iQ Technology Takes the Hassle out of Inventory Control

Vending can be a profitable and satisfying business, but one of the aspects many vending owners find most cumbersome is having to travel to each machine to check inventory levels – especially when it turns out there’s no need to replenish that inventory.

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At Intelligent Dispensing Solutions, we’ve done away with that hassle by equipping every machine we manufacture with our state-of-the-art iQ inventory control system. iQ lets vending business operators perform inventory control and management activities remotely, from any device that has a connection to the Internet.

If you have a tablet, a laptop or a cell phone, you can connect with each of your machines to check product levels – even while you’re on vacation. iQ makes it easy to know when it’s time to restock, and it also makes it easy to track the use of each machine so you can determine the time of day and day of the week when each machine is most profitable.

iQ inventory control technology can also help you serve your customers more efficiently by determining which products are most popular and by tracking the popularity of new items as they’re added. That means you can be more responsive to your customers’ needs with remote inventory reports and stock management, building your brand while you build your profits – and iQ lets you do it all remotely.

The System Your Manufacturing Floor is Missing

As a supervisor in a manufacturing facility, it is your job to look for ways to cut overhead costs without reducing employee productivity. One of the most efficient ways to do this is by considering your inventory management system. Do your employees have to rummage through a supply closet looking for gloves? Are they spending precious minutes searching a bin in order to find safety glasses? If so, you are wasting time and money that can be easily resolved.

Inventory management systems, such as Vend Safety from Intelligent Dispensing Solutions, determine how and when an employee accesses an item. In order for an employee to access a safety mask, for example, they must first swipe their employee ID card. Then, their item will be dispensed to them and it will be detailed for you in a report. 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 saves you money through controlled inventory management. 

Vend Safety allows for more accurate inventory management. It eliminates the need to spend countless hours tallying the number of face masks or gloves you have on hand. Instead, administrators are able 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. 

iQ Technology, Vend Safety’s proprietary software, saves you time by cutting down on inventory management. Eliminate the hours spent on counting inventory and organizing your supply closet. iQ Technology has reporting that details inventory information for you. This eliminates wasting money on unnecessary supplies and allows you to reallocate your time to something more important. 

“The integration of IDS’ iQ Technology software with our existing point-of-sale (POS) system drives the success of our 300 machines healthy vending program. Plus, the software’s real-time reporting and alerts allow us to manage the program efficiently and effectively,” states Julie Hedine, Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Pasco County School District.

In addition to offering automatic dispensing solutions, many companies are looking into offering personal protective equipment to supply to companies to stock their equipment. Offering both dispensing equipment and the PPE supplies to stock them moves the responsibility of maintaining your equipment and supplies from you, back to us. It reduces the time you spend with PPE replenishment. 

Inventory management solutions can come in the form of an automatic supply dispenser or a supply locker. Supply dispensers allow employees to increase productivity and reduce employee downtime by spreading out your storage to your point of use. They ensure your team has exactly what they need, when and where they need it. Supply lockers provide secure accountability for reusable assets and consumable products. Single and multiple item dispense, check-in/check-out, loan periods and asset management are all possible with supply lockers. 

Supply dispensers are useful for products of varying shapes and sizes. They are especially useful for one-time-use products or products that should not be shared amongst employees, such as safety glasses and face masks. Trays within the dispenser can be configured to provide employees with large items, such as boxes of alcohol wipes, to something small, such as earplugs.

For items of various shapes and sizes that need to be returned for others to use, such as tools, you may find a supply locker to be more useful. Supply lockers are adjustable and can be made to have anywhere from 3 compartments to up to 22 compartments. Additionally, select supply lockers include interior lighting and chargers within each compartment. This allows your employees to recharge tools, if necessary before someone else needs to use them. Both supply dispensers and supply lockers can be attached, with the help of a satellite supply locker.

“Our vending machines are great and perform like they’re brand new,” says Daniel Bolens, Desktop Services Specialist at JAMF Software. “IDS is the perfect solution and working with them is a very positive experience. We evaluated other suppliers and IDS had the best technological solution. The machines are embraced by the team and popular in the office.” 

