We are pleased and very proud to announce Snackworks recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Milestones such as this provide a reason to look back on the past, see where we are presently, and glimpse into the unknown future. While it’s easy to remember the days before the internet, smartphones, and texting were part of our everyday routine, it is impossible to deny how rapidly our personal and professional world continues to evolve and change.
It is no different in the office refreshment world. Twenty-five years ago, a tier one customer had a bank of vending machines, stocked with chips, candy, 12oz carbonated sodas and food that nobody wanted to touch, let alone consume!! The machines coin and dollars bill acceptors were all the rage. Route drivers used paper route cards and pencils to keep control of machine and truck inventory.
Fast-forward twenty-five years and a tier one customers vending bank looks much different. In addition to our favorite snack and candy you will also see many “better for you” nut mixes, organic and gluten free meal bars, water, teas, coffee drinks, hydration drinks and food people actually want to eat and enjoy doing so!! Vending machines now accept credit and debit cards and hand held computers with sophisticated management software have replaced the pen and paper system of yesteryear. Or maybe the futuristic but currently available micro market has replaced your vending bank!! A mini convenience store stocked with 300 +/- SKUs utilizing a self-checkout kiosk for payment is a current reality and shows great promise for future growth.
Up until five years ago vending trucks were rolling warehouses, packed with everything they may or may not need that particular day. Now progressive operators such as Snackworks utilize vending management software, which contains mathematical algorithms to predict what a vending machine will need to be stocked correctly. We now “Pre Kit” our route trucks and have realized a significant “green” effect by efficiently using less trucks with lighter payloads on a daily basis. I have not mentioned single cup coffee machines brewing restaurant quality coffee, our loyalty rewards program, or point of use water coolers!!
Our industry has come a long way in the past quarter of a century. Snackworks remains true to our local roots, but is truly a national industry leader!! What do the next twenty-five years look like? None of us know for sure, but we look forward to navigating the future with our current and future business partners.