Where should I put my vending machine in my workplace?

Where should I put my vending machine in my workplace?

Published: 28th February 2023

If you are adding a vending machine to your business, then you need to give some careful thought about where you are going to locate it. You need to make sure that it is both visible and accessible without causing a hazard in order to maximise its profitability. The sector where you’re putting your vending machine will make a difference on where it should be located. Here, we put together our list of the best places for your vending machine for your sector.

Where is the best place to put a vending machine?

Think of the footfall of your machine. In order to be successful, a vending machine needs people, so the best location is somewhere that gets a lot of passing traffic. A purchase from a vending machine is often an impulse buy and so you need to put it somewhere that as many people as possible will see it. Hallways, entrances and exits all tend to be busy, so for sectors such as offices, schools, or hospitals, these areas can be great locations.

Break rooms are probably one of the best places to put a vending machine within any workplace, whether they offer food or hot drinks, they are likely to be used by everyone who is taking a break from work.

Do you need permission to place a vending machine?

You need to make sure that you have permission to use the spot that you have picked for your vending machine. If it is in a shared space such as an entrance or reception area, then it will need written permission from the property owner before you can install it. You should also make sure that there are no restrictions when it comes to the items that you want to include within the vending machine.

Target market

It is important to think about the type of people that your vending machine will attract when you install it. A vending machine selling alcohol shouldn’t be put near a school or youth club, and machines stocking salty or sugary snacks might not be popular at a gym location. Instead, make sure your machine meets the needs of the people who are closest to it and they will be much more likely to make use of it.


It is a sad reality that vending machines can be a target for theft and vandalism, so you need to think about how secure it will be. Try to pick an area that is brightly lit, and ideally covered by CCTV cameras. Keeping it indoors means that it is easier to keep an eye on it and allows you to lock it away when your business is closed.


You need to make sure that your vending machine is easily accessible for everyone. Avoid hiding it away or making it something that only certain people can reach. You also need to make sure that it does not cause an obstruction and that it is close enough to a power source to ensure there are no trailing cables.

Choosing a good spot for your vending machine is vital if you want to make sure that people keep using it. Finding busy areas can help you to make sure that as many people as possible are using it and make it a successful investment for your business.

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If you’re looking to install a vending machine today, we offer vending machines for foodsnackshot drinkscold drinks & even refurbished vending machines for smaller budgets. Now you know the most suitable locations for vending machines, get yours today by contacting our team via email sales@cemavending.co.uk or give us a call on 01157 845 845.

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