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Inventory Management Made Simple with UCapIt

One of the greatest challenges today’s EMS professionals and pharmaceutical managers face is medical product supply management and security. In an EMS organization, it is imperative that systems are in place that not only saves you money but also saves you time, especially when lives are on the line. Many organizations across the United States have become creative and turned to UCapIt to help save them both time and money within their organization.

“The cost reduction we realized once we had implemented IDS’ UCapIt solution is a big benefit to us,” says Rich Tvella of Mastic Beach Ambulance Company. “We spend less time doing the manual count and the paperwork to keep track of the physical inventory.” 

With UCapIt you can take back control of your inventory by providing a safer, smarter, and more secure way to accurately assess and track your employee’s usage. Through iQ Technology, our EMS supply vending machines and supply lockers maintain controlled access to pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, meticulously track inventory, and allow instant access to all records.

“UCapit’s reports tell me what I need to know, how many are expiring, where they are located and the name of the medication.  I really like that I can run the report for 90 or more days because I order replacement medications 3-4 months in advance, plus my regular stock…so I know I won’t run out.  Now instead of having to do a count by hand at the end of the month, I check them in when I receive them and simply run the reports I need.”

IDS’ UCapIt provides controlled supply dispensing solutions for emergency medical service organizations including hospitals and fire stations. IDS’ UCapIt solutions allow organizations to secure EMS and narcotics, restrict access by user credentials or product classification, track inventory in real-time, and maintain full accountability and compliance with FDA and DEA regulations.

iQ Technology, the brain behind the UCapIt system, allows EMS organizations to track inventory and alert managers when the supply is running low. This ensures that EMS organizations do not have to scramble to find the supply they need.

Tim Barnett of Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority says, “Previously if a unit ran out of a specific supply, they would have to make a trip to central supply to restock. With the UCapIt vending machines and lockers in place, they have immediate access. Budget numbers indicate we’re under budget in medical supplies and medications compared to this time a year ago.”

Inventory can be managed anytime, anywhere with UCapIt and iQ Technology. Additionally, managers have the ability to see who is accessing what items, when and where they are being accessed. 

UCapIt allows you to be as transparent as you want within your organization. To find out more about the UCapIt system, call 1-877-771-4446.

Take Control of Your Narcotics Inventory with UCapIt

UCapIt Supply Dispensers and Lockers

When it comes to narcotic inventory control, organizations can never be too careful. If you find yourself struggling with keeping your supply room secure or having too many expired products, you may want to turn to UCapit. UCapIt puts managers back in control through its Supply Dispensers, Supply Lockers and SAFEMEDS.

UCapIt’s Supply Dispensers dispense medical supplies, narcotics and pharmaceuticals to authorized staff within an emergency organization. Dispensers provide a single point-of-access for an entire team and keep inventory safe, secure and organized. Designated employees can access necessary products through RFID badge, magnetic strip, Proximity card reader, barcode, personal PIN, Biometrics and more.

Supply Lockers from UCapIt can be used to access or return medical equipment and supplies. Each locker bay has the option to add electricity for charging devices. They can hold larger equipment, such as defibrillators and medical kits or smaller items, such as gloves. Each item can be accessed by authorized users through the same interface as Supply Dispensers.

Finally, SafeMeds allow users to access the necessary narcotics quickly and efficiently in the field. It is a high-security ambulance EMS dispensing lockbox system that is capable of mounting directly in an ambulance or other areas where drugs need to be tracked or distributed.

Intelligent Dispensing Solutions and UCapIt is ready to help you take back control of your EMS inventory. To find out more about UCapIt, call us at 1-877-771-4446.

EMS Organizations Benefit from UCapIt

All across the United States, EMS organizations are benefitting from the use of UCapIt supply dispensers and supply lockers. From access to reports to saving time and money to complying with state regulations, UCapIt has taken the world of emergency services by storm. Hear from EMS organizations across the country why UCapIt is their new go-to system for organization and inventory control.

