Contactless & Cashless Coffee Vending for a Cashless Society.
The days of having a pocket full of change are almost over. Cash is no longer necessary for daily small transactions. In fact many car parks and public transport no longer accept cash.
Westways Vending recognises that people no longer carry cash “just in case”.
Easy Nayax Payment System
Our Bean To Cup Coffee Machines offer the facility for Nayax cashless and contactless devices. So if your team need a coffee to get them going in the morning or fancy a quick coffee post lunch, they can just waive or insert their card, or use Apple Pay to get thier fix. The choice of delicious coffee will be the hardest part – Westways Vending offer shop style espresso based coffees, creamy hot chocolate or freshly brewed tea, or a refreshingly chilled drink.
The Best Solution for Your Office – Bean To Cup Vending
Bean to cup is the perfect option for any office. The variety of machine size and hot beverage options that you can offer mean your team will never want to leave the office.
Find out more about our Cashless office In-Cup Drinks Machines and our Bean to Cup Coffee Pod Machines
Improve Your Office Productivity
Not only will this easy pay option prevent your team from having to treck to the local coffee shop, but ‘Studies by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information found that caffeine can improve performance by 11-12%, on average.’
How Can Coffee Make Your Team More Productive?
So if you fancy improving office productivity, enhancing office culture or maybe just an amazing coffee right from your workplace, Westways Vending cashless payment systems will not leave you disappointed!
Considering Coffee, Climate Change & The Environment
New research shows 60 percent of coffee species found in the wild could soon become extinct. Researchers at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in the U.K. warn climate change deforestation, droughts, and plant diseases are putting the future of coffee at risk.*
The most popular kind of coffee for commercial production, Arabica, is already on the endangered species list.
This is an alarming headline to read. Economic and climatic factors are affecting every part of the natural world, and currently the threat to our coffee is headlining.
An Environmental Paradox
Coffee grows naturally in forested areas, however this very environment is being destroyed, not only for human needs but also for the creation of coffee plantations.
The Environmental Impact of Disposable Coffee Cups
Investment From Consumers
Coffee production has long been associated with poor management and inferior harvests.
Schemes such as UTZ and Rainforest Alliance are designed to be mutually beneficial to growers and buyers. A fair price for coffee beans and investment into coffee growing communities is made. In return, growers must achieve a quality standard in their practice and the quality of the harvest. Large coffee companies make major investments into coffee growing, harvesting and exporting systems, which although commendable, is driven by the increasing demand of the coffee culture.
The Coffee Economy
Despite significant Corporate investment, the media still reports unfavourable labour practices with low wages, long hours, no benefits, and child labour within coffee farming. Growing urbanisation attracts workers to towns and cities, where employment conditions are more attractive. A labour deficit is appearing in rural areas.
Time to heed the warning signs
Time will tell how the coffee industry progresses. The gloomy outlook is a projection of current statistics. As in all markets, there are those that can make a success where others fail. With continued investment and mutual co-operation, let’s hope the warning signs are noted, that conservation projects triumph and coffee growing thrives.
Provide Your Business UTZ certified Coffee With Westways Vending
Now for some good news. Coffee machines from Westways Vending create UTZ certified bean to cup drinks, precisely ground, brewed, and served at exactly the right temperature for the perfect flavour.
If you would like to find out more about how Westways Vending Supports the Environment have a look at our Environment page.
If you are looking for,or to fill your own machine, why not ask for a free taste trial?*
For Barista quality drinks in your business
Healthy Vending and the Ever Increasing Demand For Customer Choice
As a product of current school’s curriculum, many children from the age of five can identify sugar-rich foods such as chocolate in their diet and know the benefits of eating plenty of fruit and veg each day. Such is the awareness of our children.
Conversely, it is extremely rare to find a child who does not have chocolate regularly in their diet.
How will the next generation cope with these mixed messages, and how can we as service providers cater for the ever increasing demand for choice.
In the past, advertising messages temptingly displayed the actual product and appealed to our emotions – indulgence for women; energy and masculinity for men. Today adverts featuring these temptations are an anachronism.
Advertisers have been subtly altering their message. Sharing and gifting themes feature strongly. The clever Left Twix vs Right Twix campaign contains a subliminal sharing message. The emotional Cadbury advert “Mum’s Birthday” features a young girl buying chocolate for her Mum.
With the new message, “its ok to buy chocolate as long as you share it or give it away”, fact remains that however it is purchased, we are all eating it, and for some it’s becoming a guilty secret.
Why are there Mixed Messages Surrounding Chocolate?
Chocolate itself should not be demonised. Cocoa has been proven to provide some health benefits, including reducing cholesterol, which is beneficial to preventing heart disease and diabetes. It also contains antioxidants, minerals and stimulants like caffeine.
Healthy Vending in the Workplace
In order to appeal to the palate, sugar is added to cocoa to create different types of chocolate. Health benefits have been attributed to dark chocolate, which has the least sugar and highest cocoa content, although the portion size required to achieve results may be unfavourably calorific.
Milk chocolate in popular confectionary is sugar rich, low in cocoa and often mixed with other sugary ingredients. In the UK, a single serve portion cannot exceed 250 calories, however, this cannot claim the health benefits attributed to dark chocolate.
What is the Sugar Tax & How Will it Affect You?
