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3 most commonly asked Ice Vending Machine Questions & Answers

3 most commonly asked Ice Vending Machine Questions & Answers
Where are the best locations to place Ice Vending Machines?
Locations with the best flow of road and foot traffic, that make ice available to those that use ice on a daily bases such as construction workers, landscape workers, coaches and Soccer Moms.are always the best locations for ice vending machines. Destination Locations or locations where your ice vending machine only serves the purpose of one type of consumer are generally poor choices. For example, if you plan to install an ice vending machine at a location near a body of water such as lake or a swimming pool where a majority of your business will be taking place over the weekend by only those on site. Unless the quantity of ice sold over the weekend during the warm months is so great that it will allow you to not require sales during the week and throughout the cold months, this would be a poor decision. Keeping this in mind a slight alteration such as placing the ice vending machine on the way to the lake off a main road, or near a marina entrance would generally be an better location and will make yourself available to more consumers and not just during the warmest months.

How much Ice or Water will I sell with an Ice Vending Machine?
Every ice vending machine location is different and produces a different quaintly of sales, but on average few locations sell more than 40-60 bags of ice and 20-30 gallons of water per day on average, unless there is a special occasion such as July 4th. There are of course ice vending machines located in places that sell more or less ice and water on a daily basis, but they are the exception not the rule.

What kind and how big of an ice vending machine should I purchase?
Ice & water vending business plans generally offers two schools of thought:
Option 1, is to place one large high production ice vending machine house able to sell a large quantity of ice from one location.
Option 2, is to place smaller, lower production ice vending machines that can be expanded as and if demand requires. The much smaller size allows for the possibility of many different type locations and the affordability allows for multiple locations.

Option 1: Large & Junior sized Ice Houses
Pros:
Production – Capable of producing approximately *8000 lbs of ice and selling 800 bags or more per day, of which 650 10lb bags of ice could be sold in a row, if the occasion arose where there were 650 customers waiting in line, and replenishing ice at a rate of *545lbs per hour.

Cons:
Cost – Approximately $ 125,000 to $ 160,000
Size – 10′ x 18′ – 9 x 15″
Return on Investment: As previously mentioned, every ice vending machine location is different and produces a different quaintly of sales, we have heard delightful stories of machines working to capacity in superb locations; however, most are similar to an owner of 8 large ice vending machines houses in Southern US, whose gross sales average per machine is $ 35 per year per machine or sells approximately 64 bags per day not 800 equaling a very slow return on your investment. (ask for a retail projection workbook)
Location – If you purchase a large or Junior sized ice vending machine house the locations available for placement are limited due to the size of the ice house. If you choose a poor location, or if road other construction diverts or blocks traffic flow to the ice house or any landlord issues occur it will cost tens of thousands of dollars to relocate your ice house. Rents will be relative to size of property required.
Miscellaneous – Utility Bills, three-phase power

Options 2: Compact Ice Vending Machines
Pros:
Cost – Approximately $ 34,000 to $ 66,000
Size – 52″ x 35″ – 52″ x 78″ Multiple sizes and production capabilities allow for multiple solutions. Only take up the space, only spend the money and only build the ice that is required by that location.
Return on Investment: (ask for retail projection workbook)
Locations: “use your imagination” Car Washes, RV Parks, Parking Lots, Convenience Store Side Walks..most places a Soda machine can fit.
Rent will be relative to size of property required.

Cons:
Production – Smaller ice vending machines will not produce the tremendous amount of ice at one time as the large ice houses, and are aware of very few instances where it would be prudent to do so. Our smallest ice vending machines can produce *1900 lbs of ice and sell 190 bags or more per day, of which 40 10lb bags of ice could be sold in a row if the occasion arose where there were 40 customers waiting in line, replenishing ice at a rate of *75lbs per hour.

Most Stupid Quotes of Celebrity

Most Stupid Quotes of Celebrity

It is certain that celebrities are seen as most carefully people in their speech. However, sometimes, they also make unexpected mistakes in their quote. Their most stupid quotes have immediately become hot topic for newspapers and magazines. Let’s have a look at dumbest celebrity quotes.