Bill Dolby, Fire Captain at Jackson Township, has found that UCapIt is saving them money every year. “We have to be creative. years ago, we were throwing away $3,000 worth of drugs when they expired at the end of the month. We only throw away a couple of hundred dollars’ worth of drugs now.”

Real-time alerts have been crucial for the Tulsa Fire Department. Captain Michael Bake, Director of EMS, said, “I have a limited supply and equipment budget and the supply monster was just eating our operations. We found, when we analyzed the system, that we had a lot of inconsistencies and weren’t compliant with state regulations,” Blake said. “Our old system to determine what we had in the field that was going to expire was a phone tree, and now, with UCapIt, we can pull it up in real-time and understand what we have to order or not.” 

Reports are another asset that UCapIt users have found to be beneficial. Captain Beth Hines of Onslow County EMS said, “The report tells me what I need to know, how many are expiring, where they are located and the name of the medication.” Continues Hines, “I really like that I can run the report for 90 or more days because I order replacement medications 3-4 months in advance, plus my regular stock…so I know I won’t run out.”

UCapIt has taken the EMS world by storm and there is no sign of slowing down. To get started with UCapIt, or to learn more about its features, give IDS a call at 1-877-771-4446.

Keep Your Fitness Center Safe for Members

With COVID-19 and the flu season among us, keeping your employees and members safe and healthy is more important than ever before. Wearing face masks and washing your hands only scratches the surface when it comes to keeping employees and members safe from harmful bacteria. Limiting contact points and disinfecting equipment will also reduce the risk of contracting the flu and COVID-19. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that gym patrons wear a facemask and wash their hands before and after putting the mask on. Additionally, it is recommended that they bring their own water bottles and avoid sharing any personal items. Finally, it is crucial that members clean equipment before and after they have used it. 

Additionally, limiting contact points for your customers will help to limit the spread of harmful bacteria amongst gym patrons and employees. This can be done through Vending Fit’s Supply Dispensers and Supply Lockers. These machines allow you to control your inventory and give customers and employees access to supplies, such as resistance bands, water bottles and yoga mats. Give your customers the experience of a safe and effective workout.

Vending Fit dispensers and lockers allow for quick and easy disinfecting, in order to keep members safe. Simply use warm, mild soapy water. Soap has the ability to demolish viruses in as little as 20 seconds, keeping employees and members safe from COVID-19 and the flu. Additionally, providing hand sanitizer near the machine and encouraging the use of it before and after coming in contact with the machine will keep customers safe and healthy.

Your members are anxious to hit the gym, but it must be done in a safe way. To find out more about gym vending machines and how to keep your gym customers safe, contact us at 1-855-570-2673.

Connecting Lockers to Your Machine

Intelligent Dispensing Solutions has a wide array of Supply Dispensers and Supply Lockers which allow you to offer supplies of different shapes and sizes to your employees and customers. Additionally, IDS makes it possible to attach a Satellite Supply Locker to a Supply Dispenser. 

Whether you are setting up your equipment for EMS or fitness use, the process to attach the equipment is the same and can even be done on your own. We have put together a step-by-step video tutorial on how to connect your supply lockers to your vending machines for you to see how this is done. 

At Intelligent Dispensing Solutions, we want to ensure that you understand how your equipment is supposed to run, so you can use it to its full potential. If you have any additional questions about your equipment, such as how to set it up or how to use it, give us a call at 1-877-771-4446 or contact your sales representative.

Reduce Costs With a Smart System

As a business manager, you work hard to ensure that you are lowering overhead costs within your business, without having to sacrifice too much. Whether you are in the medical industry, textile industry or fitness industry, Intelligent Dispensing Solutions has a solution to help you reduce business costs and manage your inventory.

Our intelligent dispensing solutions allow you to track and manage your inventory, without being physically at the machine. With our revolutionary software, iQ Technology, you simply log in to the program to see what your inventory needs are. This feature eliminates the overstocking of products. Having too many of one product, such as a narcotic in an EMS environment, can lead to having too many expired products, which raises your inventory costs.

