Atlanta-based Gimme Vending Inc., whose automation technology aids foodservice and grocery store delivery operators, announced the completion of a vending operator’s transition to its VMS platform. The conversion for Dublin, GA’s Shamrock Vending was completed in just three days, Gimme boasted.
According to Gimme, Shamrock Vending, a full-line vending and OCS company, was looking for a solution to migrate from Motorola handhelds to iPads that would provide a user-friendly experience, along with detailed data. The migration to Gimme’s VMS was achieved automatically, without the need of any manual entries; Gimme technology can automatically convert from such legacy VMS’s as Streamware, Easitrax and VendSys to its platform.
Shamrock Vending’s owner, Mark Ward, was surprised by the speed of the transition and the new system’s efficiency. “It is very detailed and user friendly,” he said. “Everybody's used to iPhones, iPads, all the technology, so this was kind of an easy fit for them,” Ward said.
The Gimme VMS, implements computer vision – a field of artificial intelligence that trains computers to interpret and understand the visual world – to optimized merchandising at points of sale and to reduce stock outages. This brings efficiency as a mobile-first application for iOS devices.
Gimme explained that its VMS is device agnostic, with native apps for smartphones and tablets, and built-in support for Windows PCs. It also works with telemeters and Gimme Keys (a wireless DEX adapter for direct store delivery using Bluetooth Low Energy technology) to process information in real time as it receives it. Gimme VMS is enhanced by live field data to provide greater accuracy and control over product inventory in multiple warehouses, and to ensure stable operations when offline.
“I will also like being able to track my guys in the field and see where they are so when a customer calls asking how close we are I can answer those questions quickly,” Ward added. “That makes our customers happy, which makes us happy.”
Founded in 2014 by two Georgia Tech alumni, Gimme builds advanced hardware and software for operators of grocery and convenience stores, vending machines, micro markets and office coffee service.
“We are excited to deliver such tangible results to users in the field and valuable data and information to our operators with Gimme VMS,” said cofounder and chief executives Cory Hewett. “Improving inventory control through accuracy and efficiency is more important than ever before and Gimme VMS provides data insights to help make that happen.”