The Year Of Integration: Vianet

Looking ahead to 2016, a year or ago, we decided on a theme: At Vendman, 2016 would be our

‘Year of Integration’

Now, as 2016 draws to a close, we can look back and think ‘that was the year of integration that was.’ We’ve announced strategic partnerships with Vianet, Automatic Retailing and Parcel Holders to add valuable, additional ‘power’ to your Vendman software.

Matt Lane is MD of Vianet and he described the partnership between two of vending’s leading technology companies as ‘the creation of a new eco-system for vending operators.’

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Matt Lane

Vendman and Vianet

‘We’re both in the world of connectivity’, Matt said. ‘Vendman connects vending operators to machine data via had-held devices, Vianet does it by telemetry. It made sense for us to come together and forge a partnership.’

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Vianet’s Neil Burton on our stand at Vendex

Vianet launched its PCI accredited contactless payment system against an evolving background of transaction fulfilment. Cashless is predicted to overtake ‘real money’ as the preferred payment method within five years and, as Matt says, ‘in the meantime, the cost of cash transactions will only increase.’

The partnership between Vendman and Vianet appears to be a logical step along the way.

‘Yes’, Vendman MD Rob Little said. ‘I think Matt was looking for a business that had a strong relationship with the vending industry -and that’s us –  and we were looking for a reliable payment system that would allow us to strengthen our offer to our customers.’

‘The integration is driven by technology’ Matt said. ‘Our modus operandi has been to provide information to operators on a weekly, or even a monthly basis but by integrating with Vendman, we’ve created a brand-new ecosystem that allows operators to access information every day.’

Since the agreement was signed in February 2016, both company’s sales teams have been working closely together, even making joint presentations to operators to explain the finer points of adopting ‘cashless’ and subsequently, how to manage the process.

‘The average operator sees a lot of ‘solutions’ out there and sometimes it’s hard to see the wood for the trees’, Matt said. ‘Vianet is simple, it’s in the machine and it’s cost efficient; but now we can integrate our system into the software that most of the UK vending industry relies on, it makes even more sense – it gets funds into the accounting system much more efficiently. A vending operator is – and I suspect always will be cash rich and time poor. Of course they want to investigate margin enhancing add-ons, but they’re equally interested in making the day to day tasks of running a vending business run more smoothly. We’re now in a position to help them achieve that goal and consequently free more time for them to evaluate and perhaps apply more elaborate concepts to enhance their operations.’

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Out Of This World!

… and we’ve landed on Planet Vending!

We took a huge leap of faith recently when we invited the press to sit on a crucial meeting we were holding at our HQ with Parcel Holders.

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L-R Our own Rob Little and Chris Craig; Ed Fraser and Monika Douglas of Parcel Holders

Planet Vending Editor Ian Reynolds-Young joined us as we discussed the finer details of our ‘Integration’ collaboration.

It could have gone pear-shaped; fortunately it didn’t!

You can read Ian’s account of his experience here, on Planet Vending and for once, you can believe all you read in the press…

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Sind Sie Aus Deutschland? Kom je vandaan Holland?

Zo ja, van harte welkom om Vendman!

Wenn ja, willkommen bei Vendman!

In fact, wherever in Europe you’re running your business…

Welcome to Vendman!

As our business grows in mainland Europe, we’ve noticed that the number of visits to our website from beyond Great Britain is rising month-on-month.

With customers in Germany, Belgium and Holland already on-board, we’ve been doing our best to establish ourselves in Europe, by attending such events as Venditalia and EU Vend. Additionally, we’ve been delighted to have had articles about us published in that great trade magazine and Internet portal, Vending Report.

It suddenly occurred to us that those articles have only been published in German and we thought it made sense to post them in English so that non-German speakers (like the majority of our UK customers, for instance!), can have an opportunity to get up to speed with Vendman’s plans for Europe – and our progress along the road.

We hope you enjoy reading our first story, ‘Integration’ and that you won’t hesitate to get in touch with Mr Ian Forde, Vendman Executive Chairman, Europe if you’re based in mainland Europe and wish to learn much, much more about Vendman. Click here to e-mail him.

Integration

Ian Forde, Executive Chairman, Europe of market-leading British software company Vendman calls it ‘integration’, but that seems too simple a word to describe what can be accomplished when Vendman software is partnered with telemetry systems. ‘Revolutionary’ might be more appropriate…VENDMAN STAND 1 11

Whichever telemetry system you use, Vendman can work with you to deliver the information you need to run your business even more effectively – and more profitably…

Cashless is gaining ground against ‘real money’ as the consumer’s preferred payment method all over Europe. Meanwhile, the costs associated with cash transactions are increasing.

