Not Your Mama's Way To Shop!
| Cape Girardeau, MO Central High School vending machines circa 1963|
I've always loved to shop! I enjoy a sleek department store the likes of Nordstrom or Bloomingdales, but there's certainly nothing wrong with a good specialty store. I can spend hours in Sephora, Crate and Barrel or Anthropologie. And a quirky, little brick-and-mortar ... bring it on! I thrive on effective salespeople, good customer service and the people-watching that only comes with the crowds that some people find undesirable. It’s the way I prefer to shop!
|Products from companies such as Bare Escentuals, Dior, Philosophy and Korres available in Sephora vending machines|
|The Body Shop Vending Machines in supermarkets & airports very soon|
Yes, a new breed of vending machine is popping up around the world in airports and malls as alternatives to traditional boutiques and brick-and-mortar stores. They have touch screens instead of buttons and sensors that don't process a customer’s credit card unless the chosen item has dropped. These modern versions of yesteryear's utilitarian vending machine look deluxe, flashy and futuristic and have screens that contain brand information, ingredients lists, and video demos. Heck ... who wouldn't want to make a purchase?
The United States may be coming late to the party, but these machines will be installed in not only airports and malls, but will be materializing in supermarkets, military bases, college campuses, even chain stores. While the manufacture of these newfangled machines, which cost $3,000 to tens of thousands of dollars, has created a small segment of jobs, we must remember that they lead to the loss of jobs associated with brick-and-mortar stores.
|Vending machine dispenses gold at the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi.|
Best Buy entered the market at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport selling digital cameras & MP3 players
You might have seen the new Best Buy vending machines in selected airports across the country. Starting as a unique venture at Dallas-Fort Worth selling digital cameras and MP3 players is now branching out into 12 airports, including Atlanta, Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The high-end electronics vending machines are designed by ZoomSystems. So next time you forget your MP3 player, keep an eye out for one of these Best Buy automated machines. Who says the airport sucks?
Got a craving for french fries? In Australia, there's a vending machine for that -- Hot Fresh Fries
In both California and Japan you can get fresh eggs from a vending machine:
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Velkopopovicky Kozel Light - Price about $1.50
In the beer-loving Czech Republic local brew Pilsner Urquell developed a vending machine that scans your ID (or your U.S. passport) before giving out a cold can of pilsner.
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