Blogs We Love: VendingMarketWatch.com 10 Reasons Micro Markets are better than Cafeterias!

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10 Reasons Why a Micro Market is Better than a CafeteriaMarket vs. Cafeteria

By VendingMarketWatch.com

1. It’s Employee Paid. Offering food and drinks to employees is a powerful benefit for companies looking to attract and retain good quality workers. However, food budgets can be hard to prove return on investment for in some areas. The retiring of the foodservice decision maker or an uncertain corporate climate can affect cafeterias, cafes and pantry service. The new person or board might feel the money would be better spent elsewhere. Conversely, because the capital outlay by the location for a micro market is zero, it is less affected by budgets and executives.

2. It’s Grab and Go. At work, people are searching for quick, convenient eating options. There is more snacking and fewer sit down meals during a workday, which means micro markets are a great option. The service is 24-7, giving everyone the flexibility to snack when they need an energy boost and everything is prepackaged for easy shopping of ingredients.

3. It’s Fewer Upfront Costs. Cafeterias require a number of additional upfront costs including grills, washing stations, food temperature logs, walk-in coolers, etc. Micro markets are much simpler, with a comparatively low upfront equipment cost. A micro market needs a few coolers, shelving, a kiosk and internet connection. Any add-ons can be discussed with the location and purchased by them to add that positive employee experience they want to create in the space.

4. It Allows Bulk Buying. Since micro markets use so many prepackaged products that can be used in vending and other markets, it increases the volume of items operators order, allowing them to get better pricing from the suppliers. A great purchasing manager can also work to take advantage of special offers and rebates. This can enable micro market operators to tie in better-priced products to on-site promotions that will drive sales at each location.

5. It Offers Cost Balance. While fresh food is a key component of both cafeterias and micro markets, cafeterias rely more heavily on their food offerings. Food means waste and a smaller margin. Micro markets, on the other hand, allow operators to provide a good mix of food options and shelf-stable products, such as bagged breakfast items and treats. Micro markets can even include non-edibles options that employees crave, such as small electronics or smartphone chargers.

6. It Serves A Wider Range Of Locations. Unlike cafeterias that require a few hundred employees on site, a micro market can be successful with between 100 to 200. It’s a much more flexible option with what type of checkout is available, including full, freestanding kiosks to small, tablet-based checkout that can be placed on a counter next to a small shelf and cooler combo. Micro markets also work in a broad range of businesses from manufacturing to offices.

7. It Requires No Additional Staff Onsite. Having a cafeteria means having staff on site. From cooks to cashiers, it’s more people to hire, train and manage. Comparatively, a micro market requires a route driver and support staff, people who are already on the payroll at an operation. There is no staff required to keep it open, yet a micro market offers more hours of operation to the employees making it a worthwhile benefit.

8. It Includes Supported Marketing Efforts.Consumers love getting a deal, especially when it’s a product they enjoy eating. With new features being added by micro market suppliers, promotions, special pricing, and loyalty programs are easier than ever to schedule. Many micro markets have built-in programs operators can simply turn on and off. Others have special relationships with suppliers for great partnerships. Either way, micro markets make marketing easier and more engaging with customer-focused apps and interactive touchscreens.

9. It Means No Waiting In Line. Everything is made ahead of time and prepackaged, eliminating lines of people waiting to order or for their items to be cooked. Micro market customers can just browse the selections and make a purchase. Many even offer mobile checkout apps to eliminate

the queue at the kiosk. It also encourages repeat business during the day. After all, it’s much more inviting to purchase a pack of gum in the afternoon if you know it will be a quick checkout than waiting in line for the cashier to ring up other employees.

10. It Requires A Smaller Footprint. Unlike cafes and cafeterias that need food prep and storage areas, micro markets are all about product display and sales. The configuration, number of coolers, kiosk placement, type of shelving and even how the equipment is powered is flexible. It’s a solution that adapts to locations large or small much more easily than a foodservice solution. It’s scalable as well – a solution that can grow with a company.

 

Kudos Automatic Merchandiser and VendingMarketWatch.com, we agree! Micro markets have a lot of great components that cafeterias alone don’t have!

