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Hydroponic Lettuce Vending Machines

Hydroponic Lettuce Vending Machines | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it
The image that stopped me dead in my internet-surfing tracks: A hydroponic lettuce vending machine. This brilliant machine can be found in Japan. It's brilliant. Brilliant. Let's move these in next...

Via Alan Yoshioka, Susan Davis Cushing, SustainOurEarth
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Even though this will not pass as an alternative for lunch, lettuce vending machines are nevertheless a nice invention for those who want to get fresh greens. Hydroponic farming and vending gives more options and soon we can see more fruits and vegetables sold this way.

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ParadigmGallery's comment, April 1, 2013 4:38 PM
awesome...I crave greens....totally cool idea!
Susan Davis Cushing's curator insight, October 3, 2013 8:17 PM

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Bitcoin vending machine introduced

Bitcoin vending machine introduced | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it
Genesis Coin has announced the launch of their new cryptocurrency vending machine, the Satoshi1, which has gone live in a British Columbia cafe.
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Cryptocurrency is not going anywhere. Here's another vending machine model from the leading manufacturer. Being cheaper it looks like a more interesting option to the majority of potential buyers. Just like the PayPal vending machines, these are yet to be introduced in the UK. When this happens, it will surely create some buzz.

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Survey Results: What Are The Most Popular Products in Healthy Vending Machines?

Survey Results: What Are The Most Popular Products in Healthy Vending Machines? | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it
Canadian Healthy Vending, the largest healthy vending machine manufacturer in Canada, recently completed its annual survey of its 200 operators from every region of the country.

Energy bars, cereal bars, fruit bars, nuts, and chip alternatives/healthy chips made up over 90% of snack sales.

The top three drink categories—water, fruit juices, and enhanced fruit beverages—made up over 75% of sales.

 

 

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Although this survey has been run in Canada, the results might also be interesting for healthy vendors in the UK and other countries. One thing that would be also beneficial to know is what snack and drink combinations are the most popular. If you are to buy a bag of nuts, probably you would also like to have a beverage beside it. But is it gonna be water, juice or some other option?

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UK's Rollasoles Save Clubbers in the US

UK's Rollasoles Save Clubbers in the US | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it
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A New Convenience Near Nightclubs: Shoe Vending Machines
The Consumerist
Yes, you can buy shoes from Rollasole in stores, but the really novel part of this business model are the vending machines.
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Having found success in numerous venues, Rollasoles shoe vending machines target Las Vegas as their new market. A city well known for its nighlife should be a good place to expand the business as a lot of high-heel wearing women would like this as an alternative for going bare-footed.

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Healthy Support for Fresh Fruit Vending Machines

Healthy Support for Fresh Fruit Vending Machines | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it
The farming family behind Australia's first fresh fruit vending machine says the concept has proven a success.
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The success of fruit vending machines in Australia which is not even considered a big vending market proves that people are interested not only in soda and sweets. This can be an opportunity for the vending machine operators in our country.

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Can Vending Machines Help you Build Deeper Customer Engagement?

Can Vending Machines Help you Build Deeper Customer Engagement? | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it

Do vending machines play a role in your marketing plan? Is there a way your organization can use them to build increased customer engagement?

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This interesting article gives some ideas how custom vending machines can be used to interact with your customers while also expanding your audience and getting your brand added visibility.

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7 Wacky Food Vending Machines We Wish Were In Our Office

7 Wacky Food Vending Machines We Wish Were In Our Office | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it
Chips and candy bars? Try soft-serve and sparkling wine!
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Having such vending options during your lunch-time break would surely improve the mood of your employees.

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Nio Coffee Machine Wins Red Dot Design Award

Nio Coffee Machine Wins Red Dot Design Award | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it
The Nio coffee machine from de Jong DUKE has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Design Award. The internationally recognised design prize [...]
The post Nio coffee machine wins Red Dot Design Award appeared first on Auto Vending UK.
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Just look at this beauty. Ofcourse, looking good is not enough for a coffee machine. It has to make great coffee too, obviously. But those swaggy coffee shops will sure look into this option that would fit their interior design.

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Japan's vending machines are no match for counterfeit coins

Japan's vending machines are no match for counterfeit coins | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it

With the proliferation of vending machines across Japan and the circulation of a high-value 500 yen (US$5) coin, counterfeiters have a perfect mark for cashing in their fake coins, as a recent photo on Twitter confirms.

