Ice & Water Vending Machines for Retailers
Ice and water vending machines from Ice House America present higher profit margins than delivered/self-bagged ice and make an impact in customers’ minds. We make it easy to add state-of-the-art ice and water vending technology to your new or existing locations.
Higher Margins, Better Quality, Easy Management for Retailers
Traditional bagged ice hasn’t changed in decades. Ice and water vending offers a new way that is better for consumers, store managers and retail chain owners.
- Higher Margins: Delivered/self-bagged ice costs about $1.25 to produce, while vended ice costs less than $0.30.
- Clean, Quality Ice: With ice produced on-demand for each customer, there’s no inconvenient, refrozen blocks or contamination.
- Easy Management: There’s no need to lock and unlock an ice bunker with every purchase. Cloud-based controls make it easier than ever to manage sales.
- Co-branded: Customize the look of your ice vending machine to match your brand while harnessing the power of our widely recognized TTI name.
- And more: No shipping costs, product loss, skimming, inventory management and much more.
Case Study: Sprint Food Stores
Ice and Water Vending Machines National C-Store Chain
When Sprint Food Stores acquired Gary’s Gas Plus, they also acquired Ice House America vending machines. After seeing the difference in profit margins, happier customers, increased demand, and working with the responsive IHA service team, starting the process of upgrading their 30 other locations was an easy decision.
Four Unique Models to Suit Your Locations
To suit different levels of demand and different building layouts, we built different machines. From the compact Ice Merchant and In-Line Merchant to the powerful Ice House, it’s easy to find the right fit for your retail locations.
|4 Models Capacity|
|Footprint||8’4” W x 24’ D x 15’ H||6’8” W x 12’ / 16’ D x 16’ H||6’ W x 6’ D x 8’5” H||6’ W x 4’ D x 8’5” H|
|Ice production lbs. / 24 hours||4,500 – 13,000||2,500 – 4,500||800 – 3,200||800 – 3,200|
|Storage capacity lbs.||6,500||2,400 or 3,000||1,000||750|
|Footprint||200 sq ft||80 or 110 sq ft||36 sq ft||24 sq ft|
|Bagged ice weights||10, 16 or 20 lbs||10, 16 or 20 lbs||10 lbs||10 lbs|
|Bulk ice||Check mark||–||–||–|
|Bulk water capabilities||Check mark||Check mark||Check mark||Check mark|
|Smartice||Check mark||Check mark||Check mark||Check mark|
|Filtered capabilities||Check mark||Check mark||Check mark||Check mark|
|Reverse osmosis capabilities||Check mark||Check mark||Check mark||Check mark|
|Credit card reader||Check mark||Check mark||Check mark||Check mark|
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The ICE2U Mobile App
The ICE2U mobile app makes it easy to share promotions, help locals find your machine, and encourage customers to visit.
- Loyalty: Customers get points with each purchase and earn free bags.
- Coupons: Encourage customers to visit your locations with promotions.
- Showcase locations: Put your ice and water vending locations on the map and help customers find your machines.
- Drive traffic: Bring in new customers when you harness the power of the TTI name.
Available on the Google and Apple app stores.
Sales and Management From Your Smartphone
Ice House America harnesses the power of technology to solve problems and make business management easier. Our cloud-based system allows you to monitor and manage your machines remotely, from anywhere. Take a deep dive into sales and trends, monitor your machines, get alerts and more, all from your laptop or smartphone. Integrate into your business and tech support systems with our direct API.
Sanitary and Pure
Sanitation is more of a concern than ever before. Ice House America vending machines deliver ice and water directly from the source to the customer, so there is no handling in between. The Twice Pure purification process uses reverse osmosis, activated carbon filtration, ultraviolet light cleansing, ozonation and more to ensure the highest level of purity.
Ice House America vending machines satisfy a simple need that isn’t going away—clean water and ice. With more sanitary distribution than traditional bagged ice and higher margins, Ice House America vending machines perform well in both rising and falling markets. During the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring and summer of 2020, sales increased as much as 30% compared to the prior year.
Water Sales July – June 2019 (grey) / July – June 2020 (blue)
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Resources for retailers
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