Healthcare facilities face a number of challenges with regard to their supplies, and many of those challenges can be met with a custom vending machine. IDS is on the vending industry’s cutting edge by offering custom medical vending machines that can dispense tools and instruments, scrubs and even controlled substances, all of which come with numerous benefits.
Superior Inventory Control
The iQ technology IDS uses in its custom machine allows for remote inventory tracking. Rather than having to physically visit each machine, medical administrators can access reports online to review each machine’s inventory. This feature saves time and improves accuracy, giving administrators a real-time view of the inventory at any given time.
Custom machines can also machine time-stamp and catalog all withdrawals, only dispensing items to those with authorized access. Whether it’s a controlled substance, costly surgical instruments or a pair of scrubs, the custom machine will regulate the item’s access based on the swipe of an ID card, employee PIN or other access protocol.
Reduction of Inventory Shrinkage
Inventory shrinkage is another issue that can be eliminated with a custom medical vending machine, particularly useful for the facility’s scrubs department. Scrub shortages and constant inventory depletion is often the result of employees not returning scrubs after use. A custom medical inventory control machine can address the problem by dispensing scrubs in an authorized user’s specific size and color, as well as giving him the option of returning soiled scrubs. This feature saves money and eliminates the mess often found in scrubs return areas.
Medical Vending Benefit Overview
The full slate of medical vending benefits are many, and they include:
Fast and easy access to supplies for authorized users
Tracking of costly items and controlled substances
Reduction of shrinkage and theft
Elimination of storerooms
Customized sizes featuring single-sided or double-sided display
Reinforced steel and heavy duty glass for theft prevention
Custom skin options to specify machine use
While healthcare facilities may continue to face a number of challenges across the board, keeping tabs on their supplies need not be one of them. A custom medical vending machine provides a top-notch solution that comes with numerous benefits.
There is no denying the power of social media. From kindergartners to grandparents, people all across the world are going online to share their lives and their interests. It is a wave that continues to rise and one that businesses of all types are attempting to take advantage of.
Old Navy Combines Custom Vending and Social Media
As a recent article from In Style notes, even vending machines are now part of the social media equation. Clothing company Old Navy decided to draw attention to its $1 flip-flop sale by dropping off custom vending machines in random places – machines that would dispense free flip-flops for a tweet. Interested consumers could keep track of these machines on Old Navy’s Twitter.
This effort by Old Navy demonstrates that such marketing avenues have true potential for businesses savvy enough to learn about and utilize social media platforms. Unfortunately, not all vending machine owners have million dollar marketing teams to come up with such interesting social media campaigns. For many owners the idea of marketing through social media may seem foreign and even intimidating.
However, there are companies working to make things easier. Fanwise offers a way for vending machine owners to create positive social media feedback in exchange for free products. More options like this are bound to appear as the desire for a social media presence grows among businesses.
Why Social Commerce Matters for Vending Machine Owners
Social media like Twitter and Facebook allow businesses to deliver interesting content and promotions to customers that want to be communicated with. If someone likes what a company is selling and chooses to connect with them through social media, the stage becomes set for ongoing interaction. This makes it easier to build your brand with customers and allows them to say positive things about your company. The more positive reviews and pervasive your brand becomes, the more profit you can expect to generate.
The best part about all of this is that it is free for companies to take advantage of. It may take some effort on the part of vending machine owners to find the right balance, but once they do they will have a new marketing channel that reliably delivers customers to their machines.
We at IDS would like to wish you all a happy independence day with a flashback into the late 20th century. Pictured below, artist Mel Chin spiced up some American Flags and filled a vending machine with them. Commemorate our troops by purchasing your next machine from an all American Vending Machine Manufacturer. Give us a call today at 1877-771-4446
In March 2014 alone, Colorado sold almost $19 million in recreational weed, much of which reached customers via marijuana vending machines. Ten percent, or $1.9 million, goes directly toward building new Colorado schools. At this rate, the state will generate $30 million in taxes alone this year to improve public schools.
Now that marijuana possession is legal for the 21 and older crowd, police are focusing their efforts on more serious offenses. What’s impressive, though, is that crime is down 10.6 percent across the state. Perhaps the reason is because legal smokers now have less to be angry about and therefore less motivation to commit crimes. Does that mean that other states are soon to follow the lead? What do you think? Sound out in the comments below.
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