What Coffee Brewer is right for you?

Half-full? Half-empty? These options will help your cup ‘runneth over’! 

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There are a lot of options on the market for micro market operators, and it’s easy to pick based on just one piece of information … BUT don’t get trapped by picking the lowest cost or the highest retail price point! Just because something is the lowest price often times doesn’t mean it’s the best value.  Let’s take a look!

See our Comparison Chart Here: http://bit.ly/2yT76wW

  1. Your standard cup brewer (Any single-serve machine)
    The positives: low-cost investment, low maintenance, popular products.
    The negatives: This brewer is the same as many household single-serve brewers. Low originality can lose you a large percentage of sales, short life-span, a high cost of product = low-profit margins.
    Where do we recommend?: We recommend using these machines as a trial coffee solution or in very small office settings. 
  2.  The medium level coffee brewer (Our favorite is Newco)
    The positives: medium-cost investment, very low cost of products, high-quality output, and the highest profit margins. 
    The negatives: increased maintenance and the cost of entry can be daunting for a first timer.
    Where do we recommend using it?: We recommend using these in medium to large markets, and even small markets with high coffee consumption. These are the top-rated employer-paid OCS solution coffee makers as chosen by your peers! Overall, this is a great machine for any market setting!
  3. The high-level coffee brewer (We use Bravilor Bonamat, straight from our European operators to you!)
    The positive: Quality, quality quality.
    The negatives: High cost of entry, involved maintenance.
    Where do we recommend using it?: We recommend this option anywhere you have discerning coffee drinkers. It’s great for both medium and large markets and can definitely keep up with volume output. You can schedule maintenance alerts and the machine does a lot of the work for you. This coffee maker has top-notch quality coffee and specialty coffee products. If you’re competing with local coffee houses, this is the way to go! You can price your products under the expensive chains but still, make a great profit margin!

Bottom-line: There are a lot of great options and any one of them might be right for you. Make sure you think about your clients, your locations, your business owner, the long-term, and your schedule before you make the choice that is right for you. AND if you need help … we’re here for you! 

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Top 17 for ’17

2017 is in full swing & now is the time to take charge and make it YOUR year! It’s going to be the most successful year yet for all of your markets. How do we know? Because you’re going to stock them full of the most popular, delicious, convenient items out there …
& we’re going to help you. We got down to the nitty gritty and
found the top 17 products for some of the most important categories in your market.
Go ahead, take a look … You know you want to 😉

Candy     Cold Beverage     Frozen     Hot Drink
Non-Food     Pastry     Refrigerated     Snack

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  1. Snickers Bar
  2. Peanut M&M’s
  3. Twix Caramel Cookie Bar
  4. Skittles
  5. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  6. 3 Musketeers Bar
  7. Butterfinger Bar
  8. Milky Way Bar
  9. Twizzlers Cherry Nibs
  10. Peanut Butter Chocolate M&M’s
  11. Welch’s Fruit Snacks
  12. *Jolly Ranchers
  13. Pearson Salted Nut Roll
  14. Extra Crispy Kit Kat
  15. Milk Chocolate M&M’s
  16. Strawberry Twizzlers
  17. *Starbursts

*32M’s private label Snack Time candies know how to satisfy a sweet tooth! & we have lot’s to choose from … Check ’em out! Click Below –>

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  1. Nestle Pure Life Purified Water
  2. Nature’s Crystal Spring Water
  3. Ice Mountain Spring Water
  4. Ocean Spray Cranberry Cocktail
  5. Ocean Spray Orange Juice
  6. Monster
  7. Dasani Water
  8. Mountain Dew
  9. Red Bull
  10. V8
  11. Crystal Light Lemonade
  12. Mountain Dew
  13. Welch’s Cranberry Juice Cocktail
  14. Welch’s 100% Orange Juice
  15. Welch’s 100% Apple Juice
  16. SunnyD
  17. Coke

