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With around half a million vending machines set up across the UK, it’s no surprise that you may have noticed them popping up more recently. From refueling office staff onsite to promoting healthy food options in schools, the need for vending machines is continuously rising.

Vending machines are a cost-effective and convenient way to provide energizing snacks in your workspace to help relieve hunger and boost productivity. As well as distributing snacks, vending machines can significantly improve your operations and company culture; from low overhead costs and easy maintenance, to customizable options to meet your workplace’s needs.

At Vending Sense, we partner with top brands to offer bespoke vending solutions to each of our customers with lease or rental options available. Our fully managed offering means that we will even stock, clean and maintain your machines throughout the entire rental agreement, so you can enjoy fast and reliable access to your favourite snacks and drinks.

With so many types of vending machines now available we know that picking the right one can be tricky, which is why in this blog we’ll be exploring the different types of vending machines to help you determine the right choice.

The advantages of vending machines in the office

Having a vending machine available in the office brings multiple benefits that can enhance the overall work environment and improve employee satisfaction. Not only does it provide convenience by offering a wide range of snacks, drinks, and even fresh food options within the office, but the cashless payment option eliminates the hassle of carrying loose change. Access to quick and easy refreshments throughout the day will help to boost energy levels, prevent hunger-induced distractions and promote productivity. This combination will benefit employee well-being, convenience, and satisfaction levels to contribute to a more efficient and content workforce.

Leasing a vending machine can offer several advantages for an office space. It eliminates the upfront cost of purchasing a machine and allows for predictable monthly payments, making it a budget-friendly option. Additionally, a leasing agreement means you can get your hands on the latest models with the newest technology to meet any evolving needs without significant financial commitments. It’s a win-win.


Examples of automatic vending in the workplace

Outside of the traditional office space, vending machines have found successful applications in multiple business sectors due to their versatility and effectiveness. In the healthcare industry, vending machines are stocked with medical supplies or personal protective equipment (PPE), providing easy accessibility for staff, patients and visitors, reducing downtime and enhancing safety measures. In the hospitality sector, vending machines offer travel-sized toiletries and even souvenirs to provide convenience to guests and generate additional revenue for the hotel. Educational institutes utilize vending machines to offer stationary supplies and healthy snacks to cater to the needs of the students and faculty. These examples show how different types of vending machines can effectively meet the specific demands within different sectors, streamline operations and improve customer satisfaction.

What are the popular vending machines? Finding your perfect fit

Vending Sense offers a wide selection of vending machines from office vending machines to coffee, healthy, fresh food, and drink vending machines. Let’s take a look at the types of vending machines to find your right fit.

Office Vending Machines

Office vending machines are an excellent addition to any workplace setting, providing numerous features and benefits tailored to the needs of your employees. These machines are stocked with some of the best-loved brands for a variety of snacks and drinks to accommodate different preferences and dietary requirements. Their convenience and time-saving benefits make them the most popular to place in an office environment for everyone to use throughout a busy day. Placing the machine in a common area or near workstations will maximise accessibility to encourage social interaction amongst colleagues boosting overall well-being levels.

Overall, office vending machines are most suitable for the workplace environment where efficiency, convenience and employee satisfaction are priorities.

Coffee Vending Machines

Coffee vending machines are the perfect solution for your employees’ caffeine needs. Built to last and cope with the high demand in a break-out area, your employees will have an instant boost or moment of relaxation during their workday, without having to leave in search of a café. As well as boosting productivity, placing one of these machines in an office can help foster a sense of community and encourage informal interactions amongst employees, promoting a positive and collaborative work environment.

Coffee vending machines are best suited to an environment, where coffee is a staple and employees value convenience and variety with their beverage options.

Healthy Vending Machines

Healthy vending machines offer a beneficial solution for promoting wellness and healthy choices in the workplace. Specifically designed to promote a variety of nutritious snacks they are the perfect addition for employees who prioritise their health, fitness and overall wellbeing. Convenient access to nutritious options in breakout areas or near fitness facilities will help maintain employee energy levels while contributing to a positive work culture that values employee health.

Healthy snack vending machines are well suited for workplaces that prioritise health and promote a positive lifestyle.

Fresh Food Vending Machines

Fresh food vending machines offer a convenient alternative to traditional lunch options by providing a range of freshly prepared meals on-site, replacing the need for canteens. Stocked with a variety of fresh meals, salads, sandwiches, and other healthy food options,  they can provide your employees with nutritious options that contribute to better energy levels and overall health.  These machines can be a valuable addition to workplaces where access to healthy food options is limited such as office parks or areas with fewer nearby dining establishments.

Fresh food vending machines are perfect for workplace environments that prioritise employee health, convenience and access to freshly prepared meals.

Cold Drinks Vending Machines

Cold drinks vending machines offer a refreshing and convenient beverage solution for the workplace to cater to the thirst-quenching needs of employees. Equipped with a wide range of chilled drink options, including juices, water, energy drinks and more, they are the perfect solution to keeping employees hydrated throughout the day. They also contribute to a positive work environment as employees can conveniently grab a cold drink, particularly during the hotter months, to have a break and boost their energy.

Cold drink vending machines are best suited where employees require convenient access to refreshing beverages to stay hydrated and maintain productivity throughout the day.

With so many types of vending machines available, we know that the decision can be overwhelming to choose the right option for your employees. Talking to a member of our vending solutions team can help you find the right machine. By discussing your sector, budget, needs, employees, desired products and technological experience you can be guaranteed that we will provide you with the perfect solution to enhance your workplace environment and satisfy the required needs.

Get in touch with our team to find your perfect fit today.