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whether it's facility managers, HR,
CEO, purchasing, they're all looking
for interesting ideas to help encourage
people back to the office. Being
creative and looking for new ways to
do things - is essential to keeping the
accounts engaged with you, " he said.
Arthur Siller
EVERGREEN REFRESHMENTS:
'NICE-TO-HAVE ITEM IS NOW
MUST-HAVE ITEM'
Based in the Seattle area, Arthur Siller
is upbeat about the direction of the
local workforce population. " We have
seen a large group of our locations
return to work, which is excellent.
Some are taking longer than we'd like
but they still have return-to-work
plans. Another trend we're seeing,
particularly with a lot of our larger
clients, is they're building new spaces
Lending NOW!
or buying new property and building
out offices, which is obviously a very
positive sign, " he said.
Bean-to cup, sparkling water
are trending
Siller observed that because employers
want the breakroom and the
coffee service area to be a destination,
part of the reason to return to
the office, he sees a trend toward the
importance of broadening product
offerings, a focus on bean to cup
units and increasing demand for
sparkling water. " What used to be a
nice-to-have item, is now a musthave
item, " he said.
David Baker
PREMIER VEND GROUP:
'COFFEE IS STARTING TO COME
BACK FOR US'
Southern California is a nice place
to be in the OCS business, and
David Baker is definitely optimistic
about the immediate and longterm
future.
" Companies out here are trying
to incentivize their employees and
get them back to the office. Coffee
is coming back for us. Our sales are
improving, " said Baker.
Premium offerings are trending
" Prior to COVID, customers would
ask us to cut costs, to give them
coffee that is economical, but tastes
great, " Baker said. " Now, customers
are coming to us saying, 'We want
the newest, the best, the greatest,
the most premium offerings you
can provide to our staff right now
because we want them back in
the office.' "
REBOUNDING TOGETHER!
Since 1965, Firestone Financial has been committed to strengthening and
supporting the industries that make us who we are.
To see how we can help, Contact Sal Cifala:
617-641-9230 | scifala@firestonefinancial.com
Or Alex Baggetta:
617-641-9235 | abaggetta@firestonefinancial.com
www.firestonefinancial.com
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of April_2022

Editor’s Note
Industry News
OCS Update
A Winning Lineup
Understanding connectivity options for self-checkout and vending
Plant-based foods for on-the-go convenience
Stick-to-itiveness pays off for Giambra Vending
Classifieds
Social Hubs
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April_2022 - PCOV2
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April_2022 - Editor’s Note
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April_2022 - Industry News
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April_2022 - OCS Update
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April_2022 - A Winning Lineup
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April_2022 - Understanding connectivity options for self-checkout and vending
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April_2022 - Plant-based foods for on-the-go convenience
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April_2022 - Stick-to-itiveness pays off for Giambra Vending
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