a list of some of the most important questions when searching for the right vending and office coffee provider for your business. You may even consider them “valuable tips” that could potentially relieve you from a disastrous outcome.

First and for most you need to make sure that the vending company Businesswoman in cubicle using laptop and eating saladin Dallas Fort Worth is fully licensed and insured. If one of your employees happens to get sick from eating a product out of a fresh food vending machine, you want to make sure that the vending company has liability insurance for potential law suits. Along this line you may want to consider asking if the vending company offers workers compensation for its route drivers. If one of their employees gets hurt in your state of business, you don’t want to be liable or responsible for injury compensation.

iStock_000011440447XSmallAnother important question you should ask when interviewing a vending company is how long they have been in business. Is their business a one-person operation working part time or is their vending business a full-time company dependent on its customer base? Do you really want a vending company servicing your office with a variety of snacks and beverages who works out of his or her garage at their state of residence? This actually leads to a third question to ask. How is the product being handled and how long is the product stored before it is delivered to their customers? Is it a garage, a truck or a clean warehouse, and are you able to visit the vending company’s facility?

Service is always a great topic for asking questions. How long will a Crane 6-Anglemachine be out of service if there is a problem…hours, days or weeks and does the vending company have their own vending machine mechanic? Having a vending provider in Dallas Fort Worth who establishes servicing standards for their route drivers and acquires well-trained technicians is crucial if a problem ever arises with your vending machine.

One question that is often missed when interviewing a vending company is what technologies do they have in-place for improving customer service? Are their vending machines equipped with new Guaranteed Product Delivery Systems that guarantee the product or your money back? If you are not aware of what Guaranteed Product Delivery Systems is, it is an infrared technology which detects any unsuccessful vend cycle, guaranteeing that your employees either receives their product, or gets their money back. This new technology greatly reduces the chance that your employees will lose their money or not receive the item they have selected. This will eliminate frustrated employees and management having to worry about reimbursing employees for lost money.

iStock_000004960733XSmallAlso, vending companies that have a tracking system in place to keep account of slower moving products and potentially out dated items is very cost effective and an efficient way of doing business. Asking how often their route drivers rotate product selections is a great question and can eliminate internal stress between the management team of the office and the employees.

Safety is also an over looked factor when searching for the right vending and office coffee provider. Have criminal background checks been cleared on the route drivers and technicians entering your facility? Are the employees required to wear photo identification and professional uniforms? You don’t want to be liable for inappropriate actions at your place of business when precautionary steps could have been taken to avoid such actions. Last but not least when choosing the right vending company for your line of business, make sure to request at least five business references that they are currently using as their customers. Hopefully by asking these questions it will eliminate any confusion and frustration when trying to find the very best vending and office coffee provider for your business in Dallas Fort Worth.

Looking for a complete break room service throughout Dallas Fort Worth? Call Vend Pro. today at 972.948.3431 for a free no-obligation consultation of your break room needs.