What Will They Think of Next?

Did you think that cupcakes were the only weird thing found in vending machines? Well, think again. A British company has recently sold rights to two American women to own and operate a new vending machine in America according to the Washington Post. This vending machine distributes ballet flats for women who are fed up with their 6″ heels. You can find the vending machine, called Rollasole, outside of nightclubs in Vegas and L.A.

The two American girls found that they had been beaten to the punch with this shoe vending business opportunity, but found that they could buy the rights to operate Rollasoles in America. So that’s exactly what they did. Ashley Ross and Lindsay Klimitz are now making women’s feet happy out west. I hope they will be a great success, as the flats are not only cute, but affordable, at $20 a pop.

The New American Vending Machine

Vending machines have been a staple in the American landscape for years. But now it seems that they’re getting a little revamp from the country’s entrpreneurs. Taking cues from other parts of the world (in Japan, everything from soup to beer to iPads are in vending machines), business owners are looking to add unconventional things to vending machines. In this post from the Wall Street Journal, a man in Pennsylvania shops at a vending machine for his live bait. It saves him a lot of time and the bait is always in good condition.

Pennsylvania man with his live bait from a vending machine.

This kind of innovation may be just what the vending franchise industry needs. With dwindling numbers, it’s the perfect time to reinvent what goes in the machines and what customers expect from them.

Dante’s Pizza Vending Kiosk

This vending franchise has coined itself “recession-proof” and “gimmick-free,” but what does it do? Well, Dante’s is a low investment vending franchise provides low cost Italian food in a vending machine. That’s right, you can get pizza from a vending machine. All your customers need to do is slip their money in and choose their product. The machine will then simply grab the item and drop it down for them.

Products include pretzel bread sandwiches, mini pizzas and Blue Bunny ice cream.

For just a few hours a week (restocking), you can make some side income with your Dante’s Pizza Kiosk. And if it’s working well, there are always options to expand your vending franchise and put more Dante’s in more locations for a great revenue stream. Some places that Dante’s recommends for their machines are: skating rinks, parks, college, hotels, family fun centers, arenas, bowling alleys and large offices.

You can get started on your vending franchise business by requesting more information on FranchiseClique.com.

Starting a Vending Franchise Business

There is a lot to consider when looking for a franchise opportunity. What kind of industry would you like to go into? What kind of time commitment can you make? What does the initial investment look like? How long will it take you to be successful? Well, it’s easier than you think to start planning if you are planning on buying a vending franchise.

Here are five things to consider when looking for a vending franchise:

1. Location, location, location. This isn’t a clichéd saying for no reason! Location is of the utmost importance with many businesses, but with vending, it’s even more so. If you are planning on buying a DVD vending franchise, for instance, it’s probably best to go with high-traffic areas like gas stations or grocery stores. With healthy snacks, it might be best to go for gyms, schools and churches.

2. Initial investment is lower. With a restaurant franchise, you’ve got to worry about hiring cooks, learning the menu, training wait staff, marketing, and more. With vending machines, you can simply place it wherever you want and stock it with in-demand items. There’s no guessing about investment range.

3. Maintenance. Have a clear plan for who is in charge of maintenance and stocking your machines. You want to make sure they are always working properly so that people come back.

4. Time commitment. Luckily for you, owning a vending franchise isn’t as time consuming as most other franchise opportunities. You’ve got time to be with your family and you won’t be working late hours or holidays.

5. Make profit in less time. It doesn’t take a long time to start turning a profit for vending franchises. Even though the merchandise does not cost much money, neither does the machine and maintenance. Therefore, you’ve got a higher return on investment potential. This means, too, that you can open up more opportunities for yourself in new locations.

Fresh Healthy Vending Has New Leadership

Fresh Healthy Vending has appointed a new CEO and President, Dan Negroni. Negroni has over 20 years experience in growing businesses and should come in very handy to the franchise’s growth plan for the coming years. With over 1,100 locations in the United States and Canada, Fresh Healthy Vending has grown exponentially in the last two years.

“I am honored and excited to lead Fresh Healthy Vending at this time because I believe they matter as a company – it matters to both our children’s and adults health and to communities across North America,” said Negroni (vendingmarketwatch).

Fresh Healthy Vending offers healthier vending machine options like fresh fruit, yogurt, granola and baked chips. The dual cooling climate is perfect for holding healthier food and drinks, which makes it a perfect vending franchise opportunity.

Vending Machine Bakes Cupcakes?! It’s True!

