The supply chain for your favorite snacks is more complex than you might think.
With more than four million vending machines in the U.S. alone, the vending industry is much more extensive than one might think. Not to mention its potential to yield sizeable profits -- while individual machines don’t always bring in big bucks, the average person will spend $27 annually at vending machines.
When you grab a quick snack from the office vending machine, you’re probably not thinking about where those snacks came from, who restocks them, how often they’re restocked, and who determines what selection of snacks is available in the first place. But there’s a lot of real work behind the seemingly ‘magical’ restocking process. Below, we outline the nuts and bolts of vending machine logistics. You’ll never look at your office breakroom the same way again.