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  1. Mrs. Freshley’s Buddy Bar
  2. Hudson Baking Company Peanut Butter Crispy Bar
  3. Cloverhill Big Texas Cinnamon Roll
  4. State Fair Mini Donuts
  5. Otis Spunkmeyer Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  6. Hudson Baking Company Monster Cookie
  7. Hudson Baking Company Chocolate Chunk Cookie
  8. Ne-Mo’s Banana Bread
  9. Mrs. Freshley’s Chocolate Cupcake
  10. Cloverhill Jumbo Iced Honey Bun
  11. Mrs. Freshley’s Mini Chocolate Donut
  12. Hudson Baking Company Gourmet Cookie Bar
  13. Cloverhill Strawberry Cheese Danish Claw
  14. White Castle Cheeseburger
  15. Hillshire Brands Bagel Deli-Bake
  16. Ne-Mo’s Coffee Cheese Cake
  17. Cloverhill Chocolate Iced Honey Bun

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  1. SwissMiss Hot Cocoa Mix
  2. Starbucks Colombian Coffee
  3. Alpine Spiced Apple Cider
  4. Nestle Rich Hot Cocoa Mix
  5. Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Tea
  6. Folgers Classic Roast Coffee
  7. Starbuck’s House Blend Coffee
  8. *PodPack Donut Shop Pods
  9. Tazo Zen Tea
  10. Tazo China Green Tea
  11. Tazo Organic Chai Tea
  12. *PodPack Hazelnut Pods
  13. Good Earth Citrus Kiss Tea
  14. Starbucks Breakfast Blend Coffee
  15. Tazo Wild Sweet Orange Tea
  16. Caribou Regular Coffee
  17. Bigelow Green Tea

*Did you know? Mention 32M when you order from PodPack to get a FREE SAMPLE kit! Click Below –>

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  1. *Tylenol Extra Strength
  2. *Claritin Non Drowsy
  3. *Advil
  4. *Aleve
  5. *DayQuil Sever Cold & Flu
  6. *Pepto Bismol
  7. Visine Advanced Relief
  8. *Allergy Sinus Relief
  9. *iPhone Compatible USB Sync Cable
  10. Original ChapStick Lip Balm
  11. Kleenex Go Pack
  12. *Micro USB Sync Cable for Android & Blackberry
  13. Scope Outlast
  14. *Zantac 150 Maximum Strength
  15. *Multi-Symptom Sinus
  16. *USB Universal Wall Charger
  17. *Power Bank

*32M’s Lil Drug Store and Power Tower Store Starter Kit is the perfect solution where value meets convenience … You will LOVE this option! Click Below –>

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  1. Mrs. Freshley’s Buddy Bars
  2. Mrs. Freshley’s Chocolate Mini Donuts
  3. Mrs. Freshley’s Chocolate Cupcake
  4. Cloverhill Big Texas Cinnamon Roll
  5. Dolly Madison Chocolate Frosted Mini Donuts
  6. Mrs. Freshley’s Texas Cinnamon Roll
  7. Cloverhill Strawberry Cheese Claw
  8. Mrs. Freshley’s Blueberry Cheese Claw
  9. Mrs. Freshley’s Mini Powdered Donuts
  10. Mrs. Freshley’s Crunch Mini Donuts
  11. Dolly Madison Iced Chocolate Zingers
  12. Cloverhill Cherry Cheese Claw
  13. Mrs. Freshley’s Big Cherry Cheese Claw
  14. Cloverhill Blueberry Cheese Claw
  15. Mrs. Freshley’s Cherry Pie
  16. Cloverhill Big Dutch Apple Claw
  17. Mrs. Freshley’s Apple Pie

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  1. Lunchables Turkey & Cheddar with Crackers
  2. Lunchables Ham & Cheddar with Crackers
  3. Sargento String Cheese
  4. Lunchables Ham & Swiss with Crackers
  5. Crystal Farms Hard Cooked Eggs
  6. Sargento Colby Jack Cheese Stick
  7. Cheesewich Colby Jack & Salami
  8. Shamrock Whole Chocolate Milk
  9. Sargento Mild Cheddar Cheese Stick
  10. Cheesewich Pepper Jack & Salami
  11. Shamrock Reduced Fat 2% White Milk
  12. Chobani Strawberry Greek Yogurt
  13. Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Pretzels
  14. Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup
  15. Panera Chicken Tortilla Soup
  16. Chobani Blueberry Greek Yogurt
  17. Sargento Pepper Jack Cheese Stick

