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IoT keeps vending machines stocked … and the hangry at bay

April 6, 2016

by

Jessica Morales

I don’t know about you, but when I hit up the vending machine for a mid-afternoon snack, my Twix needs to be there. When it’s not, my co-workers face the wrath of hangry Jessica.

Vending machines are quick and convenient, but making sure they are stocked with your favorites is anything but simple. Vending operators need to constantly monitor their machines, restock merchandise, check for problems, perform maintenance and repairs, and forecast sales based on limited information.

Enter the transformative power of the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT isn’t just about connecting things – it’s about delivering services to increase efficiency and productivity.

Cantaloupe Systems uses IoT to automate the monitoring of customer vending machines, dramatically reducing the time and cost involved in servicing and restocking. Drivers no longer need to waste gas and resources driving around just to check status. With real-time data, vending companies stock exactly what’s needed, when it’s needed – and historical data enables better sales forecasting.

With IoT, Cantaloupe is reducing costs, increasing profitability, reducing its carbon footprint, and ensuring that my mid-afternoon snack is ready and waiting. That’s the power of IoT now. Watch the 2-minute Cantaloupe video or read the full IoT success story.

What’s your favorite vending machine treat to keep away the hangry?

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