Even small steps can have an impact. As a facility or school cafeteria manager, choosing eco-friendly vending technology for your New York City break room or school lunchroom is one of many ways to help take care of the health of your employees, students and city. Another way would be to encourage employees and students to volunteer for the next annual National CleanUp Day. This year’s event took place all around the country this past Saturday, September 21 and collected trash from cities, beaches, parks and hiking trails.
Anyone can participate. All it takes is picking up trash off the ground. National CleanUp Day, a nonprofit organization, grew out of the question, “What would the world be like if everyone picked up at least one piece of litter?” The founders hoped that the result would be a cleaner country and stronger communities. Volunteering also offers physical and mental health benefits to those who participate.
Supporting New York City employee and student mental and physical health can also take place in the break room or lunchroom. In addition to placing appropriate trash and recycling receptacles where they are most likely to be used, the type of vending machine technology used, and the quality of snacks and beverages offered are important.
Five innovative and efficient vending technologies can help decrease the negative impact that traditional energy-using machines. Energy Star ratings are usually the first thing thought of when thinking about eco-friendly machines, and they do cost less to operate and use less overall energy. Installing light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs and motion sensors further decreases energy consumption and energy costs.
The machines also use a product called Vending Miser. It monitors the number of people around the vending machine as well as any ambient temperature changes to use right amount of power to maintain the correct product temperature. Less lighting and fewer compression cycles decreases energy usage and costs for New York City employers and schools.
Vend Screen is an interactive touch screen located on each machine that enables employees and students to use mobile payments and access product information.
Mobile Vending Request App, a cloud-based mobile app service, simplifies the process for reporting service issues. The technology combines the mobile app with QR codes located on each machine. If a user has a problem, they scan the QR code, and the problem is instantaneously reported. Other customer service features include requesting new products, making customer service inquiries, reporting machine issues, leaving feedback, and connecting with us on social media.
Finally, The Mind™ is an easy-to-use tool accessed via the touch screen on each machine that provides users with nutritional and ingredient information before choosing a healthy snack or beverage. It’s as simple as touching a thumbnail of the product or entering the product ID on the screen.
Healthy Vending can also help ensure your New York City employees and students are only offered high-quality and healthy snacks and beverages. We are 100 percent dedicated to providing health snacks and beverages and offer a large selection of all-natural and organic products. For more information or to schedule a product sampling, please contact us at 917.572.3671.