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As Japanese example shows, the new £1 pound coin might be not a bad idea, after all...

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Vending machines pound UK coin change plans

Vending machines pound UK coin change plans | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it

It may be dubbed the "most secure circulating coin in the world to date", but the new British £1 coin is going to cause a headache the size of a couple of million of the coins for the U.K.'s vending machine business.

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The new £1 coin, to be introduced by 2017, will have a big impact on the UK's vending industry. This article discusses in detail how much changing coin mechanisms will cost to vending machine owners.

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Aged vending machine in Tokyo appears to sell stag beetles

Aged vending machine in Tokyo appears to sell stag beetles | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it

For the most part, Japanese vending machines just spit out cans of cold or hot beverages, and sometimes soup. But this particular one found on a rarely traveled road in Tokyo could be a first as it seems to contain a giant beetle for sale.

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To those of you who love crazy Japanese vending machines, after a long break we have another gem. Next time you find yourselves in Tokyo, you can go on a search for this vending machine selling stag beetles. Let us know if you find it!

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Gabriel Barcia-Colombo: My DNA vending machine

Vending machines generally offer up sodas, candy bars and chips. Not so for the one created by TED Fellow Gabe Barcia-Colombo. This artist has dreamed up a DNA vending machine.

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Gabe Barcia-Colombo has created an art installation in the form of human DNA-dispensing vending machines in order to address ethical issues that will arise as access to biotechnology increases.

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Baltimore County Council bans cellphone vending machines

Baltimore County Council bans cellphone vending machines | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it

The Baltimore County Council is trying to cut down on cellphone thefts by banning cellphone ATM-like vending machines.

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Cellphone-ATMs, where you can feed your phone in return for cash, have been banned in Baltimore. The City Council concluded that these machines have been a target for criminals looking to cash in on stolen phones.

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Every Cup Counts with new Kenco campaign

Every Cup Counts with new Kenco campaign | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it

The Kenco Coffee Company has launched a ‘Make Every Cup Count’ campaign with the goal of providing 500 million glasses of clean water to South American coffee farming communities.

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Now every time you buy a cup of Kenco coffee, they donate a cup of clean water to South American communities. Since you have to have marketing, why not make it socially responsible one?

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Twitter Activated Snack Vending Machine Amuses Londoners

Twitter Activated Snack Vending Machine Amuses Londoners | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it

Walkers, a British snack food company, has transformed three London bus stops into tweet-activated vending machines as part of its ongoing Do us a Flavour campaign.
A series of short clips on the digital screen show Gary Lineker, an English former footballer and current well-known sports broadcaster, appearing to sit inside the bus stop vending machines.
Passers-by are then encouraged to tweet @Walkers_busstop, triggering the vending machine to dole out free packets of crisps.

Albert Green's insight:

While lasting only until September 11, this vending machine gives us a glimpse of the way we will be interacting with them in the future. While Twitter may work for freebies, regular vending options would need to contain some advanced online payment method, such as PayPal or Google Wallet.

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6 Cool Machines that Accept Bitcoin

6 Cool Machines that Accept Bitcoin | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it

Smart vending machines have been around for a while, but only a handful of companies have decided to add bitcoin functionality to their designs.

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While more and more companies are looking for ways to make cashless payment possible, either by installing credit card or PayPal options, some companies look even further. BitCoin, a virtual currency that began to circulate in 2009, now becomes a valid payment option in some vending machines.

For example, London-based Aeguana claims that their coinless vending machines help to increase sales by whopping 400%. What is more, not using coins means the machine can be more compact and it takes less time to finish the transaction. When using BitCoin, it takes less than 10 seconds to get your product.

It will be interesting to watch how the UK's vending market accepts these modern vending machine in the upcoming years.

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Vending Machines a Lifeline for Milk Farmers

Vending Machines a Lifeline for Milk Farmers | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it

In Larisa, the capital of the Thessaly region in central Greece, milk farmers have been getting creative. They now sell milk from vending machines, where you would normally expect to see snacks and fizzy drinks.

The cost of milk in supermarkets is about 1.30 euros per litre while in the machines it is just 1.00 euro or 0.90 if you prepay.

