Pictured above: Mattia Tagliaro, Trey Smith, Randy Smith, Bert Wallace, Jessica Cox, Walter Gill, John Chidiac
Another successful show in the books for 365 and SV365 Technologies!
Without the support and collaboration of each of these team members, the show would not have been nearly as successful. Thank you to everyone involved for helping with the setup and tear down of all of the stands! We can always count on you guys, no matter what! Cheers!
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The 365 Connected Campus is able to bring your locations unprecedented breakroom and dining options.
Be versatile with MicroMarket Kiosks. Our flagship technology, with the sleek Gen3 (pictured) and the versatile Gen3c. Powered by our newest software platform, the kiosk can accept payments via market cards, fingerprint, cash, credit and the 365Pay mobile app.
•The Connected Campus is also compatible with the Gen2 software. Talk to your sales rep for details.
Set up a small market in a low-traffic area with a nanomarket™. Provide the same quality of service for a fraction of the cost of a kiosk. The modern, tablet-based device pairs well with a simple one-rack, one-cooler setup for quick, convenient snacking.
365 Mobile is the latest addition to the 365 Connected Campus. Through the use of the 365Pay mobile app and the 365Beacon, quickly upgrade existing locations or transform any space into a fully functioning market. Provide customers with the capability to scan and pay for products directly from their mobile device, ultimately increasing customer throughput. Through the use of a Bluetooth connection, the 365Pay app and the 365Beacon communicate to create a secure and cutting-edge mobile market.
Pictured from left to right: Joe Hessling (365 Retail Markets), Kelly Walter (Berkmar High School), Rebecca Sibole (365 Retail Markets), Stephen Rutkowski (365 Retail Markets), Christine Keane (Lightspeed Automation), Christine Pirtle (Lightspeed Automation) and Randy Smith (Lightspeed Automation)
365 Retail Markets and Lightspeed Automation partner to support Care Closet efforts
By: Rebecca Sibole
Did you know that 64% of low-income parents say it would be difficult to feed their children if they encountered an unexpected expense, like a car repair or medical bill?
Did you know 1 in 6 kids in America is poor enough to face hunger? They live in every kind of community, from cities to rural towns to affluent suburbs.
Did you know most teachers spend $300 of their own money each year buying food for hungry students?
Did you know kids are coming to school hungry? Not every kid starts the day with a good breakfast. 59% of children from low-income families have to come to school hungry.
Did you know being hungry makes it hard to learn? Kids who are hungry can’t focus and do well in school. 46% of children from low-income families say hunger hurts their performance in school. 12% say that sometimes at night they’re too distracted by hunger to do their homework.
Did you know that 74% of educators see students who regularly come to school hungry because they are not getting enough to eat at home? 43% of these see hungry students arrive nearly every day.
365 Retail Markets is excited to announce that they have partnered with the team at Lightspeed Automation to donate their technologies to the Care Closet program and local food banks to help overcome the hunger epidemic our nation’s kids are facing.
On September 6, 2017 members from 365 Retail Markets traveled to Berkmar High School in Lilburn, Georgia to launch their technology with the team of teachers and administrators supporting the Care Closet program within the school of 3,300 students. Also joining the 365 team in supporting the efforts were representatives from Lightspeed Automation, Five Star Food Service and G&J Marketing & Sales.
The 365 Retail Markets Verii technology will help the teachers track inventory in their Care Closet using an app, manage the items needed while keeping all student information anonymous, and identify students’ needs and trends from analysis reporting. The Lightspeed Automation Level technology will help the schools connect with local communities and food banks based on specific wants and needs of the students.
The Care Closet program is doing their part to help students get the basic needs that are absolutely essential for their academic success.
The Care Closet is a confidential school-based food pantry, found in schools throughout Gwinnett county Georgia, and surrounding states. The pantry is sponsored by various high school clubs, local businesses and non-profit organization as they help support their peers and community members.
