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Posted on Dec 17, 2020
Just like general vending machines, meal prep vending machines can be seen in offices, buildings, parks, gas stations, train stations, or airports, etc. In other words, you can see the meal prep vending machines almost everywhere, if the restaurants or stores that sell food are not easily accessible.
A meal prep vending machine, also known as a pie vending machine, a rice vending machine, or a meal vending machine, is a machine that provides customers with fresh meals, such as salads, grain bowls, sandwiches, pies, or juice, to name a few, in order to allow the customers to have fresh meals that have been prepared anytime they want. Just like general vending machines, meal prep vending machines can be seen in offices, buildings, parks, gas stations, train stations, or airports, etc. In other words, you can see the meal prep vending machines almost everywhere, if the restaurants or stores that sell food are not easily accessible.
As the above examples that we have mentioned, the meal prep vending machine sells cold food for the customers to eat on the go or food that can be heated after the customers go home. As the name implies, the meal prep vending machine is dedicated to preparing meals for the customers, which are usually fresh and healthy, so as to be another choice for the alternative to the food that is sold in the restaurants. These fresh meals are stocked in a refrigerator, which is set like the general vending machines. On the front of the meal prep vending machine, there is a chamber where the food is visible for the customers to select.
Besides the visible door is the interface, and the coin and bill inserting slots. The interface, with the most traditional form, is several switches that present the numbers, which makes the customers press the numbers based on their choices. As for the coin and bill insertion slots, they are applied for the customers to insert the sufficient amount of the payment before they choose their meal, and the meal prep vending machine would count the payment and turn the excess back to the customers so that the deals are made.
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As with the similarity between any one of the vending machines, the main feature of the meal prep vending machine is that it is fast. This machine is fast in the purchasing process, in the avoidance of the waiting lines, and in the reduction of the cooking and packaging time.
First, the purchasing process is fast. The customers only require inserting the required amount of payment into the coin and bill insertion slots, and choosing the items they want from the interface, then they can get a fresh meal right away. Second, the waiting time is also fast. If you want to have a meal in a general restaurant, you have to wait for a long line before you are allowed to order your meal. Once you get to the counter, the time that is spent on ordering is another count, while you have to wait for only a few minutes or even seconds for the meal prep vending machine. Finally, there is no cooking and packaging time. Since the food that is stocked in the refrigerator of the meal prep vending machine has already been cooked and packaged, customers can get their meals right after the ordering.
In addition, unlike most other food vending machines that sell snacks, drinks, or even French fries, which are full of junk food and not recommended to eat often, the meal prep vending machine prepares fresh and healthy meals for each customer, in order to take care of not only the customers time but also their health.
Since the food that is stocked in the meal prep vending machine is healthy and fresh like salads, grains bowls, sandwiches, or juice, which only have one or two days until the expiration day, the frequency of re-stocking this machine matters a lot.
If the meals are like the other food vending machines, which are re-stocked only once a week or a few weeks, those meals would spoil and are no longer available for the customers. Once they do, the manufacturers of the meal prep vending machines should take the responsibility for providing spoiled food for the customers. Therefore, the meal prep vending machines are usually re-stocked almost every day depending on the food they sell, which always ensures the offering of fresh food for the customers to eat without concerns.
Some of the meal prep vending machines are even compatible with the apps on smartphones, which allows the users or the customers to track the location of the available meal prep vending machines. This feature allows the customers to find the nearest place to have a meal, even if they are on the go or traveling in an unfamiliar place, which enhances the convenience of the customers much.
In addition to the machine tracking service, the apps that cooperate with the meal prep vending machines even offer the pre-order service at the customers’ convenience. In other words, the customers can pre-order the meals they want on the internet first then go get the meals afterward, in order to make sure that the items they want are not sold out when they get to the meal prep vending machines.
The meal prep vending machine not only provides the customer with a fast purchasing process, fresh meals all the time, but also makes the meals at a reasonable price. In this way, the easy-to-get fresh food is no longer difficult to attain, as the price of the food is always affordable for the customers.
Among all types of food vending machines, there is another type that provides the customers with fresh meals as well, which are the hot food vending machines. However, they are different from the meal prep vending machine in the numbers and kinds of items that are provided.
First, the meal prep vending machines are like others that sell snacks or drinks, which have a lot of items to choose from in the front door of the machines. In contrast, the hot food vending machine, such as the chip vending machine, only provides one kind of food for the customers. Second, the food that is provided in the meal prep vending machines is cold but edible right after the customers get it, while the hot food vending machines, as the name suggests, provide hot food that is cooked when the machines receive the orders.
When it comes to the waiting time, although both of them are fast, the meal prep vending machines still surpass the hot food vending machine. As the above paragraph has mentioned, the customers of the hot food vending machines have to wait for the food to be cooked or microwaved, then they can get their meals. However, the food in the meal prep vending machines has been prepared, which means that the customers never have to wait for the cooking time, then the fresh food would be sent in front of them after the payment is counted.
This may be related to the variation in the expiration dates between the meal prep vending machines and the hot food vending machines. The meals that are provided in the meal prep vending machines such as salads are usually recommended to be eaten right after the customers buy them, as they may spoil after one or two days. In comparison, the items of the hot food vending machines, such as the sliced chips in the chip vending machines, are frozen in the freezer, which makes the expiring time of those chips be prolonged for more than that of the items in the meal prep vending machines.
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