Implementing an inventory management system allows you to cut back on time and money spent organizing supply closets and ensuring your employees are not hoarding supplies. Whether you are on the lookout for supply dispensers, supply lockers or a combination of both, Intelligent Dispensing Solutions has an inventory management solution to help cut overhead costs within your manufacturing company.

For more information about Vend Safety, or any other IDS products, give us a call at 1-877-771-4446.

13 Year Old CEO Hopes to Bring His “RecMed First Aid Kits” to Vending Machines

EMS supply vending machines configured to dispense a first aid kit on demand is the brainchild of 13-year-old CEO Taylor Rosenthal. Rosenthal’s company, RecMed First Aid Kits, was developed after a conversation with his parents who are both medical professionals and an opportunity presented by an entrepreneurial class at Opelika Middle School in Opelika, Alabama.

The kits contain basic medical supplies that could be useful to treat minor injuries on the sports field. Antibiotic sprays, bandages, adhesive tape, gauze pads and other first aid supplies come neatly packed in a clear plastic zippered case. Rosenthal has witnessed the need for such kits first-hand. “I mean I see it all the time…kids getting hurt at the ball fields playing baseball or something…and parents just go crazy…”

Rosenthal is working with The Round House Startup Space in Opelika to bring his dream first aid supply vending machines to fruition. According to Kyle Sandler, founder of The Round House, Rosenthal is a particularly devoted, hard-working CEO. Sandler had to essentially kick the teen out of the startup space to send him home on Christmas Eve to spend the holiday at home with his family.

Sandler also remarked that Rosenthal’s age affects how he views vending machines. According to Sandler, “… since he’s 13 and not 25… he’s more used to Redbox… so we made a couple of calls and now we have a computer-aided robotic vending machine in the works…” Eco ATM and RedBox have come on board to help Rosenthal get his product to market.

While sports fields were Rosenthal’s initial inspiration for the RecMed First Aid Kit vending machines, he doesn’t see athletic complexes as the solitary market for his product. He believes that anywhere families gather for recreation would present a feasible marketplace. He is already in talks with Six Flags Amusement Parks officials to places RecMed first aid vending machines in the parks to deal with the minor cuts and scrapes that young children are so prone to.

Rosenthal advanced to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy regional semifinals in Boca Raton in May 2015.

Source:

http://www.wltz.com/story/29172406/opelika-teen-competing-in-the-young-entrepreneurs-academy-regional-finals

The Simple, Central & Smart Way to Track & Dispense Scrubs

ids scrubtrak medical scrubs vending machineHospitals, clinics and other medical facilities and practices are constantly trying to balance quality care with inventory control and minimization of costs. This can be difficult, and it pays to find ways to control costs without compromising care, comfort and safety. One area of inventory that is notorious for shrinkage is scrubs. Personnel frequently forget to return scrubs, and they get lost or thrown away. Not only that, but standard methods of storing, cleaning and stocking scrubs may be inefficient.

Fortunately, there is a better way. Imagine a custom scrub inventory tracking vending machine that not only stores and dispenses clean scrubs, but also tracks them.

ScrubTrak systems offers an easy way to dispense, track and store scrubs using powerful, cloud-based software that can be customized for your facility. Flexible management tools allow management to generate usage reports that can be printed online or sent to a desktop application. These features put scrubs inventory control at management’s fingertips, and allows for better planning and greater cost efficiency.

In order to access the scrubs in the machine, personnel must key in a code. The computerized, cloud-based system stores all data, and management receives regular notifications regarding stock and other data. When stock is getting low, a notification is sent out. Personnel can return used scrubs to the vending machine, and that will be tracked as well.

Management can control the inventory, allowing only certain personnel access to the scrubs, and setting limits on how many scrubs are dispensed per person.

Storage of scrubs using a uniform vending machine is much more streamlined. Both clean and soiled scrubs are housed in the space-saving machine. No need to keep them locked up or to distribute keys to certain personnel. They can be accessed any time of day.

Vending machine manufacturers that provide and maintain this service include custom features like remote inventory control and mobile notifications. For facilities that are large, or have more than one location, these vending machines are ideal. Personnel can retrieve scrubs from one machine, and return them to another. The cloud-based technology keeps track of all the vending machines for the facility, tracking and recording inventory easily. This ultimately reduces waste, shrinkage and improves efficiency.

