10 Payment System Practices to Resolve NOT to do in 2014

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on January 27, 2014 in Questions and Answers | 0 Comments

The New Year never fails to ring in with plenty of plans to eat better, workout more, spend more time at home, spend less....the list can go on.  We’ve got a bit of a twist on resolutions for your payment system plans in 2014: What NOT to do this year. While all on the list may not be attainable and sustainable, like so many of our personal resolutions, we hope these at least help to guide your good intentions.  

 

And so, in 2014 resolve NOT to:

  • Repair it one more time. New warranties, technology advancements, the aggravation and cost for sending it back to a service center yet again- should be justification enough to buy.  Besides what other piece of technology in your home or car, do you keep repairing for 5-10 years? It certainly isn’t your Garmin GPS.

     
  • Max fill your coin mechs. The only place you should experience excess float is in the swimming pool. Leverage par features on your coin mechs, like Auto Parto determine the optimal amount of float to carry in your machine.

     
  • Forget to FILL your mechs before you leave. Seems odd but we’seen it with our own eyes.  With so many things to do before you close the vending machine door, sometimes the mech doesn’t get filled at all, placing the entire machine at risk for the dreaded EXACT CHANGE MODE.

     
  • Be ok with the status quo.  We’ve said it before vending operators are entrepreneurs. It should be in an operators blood to try something new each year. The results might just raise your eyebrows and your margin

     
  • Decide on a comms provider without first testing the signal in your building for your cashless/telemetry solution. **Can you hear me now?**

     
  • Have a screw loose. After installing each new payment system, be sure that your equipment is squarely and securely in position for optimal performance.

     
  • Miscount your inventory. Count, count again and record.  Whether it through paper or handheld device, your systems and processes are only as good as your data.

     
  • Spray harsh chemicals. Use proper cleaning techniques for your payment devices. Proudcts like Scrubbing Bubbles® are not your friend.

     
  • Allow your cables to look like a plate of spaghetti. We know it’s a tight squeeze in a vending machine but for simplicity and performance sake, use a twist tie or two and make sure payment system devices are free of cable obstruction. 

     
  • Just accept $1 bills. Even if you don’t accept cashless or do recycling, give the consumer an option to use at least one other note. Gimme 5!  
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