The amount of money a particular machine can make depends on several factors:
Unlike establishing a fixed retail location, a vending machine can be moved at minimum cost should your location selection not prove profitable. A good sales target for any location should be $750 per month or 100 gallons per day at $.25 per gallon. This would represent 20, five-gallon bottles. Most customers bring two, five-gallon bottles a trip, therefore, you would need about ten customers per day.
We suggest you focus your attention on the following factors:
Look for a location with a lot of traffic.
One of our customers recently experienced a Florida hurricane that blew our machine 20 feet from its location. He brought it back, replaced a few internal parts and had it working and still looking good in no time.
Each state varies on requirements, but most require a NAMA certified machine. We will supply you with our certificate and in most cases, this is enough. Many states have a small annual license fee and require a bacteria test every six months. Each operator is responsible for obtaining his or her own license. Contact your local health department to obtain their requirement.
Vandalism is largely dependent upon the machine location. It is important to locate the machine in a well-lit area. There are several options to reduce vandalism.
Generally speaking, vandalism is usually not a big concern, but it does happen. The best policy is, when in doubt, protect against it.
The timing on filter changes will vary depending upon the quality of the incoming water and how much water is being sold. The following is an average guideline:
Consider these facts. There are no products to stock and fill like other vending operations, so a big truck is not needed. The main operation is to keep the machine clean, especially the vending chamber. A typical visit to the machine requires a vend test, checking water quality, picking up money and cleaning the machine; all of which should take about 15 minutes. Some unscheduled service calls can most likely occur around the coin or bill acceptance function. This can either be a coin jam or dirty bill validator. Many issues can be avoided by doing preventative maintenance. The machine runs 24/7 to make money for you if you follow simple steps.
Promotion, Promotion, Promotion. Promotion is especially necessary when installing in a market where bulk water vending machines are new. Promotion can also be key with growing established markets.
There are several methods of promotion which work.