Information about The General Store; the vending industry and micro-markets in Houston, The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe areas and beyond.
|Posted on December 22, 2017 at 8:35 PM||comments (0)|
From http://www.vendingmarketwatch.com/article/12387388/10-reasons-why-a-micro-market-is-better-than-a-cafeteria 12-18-2017: 1. It's Employee Paid. Offering food and drinks to employees is a powerful benefit for companies looking to attract and retain good quality workers. However, food budgets can be hard to prove return on investment for in some areas. The retiring of the foodservice decision maker, or an uncertain corporate climate can affect cafeterias, cafes and pantry service. The new person or board might feel the money would be better spent elsewhere. Conversely, because the capital outlay by the location for a micro market is zero, it is less affected by budgets and executives. 2. It's Grab and Go. At work people are searching for quick, convenient eating options. There is more snacking and fewer sit down meals during a workday, which means micro markets are a great option. The service is 24-7, giving everyone the flexibility to snack when they need an energy boost and everything is prepackaged for easy shopping of ingredients. 3. It's Fewer Upfront Costs. Cafeterias require a number of additional upfront costs including grills, washing stations, food temperature logs, walk-in coolers, etc. Micro markets are much simpler, with a comparatively low upfront equipment cost. A micro market needs a few coolers, shelving, a kiosk and internet connection. Any add-ons can be discussed with the location and purchased by them to add that positive employee experience they want to create in the space. 4. It Allows Bulk Buying. Since micro markets use so many prepackaged products that can be used in vending and other markets, it increases the volume of items operators order, allowing them to get better pricing from the suppliers. A great purchasing manager can also work to take advantage of special offers and rebates. This can enable micro market operators to tie in better priced products to onsite promotions that will drive sales at each location. 5. It Offers Cost Balance. While fresh food is a key component of both cafeterias and micro markets, cafeterias rely more heavily on their food offerings. Food means waste, and a smaller margin. Micro markets on the other hand, allow operators to provide a good mix of food options and shelf-stable products, such as bagged breakfast items and treats. Micro markets can even include non-edibles options that employees crave, such as small electronics or smart phone chargers. 6. It Serves A Wider Range Of Locations. Unlike cafeterias that require a few hundred employees on site, a micro market can be successful with between 100 to 200. It's a much more flexible option with what type of checkout is available, including full, freestanding kiosks to small, tablet-based checkout that can be placed on a counter next to a small shelf and cooler combo. Micro markets also work in a broad range of businesses from manufacturing to offices. 7. It Requires No Additional Staff Onsite. Having a cafeteria means having staff on site. From cooks to cashiers, it's more people to hire, train and manage. Comparatively, a micro market requires a route driver and support staff, people who are already on the payroll at an operation. There are no staff required to keep it open, yet a micro market offers more hours of operation to the employees making it a worthwhile benefit. 8. It Includes Supported Marketing Efforts. Consumers love getting a deal, especially when it's on a product they enjoy eating. With new features being added by micro market suppliers, promotions, special pricing and loyalty programs are easier than ever to schedule. Many micro markets have built in programs operators can simply turn on and off. Others have special relationships with suppliers for great partnerships. Either way, micro markets make marketing easier and more engaging with customer-focused apps and interactive touchscreens. 9. It Means No Waiting In Line. Everything is made ahead of time and prepackaged, eliminating lines of people waiting to order or for their items to be cooked. Micro market customers can just browse the selections and make a purchase. Many even offer mobile checkout apps to eliminate the queue at the kiosk. It also encourages repeat business during the day. After all, it's much more inviting to purchase a pack of gum in the afternoon if you know it will be a quick checkout than waiting in line for the cashier to ring up other employees. 10. It Requires A Smaller Footprint. Unlike cafes and cafeterias that need food prep and storage areas, micro markets are all about product display and sales. The configuration, number of coolers, kiosk placement, type of shelving and even how the equipment is powered is flexible. It's a solution that adapts to locations large or small much more easily than a foodservice solution. It's scalable as well â?? a solution that can grow with a company.
|Posted on November 19, 2017 at 3:40 PM||comments (0)|
Our Partnership with Parlevel Systems allows us to provide the best Micro-Market experience in Houston, Spring, The Woodlands, Conroe and beyond. In fact, The General Store is the best Micro-Market in the industry, we offer a far superior experience to any of our competition including the large national corporations. Our markets have the widest product selection and virtually zero out-of stock issues. We quickly and efficiently provide the best customer service in the industry. Our competitors don't come close. Parlevel Systems of San Antonio is a major reason for this. They share our passion for innovation and excellence in customer service.
|Posted on October 23, 2017 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
Retail isn't dying, it is just changing. Amazon has created disruption through innovation, convenience, service and selection. This is good for consumers because traditional retailers have to get better in order to compete in today's marketplace. If retail is such an unattractive business to get into then why are there 10 times as many stores within a mile of my home than there were 10 years ago? That's why I created the General Store a micro Market product by T G S Vending www.generalstorevending.com What could be more convenient than a fully stocked convenience store with hundreds of selections just steps away from your desk or your work space? We service our markets 4 - 7 times per week, we honor product requests, we have quick convenient payment through our self service checkouts. We offer all the latest payment options including Apple pay Samsung pay credit and cash. Our prices are fair and we can sell just about anything with a barcode that our customers want and need. Our vision is to change the Retail Landscape. Our mission is to provide quick convenient shopping options for the workplace. We want to make it more common than not for employees to be able to shop right where they work. This saves everyone time it is good for the environment; is great for employee relations and employee productivity.