Need a cut of steak at a moment’s notice? If you happen to be in New York City, you can have 24-hour access to fresh beef, pork, lamb and more thanks to a series of new vending machines at the Applestone Meat Co. butcher shop. The shop’s owner Josh Applestone was reportedly inspired by the automat designs of the 1950s.
“I remembered Horn & Hardart [the ‘50s automated luncheonette, whose last new York outpost closed in 1991],” said Applestone in an interview with Bloomberg. “There were very few people providing nonstop food. I put two and two together.”
Applestone’s meat vending machines look similar to the carousel-style fresh food vending machines you might see in schools and office buildings. Applestone currently has vending machines in two locations on the outskirts of NYC, and he plans to expand his operation to at least three more locations by 2019. He’s also in the process of developing custom-made machines that are expected to be ready by next year. Whereas his current vending machines can hold about 150 items each, his new machines will be able to hold as many as 1,000 items at once.
Ultimately, Applestone would like to bring his vending machines to neighborhoods in other cities across the country as well. He hopes that the 24/7 machines will offer a convenient source of fresh food to people whose hectic lifestyles may keep them from making it to the grocery store after a long day of work. Thus far, his vending machine enterprise has been enormously successful. According to his interview in Bloomberg, Applestone’s vending machines in Stone Ridge, New York currently account for about 70 percent of his total sales.
Want to outfit your workplace with a modern fresh food vending machine? You can find a number of great options at Orsino Vending! Give us a call or contact us online today to get started.
If you’ve purchased fresh food from a vending machine recently, you may have noticed that it came wrapped in transparent plastic packaging. This impermeable packaging is very effective at preventing fresh food from spoiling, but it’s not especially environmentally friendly. That’s why researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are exploring innovative ways to develop new food packaging materials made from natural fibers.
Earlier this month, the researchers announced that they have created a promising new material derived from crab shells and tree fibers that could one day serve as a viable replacement for flexible plastic food packaging. The material is made by spraying alternating layers of chitin from crab shells and cellulose fibers from trees to form a flexible, compostable and impermeable film. These two materials, chitin and cellulose, are the world’s most common natural biopolymers.
“The main benchmark that we compare it to is PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, one of the most common petroleum-based materials in the transparent packaging you see in vending machines and soft drink bottles,” says professor J. Carson Meredith of Georgia Tech’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. “Our material showed up to a 67 percent reduction in oxygen permeability over some forms of PET, which means it could in theory keep foods fresher longer.”
The research team’s biopolymer-based packaging sounds like a promising proof of concept, but they still have plenty of work to do to develop a cost-effective manufacturing process that can produce the material in large quantities. If they succeed in their efforts to mass produce the eco-friendly packaging, it could significantly reduce the amount of plastic we consume in vending machines and grocery stores each year.
Cold bottles of Coca-Cola have been vending machine staples for decades, and now the company is using “reverse vending machines” to encourage their customers to recycle every bottle of Coke they buy. Earlier this month, Coca-Cola deployed its reverse vending machines at the 50th anniversary Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. Each time an attendee returned a bottle or can to one of the machines, it would automatically contribute the $.05 deposit as a donation to Special Olympics Washington. In other places where Coca-Cola has installed its reverse vending machines, customers can receive gifts such as Coke-branded t-shirts, bags and hats made from recycled plastic when they deposit their used bottles and cans.
Coca-Cola is particularly interested in using its reverse vending machines to encourage recycling at music festivals and other outdoor events where large quantities of bottled beverages are consumed. They’ve even suggested offering VIP benefits to fans who use their recycling centers at these events. Coca-Cola North America is currently in the process of deploying reverse vending machines at retail locations in the United States and Canada as well.
This program constitutes just one part of Coca-Cola’s ambitious World Without Waste initiative, which aims to “collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle or can it sells globally by 2030.” In addition to creating its own recycling centers, the company is also working to develop 100-percent recyclable packaging and reduce the amount of plastic that is used to make its bottles.
Keep an eye out next time you buy a bottle of Coke from a vending machine—there could be another machine waiting to take your bottle back nearby!
There are many benefits associated with encouraging your employees to lead healthy lifestyles. Healthy employees tend to be more productive and take fewer sick days, for example. Check out a few of our favorite tips for promoting healthy workplace eating habits below!
