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Vagabond Applies Google Maps For Business To Vending Route Management

Posted On: 7/27/2016

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TAGS: Google Maps for Work, Vagabond Vending, mapping for route-based businesses, Google I/O 2016, vending management system, vending high tech, VMS, Google Maps applications, Christina Gill, Juan Jorquera

WASHINGTON -- Google Maps for Work recently worked with Vagabond Vending here to showcase ways in which route-based businesses are using the Internet company's enterprise mapping tools to improve efficiency. Google highlighted the vending industry application at its international developers conference, Google I/O 2016, held in May in Mountain View, CA.

Vagabond explained that Google Maps for Work is a powerful resource for addressing the logistical requirements of geographically distributed businesses like vending operations. Vagabond uses Google Maps to assist drivers in navigating busy streets in order to run their daily routes as quickly as possible.

Vagabond Vending, which powers an integrated vending machine communications network, offers operators an intuitive vending management system (VMS), hardware solutions and unique financing options. The platform includes mapping features, developed in conjunction with the Google Maps application programming interface, used by operators for efficient routing. Employed together with the product merchandising and route order prekitting provisions of the Vagabond platform, this toolkit can reduce the frequency of machine visits and the labor, fuel and truck maintenance costs of servicing machines. Vagabond has found that an operator using these tools effectively can attain net profit margins nearly four times the industry average.

"Vagabond's route scheduling features, built using the Google Maps application programming interfaces, is a great example of how businesses can create solutions allowing them to make fast and informed decisions as well as improve the performance efficiency," said Christina Gill, who handles partner marketing for Google Inc.

"Our team's goal is to make life more fun and business more profitable for vending operators," according to Vagabond chief operating officer Juan Jorquera. "Vagabond's scheduling module simply lets operators visit less machines less frequently and spend less time during each visit, while putting less money into gas, maintenance and labor."

Operators who employ VMS technology tend to be more profitable because it enables them to automate the daily tasks associated with moving massive amounts of inventory, controlling product shrinkage and streamlining financial administration. Incorporating live routing capabilities into their daily routines further increases profits, because drivers spend less time driving and more time servicing machines and making customers happy, the company explained.

"Vagabond is proud to partner with the Google Maps team to bring real benefits to vending operators," added John Powell, Vagabond's product development vice-president. "Only visiting the machines that need it, only bringing the necessary products, and spending less time on the road is a game-changer for operators trying to get the most out of limited resources."