The Time-Saving EMS Technology You Can’t Afford to Skip

When it comes to pharmaceuticals and EMS equipment, you can never be too careful. It is essential that you have the ability to track products and expiration dates, in order to avoid overordering and shrinkage. UCapIt has the ability to do this, and more, in order to help organizations stay on top of their supplies, without breaking the bank.

Cost-Saving Capabilities

UCapIt’s Supply Room feature saves you time and money by eliminating the need to manually take inventory on the products in your supply room. Instead, your supply room can be accessed anytime and anywhere with just a click of a button. You are also able to see what products are close to expiring, which is beneficial for audits and risk reduction.

The issue of hoarding products can also be eliminated with UCapIt. Thanks to UCapIt’s tracking capabilities, managers are able to track who accesses each product. This cuts down on hoarding products and reduces shrink wastage. 

Product Tracking

Nothing is more frustrating than reaching for Ativan, only to find that it expired two weeks ago. This means that more product has to be thrown out, without even being opened. This is not only frustrating but also a waste of money. By being able to track the expiration dates and lot numbers of products, you save time and money. You avoid over-ordering products and medications. Instead, UCapIt simply tracks products to ensure they are used by their expiration dates.

In addition to tracking expiration dates and lot numbers, UCapIt allows managers to track the medication and medical disposables’ chain of custody. Doing this gives managers the ability to tie the dispense to a specific EMS incident, as well as the placement on a particular med unit.

Interface Options

It is crucial that access to pharmaceuticals and narcotics is limited. That is why UCapIt gives managers the ability to set up multiple interface options to access products. They are even able to set up two-form factor validation, in order to ensure that products are being accessed by the right people. Interface options include biometrics, prox card, bar code, magstripe and/or pinstripe. Knowing who accessed what keeps your employees accountable. It ensures that people are only accessing what is needed, as opposed to hoarding products, saving your organization money. 

Every moment counts in the world of EMS and pharmaceuticals. That is why UCapIt is here to help you track products and save you time and money. To find out more about the benefits of UCapIt and how it can assist your organization, call 1-877-771-4446.

Say Goodbye to Outdated Inventory Management Solutions

Nothing is more frustrating than opening a supply closet, only to find an unorganized room filled to the brim with computer monitors and office supplies. Instead, streamline your inventory management system and take back control of your inventory with a system from Intelligent Dispensing Solutions.

Whether you are in the education, pharmaceutical, fitness or textile industry, Intelligent Dispensing Solutions can help you find a system that works best for you and your inventory goals. Watch the video below to see how IDS can help you and your employees today.

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To get started with an IDS system or for more questions, call us today at 1-877-771-4446.

Marijuana Next Big Thing in Custom Vending?

Medical marijuana has been legal in Colorado for several years. But, a new convenience for those with pot prescriptions has been unveiled: at a recent promotional event in Avon, Colorado, manufacturers presented custom vending machines that dispense pot.

The machine, which is known as the ZaZZZ uses biometrics to verify a customer’s age and confirm that he or she is over 21. The machines are climate controlled to keep the product inside fresh. The machine could be used to dispense edibles and smokable products on a self-serve basis to those who have medical marijuana cards. There are already machines that automate medical marijuana dispensing from behind the counter.

Custom vending for medicines, like cannabis where it’s legal, are a boon to both patients and medical professionals. The machines make inventory control a breeze, as every item dispensed is automatically counted. Many doctors offices and nursing homes have found these machines a convenient option, since patients can order medications right in the office. In a nursing home or other residential care environment, patients can have medications dispensed daily to ensure older patients remember their medications. These machines are also a boon to those who are embarrassed about medications they’ve been prescribed, whether they are marijuana, Viagra or medication for a yeast infection. When patients can get their medications without having to discuss their purchases, they are more likely to comply with their doctors’ orders.

Where self-serve medical marijuana vending machines fit into the picture, however, will remain to be seen. The first ZaZZZ machine has been placed in the Herbal Elements dispensary, but, as yet, does not have marijuana inside. The shop’s owners are still waiting for authorities to give self-serve the okay.

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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 EMS and medical inventory management solution, call 1-877-771-4446.

