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Sep 22, 2015

The Vending Operator’s Dilemma

Vending Times – September 2015

By Dr. Paresh Patel

In the engineering world, there is a concept referred to as the “engineer’s dilemma.” Simply stated, you can have something good, fast or cheap – but you have to pick two. The dilemma is that you can’t have all three because they conflict, so you must pick the two that matter most.

This makes sense intuitively, and it applies to many areas of our lives. For example, if you wanted to have your house painted: You can have it good and cheap, bit it won’t be fast; or you can have it good and fast, but it won’t be cheap; or you can have it fast and cheap, but it won’t be good.

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