Your Orlando Vending Service is YOUR Personal Shopper

If you are currently purchasing snacks/beverages for your Orlando Concerned Phone Calloffice at a grocery or

wholesale store, STOP. You have the right idea but the wrong practice. You think buying in bulk and having it delivered will save you time and money, which it can, but there is still a better way.

The worlds of fashion and vending don’t typically, if ever, collide; however, in this particular case a lot can be gleaned from a particular sector of the fashion industry, that of personal shoppers. According to Washingtonian.com personal shoppers typically range from $100-$250 an hour. Most shoppers start with a consultation over the phone or in person to get a sense of their client’s taste, budget and needs. “Independent stylists often combine this get-to-know you session with a closet clean-out at your home.”

When you buy your snacks from wholesale stores you are left to do all the work (but the delivery) on your own. Which means you:

  • purchase coolers and shelving racks
  • choose (from 100s of items) what you think your employees will enjoy
  • unpack all the product that is dropped at your front office

healthycollageIf you contact your Orlando vending service they will do all the above for you, in a sense, they will be your personal shopper without the hourly fee. When you contact your Orlando vendor here is what should happen:

  1. A meeting will be set up to survey what you currently offer and discuss what is not working (essentially they’ll clean out your closet).
  2. During this meeting you’ll also discuss what you want out of your particular program. Do you want meal options, an emphasis on healthy items, to stay within a strict budget, etc?
  3. After your vending company has a good idea of what you want/need they can filter thru the 100s of products and create a custom list for you.
  4. You can place an order based on this list or set up a regular delivery without ordering (one less thing to remember each week/month).
  5. When your Orlando vendor arrives with the product they won’t just drop and go. They’ll refill your coolers and shelves and neatly store excess items in storage. Freeing you and your employees up to focus on what’s important…your business.

iStock_000011476998XSmallYou may think this is too good to be true, maybe all the above sounds nice but it’ll cost too much money.

In most cases, product is not much higher in cost then what you would buy from the wholesale store (in some cases it’s even on par or below).  And then when the price of coolers/shelves (placed at no charge by an Orlando vending company) and the time of staff spent ordering and restocking are factored into the equation, you may find that the benefits of putting your pantry service in the hands of your Orlando vending service far outweigh the costs.

So stop. Stop doing all the work when someone else will do it for you. Stop being charged to have product dropped off instead of put away. You’ll gain time and energy and be able to start doing the things that matter most to you and your Orlando business. Call Blindster Refreshments  today at (407) 730-6629 for a free no-obligation consultation of your break room needs!

Racing to Victory Lane

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In the 2014 Nascar season Kevin Harvick claimed the Sprint Cup Series Championship, Chevrolet won the manufacturer’s championship and Kyle Larson was named Rookie of the Year but none of these people/companies are why over 2,000 fans lined up at Victory Lane. Instead, it was a vending machine, a social vending machine dispensing free prizes, which was the source of all the excitement.
Sponsored by AAA & developed by Brightline Interactive in partnership with Aquarius Sports and Entertainment, the vending machines challenged fans’ knowledge of the sport they love by asking them 3 racing related questions. Fans submitted their answers via a touchscreen, along with their email address and in turn received a free at random prize ranging from AAA branded flags to exclusive pit passes.
When commenting on the success of their vending machine, AAA and Brightline both had interesting insights that may help you as you consider your company’s direction for 2015.
“It’s such a simple concept, but one that really elevates fan engagement to another level. Rather than just distributing free gear to fans, the vending machine urged participation within a completely branded environment.” – Matthew Haas, Director of Marketing and Advertising for AAA Mid-Atlantic
“Nascar fans are some of the most passionate fans in sports. The Social Vending machine really tapped into their passion for racing by challenging them with racing trivia, but in doing so rewarding them with fun prizes. It created a unique experience for them to share and in the process amplified AAA’s brand exposure.” – Erik Muendel, CEO and CCO of Brightline
What then are these insights?
As you consider reaching new customers and increasing brand awareness for your company this coming year remember to:
• Keep it Simple
• Entice Customers for their Participation – a branded flag might not be that exciting but the chance to win exclusive pit passes definitely ups the ante
• Tap into Your Customers’ Passion – find out what inspires them and then use that to draw attention to your brand
Best of luck in all of your 2015 endeavors!

