3 Tips for Success in the Vending Business

  The world of business can be complicated, but we are here to help make it simple! Here are 3 tips for success in the vending business: Location. In order for your vending machine to be profitable, it has to be a in a high-traffic, well-seen location. Choose where your

5 Must-Have Drinks in Your Vending Machine

  One of the most common questions we get from vending machine distributors has to do with stocking strategies. Today we’re going to address our tried and tested plans for the top five must-have drinks in your beverage vending machine, and explain why we’ve made each recommendation. Water. Unsurprisingly, water

Introducing: Evoke 5 Vending Machine

U-Select-It has been an industry leader in developing new technologies and applications in the vending world for over 80 years. In that time, we’ve consistently sought out ways to improve the visibility, convenience, and profitability of our vending systems, leading us to our newest machine, the Evoke 5. There are

What’s New in Vending for 2017?

Looking back at our predictions from this time last year, we foresaw increases in cash-free, more connected, and fresher vending options. How have these changes impacted vending machine distributors? Will these trends continue to progress, or will the pendulum swing in another direction entirely in 2017? What’s Staying? The universally

Vending Machine Trend: Healthy Offerings

It’s no surprise that modern vending customers are demanding different choices in their snacks than previous years or decades; every industry goes through peaks and valleys of interests. However, where vending machines had been historically seen as a source of less nutritionally or gastronomically fulfilling options, current vending machine distributors

Micro Markets–Micro Profits?

Micro markets have been the buzzword of the year in vending and small business circles. They offer many conveniences over traditional storefronts, to be sure, as well as the shiny veneer of any new sales modality. However, does the operational reality actually reflect the tremendous profitability that has been touted?

Vending Vernacular: Quick Guide

Every industry has its own special language, made up of a combination of acronyms, slang, and esoteric terms that can seem like gibberish to a novice or outsider. Some terms, as soon as they’re explained, are so obvious you wonder how you didn’t realize what they meant while other terms

Finding The Most Profitable Locations For Vending Machines

The fundamentals of business tell us that maximizing profit stems directly from maximizing value for your customer. Value can be delivered in a myriad of ways, location being one of them. You want to make sure your vending machines are in a location that are able to drive value for

2016 Allied Member Of The Year: U-Select-It Chairman Art Wittern

This year, the National Automatic Merchandising Association has chosen Art Wittern, Chairman of U-Select-It, a premier vending machine distributor,  as Allied Member of the Year. The award ceremony was held at the NAMA Industry Awards in April. What did it take to be honored as Member of the Year? Leadership

The Benefits of Traditional Vending over Micro Markets

‘Micro market’ seems to be the buzzword on everyone’s lips. They are increasingly being seen alongside more familiar vending setups. However, micro markets have significant drawbacks as compared to traditional vending, which are often overlooked by inexperienced vending machine distributors. These disadvantages can mean significant market and financial losses. User

Pepsi’s Food for Good Initiative – Pilot Vending Machine

  Thanks to a collaboration between PepsiCo’s Food for Good and vending machine distributor, U-Select-It (USI), fighting to end child hunger just got a bit more feasible. With the help of Food for Good, this new initiative will be placing USI’s vending machines in Texas to provide balanced meals to

The NAMA Coffee, Tea, & Water Show

Looking for new products to add to your vending machines? Look no further than the NAMA Coffee, Tea, & Water Show for a chance into a peek of the future of the coffee, tea, and water business on November 8 to 10. This three day event will take place in

The Next Generation of Snack Merchandisers

Let us introduce the The Next Generation of U-Select-It Snack Merchandisers: The Evoke 5 Featuring: Best-In-Class Product Lighting Product Flexibility ADA Compliant Payment Devices Flexibility Improved Servicability New Stronger Leg Design Maximized Visual Merchandising Industry Leading Style and Design Full Featured Customer Interface iVend 10 Guaranteed Product Delivery Enjoy adjustable

How Much Caffeine Is In Coffee and Soda?

As a vending machine operator, you’re most likely vending enough caffeine to keep an army of grown adults awake for days. You’ve also most likely have thought about how that caffeine is affecting your customers. According to the Mayo Clinic, healthy adults should not consume more than 400 milligrams of

Vending Machines and Bitcoin: The Next Wave?

What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a type of digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank. A vending machine accepting this cryptocurrency sprung up at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Update on GMO Labeling Reform

In July 2016 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the GMO labeling reform bill, a bill that would establish a mandatory national standard for GMO labeling, keeping states from issuing their own mandatory labeling laws. The bill was passed last week by the U.S. Senate, and will now be sent

U-Select-It and NAMA Take the Hill

We’re proud to be a sponsor for the 2016 NAMA Fly-In. The NAMA Fly-In is open to all NAMA company member representatives, industry leaders, and customers who want to be an advocate for the industry.  The NAMA team will facilitate face-to-face meetings with your representatives, giving you the opportunity to

Sustainability and Vending Machines

What do vending machines and sustainability have to do with each other? Well, they are more linked to one another than you may believe. The four pillars of sustainability are: Environmental responsibility Cultural/knowledge vitality Social good/well-being Economic health Environmental responsibility Some vending machines offer the ability to recycle your plastic,

The Evoke Series: Sales Power at Your Fingertips

    At the 2016 NAMA (National Automatic Merchandising Association) OneShow, U-Select-It debuted their newest and most technologically advanced vending product: The Evoke Series. Missed the show? No worries. We’re going to take you inside and explain exactly why the Evoke series is changing the game for every vending machine

Recap: NAMA OneShow 2016

The 2016 vending and refreshment service industry trade show is behind us. Held in Chicago, Illinois April 13-15, the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) convention hosted hundreds of exhibitors and even more attendees from both small and large, national and international brands, including U-Select-It. The chairman of U-Select-It, Art Wittern