Covid, chaos and the great canteen closure – but what are the alternatives?
If there was one thing that was certain for office managers and facilities personnel in 2020, it was uncertainty.
As the calendar ticked over into the new year, many businesses had already been assessing their refreshment provision for their staff, given the interruption to daily routines, shift patterns and Tier upgrades and downgrades.
It has meant that planning has been incredibly challenging, especially where food and drinks have traditionally been provided on-site for employees.
Last year saw us working with many new clients who brought us in to supplement their existing canteen-based approach to refreshment with fresh deliveries, adding a crucial element of flexibility to their offering to staff.
What are the canteen alternatives?
We’ve listened and learned from a lot of clients in the last 9 months, adapting our own services to help them provide the kind of services that an ever-changing workforce and rota still demands.
There is a balance, a hybrid model, where we work alongside the existing canteen provision of course but right now, many businesses are having to close canteens entirely to save costs and to increase the safety of their refreshment offering from a human-to-human transmission perspective.
The good news is that there are plenty of ways to take up the strain or indeed pick up the slack with an outsourced canteen alternative. Here at Cema Vending we offer a daily delivery service and can replenish your vending machines 24 hours a day.
These “micromarkets” transform breakouts, boasting a custom designed, unattended, cashless, self-serve checkout. Employees can make purchases 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are able to choose from a selection of fresh foods, snacks and beverages.