Having control over your inventory is not the only positive of utilizing our inventory solutions. Supply Lockers and Supply Dispensers keep your employees productive throughout the day. Instead of employees having to spend time sifting through a supply closet looking for a supply they need, they can simply utilize an iVendTech Supply Dispenser. Your employees have access to the supplies they need in seconds.

Our intelligent solutions include both Supply Dispensers and Supply Lockers. These smart inventory systems assist in controlling your inventory, while keeping your employees productive throughout the day. Watch the video below to find out more about our various dispensing solutions and how they can help with your business.

For additional questions, call Intelligent Dispensing Solutions at 1-877-771-4446.

Make Shopping a Breeze for Your Customers

The retail industry is constantly changing and evolving in order to make shopping a pleasant experience for customers. This includes assisting your customers in picking up exactly what they need when they need it. Intelligent Dispensing Solutions offers a solution that meets your customers’ retail demands with the BOPIS + Click and Collect order pick up retail locker machine.

Nearly 60% of shoppers utilize some sort of buy online pick-up in-store for their shopping needs. If you are not currently making this option available for your customers, you could be losing out on sales you would have otherwise gotten. Additionally, by implementing this system, you will save on operational costs, solves last-mile delivery and offers convenience to customers through secure 24/7 availability.

How exactly does BOPIS + Click & Collect work? Watch the video below to find out.


No matter what no contact in store pick up solution you are looking for, Intelligent Dispensing Solutions can help you. Contact us by filling out our contact form or call us at (877) 771-4446.

Reduce Potential Exposure to COVID-19 Through Controlled Dispensing Solutions for Health and Fitness Equipment

IDS’ Vending Fit provides a seamless transaction experience to allow customers to easily access health and fitness supplies without direct, face-to-face interaction with employees

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Keeping your customers and employees safe is an important aspect of any organization. While the news of COVID-19 continues to be prevalent, many organizations are doing what they can to protect their employees and customers by providing a safe and sanitary environment. While fitness centers slowly begin to open, it is more important than ever before for organizations to evaluate and adapt the center’s procedures, in order to provide a safe environment.

As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, social distancing has become the “new normal” across the United States. This means keeping at least six feet away from the nearest person. At fitness centers, however, this can be a difficult task to achieve. Not only can it be difficult to distance yourself from others, but it can also be difficult to keep the equipment clean and sanitary. 

As companies put in place measures to limit face-to-face interactions and encourage social distancing, it is also important to reduce the handling of critical fitness supplies and nutritional products, such as protein powder and foam rollers, as much as possible by limiting contact points. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the lifespan of Coronavirus can vary based on different surfaces and can last anywhere from 30 minutes to three days. 

Fitness centers across the United States have remained closed over the past few months, due to COVID-19. However, many have begun the process of opening, but with new rules and regulations in place to keep its members and employees safe from harmful viruses and bacteria, including COVID-19. This could be by decreasing the number of customers that are allowed in your facility at one time or repeatedly communicating to customers how you intend to keep your center safe.

Keeping your members and employees safe should remain top of mind as a fitness center owner. Some fitness centers have established rules based on federal regulations in order to keep their members safe. For example, Gravity Fitness in Atlanta, Georgia has a staff member taking everyone’s temperatures at the gym’s entrance. While they originally had all staff members wearing a mask and allowing members to decide whether or not they wanted one, that rule quickly changed. Instead, there are set times during the day in which every member is required to wear a mask and set times in which it is optional. This allows members to exercise when they feel most comfortable and most safe.

Other fitness centers, such as CrossFit Beo in Sioux City, Iowa, have opened, but are required to have fewer than 10 people in the gym at one time. Those people must also remain at a distance of at least six feet apart from one another.

