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Tilly’s Travels on t’ Internet September : A Curated Collection of Global Vending News

Tilly’s Travels on t’ Internet September : a collection of interesting news stories from the world of vending.


Hello again!

September: the beginning of Autumn, the month of the Pumpkin Spice Latte and with it, more interesting stories from the world of vending. This month has  seen Barista giants plans to expand their coffee machines, kids cashing in on vending and the disappearance of a favourite break-time snack from our machines.

Let’s start this month in the North of England, with not one, but two developments in the vending of beauty products. Earlier this month, Meggi Lashes has launched a vending machine next to the parking payment kiosk in Warrington’s Golden Square, selling everything from lip gloss to mascara and eyelash adhesive. The company has confirmed at least three further locations for their automated outlets. Similar products have also appeared in Hull’s Princes Quay. Victrus Lashes have launched a vending machine in the popular shopping centre, with a range of different false eyelashes. Victrus has also confirmed that they take both cash and contactless payments, so the art of searching for pound coins in the bottom if your bag isn’t quite dead yet. I wonder where vending will take these companies in the future? Find out here and here.

Tilly’s Travels on t’ Internet September
Costa: Hot and Cold

Taking a trip to the West Country, Barista giants Costa are trialling a new type of on-the-go coffee machine, providing both hot and iced beverages. Costa have stated that this type of machine is the first of its kind, being an integrated machine, providing 500 choices of drink, including their infamous fruit coolers. The machines are to be located at 40 Costa Express points in Bristol. So, for those who live in Bristol, you can access your favourite Costa Beverage, hot or cold. To find the locations and read more into this new expansion, click here.

Tilly’s Travels on t’ Internet September : Hopping across the pond, O’Hare Airport in Chicago has taken advantage of contactless purchasing, with the announcement of 81 new vending locations, with mainly local produce being sold. This is part of the plan to create workstations for those travelling and working. I think we could benefit from this type of initiative in the UK, don’t you? Find out more about the changes here.

Saving the planet and earning vouchers for the food shop? Count me in! Supermarket chain Lidl have announced their new recycling initiative, involving reverse vending. The scheme involves customers returning items such as plastic bottles, aluminium cans and other recyclable items. In exchange for recycling these items, rewards vouchers are dispensed. Lidl have announced that this initiative will be available in all stores by 2023. There is an interesting video on how this will work, click here to view.

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? If so, have you ever thought about using vending in order to do so? In Portland, artist Taylor Valdes has created a business selling her creations through vending machines across the city. Products include art, books and mystery bags. She has 18 machines so far in a vast variety of locations, like shops, bars and even hotel lobbies, with at least 1/3 of the products inside the machines being hand made by her at her home. What an incredible idea! Should more artists be looking into this type of sale? To find out more about Taylor and her work, click here.

Tilly’s Travels on t’ Internet September
Taylor Valdes

We return to an ongoing feud over milk vending in Flintshire, Wales this month. In January of this year, Mynydd Mostyn farm have developed a roadside vending machine, that supplies milk and milkshakes 24 hours a day. This vending machine has proved to be a popular tourist attraction, with many turning up to sample these products. However, the farm owners Einion and Elliw Jones, are in a feud with Flintshire council over the planning permission of this venture. The council have decided that the site is not lawful, which could put this sector of business in jeopardy. Flintshire council have just announced that they are standing firm on their decision. To read more about this rural farm and council disagreement, click here and here. 

Tilly’s Travels on t’ Internet September A change to the office that we never saw coming, with a popular lunch time snack disappearing from our vending machines. This product is none other than Crisps. They are slowly vanishing from office vending machines, due to people working from home, and their sell-by date. This has forced vendors to include snacks with a longer shelf life, like Mini Cheddars, to fill stock. To find out more about this devastating news, click here.

Finally, for Tilly’s Travels on t’ Internet September, an uplifting story about 3 children that used their initiative to earn a small fortune from vending. Between the 3 children, they own 13 machines. They discovered the idea through watching YouTube and decided to stock their own machines. Several companies have partnered with the youngsters, who’s machines sell sweets and candies. Hopefully this is the first of a bright future in vending for Ezra Colson and his family. To read this uplifting story in full, click here.

That’s all folks! See you next month in Spooky Season for more of vending’s coolest curiosities.

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About the author

The Editor

Planet Vending’s Editor is Ian Reynolds-Young and it’s Ian’s unique writing talent that has made PV what it is today – the best read (red) vending blog in the world, and vending’s best read (reed). Ian ‘tripped and fell into vending’, in the capacity of PR executive, before launching a specialist agency, ‘reynoldscopy’, dedicated to the UK Vending business. The company continues to represent the interests of many of the sector’s leading brands.

‘It’s all about telling stories’, he says. ‘We want to make every visit to PV a rewarding experience. By celebrating the achievements of the UK’s operating companies, we’re on a mission to debunk the idea that vending is retailing’s poor relation.’

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