Vending machines, also known as ‘Vendo’ machines, have been a part of people’s lives since the year 1880, when it the first coin-operated model was first introduced and used commercially in London. They were used to dispense postcards. Since then, other countries have adapted this machine in order to increase their sales without having to hire human vendors to sell their wares. Over the years, vending machines have evolved from the purely mechanical models to today’s high-tech electronic ones. There are now even touch screen vending machines. Like the current trend of smart phones, smart vending machines have emerged in the market. They haven’t invaded the world yet, but it’s projected than in the next 10 years, people will see one at almost every corner.
This new innovation of using touch screens to operate vending machines has brought automated consumerism to greater heights. Aside from it being highly interactive and user-friendly, it can also serve as a bright billboard! The screen can show infomercials or advertisements that can attract buyers or even simple passers by. Some of the newer models are even equipped with credit card or debit card payment features. Remember the time when your bills or new coins weren’t accepted by the vending machines? Or even getting too much money from you because it can’t dispense change? This must’ve caused you more inconveniences than conveniences, which is the actual purpose of using a vending machine in the first place. With the electronic payment methods, these are all literally history. Models with artificial intelligence can even keep track of all your transactions and make your experience even more personal and engaging.
The top food and beverage companies in the vending world are fast embracing this technology as vending machine businesses continue to introduce more innovative models. The top 5 touch screen or smart vending machines include:
Acure Next Generation Digital Touch Screen Vending Machine – This particular vendo machine, aside from having a large screen in front, can accept credit/debit card payments or even via mobile phone payments. It can even predict and suggest fitting food or beverages according to the person’s age and gender.
Coca-Cola Freestyle – Coca-cola’s machine has the ability to dispense more than 100 different brands from a single unit.
Kraft Foods DIJI Taste – This one even has facial recognition and social networking features, allowing for more user-interaction and better user experience.
Pepsi Cola Vending Machine – Aside from the basic selling features, this one utilizes games to engage the customers. They can play games in the signage screen so they can win gifts or products from the company.
Coca-Cola Interactive Vending – Coca-cola has taken two spots in the list because of the high impact of their machines. It even takes photos and sends you emails while powered by an i7 processor and vPro technology.
Victor McNamara works at Vending World. Vending World is a leading distributor of used vending machines. They have been selling vending machines since 1968 and can fill almost all of your general vending machine needs.