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  1. Crunchy Cheetos
  2. Nacho Cheese Doritos
  3. Cheddar & Sour Cream Ruffles
  4. Original Gardettos
  5. Original Rice Krispies Treats
  6. TGI Fridays Cheddar & Bacon Potato Skins
  7. Cheez-It Big Bag
  8. Regular Lays Chips
  9. Frosted Strawberry Pop-Tart
  10. Crunchy Cheddar Jalapeno Cheetos
  11. Cool Ranch Doritos
  12. Chili & Cheese Fritos
  13. Fritos
  14. Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies
  15. Jack Links Beef Stick
  16. Flamin Hot Cheetos
  17. Grandma’s Mini Vanilla Creme Cookies

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P.S. Want all of these top-selling products but don’t have a warehouse to keep them in … Let us take care of that for you. With Pick & Ship, all you have to do is stock your shelves, collect your money, & maintain your inventory. Ask your 32M sales contact for the details – you’ll be so glad you did!

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Nutrition Information Functionality: In Case You Haven’t Heard!

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HUDSON, Wis. – Nov. 30, 2016 – PRLog — Three Square Market (32M) announced that it will be the first company to provide consumers nutrition information right on the point of sale kiosk.  This new feature will be one of several new features to be released between now and the next NAMA convention in April, 2017.

“With the industry requirements for vending requiring nutrition information to be viewable, we felt it was time to apply technology and be ahead of the regulatory curve and show all nutrition information right on the kiosk for any product” said Patrick McMullan, Chief Operating Officer for 32M.  “This is another industry-first feature that we are certain both our operators and end user clients will be thrilled with.  And this feature will also be available on our jail technology as well, an industry-exclusive in the inmate commissary arena also”.

The 32M nutrition information will be a seamless upgrade for all operators globally.  Current markets will see this feature released this week and all new markets opened in December will automatically have this feature.  “Operators will have to do absolutely nothing for this to appear on their kiosks” added 32M President Curt Giles.  “And when our total caloric consumption feature comes out next year, no one will touch the wellness impact 32M will bring to the marketplace.  With nutrition information requirements and consumer tastes evolving constantly, a 32M customer will always have the latest information with a scan of the product”.

2016 has been an outstanding year for 32M.  Not only has the company doubled in size, 32M also successfully launched a fixture division of their company that has made significant growth in less than 6 months.  Plus, 32M has also launched a full-service initiative where they become the warehouse for the market operator supplying literally everything that goes in to the store including coolers, fixtures, beverages, dry goods and more.  “We are a one-stop shop where an operator could literally be virtual – they would have no overhead whatsoever” added Mr. Giles.

Three Square Market operates locations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Saudi Arabia, Australia and New Zealand.  New markets will be opening soon in additional countries.  32M is a subsidiary of TW Companies which also owns corrections technology leader TurnKey Corrections (TKC) and TurnKey Correctional Supply.  In addition to breakroom solutions, 32M is providing self checkout technology now in other industries.  32M manufactures all of their own kiosks and fixtures at their headquarters.  32M and TKC will be moving in to their state of the art new headquarters in River Falls, WI in December, 2016 also.  “Our new headquarters will house our next era of growth and provide a new level of service to our clients” added Mr. McMullan.  “There isn’t anything in our new building that won’t be first class in every aspect”.

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Are you being watched?! Or are you watching?!

Here’s a great blog posted by Mondelez International,
“3 Unique ways to use micro market video surveillance beyond fighting theft.”
Really makes us wonder … who’s watching us?!

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Here’s the blog: (P.S. It features a few of our favorite operators!)

3 UNIQUE WAYS TO USE MICRO MARKET VIDEO SURVEILLANCE BEYOND FIGHTING THEFT

Video cameras in micro markets are commonplace. In the unattended retail space, video cameras act to dissuade employees from dishonestly taking product. They are also beneficial for micro market operators when it becomes known that employees are misusing the concept. When shrinkage begins to increase above a normal level of 1 to 2 percent in micro markets, operators use video surveillance to find perpetrators.

