beverage and package carts. This process involved
evaluating materials, conducting time studies,
completing competitive research and, finally,
constructing prototypes for proof of concept.
The new cart line, dubbed the Precision Series,
achieved all the key objectives originally set by
the IRP team; to create a durable, attractive line of
carts that require less construction time, present
significant cost savings and enable customers to
select from a standard set of options to expedite
the design process.
The carts are constructed from ACM (aluminum
composite material), which is manufactured by
bonding thin aluminum skins to both sides of a
lightweight thermoplastic core. ACM is much lighter
So how does this affect suppliers who support
stadiums in this industry? For Iowa Rotocast
Plastics, Inc (IRP), a manufacturer of fabricated
carts and kiosks for food, beverage and package
sales for stadiums and arenas, it means finding ways
to offer the best-quality product at the best price.
The team at IRP is keenly aware that time is
also money. Custom fabrication has always been
a strength of the Decorah, Iowa-based company,
which prides itself on the core belief that “if you can
dream it, we can build it.” Creating unique vending
experiences for stadiums is a great way to connect
fans to venues, increase engagement and enhance
the overall fan experience.
IRP carts and kiosks can do much more than
facilitate the impulse sale of food and beverages.
Many stadiums and venues have opted to install
novelty carts and kiosks that visually link patrons
to thematic architectural elements within the venue
or pay homage to historical landmarks of that city.
But what about standard offerings? The bulk of
the food and beverage carts and kiosks needed to
support the maximum capacity of patrons at a
stadium fall into this category, which presents the
greatest opportunity to realize cost-savings and
provide avenues to increased revenue for stadiums.
IRP’s in-house design and engineering teams
first took a look at the build process for their food,
(Top) The POD kiosk
features prominent branding
opportunities on all four sides
for the relevant beverage
(Bottom) IRP kiosks can be
specced from a standard set
of options to reduce costs
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