In order for fitness centers and gyms to begin opening, a plan must be put in place in order to keep everyone safe in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other harmful illnesses. Intelligent Dispensing Solutions provides controlled dispensing solutions to ensure that employees are equipped with the proper PPE equipment to limit exposure risks to infectious diseases. A fitness equipment and supplement vending machine is a contactless solution that allows employees to provide customers with the fitness equipment they need in order to remain safe while being able to workout.

Vending Fit allows you to control your inventory and give customers and employees access to supplies, such as resistance bands, protein powders and yoga mats. When members attend your fitness center, they expect to workout, just as they did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is your job to provide that type of experience for your members. 

Additionally, you can fill your Vending Fit dispensers with products intended to keep your members safe and healthy. Vending Fit supply dispensers and lockers are flexible enough for you to vend smaller products, such as face masks and hand sanitizers, or larger products, such as towels and yoga mats. Your members should feel safe at your facility. Vending Fit will help you achieve that goal.

Vending Fit provides real-time data and reporting capability through its proprietary iQ Technology software. iQ Technology allows managers and administrators to track who accessed what item(s), when they accessed the item(s) and the quantity of the item they accessed. This is useful from an inventory management standpoint, as alerts can be received whenever a product is running low. 

With Vending Fit, you have the ability to utilize existing point-of-sale systems, such as ABC Financial and student IDs, to integrate your fitness vending machines seamlessly into your business. Additionally, members can access the fitness supplies they need through cashless payment options or by swiping a membership card, entering a PIN number and more. This ensures that adding Vending Fit to your center will be convenient for both you and your customers.

Cleaning exercise equipment will remain a crucial aspect of every fitness center and keeping your Vending Fit dispenser and locker clean is no different. Luckily, disinfecting and cleaning is as simple as using warm, mild soapy water. Soap has the ability to demolish viruses in as little as 20 seconds. If you prefer commercial-grade cleaning and disinfecting options, PURELL® Foodservice Surface Sanitizer. It is approved for use on food-contact surfaces with no rinse required. 

Although many places are beginning to lift strict stay-at-home orders, COVID-19 remains a threat. As your fitness center begins opening up, consider the new regulations you will put in place to keep your employees and members safe. Your employees and members are your most crucial asset, so keeping them safe is your number one priority. Vending Fit wants to help you come up with a plan in order to keep business operational by providing a solution that safely provides your members with the equipment they need.

For more information on Vending Fit and other dispensing equipment, contact 1-877-771-4446.

Reduce Employee Potential Exposure to Infectious Diseases Through Controlled Dispensing Solutions for PPE and MRO Supplies

IDS’ Vend Safety PPE & MRO vending machine provides a fast and easy transaction experience to allow employees in manufacturing and food processing facilities to access critical PPE supplies.

COVID-19 continues to pose a threat across the globe. As an employer, it is your duty to provide your employees with a safe and sanitary work environment. This may include implementing new procedures within your manufacturing or food processing plant in order to keep employees safe and reduce the spread of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, among employees and their families.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended social distancing among people in the United States, keeping at least six feet away from people. In some manufacturing and processing plants, however, it may be difficult to completely social distance yourself from other coworkers. Many times, employees in these facilities are standing shoulder-to-shoulder on assembly or process lines. In fact, some employees are only able to stand six inches apart. Despite these close working environments, there are actions that can be taken in order to control the potential spread of infectious diseases.

As measures are being put in place by manufacturing and food processing companies to encourage social distancing when possible, it is important to provide critical PPE supplies, such as face masks, gloves, face shields and safety glasses. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the lifespan of the Cronoavirus can vary based don different surfaces and can last anywhere from 30 minutes to three days.

  • Airborne: 30 minutes to 3 hours
  • Cardboard: 24 hours
  • Stainless Steel: 2 days
  • Plastic: 3 days

Food processing and manufacturing facilities have proven to be a hot spot for COVID-19. As of May 5, over 7,500 workers in food processing plants alone have been confirmed sick with COVID-19, with at least 37 people dying. While some plants had previously temporarily closed in order to limit the spread of the virus, President Donald Trump has recently that food processing facilities remain open in order to ensure the adequate availability of food for the American people.

