Founded in 2008 by young entrepreneurs Sean Kelly (30) and Andy Mackensen (35), h.u.m.a.n. (Helping Unite Mankind And Nutrition) is a socially responsible franchisor of healthy vending machine and micromarket franchise businesses, including coffee vending machines, focused on increasing access to better-for-you foods and drinks, fresh fruit, and locally-sourced products.
We utilize and develop a network of fun, successful, and passionate social entrepreneurs that are ultra-committed to our overarching vision of making healthy foods more convenient than junk food.
We’re achieving this goal by installing the most innovative and high-performing healthy vending machine and micromarket programs across North America and by working ONLY with top-notch franchisees and locations with whom we genuinely feel fortunate to be partnered.
This allows us to create what we call “Easy Nutrition Everywhere” and it’s helping us get closer and closer to our ambitious goal of having more physical nutritional distribution points than any other organization in the world.
At HUMAN, above all else, we focus on the “Why,” and we’ve been focusing on the Why since 2003.
That is, we’re more focused on “Why” we’re doing what we do than “what” we’re doing or “how” we’re doing it. Why is this? Because we believe that when you start with “Why” everything else falls into place.
Our Why is that we feel there is nothing more important that we could be doing than increasing access to healthful foods AND developing the social entrepreneurs who can make this happen, all the while creating a lifestyle that they enjoy and are proud of.
In other words, we’re nutrition activists before we’re vending professionals, and we’re social entrepreneur developers before we’re a business-selling franchisor. Whereas other vending companies jumped into the healthy vending arena just to make a buck after years of selling and promoting junk food, and while other “healthy vending” businesses care more about selling machines than they do about the societal impact of their business, our company was created by a biomedical engineer who decided to forgo medical school in order to focus on the larger issues of improving nutrition and disease prevention. Vending just happened to be the perfect channel for us to create as large of an impact as possible.
And while it may seem like all of this Why stuff makes our business soft-that’s not the case. Focusing on the Why is actually good business, and it puts you in a league of your own, especially when you’re in the midst of an industry like vending. How great is that? Social entrepreneurship is not just good for society, it’s also good for the entrepreneur’s pocketbook too!
Some would just say the timing is right – the nutrition industry is booming, health awareness is skyrocketing, and people want and need to eat healthier more than ever before. Other people might point to our optimized supply chain and product expertise, which allows our franchisees to deliver the best-selling healthful products to their customers while maintaining both high margins and affordability.
Still, others in our industry say it’s our unique, proprietary and innovative machines and superior technology, built specifically to maximize healthy vending profits and provide the best user experience.
Or maybe it’s the overwhelming importance we place on Location, Discovery, & Acquisition for our franchisees, acting as if each franchise is were our very own business, and placing more focus on quality than speed of launch. I’m also not surprised when people say it has something to do with our training system, where we place the entrepreneurial development of our franchisees above all else.
While I think all of these just mentioned aspects of the HUMAN program are important, and definitely attribute to our franchisees’ success, and therefore the success of our overall system, I think there is something far more important when speaking about why we’ve gotten to where we are today, and why we continue to grow at a very healthy pace.
HUMAN Healthy Vending’s Vision is to “Make Healthy Food More Convenient Than Junk Food”
Slogan: “Easy Nutrition Everywhere”
We feel there is nothing more important than increasing access to healthful foods, which is why our BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) is to “Create More Physical Nutritional Access Points Than Any Other Organization In The World.”
A company’s mission is its driving force. We take our mission Philanthropy so seriously that we decided to make it our name! The big goal? 10,000 machines across all 50 States by 2015 and millions of eating habits changed.
HUMAN donates 10% of its profits to promote improved nutrition & entrepreneurial education in underserved schools via its charity, HUMAN Everywhere.
HUMAN Everywhere’s overarching mission is to leverage the power of social entrepreneurship to improve the nation’s collective health by increasing access to nutrition education and healthful foods while advocating for public policy that contributes to these goals.
