Fresh Food in Your Atlanta Break Room

With wood paneling, mason jars, local/organic product and the convenience of pushing a Girl having saladbutton, Farmer’s Fridge sounds like the perfect Pinterest post. And although you may find a picture of it on social media you can use the first of its kind in person if you live in or are visiting the Chicago area.

Farmer’s Fridge is a brand new vending machine, although founder Luke Saunders prefers to refer to it as an automated kiosk that makes fresh salads readily available to people on the go.

And when he says fresh, he means fresh. Salads are made every morning at 8 a.m. with fruits, veggies, nuts and proteins layered in jars to maintain freshness and to provide an easy form for vending. All salads are delivered by 10 a.m. (salads that didn’t sell the day before are removed and donated to local shelters). The process repeats itself the next morning at 8 a.m.

saladIf you like this concept and are near enough to try it in person, may we suggest visiting the automated kiosk after 6 p.m. when these salads (balanced mixtures of whole grains, veggies and lean protein) that on average sell for $6.99 are reduced by $1 to encourage as little waste as possible.

Other things to love about Farmer’s Fridge:

·         The containers are 100% recyclable

·         It’s been so successful, plans to expand to NYC are in the works

·         Saunders is looking to expand his menu to include fresh soups

Although this a specialty machine not available in Atlanta, but for more information on a fresh food alternative to your break room call Eagle Vending today at (770) 426-1969.

Keurig 2.0….an Improvement but for Who?

It’s been said that having a copycat is the highest form of flattery but it would appear that CoffeeKeurig is feeling anything but appreciative of the copy cat machines/single cup portion packs that have taken over 12% of market sales.

In 2012 the portion pack patent Green Mountain had on its Kcups expired and since then lots of new players have come into the game, including: Grove Square, Peet’s and Marley Coffee. In retaliation Green Mountain is launching a brand new brewer, the Keurig 2.0, which features an interactive readability with licensed Kcups (aka if Green Mountain doesn’t distribute it, it won’t work in their machines).

b3000sedefaultAccording to CEO and President, Brian Kelley, the new machine is being launched “to ensure the system delivers on the promise of excellent quality beverages produced simply and consistently every brew, every time. [Because] we use interactive technology to help us perfectly brew all Keurig brew packs… the system will not brew unlicensed packs.”

Kelley anticipates with the Keurig 2.0’s game changing performance it will replace almost all current Keurig models at homes and offices within a year.

Concerned about the imposters? Don’t be. In true Green Mountain spirit Kelley has promised that his company will continue to engage with unlicensed players to bring them into what is sure to be one big happy family. Eagle Vending doesn’t just offer office coffee services in Atlanta…it excels at it. If you would like to arrange a free no obligation coffee tasting for your office, call Eagle Vending today at (770) 426.1969!

In Atlanta Act like a Fortune without Spending One

In their February 3rd 2014 edition, Fortune magazine lists the 100 Best Companies to Work For (to pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America).

In this 17th annual ranking Fortune lists not only the 100 companies that made the cut (Google ranked #1) but the things they do, “perks,” to create a positive work environment, separating themselves from the competition by valuing their employees first.

Some of the most popular perks included paid sabbaticals, compressed work weeks, job sharing and onsite childcare. If you’re a business owner reading this and think “if I had Google’s money I could afford paid sabbaticals for my employees too,” don’t lose heart. A lot of the companies listed may have bigger budgets than you but you can still take away some good ideas and implement them on a smaller scale. Some of our favorites included:

·         In gymFitness incentives – Intuit of Mountain View Ca gives employees fitness incentives for swimming lessons, gym memberships, basketball league fees, etc.  (SIOB [Same Idea on Budget]: Offer to sponsor employees on a city softball league, install a basketball hoop).

·         DPR Construction of Redwood City Ca prides themselves on an open office floor plan and business cards with no titles.

·         Wegmans Food Markets of Rochester NY offers flexible scheduling and stretch assignments.

·         At Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants a job well done is rewarded with “Kimpton Moment” tokens that can be redeemed for paid days off, gift certificates, flat screen T.Vs, etc. (SIOB: award prizes that are within your company’s budget)

·         JM Family Enterprises of Deerfield Beach Florida treats their employees to a day trip to the Bahamas on corporate planes and boats (SIOB: plan a day trip to local beach/lake, rent jet skis cater with sodas and sandwiches)

In this same issue of Fortune, multiple Company Spotlights focused on this same idea of beautiful brunette holding apples applesvaluing employees, the overall theme being that Atlanta’s employees are a company’s greatest asset and that people need to know that they are working towards their future and not just a company’s future.

As you look at the way your Atlanta based company is structured ask yourself what you are doing to show your employees they are a valued member of your team and remember you don’t have to spend a lot of money to show people you care.

*Supplying quality coffee and free snacks/beverages to your employees is one of the cheapest employee benefits but has one of the highest perceived values. Call Eagle Vending today at (770) 426-1969 to discuss a snack/beverage program that will show your employees that you care but that won’t break the bank.

A Plan is a Good Thing in Atlanta

For many years the word “planogram” has had negative connotations in the vending world, Avanti Marketscompanies not wanting to be put in the same 38” x 72” x 35” box (aka a vending machine) worried that set planograms would take away their individuality.

But recent reports from 365 Retail Markets (a company that breaks the standard mold of vending with their micro markets) suggest that planograms when done correctly cannot only increase sales but can cater to each individual customer’s unique needs as well.

Micro Markets operate like mini convenience stores in break rooms, taking the place of traditional vending machines. According to 365 Retail Markets Atlanta vendors should create planograms for these markets that include:

·         Physical layout of the location

·         A starting baseline assortment of products to be carried

·         A diagram of where these products will be placed

Avenue_C_Pop_ChipsAfter creating a planogram and placing a market an Atlanta vending operator then needs to analyze each individual market’s sales, gauging what is and what isn’t selling and adjusting the plan each month that the market is on location. The idea is that by listening to their customers and making continual revisions based on each unique location, Atlanta vendors can increase their sales while increasing their customers’ employee satisfaction.

In the same way through DEXing (Digital Exchange that was originally created for the grocery industry) vending services throughout Atlanta can set planograms for vending machines, monitoring exactly what is selling in each machine, using the data collected to swap out slow moving product for potentially more popular options.

If you’re looking for a snack/beverage program that is catered specifically to your employees tastes ask Eagle Vending at (770) 426.1969 for your custom micro market or vending machines. You’ll find that rather having a limited variety, you’ll have the best variety, making better use of your limited space.