Order healthy food options for office parties.
When you order food for an office party, it might be tempting to call up the local pizza place and ask them to deliver a few pies. But is that really the right choice for your employees? Rather than ordering greasy takeout options, offer your employees more nutritious foods at parties instead. A “Make Your Own Salad” table can be a lot of fun, and it will give your employees an opportunity to try healthier foods.
Hold contests that promote healthy eating.
Losing weight on your own can be a challenge, but losing weight as a team? That can be all the motivation your employees need to drop some pounds. Consider offering rewards like a day of paid time off if they’re able to lose ‘X’ number of pounds as a group. Not only can this foster healthy diet and exercise habits, it can help build camaraderie among your employees as well.
Stock vending machines with nutritious foods.
What’s inside the vending machines in your office? If you’re only offering things like cookies and chips, it may be hard for your employees to find healthy snacks throughout the day. These days, you can find a variety of healthy vending machine options that are great alternatives to traditional sodas and salty snacks.
To learn more about all the healthy food options we offer at Orsino Vending, give us a call or contact us online today!
You can find just about anything in vending machines these days. Whether you’re looking to grab a quick bite to eat in your office or a new pair of headphones at the airport, you can usually find a vending machine that has just what you need.
Now, people in Charlotte, North Carolina can even buy cars from a vending machine owned and operated by Carvana.
This massive machine is eight stories tall, and it’s capable of holding up to 32 cars at a time. Carvana, which specializes in buying and selling vehicles online, designed the machine to give their customers a convenient new way to purchase cars without having to spend hours in a dealership. All they need to do is find the vehicle they want online, select a payment option, and then choose for it to be delivered to the vending machine for pickup.
Once the car arrives, its new owner can schedule a time to visit the vending machine and activate it with a large commemorative coin. The machine will then spring into action, sending the vehicle down to a delivery bay where it can be picked up by the customer and driven home. All of this is done without the help of any human employees.
Carvana hopes that the vending machine will encourage more people to buy cars online, rather than from traditional brick-and-mortar dealerships. Last year, the company began offering a similar vending machine service in Houston, Texas as well.
Interested in outfitting your workplace with a modern, versatile vending machine? Give us a call today or contact us online to get started!
By now you’ve probably noticed that vending machines have undergone something of a renaissance in recent years. Not only are they safe and secure, they’re also an affordable option for many vendors. And the best part? These days, you can find just about anything in them. Take this recent story from the Netherlands, for example.
As farm stalls and markets continue to grow in popularity, one company is testing a new way to bring that fresh farm produce to the masses: a vending machine!
The Lockblox is an innovative system that’s being embraced by Dutch farmers across the country, offering a convenient opportunity for growers to sell their fruits and vegetables without raising their price tags or worrying about theft.
According to an article in FreshPlaza, one farmer loads up his vending machine with strawberries and asparagus before he leaves the farm on Sundays. This way, he knows that they won’t run out by the time he returns. In the meantime, he can even check his inventory on VendingWeb, the app associated with the farm stall vending machines.
The Lockblox’s creator, Sander Sciarone, said he wanted to change peoples’ perceptions of what can be offered in a vending machine—instead of just soft drinks and snacks, why not fresh produce?
At Orsino Vending, we love hearing stories about how the vending machine industry is innovating to meet new market demands and consumer behaviors. Interesting in adding a fresh food vending machine to your office or storefront? Give us a call or contact us online today to learn more!
Vending machines are common features of modern office life that offer employees a convenient way to stay alert and refreshed with a variety of snacks and beverages. These machines aren’t cheap though, and they can sometimes be prohibitively expensive for budding entrepreneurs and small business owners. That’s why many business owners choose to rent their vending machines instead! Today we’ll look at just a few of the many benefits of renting a vending machine for your workplace.
Lower Up-Front Cost
Vending machines typically start at around $3,000, and high-end models can cost as much as $10,000. Needless to say, these price tags can make a vending machine a daunting investment for small businesses. Renting effectively eliminates this up-front expense by spreading the cost out over a period of months or years. You can even recoup some the cost of your rental fees with the profits you generate from the vending machine.