Logical Step

That’s why combining Vendman and your chosen telemetry system now is a logical step that’s guaranteed to ease your pathway to cashless vending. Vendman has a strong relationship with the vending industry – the company commands over 80% of the UK market and it is growing exponentially in Germany – but compatibility with telemetry systems makes Vendman’s offer to operators even more compelling.

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Ian Ford

‘The integration is driven by technology’, Ian said. ‘Telemetry normally provides information on a weekly, or even a monthly basis, but by integrating with Vendman, we can create a brand-new ecosystem that allows operators to access information every day.

It’s hard to see the wood for the trees…

The average operator sees a lot of ‘solutions’ out there and sometimes it’s hard to see the wood for the trees’, Ian said. ‘But now, we can integrate our system into your telemetry of choice, it makes even more sense – it gets funds into your accounting system much more efficiently.

‘In my experience, a vending operator is – and I suspect always will be – cash rich and time poor’, Ian continued. ‘Of course, they want to investigate margin enhancing add-ons, but they’re equally interested in making the day-to-day tasks of running a vending business run more smoothly. We’re now in a position to help them achieve that goal and consequently, to free more time to evaluate and perhaps apply more elaborate concepts to enhance their operations.

By partnering with Vendman, vending operators in Germany can eliminate a lot of the stress involved in cashless trading.

‘By partnering with Vendman, vending operators in Germany can eliminate a lot of the stress involved in cashless trading’, Ian added. ‘Rather than having to reconcile fiscal data from different sources, the integration of an existing telemetry system into Vendman means that an operator receives cashless income via Vendman. The advantages incumbent in this are that sales can then be allocated to individual machines; and data about sales – such as the performance of individual products and the profitability of individual machines – can be accessed in exactly the same way as it is for cash sales.

By harnessing the power of Vendman with your existing telemetry, you can access far better information far more quickly

‘Put simply’, Ian concluded, ‘by harnessing the power of Vendman with your existing telemetry, you can access far better information far more quickly; enabling you to make far better decisions.

As cashless purchases continue to advance in the vending marketplace, it makes sense to investigate how combining Vendman’s award-winning software with your existing telemetry system could save you time and make you money.

*For further information, please e-mail Ian Forde:
ian.forde@vendman-europe.com

 

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‘Wright’ to the Toubkal Summit!

 

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A few months ago,  Janet Wright our Office Manager took part in a once in a lifetime opportunity, to raise money for The Point Foundation Charity. Her and husband John pledged to raise around £1,800 each to give to the charity.

Once they both agreed to go ahead with the trek, and them later finding out, ‘Jebel Toubkal is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains and is the intended goal for thier expedition, standing at 4167 metres high it is the equivalent of over 3.5 times the height of Snowdon.’ It was soon time for training to begin.

John and Janet put preparation and started trekking around Derbyshire. At this point they had a month to go before heading out to Morocco.

About the Orphanage…. With 700 children to look after, the Noel Orphanage in Nyundo had few resources to care for their disabled children and youth.  Disability is still viewed as a shameful stigma in much of Rwanda – these young vulnerable people were considered the lowest priority. Years of mistreatment & malnutrition has further traumatised them – some even died through neglect.

£100 will cover all medical costs for an entire house for a whole month.  £30 will cover the costs for a full time carer for a whole week. Please give what you can as every penny really makes the difference to these orphans.

23rd May 2016

‘Amazing first day in Marrakesh, extremely hot reaching 38 degrees! Was nice meeting the rest of the team this morning, before travelling to Imlil at the base of the mountains. Spending the night here before we begin the trek tomorrow.. so beautiful here. Really looking forward to it now!’ said Janet after safely arriving in Marrakesh.

Early start, today is the day. ‘All packed and ready for our first day of trekking. Temperature 20 degrees at the moment, should be around 13 degrees when we get further up the mountain. Didn’t sleep well at all, only getting about 4 hours. Not surprised as I found a mouse in our room earlier on in the day.. and I hate mice!!’ said Janet.

The first day was walking for 8 hours to reach a mountain hut at 3200 altitude. Both were extremely excited!

After a refreshing sleep and plenty of food no doubt, they tackled the final day of the trek and managed to reach the Summit of Toubkal, which is located in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.

Together they raised £2,145 for The Point Foundation..

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Well done Janet & John, fantastic achievement and all for a good cause. Be inspired and do something for charity!

Donate here.. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Janet-Wright7

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Mum and Baby Are Doing Fine!

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Brody George

Our Isobel has delivered!

(No surprises there, then 🙂 )

We’re delighted to announce the arrival of Brody George Harper, who weighed in at 7lb 14oz on Monday 6 June. Mum and baby are doing fine.

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Proud mum: Isobel Kershaw

We know you’ll want to join us in congratulating the happy couple and raising a glass: ‘to Isobel, Tom and baby Brody’!

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