You’ll need to find a reliable vending machine supplier to get your machine from because you will need a quality machine and a good back-up service. Because you will need top-up products and maintenance, this back up is very important.
There are a few ways to go about vending machine distributors. You may already find that your company is tied in with a specific supplier such as may be the case with a large institution such as the NHS where bulk discounts get negotiated to help save money. If this is the case, you will probably have to stick with them.
If you are free to choose your own supplier it is best to first ask other businesses that you know if they use a supplier and get a report on how good that supplier is. Recommendations from people you know are usually fairly trustworthy and a good place to start.
If you haven’t had any recommendations, it is a good idea to use the internet. Remember that the results at the top and right of Google’s search results are basically adverts, and the others are the unpaid, natural results.
On discovering a small selection of suitable companies, look for testimonials on their website or online reviews to see how people rate their products and service.
You may come across umbrella organisations that represent a group of vending machine suppliers. They are useful to use because the suppliers are usually vetted before being allowed to join. If you come across a site like this you will probably find a supplier-locator where you can search for members near you.
It’s useful to deal with local suppliers because it is easier and cheaper to get products from them, and it’s also better for the environment in terms of petrol use and electricity used for refrigerated delivery vans (if buying short shelf-life goods).
There are many good vending machine suppliers out there and you need to find the one that best suits your needs but remember that price isn’t always the useful deciding factor – a cheap company can be terrible and that will not help you in the long run.