Imagine being able to get a fresh cupcake whenever you wanted. Sprinkles Cupcakes Founder Candace Nelson made that dream a reality after enduring many late-night cravings while pregnant. Sprinkles has created the first-ever 24-hour vending machine to produce freshly-baked cupcakes. At the machine, they’ll cost you $4, whereas in the store they cost $3.25. A little mark-up is a small price to pay for customers’ convenience. Video above via IBTimes. Can you imagine if this amazing idea became the new standard in vending franchises? That would be amazing!

Vending Franchise Spotlight: IntoxBox

What is an IntoxBox anyway? An IntoxBox is a 19-inch touch screen monitor with advanced remote monitoring system that gives a reliable Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) reading for bar patrons. This little box does a whole lot: it discreetly informs individual of their BAC so they know whether or not they can legally drive home. This is really important because of so many alcohol-related car crashes (and not to mention DUI tickets). This little box is unlike those before it. Its modern design and touch screen makes it more user-friendly and more appropriate for upscale bars and it accepts credit and debit cards, to make it easier for you to make money.

IntoxBox not only helps patrons and bar owners, but it can also double as a powerful advertisement. With its 19-inch monitor, it can bring ads out of the restroom stalls and into the main room of the bar where it can be seen by everyone. IntoxBox handles the ads and pays you a percentage, so you’ll benefit with minimal effort.

IntoxBox is a great vending franchise opportunity because it’s merchandise-free. Therefore, you won’t be stuck restocking cans and snacks. So check out the interactive breathalyzer IntoxBox if you’re interested in a home-based business with minimal maintenance. Parker Stewart, the creator of IntoxBox, says he hopes to add a “call a cab” feature, according to Mississippi State’s article in The Reflector.

Fresh Healthy Vending Experiencing Healthy Growth

After selling 95 franchises last year, Fresh Healthy Vending has become one of the most successful and fastest-growing vending franchises in the country. Since they just began in May 2010, this is great news for CEO Jolly Backer. According to their press release, Fresh Healthy Vending is expected to double in sales this new year. As this expansion is happening, they are not forgetting the franchisees who are making them a success. Fresh Healthy Vending is constantly testing new products to best inform the franchisees of what people want. They are also testing new locations like military bases, hospitals and schools. As the war on obesity wages on in America, Fresh appears to be firmly entrenched in the fight.

For those not familiar with the franchise, Fresh Healthy Vending offers more nutritious options than traditional vending machines with soda and candy. Some options include coconut water, protein bars, granola, juices and even vegetables and fruit. They’ve dubbed themselves “the future of vending,” and from the looks of things, it seems many agree!

The Ease of Vending Franchises

When you think of vending franchises, you naturally think of snacks and sodas, right? Well, although those are great money-makers, there are also vending franchises that don’t require merchandise. Franchises like the Boozelator, IntoxBox and The Back Massager simply require maintenance. Since the Boozelator and IntoxBox are breathalyzer machines and the latter is a massage chair, none require anything but maintenance. It’s the perfect solution for those potential franchisees that want to make a little extra income without having to devote massive amounts of time to a business.

Healthier 4U Vending Machine

More than meets the eye...

Though they require more upkeep, merchandise vending machines are a huge market right now. One in particular that is seeing a ton of growth is DVD Now Rental Kiosks. The ease and convenience of a video store on practically every corner (not to mention super-affordable prices) has America in a frenzy over these little machines. Similarly, did you know that ATMs are often franchises? This is also a great growth opportunity. Of course, there is always the classic vending franchise opportunity with a twist. Healthier 4 U Vending and Naturals 2 Go both offer healthier alternatives to sugary sodas and fattening snacks. They can go anywhere, too, from schools to parks to office buildings. Even Mayor Bloomberg of New York City has enacted new rules about what schools can offer kids as food options.

Have I convinced you yet? Check out more information about vending franchises on Franchise Clique.

New Guidelines on School Vending Machines

The Obama administration is working to enact new policies that will set better nutritional standards for kids in schools. According to the New York Times, kids eat 19-50% of their food at school during the day. Therefore, regulations must be placed on the availability on unhealthy options. Schools as well as food and beverage industries have mixed feelings. Candy/unhealthy food promotions can often lead to big dollars in fundraising for schools, and corporations say that most of their products do have nutritional value.

However, if you’ve been following the campaign of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move, you know that one in five kids are now considered obese. That is simply unacceptable to the administration; whatever measures need to be taken to aid our kids in getting healthy must be taken.

So why does all this matter to you? It is clear that a new business opportunity rests with healthy vending franchises. Vending machines that offer healthy options like coconut water as opposed to Coke are going to soar after these regulations are set. Looks like it’s time to get started on your franchise research!