Vagabond

Vagabond increases vending machine operator profits and reduces the number of hours they work.

15%
revenue increase for operators, due to improved stocking
15%
cost reductions, due to better route scheduling
20%
margin for operators (vs. industry average of 2.5%)
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“Our map-based web app shows vending operators where their machines are located, which need service, and how much cash is waiting. It also helps build super efficient driver routes."

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Challenge

When Vagabond started, the company launched an Internet of Things network that connects operators to each of their vending machines in real-time, which allows them to get data about each machine’s operations and sales from their office or from the road. To complement its powerful web and mobile ERP tools, the company needed a mapping platform that would let operators get the precise locations of their machines and efficiently route their drivers.

Solution

Vagabond used the Google Maps Javascript API to build a web-based application that shows the location of each operator’s vending machine as a pin on a map. Vital information about the machine, such as its stock level and how much cash it’s collected, is overlaid on the map so that pins can be filtered based on the needs and geographic location of each machine. Operators use this information to determine when machines need to be restocked and to build efficient routing schedules. It’s important that each machine location be precise so that drivers know exactly where they are and when they need to be stocked. When a new machine is installed, an operator uses a mobile app that deploys the Google Places API and Google Maps Geocoding API to determine its location within a building. Operators and drivers can see whether a machine is in a loading dock in a back alley or on the southwest wing of a third floor dormitory.

Benefits

  • Helps operators increase profit margins from 2.5 percent to up to 20 percent
  • Reduces labor, trucking and operations spending by 15 percent
  • Eliminates theft, which leads to 15 percent top-line revenue recovery
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APIs used

Millions of apps and sites use Google Maps APIs to benefit from a powerful mapping platform. Discover which set of APIs Vagabond has used to create their website and mobile applications:

 

Google Maps Javascript API

Built the Vagabond web-based application

 

Google Maps Directions API

Gives drivers turn-by-turn directions to vending machines

 

Google Maps Geocoding API

Determines the precise location of vending machines

 

Google Places API JavaScript Library

Helps determine location of vending machines

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