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Vending Machine Business

SIC 5962 | NAICS 454210

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Vending Machine Operators  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

National Automatic Merchandising Association
Vending 101

Introductory guide provides an overview of the vending business, with topics addressed in the guide including types of operations (e.g., 4Cs, full line, specialty, OCS, bulk, music/game, street), product line mix, locations served, operator activities, machine types and sources, vehicle types and uses, facility layout and flow, money room considerations, sources of capital, and industry terminology.

First Research

Vending Machine Operators
First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated quarterly and include:
  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

Cygnus Business Media
Publications available from this organization include:

Automatic Merchandiser
Monthly trade publication features news and information for vending, micro market, and office coffee service operators, with topics covered in various issues including business management, marketing, products, equipment, and technology, and with special features including the annual "State of the Industry Report" published in the June issue of the magazine. Digital editions are available online.

State of the Industry Report
Annual report provides an in-depth analysis of current trends in the industry, with topics covered in the report including overall revenue trends, sales by product category and subcategory, machines by type and location, change in number of locations served, strategies for handling higher costs, segments where prices were raised, new services added, and technology upgrades. Report is available online.

Vending Times, Inc.
Publications available from this organization include:

VT Magazine
Monthly trade journal features news and information for the merchandise vending and coin-operated amusement industries, with segments covered in various issues including food, beverage, and other merchandise; manual foodservice; office coffee, beverage, and snack delivery services; and music, games, and amusement equipment and services. Articles from archived issues are available online.

Census of the Industry  Select "Industry Statistics"
Annual survey provides information and commentary on industry performance and trends, with topics covered in the survey including total dollar volume, dollar volume by product line, number of locations served, number of operators, operator employment profiles, truck and van use, packaged cold drinks, confections and snacks, ice cream, micro markets, hot drinks, coffee service, and music and games.

Euromonitor International
Vending in the U.S.

Market research study provides a summary analysis of this retail sector in the context of the overall retail market, with information provided in the study including historical and forecast sales by product category (e.g., packaged drinks, packaged food, personal hygiene products, tobacco products, toys and games, unpackaged drinks, and other products). Detailed table of contents is available online.

Mintel Group Ltd.
Vending Market Research Report

Market research report covers the food and beverage sector of this market, with topics covered in the report including market size and forecast, market drivers, performance by segment and type of sales, frequency of consumer purchases, locations where purchases are made, motivation for purchasing products, typical and desired purchases, and consumer attitudes toward purchasing from machines.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Vending Machine Operators  Search for "454210"
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

National Automatic Merchandising Association
Operating Ratio Report

Annual operating ratio survey for vending, coffee service, and food service operators allows users to compare their firm's financial and operating performance (e.g., sales and gross profit by product line, sales per employee, operating expense ratios, and inventory turnover) with other similar operations, with survey results broken out by annual sales volume, level of profitability, and geographic region.

Compensation Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Vending Machine Operators

Annual survey provides hourly and annual wage data for occupations in this sector on a national, state, and metro area basis, with job categories covered in the survey including personnel who install, service and repair automatic merchandising machines used to sell candy, snacks, soft drinks, and other food, beverage, and nonfood items in manufacturing, office, healthcare, hospitality, and educational facilities.

National Automatic Merchandising Association
Wage Rates and Benefits Survey

Biennial survey provides compensation and benefits information for personnel employed by vending, coffee service, and food service operators, with survey data broken out by annual sales volume and geographic region and job positions covered in the survey including route supervisors, route service personnel, mechanics, money room personnel, warehouse workers, and administrative personnel.

Business Valuation Resources

Small Business Valuation Multiples

Vending Machine Operators

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based valuation multiples for small businesses that sell candy, gum, snacks, soft drinks, and other food, beverage, and nonfood items using automatic merchandising machines installed in locations such as factories, offices, hospitals, and schools.