NAMA Industry Census Offers Regional Economic Impact Information

Posted On: 8/3/2018

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CHICAGO -- The National Automatic Merchandising Association, which has published a detailed analysis of the contributions made to the U.S. economy by the vending, micromarkets, office refreshment, pure water and related services, has posted an interactive summary of the study on its website. The new NAMA industry census was introduced at a press conference preceding this year's recent NAMA Fly-In advocacy conference in Washington, DC.

The research was conducted by John Dunham & Assoc. (New York City) and funded by a grant from the NAMA Foundation. It used standard econometric models maintained by IMPLAN Group LLC (Huntersville, NC), with data gathered from industry sources, government publications, and Infogroup (Papillion, NE).

The study measures the number of jobs in the convenience services industry, wages paid to employees and total output ("direct impact"). It also gauges the economic impact of the suppliers that support the convenience services industry (known as the “indirect impact”) as well as the industries supported by the induced spending of those industries.

The NAMA study places the industry’s total economic impact at nearly $25 billion. (This number does not reflect industry sales). The convenience services industry is represented in every community across the United States through traditional vending and micromarkets (unattended retail) as well as office coffee and pantry services, NAMA pointed out.

The study shows that the industry provides 140,000 good-paying jobs generating $7.21 billion in wages, and pays $3.5 billion taxes at every level of government. “From manufacturing to small-drop distribution, the industry meets the needs of consumers everywhere they are – at work, home and play,” the association summarized.  Click here for the online version.

This page provides links to the relevant data at the state and congressional-district  levels, so operators can download reports specific to their market areas for use in providing information to their legislators and regulators. It also includes a link to a detailed explanation of the study’s methodology in the form of frequently-asked questions.