Can coffee vending machines save you money in a recession?

Many companies have felt the effects of the recession and are keen to reduce their costs. Obviously the best way to do this is by limiting the impact on staff and customers, and one way to reduce costs without reducing staff benefits, is to have a coffee vending machine based office coffee service. Why? Well there are four good reasons:

1. Coffee vending machines don't need a salary!

The coffee machine sits there day and night and at the push of a button, delivers the coffee! No waiting for the tea trolley to rumble around...and no need to spend time waiting for the kettle to boil. In addition, it doesn't require a salary! Sure, there may be a rental fee, but this is going to be less than a salary anyway.

2. A vending machine reduces "the heaped teaspoon effect"

Portion control when you have a jar of coffee on the counter is...well...impossible! Then there are the tea bags and sugar sachets...very conveniently packed for use at home....and sure enough, removal of consumables from the office may be unfortunately rife. Oh, did I mention how fresh milk gets abused in the office setting? Instead of being added to coffee, it gets added to corn flakes, protein shakes and even glasses of milk.

The way to control these issues is to lock the coffee and sugar away - but how would that help? Sure you cut costs but you'll have 50 angry, caffeine seeking zombies staking out your office and sticking pins into dolls with your face on it! Not good for your efficiency!

So why not put all the ingredients for a coffee, hot chocolate or tea in your lockable vending machine that dishes our controlled portions? Simple, and you'll have portions that you can cost and you'll avoid any abuse.

3. Coffee vendors give your customers & staff a choice while saving £'s

If you have a business that relies on customers, why wouldn't you offer them a great cup of coffee? The coffee machine will give you a choice of anything from espresso, white coffee, cappuccino, tea to hot chocolate. Keeping customers happy is a good strategy - but even more so in a recession! Your staff can also use the machine and so everyone wins.

Better still is that all of this happens while you save money!

4. Outsourcing allows you to focus on your business making money!

The range of services on offer from Vencom is extraordinary. You can arrange to buy; rent with maintenance; rent with maintenance and consumables; rent with maintenance, consumables and staff; rent with... well you get the message! Anything is possible.

Most suppliers will discuss your needs and put a package together that matches what you require - don't accept anything less if you want to save money. Large companies usually prefer fully outsourced services that include the coffee vending machines, delivery of all consumables, free repairs within 8 hours and staff to fill and clean the machines. On the other hand, smaller companies, because of lower usage, can save money by having the machines installed and their consumables delivered - filling the machine themselves and doing their own simple daily cleaning (10 minutes).

All you need do is decide which option to choose from and the most popular are:

1. Buy the machine and then buy your own consumables from Hipocor, Carre Four etc. You'll have to fill and clean your own machine and pay for any technical repairs that are not covered by the warranty.

2. Rent the machine with a maintenance contract that covers all repairs (no matter what...as long as you haven't taken out your frustrations on the machine with a cricket bat!). You can then buy your consumables from Makro or from the company you rent from if they offer that service. You fill and clean the machine.

3. Pay for each cup you drink. The per-cup-price will cover the machine rental, the maintenance, the consumables and any staff attached to fill and clean them.

So there you are! Four good reasons for looking at an office coffee vending machine solution to beat the recession...and some options to put your cost cutting into practice!

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