Servicing a Vending Machine Route

The key to maximizing your time is to start in the earliest planning stages. Start locating in one zip code at a time and slowly expand you route as you go; this allows you to have your locations all located as closely as possible allowing you to maximize your time. The last thing you want is to spend 2 hours driving just to service a couple locations.

Because I’m only servicing in a one zip code at a time this limits my drive time. Ideally you want locations that are less than 15 minutes apart, anymore than this and you’ll be wasting a lot of time. I can quite easily service up to 4 locations an hour if the locations are well laid out. My typical serving takes well less than 10 minutes and includes emptying all the money, filling the candy and thoroughly wiping down the machines. If I have to replace a coin mechanism or change the candy selection then this will take longer, but even this only takes an additional 5-10 minutes.

When most people start out in vending they’re very excited to run out service their machines. I was no different; I was servicing my machines on a 30 day cycle. I thought this was a good time frame, plus it really is a lot of fun to collect all those quarters when you’re first starting out. Now that I’ve been in the business for awhile I’ve figured out that I really need to maximize my time and a 30 day cycle isn’t necessary or the best use of my time. Currently I’m on a 45 day cycle, but I’m heading to a 60 day cycle. When you’re first starting out it’s normal to want to service more, but eventually you’ll see that most of your locations will be perfectly fine on a 45 – 60 day cycle.

When you’re first getting starting, running only a few dozen vending machines doesn’t seem to take all that long, but this all changes when you start managing hundreds of locations. At this point you really need to find ways to be more time efficient. Although servicing locations will take the biggest chunk of your time, you’ll also need to commit time to locating, buying candy, doing book keeping, running to the bank and shopping for candy. Plus you’ll also need to repair and clean machines. Although vending is a very time efficient business, you still don’t want your new vending machine business to take up all your free time.

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