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Self-Fill Vending Vs. Full-Service Vending: Which One to Choose

Updated: Jul 17, 2023

If you are a business owner and want to incorporate vending machines into your business, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start. When it comes to food vending machines, you can choose from self-fill and full-service vending machines. If you opt for self-fill vending machines, you have to own that machine and you can receive 100% of the proceeds. On the other hand, when you opt for full-service vending machines a vending management company will provide you equipment as well as service on a regular basis. Ask yourself whether you want to own a machine or want equipment and service for hassle-free operations.

Owning a food vending machine allows you to make all the product decisions and collecting the sales gives a lot of satisfaction. However, it requires a lot of attention and effort. You can find vending machines in several designs and sizes. And you can stock different products in these machines. You can choose a glass front vending machine that can be filled with Coca-Cola products. Furthermore, when you are choosing a food vending machine, it is vital to know the preference of your customers.

Restocking and maintaining the self-fill vending machines

Restocking and eliminating expired products is an important aspect that needs to be considered when choosing vending machines. When you own a food vending machine, you are responsible for ordering and filing the machine on regular basis. In addition to this, you have to check the dates of the products that are in the machines. Canned and bottled carbonated products have a shelf-life ranging from 90-120 days. Other snacks may have a shorter shelf-life. The person restocking the products should remove the expired products from the machine.

Restocking and maintaining the full-service vending machines

When we talk about full-service vending machines, they are much more convenient. The operator provides equipment, ongoing service, as well as mechanical repairs to the machines. You allow the operators to use your space and electricity that’s why they pay you a commission based on monthly or quarterly sales. This is perfect for businesses that want an additional income but don’t want the hassle of managing a vending machine.

Revenue generated by the machines

Several factors determine the revenue generated by vending machines. These factors include but are not limited to the number of onsite employees and customers who use the machine, location of the machines, issues faced by the machines, and selection of products offered. With the self-fill vending all the revenue will be yours, whether it is a few hundred dollars or a few thousand dollars.

With full-service vending, the businesses don’t have to manage the machine as the work is in the hands of an experienced operator. They often run software on the machines to track the exact time of the service.


You may not believe it but vending management companies install the machines for no cost. They also stock the machines and take care of the repairs without charging you anything. The amount that business owners receive depends on the sales generated by the machine. We are ending this blog here with the hope that you find it informative. If you want a more in-depth understanding of food vending machines, feel free to get in touch with the experts.

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