In order for manufacturing facilities and food processing plants to remain open, these facilities must take proper steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Intelligent Dispensing Solutions provides controlled dispensing solutions to ensure that employees are equipped with the proper PPE equipment to limit exposure risks to infectious diseases. Vend Safety is a contactless solution that allows employees to gain access to the tools and supplies they need in order to remain healthy and continue to perform their jobs.

As an employer, Vend Safety provides your employees with safe and controlled access to not only perform their jobs, but also to ensure that they are remaining safe while at work. With about 3% of total workers in meat processing facilities having been tested positive for COVID-19, keeping your employees safe is essential in order to continue to operate at full capacity. 

With Vend Safety PPE supply vending machines, you can control your inventory and give your employees access to supplies such as face masks, tools and gloves. These tools and supplies are essential for your employees to complete their jobs, but also to keep them safe. For example, N95 face masks are designed to block 95% of very small particles, such as those floating around in manufacturing facilities. 

Vend Safety provides real-time data and reporting capability through its proprietary iQ Technology software. iQ Technology allows administrators to track who accessed what item(s), when they accessed the item(s) and the quantity of the item they accessed. This chain of custody is critical when identifying and mitigating risks in a crisis situation, as well as is useful on an inventory management basis during normal operating circumstances.

Determine how and when an employee accesses an item with Vend Safety. For example, in order for an employee to access a safety mask, they must first swipe their employee ID card. Then, their item will be dispensed to them and it will be detailed for you on a report from iQ Technology. Additionally, it can be set up in such a way that employees must enter a PIN number or even through biometrics. This set of safety precautions not only saves you money through controlled inventory management, but it also ensures that your employees are kept safe from COVID-19 within their workplace. 

With iQ Technology, employers have the ability to control inventory, so employees are only taking what is absolutely necessary. This eliminates employees hoarding gloves or going through too many face masks in one day. It saves you money with inventory control.

If COVID-19 finds its way into your facility, you can prove that your employees were given easy access to PPE equipment, even if the employee claims that they did not. Plus, Vend Safety allows you to track where the inventory is going, so it can even be said whether or not the specific employee did gain access to supplies using Vend Safety.

COVID-19 continues to be a threat across the world and within many workplaces, including manufacturing facilities. Because of this, it is crucial that tools and supplies are being passed through as few people as possible. Utilizing a solution, such as Vend Safety, will protect essential employees and their families from COVID-19, as well as help you manage your inventory.

Keeping your employees and their families safe during this time should continue to be your number one priority, as they are your most critical asset. Vend Safety can help you come up with a plan to keep business operational by providing a solution that increases productivity, reduces the shrinkage of tools and supplies and keeps your employees safe and healthy.

For more information on Vend Safety PPE and MRO vending machines and other dispensing equipment, contact 1-877-771-4446.

Reduce Employee Exposure Risk to Infectious Diseases Through Controlled Dispensing Solutions for Surgical Scrubs and Uniforms

IDS’ ScrubTrak provides a seamless transaction experience to allow employees to quickly and safely access surgical scrubs, uniforms and other textiles

Today it is more critical than ever to provide healthcare workers with personal protective equipment (PPE) including proper work attire such as scrubs and lab coats.  In order to access PPE and proper work attire, it is important to have processes in place. These processes protect your employees without compromising the ability to provide life-saving medical treatment to patients. This is especially crucial as medical organizations’ resources are being strained due to the influx in demand related to surging numbers of COVID-19 patients.

In order to protect medical personnel from the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, it is important to ensure scrubs and hospital uniforms are being handled by as few people as possible while ensuring these items are being returned and laundered properly. It is impossible to eliminate shoulder-to-shoulder contact within a hospital setting. However, it is possible to limit this contact internally and reduce the handling of critical supplies, including hospital scrubs and lab coats, by limiting contact points.

Why is this so critical?  According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the lifespan of the Coronavirus can vary, based on different surfaces and can last anywhere from 30 minutes to three days. 

