Micro markets are a rapidly growing business in the convenience services landscape. This “how-to” session will provide important information on starting, running and maintaining a successful micro market business, including tips and best practices on finding and pitching a micro market location, choosing equipment and products, and servicing the micro market to maximize sales.
Take a Break Vending
Chris has managed the operations of Take a Break vending for over 20 years. Take a Break Vending is a family owned and operated vending company proudly doing business in the greater Bakersfield, California area. Through Take a Break, Chris is active in his community and committed to providing outstanding vending and food services. Chris’ passion is deeply rooted in customer service and is continuously improving the technology, equipment, and service offerings of Take a Break to deliver a next-generation food service experience.
Owner and Operator
NWA Fresh Vending and Micro Markets
Dennis Laing had over 20 years of experience in the CPG world before he and his wife started a vending company, NWA Fresh, in 2012. Starting with just 20 vending machines they grew their business by focusing on schools, community centers and other locations where families gather. They then moved into corporate locations and in July of 2017 opened their first micro-market with great success and have continued to develop the micro-market arm of their business. As a hands-on operator Dennis has knowledge in all aspects of the vending and micro-market business models. Dennis and Carla reside in Rogers, Arkansas with their two kids, Brooke and John.
Chief Commercial Officer
With over 15 years in the vending industry, Munson has used his experience as a vending operator to help other operators stay competitive by adopting revolutionary technology in their own companies. After owning and operating two vending operations with upwards of 1000 machines, Alan co-founded Parlevel Systems to supply technology solutions to the industry. Alan is also active on the board of the Texas Merchandise Vending Association focusing on educating operators, lobbying governmental bodies, and volunteering efforts state-wide.