 

 

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While this incentive sure helped both Greek milk farmers and milk buyers, it can also be beneficial for the UK market too.

 

Right now milk prices in the UK are higher than the European Union average, therefore finding ways to spend less would be beneficial for both parties.

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UK's Reverse Vending Machines Introduced in UAE

UK's Reverse Vending Machines Introduced in UAE | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it

In line with its mission to build a greener, more sustainable future in Sharjah, Bee'ah is installing the Middle East's first Reverse Vending Machines - supplied by UK-based Reverse Vending Corporation reVend - designed to collect and recycle domestic light bulbs and batteries across the UAE.

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UAE becomes the second country in the world after the UK to use reverse vending machines. Let's hope this will be noticed by other countries in Europe and across the world as the idea of environmental awareness spreads.

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Essie To Launch Nail Polish Vending Machines in Airports

Essie To Launch Nail Polish Vending Machines in Airports | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it

The vending machines, perfectly named the Essie Color Boutique, will offer individual colors or curated looks you can shop with bottles priced at $8.50.

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A nice option for women in a hurry. This is not the first nail polish vending machine in the US. Will we see them in the UK too?

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Pizza - Lets Cut Out The Middle Man

Pizza - Lets Cut Out The Middle Man | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it

Pizza Vending machines , improving fast food access and improving  supply chain 


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Pizza vending machines are coming to the Netherlands. We interpret it as a sign that it can have success in many European markets, not to mention the UK where they have been available for a while already.

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Pizza Vending USA 

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New York gets its first cupcake vending machine

New York gets its first cupcake vending machine | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it

Sprinkles, the popular cupcake chain in the US, has just opened a “Cupcake ATM” at its New York store, the first of its kind in the area. It opened just 24 hours ago and the lines have been unbelievably long. Let’s take a closer look at the opening day.

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It's called a "Cupcake ATM", and indeed it looks a lot like your usual ATM - except that it dispenses cupcakes instead of cash.

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Giant Vending Machines Provide Groceries For Neighborhoods Without Local Stores

Giant Vending Machines Provide Groceries For Neighborhoods Without Local Stores | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it

The automated store was designed to cater to the residents of towns that have lost their local shops. The first machine recently opened in Clifton, Derbyshire, a town that lost its last local store 14 years ago.

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This custom-built vending machine is good news for everyone living in towns too small to have their own grocery stores.

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The Comic Book Vending Machine, From A Man With Down Syndrome

The Comic Book Vending Machine, From A Man With Down Syndrome | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it

Chris Romberger, a 19 year old cafeteria worker with Down Syndrome and autism, has begun his own business, arranging selling vending machines that sell comic books. Philadelphia local CBS News team runs the story.

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While this is not the world's first comic book vending machine as the video claims (Japan already has those), the story is no less inspiring.

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Atchayam Foodbox: Chennai co's ATM-like food machine

Atchayam Foodbox: Chennai co's ATM-like food machine | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it

The makers of Atchayam Foodbox, as the machine is called, claim that it is a first of its kind concept in the food and retail industry and insist it's not a vending machine.

Albert Green's insight:

Vending machines seem to be getting more sophisticated with each passing day. Forget bags of crisps and chocolate bars, and even pizza or burrito vending machines appear so passé compared to this machine dispensing complete restaurant meals.

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Smart Vending Machine Scans Your Face to Serve Up Snacks

Smart Vending Machine Scans Your Face to Serve Up Snacks | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it

A network of smart, connected vending machines will soon use facial recognition, NFC and a membership program to market and sell everything from food to electronics on their giant touch screens.

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A vending machine that recognizes your face sounds like something out of a sci-fi film, but these are already available in the market. Whether you'll find this idea awesome or disturbing, it is sure to offer extraordinary vending experience.

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Ireland's First Bitcoin Vending Machine to Launch In The Next Few Days

Ireland's First Bitcoin Vending Machine to Launch In The Next Few Days | UK Vending Machines | Scoop.it

There’s a whole lot of firsts in the realm of bitcoin — and today, another. The first bitcoin vending machine is slated to hit the Temple Bar district in Dublin, Ireland in the next few days.

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Apparently, bitcoin vending machines are all the rage now. As they are soon to be launched in Dublin, we might expect to see them here in the UK in no time.

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