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Improving Vending Machine Profitability with the Internet of Things (IoT)

The vending industry is undergoing a sea change, taking advantage of new technologies to go beyond just delivering snacks to creating a new retail location. Intelligent vending machines can be found in many public locations as well as company facilities, selling different types of goods and services, including even computer accessories, gold bars, tickets, and office supplies. With increasing sophistication, they may also provide time- and location-based data pertaining to sales, inventory, and customer preferences. But at the end of the day, vending machine operators know greater profitability is driven by higher sales and lower operating costs.

  • Intel
    Intel designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. The company's platforms are used in various computing applications comprising notebooks, desktops, servers, tablets, smartphones, wireless and wired connectivity products, Wearables, transportation systems, and retail devices. It offers microprocessors that processes system data and controls other devices in the system; chipsets, which send data between the microprocessor and input, display, and storage devices, such as keyboard, mouse, monitor, hard drive or solid-state drive, and optical disc drives; system-on-chip products that integrate its central processing units with other system components onto a single chip; and wired network connectivity products.Featured Subsidiaries/ Business Units:- Intel Inside- Intel Data Center Manager (DCM)- Saffron Technology- Wind River
  • Functional Applications - Remote Monitoring & Control Systems
    Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Consumer Goods
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Remote Asset Management
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  • Addressing these priorities, Intel and ADLINK Technology are delivering products and services based on the Internet of Things (IoT), which refers to billions of Internet-connected devices ranging from industrial sensors to pedometers. This paper details a vending machine management and data analytics solutions that connects a fleet of machines to the cloud-based tools that can help generate more revenue and reduce maintenance effort.

  • Asset Location, Delivery Time, Inventory Cycle Times, Operating Cost, Sales
  • Impact #1
    [Cost Reduction - Operation]
    Lower Operating Costs
    Impact #2
    [Efficiency Improvement - Operation]
    Simplified Deployment and Operation
    Impact #3
    [Financial Growth - Revenue]
    Increased Sales and new Revenue Streams
  • Benefit #1

    Vending machines can also send real-time updates (e.g., supply and operating status) that can be used to optimize delivery schedules and logistics, and improve inventory tracking and control.

    Benefit #2

    The cloud makes it easier to implement promotional strategies for increasing transaction size and sales volumes, like gifting, dynamic pricing, vouchers, coupons, and loyalty programs, which is virtually impossible with conventional vending machines.

    Benefit #3

    Vending machine operators can generate incremental revenue from product manufacturers who want to show directed advertisements to customers and encourage repurchases by sending coupons to their mobile phones.

    ADLINK's measurement and automation product segment (MAPS) is dedicated to providing reliable, top quality products for industrial I/O control, motion control, digital imaging, data acquisition, and modular instrument applications. Their comprehensive portfolio of measurement and automation products, application ready platforms, and easy-to-use software packages, with integrated value-added service, continually meet and exceed customer requirements for industrial automation systems, machine vision systems, and automated test and measurement equipment. With their customers' requirements in mind, ADLINK continues to develop new PCI Express data acquisition cards and frame grabbers for high bandwidth applications, PXI/PXIe Controllers and platforms fitting any profile from entry level to high performance, faster D/IO cards and digitizers with increased resolution, and the industry's most advanced motion Controllers.
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