Photo: Courtesy of Intel
Vending machine revenue plunged to a 10-year low coming out of the recession, but don’t worry, they’ve got a plan.The industry is investing in high-tech, millenial-friendly machines to win new customers according to Automatic Mercandiser.
Here’s what a futuristic vending machines looks like (from a press release):
Redefining the customer vending experience, Kraft Foods and Intel have created Diji-Taste, a new product distribution and marketing platform that delivers fun and engaging vending, sampling and digital signage experiences. Diji-Taste is powered by a modular software/hardware architecture framework that leverages Intel’s powerful i5 processor. The new machine seamlessly transforms between vending, sampling and digital signage experiences, rebrands existing experiences easily, refreshes content quickly, and remotely monitors and manages with full analytical reporting. The architecture provides a sustainable model for Kraft and the vending operator to deliver personalised consumer experiences in a wide variety of locations such as airports, train stations, healthcare facilities and college campuses. The Dentyne Diji-Taste provides delicious samples if you share with your friends that you’re “indulging.” It also includes a gestural-controlled game you can play while waiting for your sample to dispense.
Pay for your vending purchase with a wave of your smartphone. The Royal Vendors Red Bull machine dispenses Red Bull energy drinks, a favourite beverage among young adults, and uses a Google-Wallet-type payment option to allow consumers to purchase their drink with a wave of their smartphone.
Let’s Pizza is bringing their pizza-making vending machine to the U.S. later this year: http://www.pizzamarketplace.com/article/195667/Let-s-Pizza-vending-machine-ready-for-U-S-debut
PuraVida H20 debuted a machine at this year’s OneShow that dispenses single servings of purified drinking water into reusable containers. http://www.puravidah2o.com/
Tweet for Tea: South African beverage company BOS Ice Tea recently launched a Twitter-activated vending machine that dispenses iced tea: http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2012/06/19/twitter-activated-vending-machine-launched-in-south-africa/
WeGoBabies dispenses baby essentials such as diapers and formula for parents on the go in airports, zoos and museums: http://www.wegobabies.com/DrawOnePage.aspx?PageID=2