Overcoming Mixed Messages with Vending Technology
Westways offer popular snacks and drinks through our Snacks Machines and Healthy Vending Machines. The products that we supply are based on sales patterns ensuring that your customers get what they are looking for and lines do not sell out in between our visits. Each site has its own planogram, which is “optimised” to ensure satisfaction.
Westways also offer offer CQUIN compliant planograms for NHS sites and a wide range of healthy options.
We use various strategies to match our visits to the demands of each machine. As a family-owned regional business we offer a greater level of flexibility than some of our larger competitors.
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*www.healthline.com, article written by Kris Gunnars
Vending and the Environment: Vending Cups
The issues surrounding the management of waste coffee cups are not new. Coffee shops were the first target, with the government threatening the now-abandoned “latte levy”, an attempt to reduce waste generated. It soon became apparent that the vending industry would fall into this same category.
What are disposable coffee cups made of?
Paper vending cups are lined with a plastic film to make them waterproof. The difficulty in removing this layer has prevented them from being fully recyclable, although some are biodegradable. Plastic cups could be recycled, but there are hurdles to overcome.
There is a great difference between a takeaway cup and a vending cup. Vending cups need to be separated by precision automation to vend reliably. The rim of the cup must fit precisely into the cup mechanism and be robust enough not to be damaged in transport and handling.
Can disposable cups be recycled?
Waste coffee cups are essentially contaminated waste. They are dirty and generally wet, and regrettably, do not amount to a significantly high volume to attract re-processing. For collection of used disposable cups, schemes are in existence, requiring a “membership fee” to cover the cost of collection, but could be deemed too expensive for some businesses.
100% recyclable coffee cups?
New news is that one paper cup supplier is on the way to achieving a vending cup with a waterproof lining made from plant starch, enabling the paper cup to be disposed of in the waste paper bin, and avoiding the need for expensive recycling schemes. Furthermore, a plant starch sip lid is also on the horizon.
Avoiding the use of disposable cups: reducing environmental impact at work
If you’re a facilities manager, or a business owner looking to reduce the environmental impact of your workplace, there are solutions for you from going paperless to reconsidering your vending options. In the past few months, two of our clients have opted to renew their vending equipment, and as part of the review process, they have decided to use china mugs rather than disposable cups.
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Dishwashers have been installed and staff have been encouraged to participate in “good housekeeping” to ensure that mugs are used hygienically. Whilst this seems to be working for these clients, it may not be a suitable solution in many busy work environments.
So, there is clearly no single solution to reducing the amount of plastic we use and improving the amount we recycle. Recycling is not currently widely available or possible, but compositable cups are in development. Cup-free vending creates waste reduction, but requires washing facilities and good housekeeping.
Awareness has never been greater and pressure from public and government is driving research and innovation. This can only be a good thing for the health of our planet.
Westways Vending is committed to keeping abreast of environmental initiatives in our industry, with a view to offering our clients whichever solution best fits their circumstances.
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Data is Key
The more observant of our customers may have noticed our operators wearing a small device on a lanyard around their necks recently. This is a Datakey, the latest development in our use of Vendmanger software to underpin our fully managed vending service in Sussex, Kent and Surrey.
Upon arrival at a site, the data key is plugged into each vending machine, and accurate information is relayed via Bluetooth to the operator’s Android smartphone. This information includes vend counts; a full breakdown of the sales through the machine and cash reconciliation. It is transmitted directly to our server, allowing us access to the information as soon as the vending operator has completed the visit.
So how do we use this data?
Reactive and proactive replenishment schedules
We carefully analyse the data using Vendmanager to monitor product sales, trends and seasonal variations; and to identify products which maybe selling out before we attend to re-stock. The replenishment schedules we create are based on this information, and because it is in real time, we are able to make changes to our service based on how the vending machines in Sussex, Kent and Surrey are being used.
Westways Vending provides subsidised hot drinks vending machines and snack machines. The accuracy of our data ensures that invoicing is timely and accurate, providing our clients with an uncomplicated refreshment system for their workforce or customers.
Providing reports to customers
Managing our business carefully is important to us. Westways Vending is one of the leading regional vending companies in the South East in providing CQUIN* compliant vending to the NHS. Our datakey information enables us to provide them with regular reports and feedback about sales through their machines, which they are required to collate.
We have not been shy in talking about this, and as a result a number of our public and private sector clients have adopted a similar product range to the NHS. They also provide their staff and clients with a selection of refreshments including healthier choices, with the option to receive accurate data on sales as required.
Informing our purchasing
The biggest development to the drinks market has been the introduction of the sugar tax on 5th April this year. We have used our data to interpret actual sales and monitor whether people are purchasing fewer sugary drinks.
Coca Cola cans are still our highest seller, closely followed by Coca Cola bottles, both of which are up to 15p more expensive than the low calorie equivalent. Red Bull cans are also one of our top sellers also subject to the sugar tax. Sales remain undiminished, but I guess if you need an energy boost, what’s a few pence? Bottled water, the healthiest option available is only about 1 in 8 of our vended sales.
In time our data will tell if tax and guidelines will change consumer’s buying habits, in the meantime our data enables us to maintain stocks of the snacks, confectionary and cold drinks our customers like to purchase.
In summary, our data is key to providing a tailored, fully-managed vending service to our clients throughout the South East.
More information about our fully managed vending service, click here.
*CQUIN is a set of wide-ranging guidelines which the NHS has to follow. They include nutritional guidelines governing the sugar content and calorific value of snacks, confectionery and cold drinks which are permitted in NHS based vending machines.