Tilly’s Travels on t’ Internet July: a collection of interesting news stories from the world of vending.
I have – at last! – recovered from my ankle injury, so I’m out of my personal lockdown and heading back into the real world. Gingerly…
We are finally in July! The world of vending has not disappointed this month, with news of global innovation, from flowers to cupcakes; to accessing books in children’s schools.
Starting close to home this month, Decathlon in Leeds has produced what is thought to be the first-of-a-kind tent vending machine. The store, at Leeds Trinity, said that ‘the machine is being used to increase demand for tents, as festivals and staycations have been given the go ahead’. The machine itself is quite eye catching, and each tent is valued at £100, handy for all those needing a quick getaway. Could this be the future for budding campers and festival attendees? Find the full story here
Now, A chocolate spread, that is low in carbs and still full of flavour? I’ll take five please! Nuttzo has developed a new keto-based spread and mixed it with nuts, to give a chocolate flavour – and here’s the clever bit – without using chocolate. And there’s only 22g of sugar in 2 tablespoons. This new spread is set to be available in vending, taking on the likes of Ferrero and Barilla. For all chocolate or keto fanatics, the full article is here.
What is the most random thing you’ve ever found in a vending machine? Whatever it may be, vending in the UAE has got something with even more glitter. There’s a vending machine in Dubai stocked with gold bricks. The machine has real-time pricing, so residents can strike gold at the going rate, any time they like. How the poor dears managed prior to the installation of this machine, we can only guess. Other eyebrow-raising items vended in the UAE include Champagne, high-end make-up and even laptops. For more on the weird and wonderful world of vending in Dubai, click here.
Tilly’s Travels on t’ Internet July:
Across the pond, American Green, an alcohol and cannabis vender, is developing a new, biometric age identification system. Users, (see what I did there?) need to produce a drivers’ licence and provide a fingerprint. Once their age is verified, they can purchase alcohol or cannabis with ease. Is it just me who thinks this type of identification system would save us all time at Tesco? Just sayin’… Read in full here.
July has also brought some disappointing news for vending; the European Vending and Coffee Association has released a report about the effect that the COVID 19 Pandemic has had on the industry. 56% of businesses have seen reductions in their profit margins, and even with restrictions beginning to ease, supply issues are increasing… For more information and statistics, follow the link here.
For all those who are health conscious and counting calories in drinks, Cherise, an Indian vender, has developed a system that shows the calories in each product. This Android powered machine offers fresh tea, coffee, milk, and soup, so it is not just your average Joe piece of kit. For more on android-based equipment, read here.
When I was in primary school, we went to libraries to find books. Now, a vending initiative in Georgia is aiming to bring that particular mountain to Mohammed in a bid to encourage more children to read. When students behave well in class, they are rewarded with tokens, which they use to redeem the books. It’s a novelty that the kids are responding to positively… For more on how to encourage primary school children to read, click here.
As a woman, I often struggle to find my hair care brand. I am not alone: many women have the same problem, but spare a thought for women in the military… Fort Belvoir, a military base in America, has installed a dedicated vending machine to enable black women to access natural hair care products. A portion of the profit is donated to charities that support women. Who knew that selling stuff in a vending machine could be so life-affirming? More on vending haircare, here.
In Tokyo, a railway station has installed a vending machine which providing flowers at different points in their lifespan. They are packaged in boxes, so each flower is a surprise after purchasing. It’s sure to come in handy for all those forgotten birthdays and anniversaries. Where can we order one? More on Tokyo flowers here.
Finally, this month, the new novelty way to purchase cupcakes at any time of day. A shop in Georgia has introduced a vending machine that’s just perfect for those local denizens who require 24/7 access to cupcakes. It’d get my vote if it stood for election. Apparently, the concept was inspired by a similar venture in the beauty industry, which has increased profits, we need a few cupcake vending machines in the UK. To find out more, click here.
That’s all for Tilly’s Travels on t’Internet July: folks, hope you enjoyed it. See you in August for more stories of vending innovation.
Bye for now, Tilly.