Vending machines remain a common sight in workplaces and public locations due to their convenience and hassle-free approach to keeping people refreshed. In more recent years, we have seen a fresh alternative to vending for those workplaces that require it. Something that offers more flexibility, more choice and even more convenient. Micro Market vending.
Why did Micro Market vending appear?
Micro Market vending, also known as Micro Markets, first appeared in USA. It was 2013 to be precise when they made their way to our shores, with Express Refreshments being responsible for the first Micro Market in the UK.
Micro Markets appeared in response to the changing demands of the modern workplace. Companies are requiring their employees to be more productive than ever before but are happy to offer benefits such as flexible working in return.
Micro Markets help support these trends with a flexible workplace refreshment solution. Take a look at or visit a Micro Market and you’ll find similarities to convenience stores, which is essentially what they are. We refer to Micro Market vending as a refreshment hub tailored to your workplace.
They offer a huge array of refreshments in an open design, including fresh food, snacks, and hot and cold drinks. They can be accessed whenever thanks to 24/7 availability and are arguably the modern way to enjoy refreshments at work.
However, Micro Markets aren’t for all workplaces.
Compared to traditional vending.
Explore Coinadrink Limited, our trusted vending machine division, and you’ll see that “traditional” vending is the result of extensive innovation to deliver a cutting-edge refreshment experience at work today.
In many ways the tech can match Micro Market vending, but there are a few notable differences between the two.
The main difference is of course product selection and availability, with room for far more items in a Micro Market than a typical vending machine. The fact a Micro Market isn’t restricted to spirals and shelves means it can offer products that are arguably less common, too, which makes way for items such as salads, pasta pots, or even mince pies at Christmas.
It also means there is greater flexibility for product requests and Micro Markets can be extremely personal to you. Not only can you design yours the way you want, but you can add items to your menu such as healthier snacks or vegan and vegetarian choices.
Micro Market vending is built on technology, most notably telemetry, which has arguably helped drive the advancement of traditional vending in addition to finding a gap in the market for the Micro Market itself.
Replenishment is handled automatically as if by magic, which is similar to traditional vending of today. Whereas vending machines offer a multitude of payment options, the Micro Market goes cashless only, but with a terminal that opens the capability for multi purchases and a deeper insight into what it is you’re buying.
Products in your Micro Market can cost a little more than traditional vending, but the hub itself offers far greater flexibility and room for staff discounts in addition.
Is Micro Market vending for me?
You can browse through our webpages either through Express Refreshments or Coinadrink to find all the information you need to know, but to summarise Micro Market vending is particularly ideal for larger sites with a high volume of staff.
We will usually actively promote the Micro Market if you have 60+ staff. It is at this point you will notice more of the benefits that a Micro Market brings. A huge selection of products will come in handy if you are in a remote location with restricted or no access to a shopping centre, food outlet or the high street.
The payment terminals run on software that is bespoke to us. And we keep refining it, which means you’ll always be enjoying the very best experience, one that’s speedy, safe, and reliable even under high usage. With 24/7 availability, the Micro Market is ideal for hybrid working and shift patterns.
Micro Markets help focus on the wellbeing of the workforce like no other workplace facility can. You can design your Micro Market to be as little or as large as you want and choose whether to tie it in to your breakout area. You can also choose what products you want to have on offer, and our team can identify trends to offer alternative options in addition.
For more information on whether Micro Market vending is ideal for your workplace, get in touch with us today.