 

“I definitely want Brooklyn to be christened, but I don’t know into what religion yet.” – David Beckham

“I don’t know much about football. I know what a goal is, which is surely the main thing about football.” – Victoria Beckham

“Where’s the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?” – Christina Aguilera

“I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father.” – Greg Norman, Golfer

“I get to go to lots of overseas places, like Canada.” Britney Spears (Canada can’t be considered overseas)

“Wal-mart… Do they, like, make walls there?”- Paris Hilton

“I think gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” California governor Arnold S

“Is this chicken what I have or is this fish? I know it’s tuna, but it says chicken.” – Jessica Simpson

Brooke Shields Quote: “Smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life”

“Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry. I mean I’d love to be skinny like that but not with all those flies and death and stuff.” – Mariah Carey, pop singer

“I don’t diet. I just don’t eat as much as I’d like to.”- Linda Evangelista, Supermodel

 

 

 

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Getting the Most Out of Your Whistleblower Program Investment

Getting the Most Out of Your Whistleblower Program Investment

A lot of people question the time and money it takes to develop an effective ethics and compliance program. It’s never made much sense to me, because the costs of noncompliance are much greater. A recent story making news in Canada discusses the wasted money that has been spent on the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal. I’ll explain the case below, as well as three ways you can make sure your investment in ethics, compliance and whistleblower protection isn’t tossed out the window.

The Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal

Here’s the gist of the current situation facing the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal, as found in the Vancouver Sun article “Little-known, Little-used Whistleblower Panel Budgets $ 8.1 Million”:

Established in 2007-The goal of the Tribunal is to protect public servants from retaliation after they report misconduct in the government. Since 2007, the Tribunal hasn’t heard a single case. In the past 3 years, Ouimet has received 170 complaints, but her team found no wrongdoing in any of the cases. The Tribunal was supposed to handle cases referred to them by Ouimet’s office- explains the previous point. On October 18th, Canadian federal public sector integrity commissioner, Christiane Ouimet, announced that she was stepping down. At the same time, it was reported that her office was being investigated.

The article also states that:

“Fifty-eight whistleblowers complained to the commissioner’s office since 2007-2008, saying they were mistreated or violated after filing a report. The commissioner launched only four investigations as a consequence of those complaints, and only two have been completed.”

A Waste of Money

In this particular case, the efforts to protect whistleblowers has been considered a watse of money, as no action has been taken and no one has been protected. Here are 3 things you can do to make sure your company protects internal whistleblowers:

1. Investigate Complaints

You’ve already invested time and resources into developing multiple channels for employees to report misconduct. Take these tips seriously. Conduct preliminary investigations into incoming cases to determine whether or not the claims warrant further investigation. If employees feel that you are not listening and acting on their concerns, they will stop reporting misconduct internally, and will likely look to someone outside of the organization to listen- such as the EEOC. Investing in case management software is a wise idea, as cases can be entered in a number of ways and built in alerts help keep investigators on track.

2. Be Proactive

When an employee brings forward a complaint, take action and keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t fall victim to retaliation. I’ve written a few times about the retaliation monitoring program at KPMG. Vicki Sweeney and her team monitor changes in employee performance appraisals, pay raises and other workplace opportunities to make sure that an employee isn’t facing backlash for reporting misconduct. Vicki also advises employees to approach her immediately should they feel they are being retaliated against. When a company takes a proactive approach like this, employees feel confident that they will be supported for raising concerns about workplace misconduct- and not find themselves in trouble for doing the right thing.

3. Education and Promotion

Ongoing education and promotion of your program is necessary to get the message across to your employees. An e-mail and a policy handout once a year won’t cut it. Explain and train employees on the multiple ways they can report misconduct or retaliation and give them to option to remain anonymous. Include all of the information on the first or last page of your code of conduct. Promoting your program keeps ethics, compliance and retaliation in the minds of your employees, and also lets them know that you take their concerns seriously. One of the most important things to remember is that employees need to see you take action and need to know that others and being reprimanded for violating workplace policies. It might be wise to create monthly newsletters and dedicate a section of it to letting employees know what the program has accomplished and action taken against violators- without including names and specific examples.