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Snack Attack?

Vending machines in your office may help.

This story appears in the January 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

If your employees are spending too much time on snack runs or bickering because someone isn't paying their share of the snack pool, office vending machines could boost productivity and morale. But you have a variety of options, so research and shop around before making a final decision.

A vending service is the easiest route to take because it does everything--sets up, stocks and services the machines--for you. Most services require you to have at least 20 employees so they can be assured of a profit. If you fit that profile, get several competitive bids and insist on a comprehensive contract, advises Brian B. Allen of the National Automatic Merchandising Association.

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