Vending machines can be a very profitable venture, but only if you’re committed to it. This is why most vending machines aren’t operated by the property owners wherein the vending machine is located. There are some exceptions to this, but they are exceedingly rare. If you want to be a vending machine operator, then you have to be all in with the business, or it’s simply not going to be profitable.
When it comes Orlando, you have some interesting challenges. This of course depends on where in Orlando your vending machines are, as that will change the criteria for providing the best vending machine Orlando can offer you.
Orlando is an interesting place, as the Metropolitan area encompasses a lot of tourist attractions, but the city center itself, and its traditional suburbs have a distinct mixed demographic. Today, were going to talk about that. But, before I do, I must responsibly preface this just a little bit.
Due to distinct demographics, we have to discuss ethnicity, and the preferences that cultural ethnicities have. This is simply factual information, and I imply absolutely no opinion or anything like that when discussing this topic. Multiple cultures coexisting is a fantastic thing, and experiencing new cultures is something that we should all strive to do on a daily basis if we can.
If you want to operate in Orlando vending machine in an area where to tourists frequent, such as Kissimmee, St. Cloud or other areas where visitors to the major attractions might be, you’re going to largely be targeting convenience stores and hotels or motels. As for the products you offer, a unique area might be things like travel toiletries, over-the-counter medicine and maybe even things like cheap swimwear. Yes, you can sell those things through vending machines, and places like Japan have done it for eons. You would be surprised a profitable this stuff would be, due to people losing it, it disappearing on airplanes, or simply forgetting to pack them. I for one have been known to forget to pack underwear on more than one occasion.
As are more traditional fare, just go for the basic things that are universally appreciated. These would be brand-name soft drinks, brand-name snacks and so forth.
Downtown Orlando in the suburbs…
To produce the best vending machine Orlando can offer in the downtown area, you need to account for mixed, ethnic preferences. The primary demographics of Orlando are Hispanic, Caucasian and African-American. Again, your biggest locations are probably going to be convenience stores, supermarkets and strip malls. Having the occasional streetcorner vending machine in the downtown area isn’t a result of for bad idea, but in any major city center, these are prone to vandalism and thievery very often. As newspaper machine operators about this.
For the most part, when it comes to the type of things vending machines can offer, African-American and Caucasian demographics have more or less the same tastes. This would be the generic fare that you would also offer in the tourist areas. However, with the Hispanic population, you have a unique opportunity that I don’t see being seized in areas with heavy Latin culture influence. Most of Florida, with the odd exception of these tiny area where I live, has a large population of people from Spanish-speaking countries, and they have a diverse range of rich cultures with their own unique snack foods and beverages.
The convenience stores down here take advantage of this, offering a lot of this stuff, albeit with limited selection due to shelf space. I don’t see vending machines doing it, so if you want to sell some Hispanic snack foods, candy and soft drinks, you stand to make a good profit if you choose the right part of Orlando to do it.