November 2, 2023

Ice Vending: 6 Essential Questions Pros Ask

Embarking on the exciting venture of ice vending? As you gear up to starting a business in ice vending, it’s natural to focus on the fundamental questions: the cost, delivery, and that all-important first sale. 

1. Where Should I Place My Ice Vending Machine?

However, in the dynamic world of ice and water vending, success extends far beyond these simple questions. Today we’re delving deeper, exploring the pivotal questions that often go unnoticed but are instrumental to success. 

This is the most important question you can ask yourself, and it may take a lot of thought and hard work before coming to an answer. While our equipment experts cannot offer precise advice on the exact placement of your machine, they can share successful locations chosen by other owners and provide tips on how to explore suitable spots within your community.

2. What Are The Municipal Codes For Ice Vending Near Me?

Before you commission your ice vending machine, you will likely need to get a permit from your local municipality. In addition, depending on where you live, you may need to register with your local sales tax office as an official business. 

Some local areas also require vending machines that dispense ice and water to be inspected by local health officials. It’s OK to not immediately know exactly what kinds of codes your new business venture will be subject to, and if you have questions, your local SBA chapter will be happy to help point you in the right direction. 

3. Are Financing Options Available? 

Like any major business expenditure, financing can help organizations spread out the cost of starting their business. Everest is proud to partner with different organizations that offer financing specifically for vending machine owners, but we also recognize that some new business owners would rather secure new financing for their new business investment. 

Whichever of these you choose, if you are looking to spread out the cost of your new business venture, make sure to let your equipment specialist know so that you can pursue the best of the options available. 

4. How Should I Prepare For Delivery?

Delivery of your new ice machine can be both exciting and stressful, as you want everything to go right! Everest machines are delivered on trucks with lift gates to unload the machines directly at the installation site. New owners should be prepared to use a provided pallet jack to transfer the machine from the lift gate to its final installation position. 

If you have a business partner, talk to them about any restrictions when it comes to placing your machine. Don’t forget to set up appointments with both a plumber and an electrician on delivery day so you can get your machine up and running as quickly as possible! 

5. Who Do I Contact If Something Goes Wrong?

Everest machines are durable and arrive ready to dispense ice and water as soon as they are plugged in and commissioned. However, sometimes parts can fail or components can be faulty. In such instances, what steps should be taken?

Every Everest machine comes with full warranty information on every component from the ice maker to the credit card reader. Simply consult the paperwork that came with your machine, and call the relevant number to get the help you need to get your machine up and running. Confused about the situation with your device? Our service technicians are always ready to help! 

6. How Much Time And Money Should I Expect To Spend Every Month Maintaining My Machine?

Though Everest Ice and Water vending machines can help entrepreneurs make passive income while they sleep, that doesn’t mean these machines take care of themselves. Regular maintenance, including changing filters, cleaning components, and taking money out (if you have a cash acceptor) all need to be performed regularly. 

Many owners plan to visit the machines once a week to take care of regular maintenance items. While that isn’t a hard and fast rule (and could look different depending on how much traffic your machine gets), we recommend consulting your owners’ manuals and making a schedule that works for you to keep on top of maintenance items. 

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