Tilly’s Travels on t’ Internet December
Welcome to Tilly’s travels on t’ Internet, a collection of interesting news stories from the world of vending, micro markets, OCS and Automated Retail
We have finally reached the festive season and the end of the year! As always, we have new and exciting stories from across the globe; including how the vending industry can be more sustainable, giant corporations using Online Cash Sales to open new non-contact stores and a gaming enthusiast recreating a vending machine found inside the game.
Kicking things off in the States, Ben Arc, a crypto currency investor and enthusiast has developed a vending machine, with products paid for through Crypto Currency. Purchasers are required to have a “lightning-compatible” wallet and PIN number to carry out purchases. The overall cost of the project is $250. Is this the way forward for cashless purchasing? Take a look here.
Meanwhile, Broderick’s has unveiled what they imagine is the future of work-place refreshment. The company has developed a hybrid between catering and vending, and they’ve called it Modu. This Micro Market stocks a range of hot and cold beverages, lunch time meals and snacks. To find out more, follow this link.
Vendon, a Latvian based company have released a blog post in relation to organising and stocking products in vending machines. They described the typical way of a vending machine being filled (cram in as much stock as possible and see what sells) leading to loss of revenue and expired products. Their new technology named Cloud Vendon sets out to find which products sell best, when they are running low and then the stock is replenished at half capacity, to save on waste. This technology could save waste and revenue loss. Take a look here.
In previous years, companies serving beverages or food had 3 main goals: quality product, quality service and competitive price, but a new goal is now front and centre: sustainability. The vending sector in particular is looking at ways to create more sustainable use more sustainable products and packaging for work places. I for one am excited to see what developments are coming in the near future. Find out more about sustainable goals here.
Indian business Vendekin Technologies has a new range of hi-tech machines, designed to reduce personal contact with machines. The company offers a cashless and easy way to pay for products, without having to download an app to your smartphone. For all the technical stuff, click here.
What’s the most interesting way you’ve seen a luxury product advertised? TV adverts with celebs? Billboards? How about a bright pink vending machine! French designer Jacquemus has released their new Le Bambino Long bag and to advertise the new product, they have installed a vending machine in Paris. Will this stunt immortalise the bag, or simply prove how much vending can be applied to each and every industry. Who knows! Lire la suite ici
Tilly’s Travels on t’ Internet December
The last 18 months has been a difficult time for most businesses, with each one having to find new ways to improvise, adapt and overcome whatever was thrown at them. North Wales has seen an explosion of milk and milkshake vending. These machines, mainly found in Anglesey and Denbighshire, have used local, fresh produce to their advantage, selling fresh milk and milkshakes from vending machines, going strength to strength. llongyfarchiadau a phob lwc! Read more here.
Have you ever been such a big fan of something that you replicated it to be in your home? A YouTube user named Sentenced to Burn has created a replica of a vending machine found in 2019 videogame Borderlands 3. The product is made from steel and contains several references to the original game. Is there a vending product that you would replicate for your own home? Check it out here.
Ah New York. Central Park, Macy’s, The Plaza, and now, a new Micro Market, developed by corporate giants Amazon and Starbucks. The store contains Starbucks Pickup and Amazon Go, providing an easy purchasing experience for those using the store, with contactless payment made from your phone. The store also contains a lounge area for customers that would prefer a traditional coffee shop experience. View the full article here.
Finally this month, one of my personal favourite articles of the year. A new wine bar in Cardiff that allows customers to serve themselves, with 24 different wines available. Glass of Bandol has a row of vending machines, with servings from 50ml to 175ml. The owner of the bar says that the vending machines allow people to try a higher calibre of wine by the glass, rather than an expensive bottle. I think we need more of these in the UK! Read all about it, here.
That’s all from Tilly’s Travels on t’ Internet December – and for 2021! Merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful new year. Join me again in 2022 for more of the best stories, pictures and scoops from the world of vending, Micro Markets, OCS and Automated Retail.
Signing off, Tilly.
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