The Young Entrepreneur’s Program is HUMAN Everywhere’s flagship program. The Young Entrepreneur’s Program empowers youth in underserved schools to learn the ropes of social entrepreneurship by owning and operating their own eco-friendly healthy vending business in the comfort of their school and with the support of their peers, school staff and HUMAN Everywhere.
Join Our Network of Social Entrepreneurs. When talking about the business side of our social enterprise, it’s clear that there is nothing more important to us than being seen and remembered as “The World’s Most Elite Entrepreneurial Developers.” You’ll learn and feel this whole-heartedly the very first time you experience HUMAN as an official franchisee.
You’ll also experience being a part of The HUMAN Family, which is a fun, successful, and passionate community of social entrepreneurs who own and operate their own network of healthy vending machines while creating massive value and influence in their local communities.
The “Full Veto Power” Guarantee
You have the final say on all of your machine placements in locations. Period.
Said another way, you have FULL control over where your healthy vending machines are placed and you may reject ANY location in which we recommend machine placement. If we recommend a location placement and you don’t like it or don’t want your machine there, just say, “no thanks.” You have the ultimate veto power on where your machines are placed. Be wary of healthy vending companies that REQUIRE you to place machines without your acceptance.
The “In-House Only Location Sourcing” Guarantee
All in-house LDA team, guaranteed.
Most healthy vending companies outsource their location sourcing services to outside contractors or vending locators. In fact, many of them use the exact same companies so you’re actually competing against other healthy vending companies without even knowing it! Don’t fall victim to this.
HUMAN built its own Location, Discovery, & Acquisition (LDA) system because the outsourced options in the market didn’t cut it. We know because we’ve worked with many of them in the past. In fact, it took HUMAN over 10 years to perfect the system!
HUMAN guarantees its LDA team is comprised of in-house HUMAN location experts that run a proprietary, built-from-the-ground-up, LDA System that delivers high-value locations to its franchisees. Because most other healthy vending companies outsource their location services, the people performing those services are more invested in finding a location as quickly as possible so they can get paid faster vs. being fully invested in the process and sourcing locations based on the success those locations will bring to the franchisee. There’s a BIG difference there! Make sure you fully understand this before proceeding with outsourced location services.
The “Free In-Bound Locations Leads” Guarantee: Get a continuous flood of location leads for free.
HUMAN Healthy Vending has created the vending industry’s most comprehensive, expansive, and SEO-optimized network of lead generating websites on the internet today. This means we have a national presence while being visible on a local scale. When high quality locations in your area search for vending services online, your customized website will be highly visible in the search engines, which means locations find you first, before the other competitors in the area. This means that interested locations give us their information and we set you up with high quality meetings with locations that want your services. THIS is a powerful way to grow a long-term sustainable business.
The “Lowest Cost Products” Guarantee
HUMAN Healthy Vending sources for you the lowest cost healthy vending products in the industry, guaranteed. If you can source a lower price on your healthy vending collective bundle (the average price of all the products in your machine) via another healthy vending company, we’ll beat the collective bundle cost, guaranteed.
Why We Offer This Guarantee
No other healthy vending company can get pricing lower than we can. Why? We’ve been doing healthy vending for over 10 years and we’ve built the strongest relationships in the healthy vending industry. In addition, we have hundreds of franchisees in the field and this creates a “co-op” or group purchasing power with our distributors that can’t be rivaled.
Don’t fall victim to overpriced product catalogs and online web ordering portals with massively marked-up items. Ensure that you’re maximizing the ROI in your business by focusing on your #1 leverage point – top-selling products at the best possible prices. No one else provides this “low price” guarantee.
We guarantee that no other healthy vending company will provide better training, coaching and support to help make you an automated retail rockstar and successful healthy vending social entrepreneur.
We guarantee that you will find no other team of passionate people more committed to the development of you as a social entrepreneur and our collective vision to “Make Healthy Food More Convenient Than Junk Food.” Social entrepreneurship and improving nutrition across the world are our two passions – we’re a cause-driven organization that exists for the sake of creating a significant and beneficial impact to society