Looking for a complete break room service for your Orlando office? Call Blindster Refreshments today at 407-730-6629 for a free no-obligation consultation of your break room needs.

#Snackinginorlando

The back of a bag of mini Oreos reads that this cookie is the perfect snacksgroupingsnack anytime, anywhere throughout Central Florida. And according to a recent interview with Rachel Reed, Foodservice Business Manager for Mondelez-International (the company that brings you such favorite snacks as Oreos, Belvitas and Wheat Thins) snacks of all kinds are being consumed more regularly, everywhere.
As we enter quarter four of 2014 research suggests that people are snacking more often, with 51% of people snacking at least twice a day (71% of those that snack, do so in the mid afternoon).
Although the increase could be accounted for by various reasons the predominant belief is that the increase in snacking is a direct result of the broadening definition of what a snack is. Where before a snack was limited to cookies, chips, candy, etc now the term “snack” includes beverages and items previously viewed as meal options.
Studies also show that 58% of snack are still made on impulse, where 39% are made with health conscious concerns in mind. These 39% of consumers are looking for fruits, proteins, fibers and nuts (gluten free products were up by 47% in 2013) but these health conscious consumers still want something to indulge in.
temp_file_temp_file_brand-landing-lunabar21So what do all of these numbers mean for your Orlando snack and beverage program? Whether you have vending or micro markets in your break room, it looks like variety is the key to a successful program. People want options in price points, flavor profiles, healthy alternatives and portions. Although healthy options are on the rise, consumers still want snack time to be an indulgent time, so if you are leaning to 100% healthy, keep in mind that dark chocolate has health benefits too.
For more information on offering a well rounded snack and beverage program at your business call your local Orlando vending operater, Blindster Refreshments at (407) 730-6629.  We’ll be happy to set up a program based on what’s trending at your office.

Why a Fall Flavor is Becoming an Obsession in Central Florida

In 2013 pumpkin spice sold over $308 million worth of “fall” Autumn Pumpkin Spice Latteflavored beverages and treats. That’s 14% more than the year prior. And when you take into consideration that this flavor profile is most typically only offered September-December it’s no surprise that in a recent report from Vending Market Watch that 34% of survey respondents associate pumpkin spice as the leading Fall flavor (sorry apple).
And although some (a lot) would credit the PSL (3 letters used in association with Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte) for initiating this flavor profile buzz, experts are suggesting a variety of reasons why this trend is growing.
Girl_coffee1. Absence makes the heart (and taste buds) grow fonder – Although some stores/restaurants are bring in the pumpkin spice flavors earlier in the year (some as early as August) it’s usually completely off the shelves by the New Year, leaving Orlando consumers longing for 8 months until it reappears.
2. Seasonal can often be perceived as fresher – in one survey 58% of participants said they associated seasonal products with freshness.
3. The tried and true supply and demand theory applies – where apple cider and apple picking are still associated with the Fall season, apples are also in our produce aisles 365 days a year, whereas pumpkins are limited to the Halloween and Thanksgiving season.
4. It’s broad definition – Although other seasonal flavorings (i.e. apples and peppermint) are often limited editions on restaurant menus and grocery store shelves, they are also very defined. In contrast “pumpkin spice” is associated with a large variety of flavors including cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger and all spice. In fact in many pumpkin spice products, pumpkin is not even an ingredient. coffeebeans sack
5. A large variety – Pumpkin spice’s broad definition gives lots of wiggle room for a wide assortment of snack and beverage distributors to cash in on the seasonal jack pot. From beer to cookies to chips, there is something for everyone whether you’re looking for something sweet or savory.
In short, for a number of reasons it looks like pumpkin spice is here to stay. So, if you’re a consumer in Orlando we hope you enjoy the seasonal varieties and don’t get too annoyed by the pumpkin spice invasion at your favorite grocery stores, coffee shops and restaurants.
Tell us why you are or aren’t a pumpkin spice fan here. And if you are a fan, feel free to share your favorite treat or recipe here! If you are looking for a break room service to contact Blindster Refreshments today at (407) 730-6629 for a free no-obligation consultation of your break room needs.