Peripheral vending machines for workers: in Salesforce or Facebook a keyboard is obtained in the same way as a snack
Their coffee usually leaves a lot to be desired, but at the price and speed of dispensing nobody beats them. And this last quality is precisely what has led large technology companies to choose vending machines to carry out the tasks of distributing small peripheral devices in their larger offices. Salesforce, Facebook, Intel, VMware or Dropbox, among others, use these product dispensers to speed up and simplify the material ordering process.
These vending machines work like any snack or coffee dispenser. Depending on the model, some display the available products through a glass and others have large touch screens that show the devices that can be requested, according to reports on your Smart Vending website, Australian company that distributes this equipment. To get the peripheral you need, the worker has to use his electronic identification card and you generally don’t have to pay anything for them.
With this process, in addition to getting the employee to obtain what he needs quickly, the transaction is recorded thanks to the electronic credential, so the machine does the inventory work automatically, they assure from the American company Intelligent Dispensing Solutions.
Another advantage is that are always available and the employee can get what he needs at any time provided that the supply of peripherals has been adequate. In this sense, these teams incorporate sensors that notify the distribution companies when any of the devices is running low so that they can replace them.
Products that can be found on these machines include mice, keyboards, headphones, external storage devices, batteries, adapters, or printer cartridges, among others.
In addition, some of these vending machines, such as those sold by the British company Velocity Smart Lockers, include large lockers on one side so that the technology department can leave larger equipment in them that cannot be dispensed by the machine, such as laptops or screens, and that the worker who has requested them can remove them whenever he wants. To unlock them you must also use the electronic credential.
Those lockers work in the reverse direction: when workers need a component of their equipment to be repaired, you can leave it there and call the technical service to pick it up when you can and fix it.
Large technology companies have been using these peripheral vending machines for several years, but with the current situation they can begin to play a more relevant role in the day-to-day of companies. And it is that many companies have already declared their intention to establish the hybrid work modality when everything returns to normal, with flexible hours so having an equipment dispenser always available can be helpful.
In fact, these machines have already acquired greater relevance in the hybrid work strategy of Salesforce, a company that made its working hours more flexible: “The working day from 9 to 5 is dead”, they said a month ago those responsible for technology, which has redesigned their offices so that their workers only have one desk and two screens, take your laptop from home and buy everything you consider necessary for your work in the vending machines, as reported The Wall Street Journal.
This way, your employees get what they need through vending machines, leave peripherals in their personal lockers when they leave, take home their laptop and they leave the desk clear for another colleague to occupy it the next daySince Salesforce has established that their workers will only have to go to the office 1 to 3 days a week.
Image 1 | Intelligent Dispensing Solutions
Image 2 | Smart Vending
Image 3 | Velocity Smart Lockers