This program was founded by two high school students as a response to an issue that cannot be ignored. It’s not simply an informational resource; it serves as an immediate and tangible fix for a very solvable problem.
The Care Closet and overflow at Berkmar High School
Each day 13 million kids in the US face hunger. They come to school and leave school hungry, leaving them unable to concentrate, perform or focus when their most basic needs are not being met.
Getting the energy they need to learn and grow can be a day-in and day-out challenge. Hunger deprives our kids of more than just food. A child’s chance for a bright tomorrow starts with getting enough healthy food to eat today. 365 Retail Markets recognizes the impact made today helps our kids succeed tomorrow and is motivated to continue supporting the Care Closet program.
It’s 2017 and the story has been health. Everyone wants to live a healthier lifestyle and they’re increasing their exercise activities and changing their diets in an effort to live this healthier lifestyle. A study conducted by Mintel showed that U.S. consumers are actively taking steps to improve their overall health. “More than half say they eat a healthy diet (52 percent) and exercise regularly (53 percent)”. And corporations are onboard as well. By implementing healthy initiatives and supporting employee work-life balance needs, business leaders are realizing that a healthy employee is a productive employee. With that in mind, there are things as an operator that you can do to help your host locations utilize the MicroMarkets full potential as a supplemental resource for their existing or budding healthy initiatives. Are you telling the healthy eating story to your locations?
What’s the Story?
Food is such a strong cultural bond in societies, and the same will hold true within a corporation. For locations just beginning to implement healthy initiatives, show them how healthy foods in a MicroMarket can aid in fostering a strong company culture and can become an integral part of their internal healthy campaigns. One idea is to offer incentives for purchasing healthy snacks and drinks, either through market benefits, i.e. purchase 10 select healthy items and get a percentage off of the next order or company benefits, i.e. discounted gym memberships, gifted step trackers. By using incentives, healthy eating through the MicroMarket can become a game with real rewards for success.
Another thing to consider when telling the healthy eating story to your locations is to talk with them to find out their definition of healthy. All companies do not have the same needs and expectations. Meet with them and present them with options for different items that can be stocked and would count towards any healthy eating plans. Fresh foods like fruit, salad, and low-carb sandwiches are important for lunchtime.
However, for snacks, consider items that are:
High in protein like beef jerky, protein shakes and bars
Low-fat like low-fat yogurt
Fresh veggies and fruits
Low-calorie like popcorn (SkinnyPop is a great option)
Another thing to keep in mind is to provide options for those with food allergies. Offering healthy gluten-free, lactose and dairy-free alternatives is a nice touch.
The biggest takeaway is: find out what they want and deliver!
As with all products in your market, the healthy options need to be diverse, appropriate for the location and rotated regularly. But most importantly, make sure the healthy products are visible.
Things to consider:
Play around with the merchandising to determine the best location.
Mark healthy items, especially those that will directly play into the company’s healthy initiatives benefits plan with a special sticker to indicate that they are healthy options.
Add signage – both digital and print – to highlight the healthy snacks.
Send out emails and/or push notifications (for mobile users), highlighting new products or offering discounts.
The important thing is to make sure that your customers see you as a resource and a partner in their own healthy initiatives. Can you connect them with local dietitians or personal trainers? Can you hold a tasting for new, healthy snacks? Have fun with it and think about the things that would grab your attention. Chances are they will work for your customers as well. It may seem like a lot, but taking the time to develop a healthy MicroMarket plan can go a long way in cementing customer relationships and turning today’s business into lifelong partners.
Wondering what to stock? Check out the list of the Top 5 Healthy Snacks Sold in MicroMarkets to get you started!
It sounds perfect. Make healthy snacks and beverages available to people at work and on the go. That will help them make healthier lifestyle choices. However, when we dig deeper we find that meeting the demand for healthy grab-and-go products in micro markets has a number of…continue reading.