When choosing any type of service for your company, it is important to get the best value for your money. Good decisions impact the company’s operations on a daily basis as well as the company’s productivity, morale and efficiency. Office services such as vending, coffee and janitorial need to run efficiently and smoothly without interruptions to get the best value for the dollar.

Vending providers are no different from other service providers: the value is determined by the level of service they offer. Whatever type of facility: an office, a factory, a hospital or car dealership, the result is the same – reliable machines that are well-serviced and stocked that serve their full purpose without giving the administration any headaches.

When trying to choose the right vendor for your specific facility, there are some factors to consider: How long they have been in business, how quickly and easily you can communicate with them, what kind of equipment will they install, how long will they guarantee their prices and who else in your area are they serving?

Costs can vary from one vending company to another, but there are other items to consider in what the total value is for the quoted cost. It is important to know what kind of machines the company will install: old or new, brand name equipment or unknown machines. If they are unknown, they won’t have a history in the market. Not all coffee, snack and beverage machines are the same. The older the equipment is, the more likely it is to break down. This means more time hearing employees complain and spending time resolving vending issues versus spending productive time on the business. You should also evaluate the service capability. Does the vending company serve other clients in your area? Can they give you some client references so that you can call and find out about their services?

To ensure that you’re getting the best value for your dollar, remember that the purpose of the vending machines should be fulfilled: to give workers who have very little time for a break or lunch access to quick meals, coffee, snacks, drink, ice cream and more enabling them to go back to work feeling more productive. Saving a few pennies up front won’t matter if the overall reason for the vending machines is not achieved. As someone responsible for choosing the vending for your facility, make sure you take the following factors into account:

• Service
• Equipment
• References
• Selection
• Pricing

By doing so, you can make a good decision about which vending company to choose.