IVM, Inc. is an unlikely darling of the Silicon Valley set. While the Indianapolis-based smart vending manufacturer is a hit with decision-makers and companies of the actual Southern California tech scene, IVM also is literally on the Los Angeles stage set of the critically-acclaimed HBO series Silicon Valley.
“Every season, the set is completely redesigned based on where Pied Piper is in their journey, and the last season ended with them moving into huge new offices,” said Kyle Smallegan, director of marketing and communications at IVM. “The producers are big on authenticity so they scoured a bunch of similar-sized tech firms—and I think nearly every one of them was a customer of ours—so they told us they have to have our vending machines on set.”
The custom designed, vinyl-wrapped smart vending machines from IVM are actually part of the culture at many tech companies in Silicon Valley and around the world. Whether it’s personal protective equipment, maintenance, repair and operations products, or IT and office supplies, employees simply swipe their badges and punch in the code for the supplies they need. “Our machines now serve as an enterprise IoT solution, providing real-time reporting on stock and supply usage,” said IVM Inc. president Mike Pitts to Vending Times magazine. “IVM technology uses machine learning to predict and automate reordering, which provides companies with data that helps them make smarter decisions on how they are spending money on supplies.”