|Industry||Product repackaging, convenience products and services, distribution|
|Headquarters||Melrose Park, Illinois, United States|
|United States, Canada, Macau|
|Products||Blister packed OTC drugs, health and beauty care, general merchandise, automotive products and travel kits|
Number of employees
|Parent||Mechanical Servants, LLC|
Incorporated in 1955 by Harold Baum under the name Mechanical Servants, Inc., the company originally focused on manufacturing mechanical vending machines and providing the products to be sold. In the late 1980s, the company shifted its focus from vending to traditional retail outlets by changing its packaging, and offering its products in a blister packed format. As the company grew it offered OTC drugs, health & beauty care products, personal care items, toys, and general merchandise. This strategy helped Mechanical Servants expand from bowling centers and travel plazas to airports, hotels and cruise ships.
In 1995, Mechanical Servants began testing its merchandising methods in convenience stores. Within two years, Mechanical Servants founded Convenience Valet, a division of its parent company specializing in convenience store retail product lines. The line offered color-coded cards, by category, for easy merchandising. Convenience Valet specialized in convenience stores, but added grocery in 1998 and drug in 2000, while the Mechanical Servants travel division focused on the company's airport, hotel and cruise ship customers. By 2001, Mechanical Servants had outgrown its original facility on Chicago's North Side and moved into a 150,000-square-foot (14,000 m2) facility in Melrose Park, IL in April 2001. By 2004, Mechanical Servants' growth had continued and they once again expanded their services focusing on category management and merchandising services. In 2008, Mechanical Servants switched to operating under the Convenience Valet imprint.
On March 3, 2015 it was announced that Cleveland-based private equity group Weinberg Capital Group had acquired Convenience Valet and its parent Mechanical Servants, LLC.
- "Weinberg Capital Group Acquires Convenience Valet". CSPnet.com. 2015-03-03. Retrieved 2015-03-05.