  • Airborne: 30 minutes to 3 hours
  • Cardboard: 24 hours
  • Stainless Steel: 2 days
  • Plastic: 3 days  

While the exact number of healthcare professionals afflicted with COVID-19 is unknown, thousands of healthcare workers across the United States have either had COVID-19 or been exposed to it. While healthcare professionals may be at a higher risk to contract COVID-19 due to their interactions with infected individuals, there are proactive measures that can be implemented to reduce the risk of healthcare workers contracting infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

Intelligent Dispensing Solutions provides controlled dispensing solutions that offer a contactless transaction experience, specifically for surgical scrubs lab coats, uniforms, and other textiles through its brand ScrubTrak.  It is a fast, easy and proactive solution for hospital staff and medical professionals to retrieve the clean, uncontaminated scrubs they need in order to perform their jobs. It also allows for contaminated scrubs and other textiles to be returned in a safe and secure location.

In addition to scrubs, uniforms and other textiles being safely retrieved, ScrubTrak provides peace of mind that scrubs are returned and laundered per hospital standards. In order for scrubs to be free of contamination, they must go through an extensive laundering and sterilizing regime with commercial-grade laundering equipment that cannot be accomplished by an at-home washer and dryer. 

Once scrubs have been worn, they are simply checked back in and returned to the ScrubTrak return unit where the transaction is logged and credited back to the employee’s account. This allows you to track your inventory and provides accountability typically resulting in drastic decreases in surgical scrub shrinkage.  In fact, many of ScrubTrak’s customers reduce scrub replacement costs by over 60% in the first year of implementing ScrubTrak.

In an open supply closet setting, when a nurse, lab tech or doctor comes in to retrieve new scrubs, he or she will sift through the items, often shoulder-to-shoulder with other staff members, until he or she finds a correct fitting pair, potentially exposing himself or herself to infectious diseases such as COVID-19. 

ScrubTrak helps to reduce the risk of spread of infectious disease by providing a safe and secure retrieval and return center for scrubs, uniforms, and other textiles. With ScrubTrak, personnel simply have to enter in the scrub sizes they need (top and bottom) and then wait only a few seconds for them to be dispensed. The return process is just as simple. Nurses and doctors simply have to scan their badge and place their used items in the return slot for laundering.

Unlike open scrub supply closets, in which multiple staff members can access scrubs and discard of used ones, controlled dispensing through ScrubTrak’s dispensers require employees to only access the specific scrubs they need, whether it be pants, tops or a specific size of scrubs, as well as the quantity they need. Additionally, staff members must be verified for access before the scrubs are dispensed and the employee is able to touch the item. 

“Human error is inevitable. We were losing scrubs faster than we should have been. We began inquiring about automated systems for managing scrubs,” said Ryan Madewell, the environmental services director for Hunt Regional Healthcare. 

To determine if ScrubTrak was the right solution for Hunt Regional Healthcare, Madewell analyzed the system’s various features including ease of use, approved efficiency, infection prevention and cost savings. “We chose ScrubTrak because it was the best fit,” Madewell said.

IDS’ ScrubTrak utilizes real-time data and reporting capability through its proprietary iQ Technology software. iQ Technology allows administrators to track who accessed what item(s), when they accessed the item(s) and the quantity of the item they accessed. This chain of custody is critical when identifying and mitigating risks in a crisis situation, as well as is useful on an inventory management basis during normal operating circumstances.

Having a solution in place to manage and track inventory reduces a hospital’s risk and also protects your most critical assets – your staff members. It is these individuals that are on the front lines of combating crises such as the global pandemic we are currently facing.

ScrubTrak can help. As you are evaluating and initiating your response plan, we want to help you keep your staff members safe, while providing a solution that ensures accountability in order to reduce scrubs and uniform shrinkage, and laundering costs.

For more information about ScrubTrak’s dispensing solutions, contact Intelligent Dispensing Solutions at 1-877-771-4446.