We understand that this is a strange and concerning time for everyone. Whatever your plans are as you debate heading back to the workplace, the health, safety and hygiene of your team must come first.
Coinadrink want to help provide the peace of mind you need. We have already emphasised that a vending machine is a safe entity for the provision of food and drink, but we are taking things even further with physical and technological measures we have in place to assist.
This will ensure you can continue experiencing the benefits of vending and workplace refreshments in the safest way possible.
Social distancing with your vending machine.
There is a good chance that any business heading back to the workplace will be doing so under unusual conditions and requirements. Social distancing will need to be in place where possible.
Coinadrink is helping to encourage 2m distance amongst colleagues with our social distance packs. These consist of floor tape and stickers. Customers are able to receive one pack free per vending machine, whilst any additional packs required can be purchased over on our online store for a small fee.
If you’re a customer and you haven’t yet received your social distancing pack, contact us on 0800 626 191.
Free vending machine relocations.
In order to comply with social distancing guidelines, Coinadrink is happy to move your vending machine or equipment to an alternative location for free as long as it is on the same premises.
If you’re struggling to decide where best to move your machine to, we can help you map out your workspace to determine the ideal location. This will enable staff to continue using the machine as safely as possible.
Move to disposable coffee cups.
We often promote the convenience of being able to use your own mug or cup with modern day hot drinks machines, but are you cleaning it correctly?
For added peace of mind, we recommend using the disposable cup that your hot drink comes in by default. Disposable cups are stored safely in the vending machine and receive very little contact points prior to being stocked.
This guarantees that they are clean and safe to use. They can then be recycled afterwards.
Contactless payment units.
Many of our customers have requested that they now wish to use contactless payments on their vending machine. This removes the risk of coming into contact with germs that can linger on coins and notes.
Coinadrink uses Nayax for all our cashless payment solutions. In addition to the usual contactless payment options including card and mobile, we can now incorporate the Nayax “Monyx” application onto our equipment. This allows the customer to upload funds to a virtual wallet.
The use of styluses with your vending machine.
You face no more risk of contamination using a vending machine than you would using any other workplace facility, but we appreciate customers want as much reassurance as possible.
Customers can now request styluses which can be used to input your selection choice, such as a desired hot drink. If the customer chooses a contactless payment solution, using a stylus means the only time they have to interact with the machine itself is to collect the beverage or item from the dispense area.
As well as introducing new technology and services, we also offer a hygienic range of both existing and new equipment that customers are able to enjoy today.
PPE vending machines.
For those of you who need to take extra precautions when in the workplace, we now supply PPE vending machines. These are initially robust, reliable and spacious snack machines that can be adapted to stock the products you require. These include goggles, face masks and hand sanitiser.
A vending machine has been proven to be a safe, secure way to offer life-saving PPE. They are sturdy enough to be placed almost anywhere, including public environments, and the innovative stock control system makes it easy to see who is and who isn’t wearing PPE. This also minimises waste.
The Micro Market.
Through Express Refreshments, we were the first company to introduce the Micro Market to UK shores in 2013. The Micro Market is so advanced and carries so many benefits that it is easy to underappreciate the hygienic aspect.
The Micro Market is a self-service convenience store that offers a variety of refreshments in an open-plan design. It is a fantastic and cost-effective alternative to a canteen or contract catering.
The open-plan design makes it easy to social distance with colleagues, whilst the fact that it is open 24 hours a day means you can stagger your break times to reduce the amount of people using the market at the same time. Minimal contact points also include a cashless payment terminal.
Contactless, self-sanitising water coolers.
Our new contactless, self-sanitising water coolers take our hygiene efforts even further. Advanced technology fitted to these coolers is invisible to the user but will sanitise your cooler automatically as part of a custom schedule you can set yourself. These coolers are also contactless, so you never have to interact with the equipment directly. Just place your cup or bottle against the lever.
Distance Select coffee machines.
Specific coffee machines from our Coffetek supplier now offer a contactless dispense thanks to Distance Select technology.
Distance Select builds on the safety the user can expect when using their vending machine or coffee machine. The user simply “hovers” their finger over the desired icon to select their drink, meaning you don’t have to directly interact with the equipment.
This technology is now available on the majority of Vitro coffee machines and the Neo hot drinks machine. It can also be retrofitted to Vitro’s and Neo’s manufactured in the past three years.
Signing off with a reminder about the safety of a vending machine.
Vending machines are a safe entity for the provision of food and drink to your workforce and customers. We really cannot emphasise this enough.
It is a simple and easy to control food delivery system where the items are only handled by the operator who loads them into the machine. Hot drinks ingredients and the cups that go into our machines are in sealed packages. The only time they come into contact with anyone once they leave the manufacturer is when our operators load them into your machine.
As previously mentioned in this article, your staff face no more risk using a vending machine than they would using other common facilities.
Backed up by Coinadrink’s industry-leading hygiene standards.
Coinadrink Limited is a vending supplier you can trust. We go the extra mile for your peace of mind and break the boundaries of what is possible to deliver an enhanced vending experience.
This includes being one of the first UK companies to be ISO 45001 accredited for occupational health and safety, before going on to being the only UK vending company to sanitise all contact parts of your hot drinks machine on our premises without causing any downtime to the user.
You can read more about our hygiene standards here.
Prefer to use a kettle for your hot drinks? Think again…
The kettle is an archaic refreshment solution that is unable to provide the necessary level of reassurance in times like this. Using a kettle for your hot drinks has too many touch points to make it a safe, viable option.
It’s obvious when you think about. Just how many amenities do you come into contact with when making your own hot drink? You touch the kettle, the milk, the sugar, the tea bag, cupboards, the fridge, the tap and that is without the washing up at the end.
Using the kettle is also slow. Very slow. It can take between 2 and 3 minutes to make a drink using the kettle, which will inevitably cause social distancing issues during break times when lots of staff want a hot drink.
A vending machine on the other hand removes all these risks. With a very limited number of touch points, it takes between 15 and 40 seconds to make your hot drink.
Keep this information at hand.
A vending machine is a great way to keep your workforce refreshed. They are clean, safe and simple to use. You can now download this information as a handy PDF to keep with you. If you want to contact us about our services and how they can help your business now and beyond COVID-19, you can contact us and we’d be happy to have a no obligation chat about your requirements.
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