The Best Decision You Ever Made That Didn’t Cost You a Thing in Atlanta

For years vending machines have been loved by break rooms everywhere. They offer Avanti Marketsconvenience, provide delicious/healthy snacks and allow a snack/meal break when restaurants and stores may be closed or too far away to access during an allotted break time. However, in these same years, vending machines have been loved to be hated. Products get stuck, change doesn’t dispense, dollar bills (no matter how many times you flatten them) won’t read and in some scenarios products (when they do vend) come through the hatch expired.
In short vending machines are just that: machines. And machines are not perfect. But what if there was a system that was closer to perfect? One that prohibited lost money and stuck product? One that offered even fresher food and guaranteed that customers never had to purchase an outdated product again?
Micro Markets are that system.
A Micro Market operates as a mini convenience store in Atlanta break rooms in place of typical vending machines. With open shelving for shelf stable products, reach in coolers and freezers and a self-checkout kiosk, customers (your employees) can hold their product before they ever purchase it. Which means in addition to being guaranteed they will receive what they purchased they can also:
• Check expiration dates
• Examine nutritional information (allowing the opportunity to make an informed purchasing decision for their taste buds and their health)
What about money?
beautiful brunette holding apples applesMicro Markets use stored value cards, credit cards and finger print recognition to make payment as convenient as possible for your employees. With their stored value cards, employees can upload cash or credit (at the kiosk or online) to make a purchase. The card stores the balance, which means no change is given back (eliminating the coin mechanism which is responsible for roughly 90% of all vending related service calls).
And for freshness?
Those reach in coolers, in addition to beverages; hold FRESH food (not frozen to defrosted, but fresh). Delicious sandwiches, salads, burritos, yogurts, parfaits, wraps, fruit, etc. are now readily accessible to your employees without ever having to leave the office.
So what does all of this mean for your business?
• Happier/healthier employees
• Reduction of extended off site employee breaks
• Improvement of employee efficiency
Which in turn increases your company’s bottom line as happy employees will produce Avanti Marketsbetter results.
Want to revolutionize your company’s break room with a micro market of your own? Call your Atlanta vendor, Eagle Vending today at (770) 426.1969 and ask what requirements need to be met to qualify for a micro market at your place of business in Atlanta. And when you speak to them make sure to ask about promotions they offer within their markets to increase customer satisfaction (one more thing that will contribute to a happier work place).

Tea Trending with Younger Generations in Atlanta

According to the Tea Association of the USA Inc. tea is the most widely consumed teabeverage in the world next to water, and can be found in almost 80% of all US households. Furthermore, approximately 4 in 5 consumers drink tea, with Millennials being the most likely (87% of all Millennials drink tea).
As tea consumption continues to grow (up 20% from 2000 to 2014) coffee consumption has steadily declined. In 1946 the average American drank 46 gallons of coffee a year and in 2013 the average American drank 23 gallons, showing a 50% decrease in consumption.
Although various factors have contributed to this, one major variable seems to carry the most weight: age.
Research suggests that 70% of the over 65 crowd prefer drinking coffee to tea, whereas Millennials are divided down the middle with 42% preferring coffee and 42% equally preferring tea.
So why are Millennials drawn to this leaf steeped beverage?
Although no one knows for certain a popular opinion suggests that growing health awareness is a key contributing factor to teas’ increased popularity (especially with the younger generation).
Some of teas most notable health benefits include:
• Reduced risk of stroke and heart disease (3 or more cups of black tea day)
• Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease (over 2 cups of green tea a day)
• Reduced cholesterol (5 cups of black tea a day)
• Reduced risk of certain cancers
• Helps prevent neurological decline
• Improves muscle mass and boosts bone-building markers, helping reduce the risk of osteoporosis
And since natural teal contains no sodium, fat, carbonation or sugar, it’s virtually calorie free, which makes it a great aid in weight management and overall good health.
What does all of this mean for your break room beverage program?
1. Although coffee is a vital part of the work day and a great employee benefit at your Atlanta office, you may be ostracizing a large percentage of your population (especially if you employee a majority of Millennials) if you aren’t also offering premium teas with your favorite coffees.
2. Because approximately 85% of tea consumed in America is iced (with green tea growing in popularity at a much higher rate than black tea) it’s important to make sure your cold beverage program (i.e. vending machines, pantry service or micro-market) contain both unsweetened black and green tea options.
Reach a larger percentage of your work place population and contribute to overall employee wellness by making sure to include both hot and cold teas in your break room beverage program. Not sure where to begin? Contact your premier Atlanta vending provider, Eagle Vending at (770) 426.1969 and we’ll be happy to discuss ways to improve on your current beverage program.
For more information on the health benefits associated with tea consumption visit teausa.com.