No Need to Stock It Yourself
The sticker price isn’t the only thing you’ll have to pay when you buy a vending machine. You’ll also have to pay to keep it stocked with food and drinks. When you rent, on the other hand, the cost of stocking the vending machine is typically included in the lease agreement. Each week, a representative from your vending machine company can come out to make sure your machine is well-stocked with everything your workforce needs to stay happy, healthy and productive.
Maintenance Is Included
Your vending machine company can do more than just re-stock your machine; they can make sure it’s properly cleaned and maintained as well. This way, if you ever have any trouble with your machine, you’ll always have a trusted partner you can call on to get it up-and-running again.
At Orsino Vending, we offer a number of affordable leasing options that are ideal for business of all shapes and sizes. To learn more about any of the vending machines we carry, feel free to give us a call or contact us online today!
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just make us feel better. It can make us happier and more productive at work as well. By exercising and eating well, we can unlock the potential of our brains and bodies to do our very best work. Today we’ll look at just a few of the many benefits of fostering healthy habits in the workplace.
When people stay active and maintain nutrient-rich diets, they tend to have a more positive and optimistic outlook on life. This, in turn, can make your workplace a better place for everyone. Your employees will come to work feeling energized, alert and ready to get the job done right. It’s amazing what a difference high morale can make in a workplace setting.
Another common side-effect of a healthy lifestyle is self-confidence. This can give your employees the courage to grow and come up with creative solutions to difficult problems. When your workforce is healthy, you may notice an increase in their tendency to be motivated and ambitious.
Let’s face it: health and happiness go hand-in-hand. When people aren’t in good health, they may simply not have the energy to enjoy themselves at work. Although there will always be stressful times in the workplace, it’s much easier to feel a sense of satisfaction and contentedness when we’re healthy.
At Orsino Vending, we offer a diverse selection of vending machines stocked with fresh, nutritious foods. These machines can make it much easier for employees to maintain healthy habits at work. Give us a call or contact us online today to learn more!
If you have a vending machine in a public area such as a park or outdoor recreation center, you may be concerned about vandals defacing the machine or trying to steal its contents. Unfortunately, this type of vandalism does happen from time to time, especially when vending machines are situated in easily-accessible public areas. The good news is, there are steps you can take to make your vending machine less appealing to would-be vandals.
Keep the Machine in a High Traffic Area
Vandals will be less likely to mess with your vending machine if it’s in a conspicuous area that gets a lot of foot traffic. Vending machines in dark, isolated areas tend to be the most vulnerable to vandalism. Keeping your vending machine in a high-traffic area can not only increase the amount of business you get from it, but also reduce the likelihood of theft and vandalism.
Install Security Cameras
A security camera can serve as a powerful deterrent to thieves and vandals. These days, you can find affordable wireless security cameras that are easy to install and maintain. Install the camera above your machine so that it’s clearly visible, but out of reach. In the event that an especially bold vandal decides to ignore the camera, you’ll also be able to provide the police with video evidence of the crime.
Use Warning Signs
Speaking of deterrents, a simple warning sign is enough to convince many vandals to look elsewhere for their free snack. A sign that says “all cash and coins removed daily,” could make the vending machine less appealing to thieves, for example. Alarm system warning signs tend to be particularly effective as well. Even if your vending machine doesn’t have an alarm system, most vandals won’t want to run the risk of finding out for sure.
Winter can be hard on the homeless populations in the U.K., but a charity called Action Hunger is employing a unique new strategy to make life a little easier for the country’s most vulnerable citizens. Recently, the charity announced plans to stock a vending machine in Nottingham, England with necessities like fresh fruit, sandwiches, toothpaste and socks that can be accessed by the city’s homeless population free of charge. Many of the food items are being donated by local supermarkets.
Key cards will be issued to homeless individuals based on their level of need by partner organizations such as counseling centers and shelters. These key cards will grant access to three vending machine items per day.
“We want our low-cost solution to complement other services that are available, as engagement with professionals and local support services is instrumental to breaking the cycle of homelessness,” says the charity’s website.
Action Hunger has only deployed one of its vending machines so far, but the charity already has plans to install more machines in Manchester, London, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle as well. Homelessness has become an increasingly prevalent issue in many cities in recent years, and the founders of Action Hunger hope that their vending machine service, in conjunction with other local charities and government outreach programs, might help to alleviate homeless rates across the globe.
To learn more about Action Hunger and how you can get involved in their efforts to combat homelessness, you can visit the charity’s website here.