But can video surveillance be used for more than just simply catching would-be thieves? While the answer isn’t as simple as it appears, some operators report that they do indeed use their video surveillance in unique ways.

• REENERGIZE THE MARKET THROUGH MERCHANDISING

Video surveillance can be used to look at micro market merchandising and analyze whether or not layout is working. On a quarterly basis, pay close attention to the pattern of movement where customers are stopping and looking at items in different markets. By learning where your consumers move in the market, it’s likely you’ll find issues with product placement and layout. Try rotating items to keep a fresh look in the market and pinpoint where ‘dead product’ is located.

John Ward, president of Serenity Market Vending in Rockford, IL, uses video surveillance to refresh his micro markets and recommends that operators rotate slow movers out and wait one month to bring them back. “This causes customers to take notice when the products return and they have a renewed interest in the items,” he said.

The next time you’re watching a video for theft, look closely at the places your customers are spending the least amount of time and take a moment to evaluate ways to increase traffic in those areas. Be sure to include a sign in your market, too that informs customers that there are cameras.

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• CHECK COMPLIANCE AND OPERATION

Video surveillance can also be used to ensure the market is operating as expected. Five Star Food Service, located in Chattanooga, TN, uses one of its full-time loss prevention employees to look at video in its markets to check on compliance, execution and ensuring that all cameras and DVR’s are operating correctly.

The company developed a weekly remote compliance report that’s used to check if the markets are stocked correctly, placements of products are correct, and promotional information is in place. Additionally, the company routinely looks at the cameras and placements of cameras to ensure they are working correctly. “You would be surprised how many need to be replaced or repaired,” said Mark P. Stephanos, vice president, micro markets at Five Star. “[The report] has really assisted us with ensuring there is another set of eyes in the markets on a more frequent basis.”

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• FIND FOOD TAMPERING

Food tampering in micro markets is a topic that has gained the attention of health department officials in the U.S. With no person present in a micro market, how will operators protect people from situations that may compromise food safety? NAMA, the association representing the $25 billion U.S. convenience services industry, is arguing that surveillance can be used as a way to find and prosecute any food tampering.

If a health official begins to question the safety of food items in a micro market, discuss that the markets are monitored via video surveillance 24/7. It’s also worth mentioning the levels of theft in your micro market. Larry Eils, NAMA’s health and safety knowledge source partner, told VendingMarketWatch.com, “If theft is under control, then tampering will be under control, too. That’s the argument we [NAMA] will likely take with the FDA.”

A GREAT TOOL TO USE

Video surveillance does not come without its fair share of issues, however. Sometimes the technology isn’t always up to snuff. Video footage often goes through the internet connection and pulls from the bandwidth of the connection which can slow performance down if the connection is not good at a site. The cost of good video footage can be a deterrence, too.

Plus, it takes a lot of time for operators to watch video footage — time that could be spent focusing on a proper micro market planogram, getting new products or putting a loyalty program together. In the end, though, operators should be watching their micro markets on a routine basis and using video surveillance could be one way to do this without physically traveling to the market itself.

It’s a tool that operators already own and that can be used in a variety of ways. Successful operators have reported using data from video surveillance to help drive planning on space to sales, redesign payment areas with more impulse space, and add more incremental equipment and new merchandisers that pull away from the wall.

When installing micro market security, think about how you can utilize the data it’s collecting and place the equipment in areas that will allow you a visual of the entire market. Think outside the box and use surveillance for more than fighting theft.

Three Square Market has even more ways that you can use your surveillance data thoughtfully and quickly! Give us a call to learn more!

Here is one of our favorite examples … and it’s a good laugh!

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Pick And Ship

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We understand you need to focus on what’s most important for your business. That’s why we’ll take care of the rest for you! Let us do the heavy lifting and be your warehouse. All you need to do is stock your shelves, collect your money, and maintain your inventory.

OUR expertise lies in building successful markets. YOUR expertise lies is operating them. It makes perfect sense for us to build the market and for you to run it. Instead of spending unnecessary time worrying about getting products from a warehouse to your markets, spend your time ensuring that your markets are being operated successfully. With Pick And Ship, we become a well-oiled machine!