Good Items to Embrace, and Bad Items to Avoid in Your Gym Vending Machine

main-get-fit-work-dont-fear-the-vending-machine_0Many people still picture vending machines as units filled with snacks, sodas or other unhealthy items. Not only is this an antiquated idea at this point, but in today’s modern society it actually couldn’t be farther from the truth. Many healthcare facilities are using vending machines to dispense medical supplies and other items, for example. Even gyms are getting in on the fun, with vending machines filled with the types of healthy items necessary to compliment a great workout. If you’re looking to add a vending machine to your gym, however, it’s just as important to know what you should NOT stock as it is knowing what you should.

Items to Avoid

Out of all the items that you should avoid in your gym vending machine, honey buns, cinnamon rolls and more may be the worst. While they make make sense, especially if you’re trying to consider those early morning fitness gurus in search of a good breakfast, some of them have as many calories as you would get in an entire meal.

Doritos and other types of flavored snacks should also likely be avoided, but not necessarily for the reason you might think. While these snacks don’t necessarily have a huge amount of calories, they are also low in fiber and high in salt – a combination that people working out absolutely do not need.

Items to Embrace

Dry fruit is a great option for putting in your gym vending machine for a very simple reason: they’re high in the types of fiber and vitamins that people working out need at that period of time. Microwave popcorn is also a great option to put in these nutritional vending machines as it is high in fiber and antioxidants.

Intelligent Dispensing Solutions

If you’re looking for the perfect nutritional item vending machine to compliment your gym, Intelligent Dispensing Solutions has a wide range of options, such as vending machines and smart secure lockers, that are up to the challenge. Not only can you install vending machines to dispense everything from sports drinks to weight gloves, but these solutions also allow you to cut back on the amount of staff that is required to work in your gym overnight. Not only will your patrons be happy, but you can save a significant amount of money at the same time.

A vending machine no longer has to be just for chips, candy, soda and other unhealthy items. Gyms all over the world are proving that they’re also a great way to make sure that your customers have access to all of the items that they need after a terrific workout. By understanding which items you should be avoiding in your gym vending machine, you’ll go a long way towards making sure that you’re always giving your customers exactly what they’re looking for at all times.

School Supply Vending Machine & Healthy Snack Alternatives | Why Students Love Them

School Supply Vending Machine & Healthy Snack Alternatives - Why Students Love Them

In recent years, vending machines in schools have become a huge source of debate. There are some parents who believe that if their child purchases a snack from a vending machine, they will choose something unhealthy, such as chips, cookies, soda or candy. But this is not always the case. In fact, thanks to modern refrigerated vending machine technology, nutritionists on staff, and other factors, schools are making smarter and healthier options regarding what they offer their students. This means children can choose a healthy snack from a vending machine, while the school benefits from the profits.

Making a Healthy Selection

Schools have the option to choose healthy snack alternatives, if desired. They can select from healthy crackers, trail mix, fruit snacks, baked chips, Special K bars and more. There are also schools that implement the 100 calorie packs of cookies, to provide something sweet. This is all by choice. While vending machine suppliers will provide whatever is requested, it is up to the schools to request the healthier options.

Student’s Views on Vending Machines

Kids love the idea of vending machines in schools they can quickly and easily choose what they want to eat. This offers a sense of independence that most kids appreciate, especially as they get older. And by providing healthy alternatives, adults are still helping to guide them in their decision making.

Other Benefits Offered by Vending Machines in Schools

Another benefit offered by placing vending machines in schools is the profit. The extra funds are able to go toward other things that the school needs, such as books, computers, art supplies, etc. The money may also go to sports teams or even after school clubs.

Yet another benefit of the integration of vending machines in schools is the fact that they provide children with options if they forget their lunch, or do not want what the cafeteria is serving that day. This ensures that each child receives something to eat and they do not have to go hungry or thirsty during the day.

Other Purposes of Vending Machines

In addition to providing food and drinks for students, there are also school supply vending machines. This means if a child does not have paper, pencils or anything else required during the day, they can purchase what they need quickly and easily from a vending machine.

They key to reaping all the benefits offered by healthy snack and school supply vending machines is to find a quality vending machine manufacturer who will ensure the school gets the type of machine necessary for their students. Doing so will help ensure all the benefits highlighted here. Take some time to research the vending machine services for schools to feel confident in the decision that is made and the vending machine that is selected.