1. Mechanics Turn to Amenities to Avoid Bored Customers

    AmenitiesIt’s all about the experience. Businesses want to provide their customers with an out of the ordinary experience so that customers will talk about it on social media and encourage their friends to go. It's all about the experience these days.

    Even mechanics are no longer about just providing the best service, they want to give their customers a delightful waiting room experience. Shops are investing in the large screen televisions, ice and water dispensers, even chai and coffee machines. And, some are going all out.One Houston repair shop has a huge aquarium, designer chairs, gourmet coffee, candy, and biscotti. There are even kid’s areas which include recycled coloring books and more. There are some shops which even have the work areas set up with wi-fi.

    The idea is that if people are going to be stuck there waiting

  2. ADA-Compliant Ice Machines from Follett

    ADA ComplianceIce machines can come in many heights, depending on how much ice it can produce in a day. The general rule is that the more ice that it produces, the bigger it is, because it has to have a larger compressor to accommodate the larger volume. What about ice machines which are specifically created to cater to those in wheelchairs and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act?

    ADA machines are usually undercounter machines. They are large enough to produce a hundred pounds or more a day of ice, but they’re engineered to be easy to access and clean. For example, the Follett 7UD100A ADA 125 pound 14.5” wide air cooled nugget style ice maker and water dispenser (say that all in one breath! ) mas made so that individual

  3. Follett's Satellite Fill System is More Sanitary

    R400WIf you’ve ever worked in a fast food restaurant or sat in one long enough, you’ll see a worker lugging buckets of ice to fill the ice dispenser. It’s a tedious job, and woe to the worker that spills the bucket! What if there was a way to change that?

    Follett Ice Machines do have a feature that can help. Follett has a special technology called RIDE that makes ice transport a snap. Their ice machines can sit on top of a dispenser and drop ice via a gravity feed like a traditional ice machine, or they can sit remotely and push ice through a tube directly into the dispenser.

    The benefits of the RIDE system include:

    • Sanitation – no one has to touch the ice. It goes straight from maker to dispenser. Fewer parts to clean.
    • Less noise – The compressor is the loudest part of the ice machine. The noise
  4. Follett Ice: The Cool Kids on the Block

    Follett Ice While your customers might not talk about it much, the ice machine that you have in your small convenience store can make the difference between whether customers stop in or just get their gas and move on.

    If you’re not experiencing high traffic, it’s necessary to do something to set yourself apart from the competition.  What can set your place apart better than having convenient ice?

    Follett ice machines have been leading the way in the small ice machine market.  While their machines don’t produce a million pounds of ice in an hour, you are able to get up to 400 pounds of delicious Chewblet ice in a day.  

  5. Hospital Ice Machine Saves 120 Hours Worth of Work

    Medical Nurse Helping Patient Having an ice and water dispenser available within the patient and family waiting areas saves hospitals both time and money. You’d be surprised at how much time can be saved in a year.

    Lipids online states:

    “…although it was only a 45-second interruption for them (the nurses) to get the water or ice, the interruption occurred an average of 27 times per day.  This may not seem like much until an annual rate is calculated: 45 seconds x 27 occurrences per day x 365 days per years = 120 hours of preventable waste.”

    We’re talking wasted time, wasted energy, and wasted resources.  Granted, there are times when the family or patient isn’t able t

  6. Waiting Room Ice and Water Dispensers: Are They Necessary?

    Ice and Water DispenserBeing a car mechanic requires you to learn a specialized set of skills. Not all of them are mechanical; one important one is the ability to make the customers feel welcome while they wait for long hours for a repair.  Many mechanics have a vending machine and a coffee maker, but they are missing an ice and water dispenser.  Customers may be forced to go into the bathroom to drink water from the sink if they’re not in the mood for coffee.

    In fact, very few waiting rooms have ice and water dispensers, even though having them on hand would make the experience that much more bearable to the custome

  7. Do You Have an Ice and Water Dispenser in Your Office?

    Let’s take a look at the standard break room.  What do you see? There’s a fridge, a microwave, a couple of chairs, and maybe a table.  Most break rooms have five gallon water dispensers or bottled water available for their employees. Why not a sink? An ice and water dispenser is cheaper, cleaner, and more sustainable in an office environment.

    What are some advantages of an ice and water dispenser over tap water?

    • Ice and water dispensers are hands-free.  You don’t have to worry about contamination from other employees in the office.
    • Some people love having ice with their water. Cold water isn’t enough to satisfy their thirst.
    • There are no disposable plastic bottles necessary, which means that nothing additionally is going to our already overfilled landfills.
    • Aside from the gas that’s being spent to get the machine out there and mainte
  8. Broken Ice Machine? Here are Some Tips to Get By

    Ice is the backbone of the foodservice industry. There is not a bar or restaurant in the United States that cannot go about their day to day operations without a properly working ice machine. Unfortunately at times, your ice machine may not want to cooperate, can shut down, or malfunction, leaving you and your customers without ice for an extended period of time. While this is never ideal, there is no need to panic! Keep a level head, and follow these instructions to get yourself out of this unexpected predicament. Temporarily losing your ice machine does not mean your business must suffer over the next few days.

    Call an Ice Machine Technician

    While we are in the business of selling ice machines, we unfortunately do not make house calls or perform repairs, so the first thing that you should do is call an approved ice machine technician. Some ice machine issues are no more serious than a dirty or dusty condenser. Ideally, the problem and the labor

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