When we think of vending machines, we usually think of snack and drink vending machines; quick food to help us get by when we are in a hurry. They are usually located in transport hubs or busy shopping centres and business precincts, where there is lots of passing traffic. Some clever companies are now taking the vending machine business onto a completely new level. Here are some examples to help you rethink what niche vending machines can fulfil, from wealth creation to furry friends – you will be surprised!
Gold to Go
Ever wondered where you can buy gold bullion? A gold vending machine, of course! In countries, such as Britain, the US, United Arab Emirates, Italy and Germany is the ‘Gold to Go’ vending machines that dispenses gold bars in varying sizes to suit all budgets. The machines are updated electronically to match the world price of gold and currency exchange rates. Each bullion comes packaged in a black box complete with an authenticity certificate. In addition, if you have any second thoughts over your gold purchase, you have a ten-day money-back guarantee.
Say it with Flowers!
Now you can say it with flowers anytime of the day or night, at the flower vending machines. Filled with floral arrangements big and small and in lots of colours, each bunch is displayed in small-refrigerated compartments to keep them fresh. You can even order a floral bunch to be delivered to your partner or friend directly from the vending machine – no waiting for the florist to open or having to queue during busy times.
What about dogs?
Some clever vending machine owners haven’t forgotten about our furry friends. Ok, the vending machine doesn’t sell dogs, that would be cruel, but it does provide dog food for the 150,000 stray dogs around the city of Istanbul. The Turkish company, Pugedon has developed a unique system where people deposit their empty drink bottles into the vending machine and it dispenses dog food in a bowl at the bottom of the machine for the stray dogs to eat. There is also a bowl for water if you haven’t quite finished your drink. The money from recycling the drink bottles goes to providing the food for the dogs. Now this is caring for our environment and our animal friends.
Over in Los Angeles, the brand, Sprinkles Cupcakes are looking after our furry friends as well. In their cupcake vending machines, not only do they sell a myriad of their famous cupcakes in cute little boxes but they also sell cupcakes for dogs! Now you can share one with your best friend, a completely new take on snack vending machines.
Spreading the love of books
Travel now to a town called Barrie, Canada, where you will find a bright apple green vending machine filled with second hand books. The idea behind this machine is for a $2 coin, you can purchase a used book and can donate a book for free. The machines are electricity and battery free, all in keeping with the environmental benefit. Even better, all proceeds from the vending machine go to literacy programs and schools in Africa.
However, if you are more of a modern reader, there are the Amazon ‘Kindle Kiosk’ vending machines. These machines are the ‘store front’ for the online giant Amazon, being trialled in key shopping centres and airports around the US. You can purchase a Kindle Fire tablet or the Kindle e-reader plus their accessories such as cases and power adaptors on the go.
Let your imagination run and contact SVA Vending Machines today to discuss how you can join this lucrative business, with a myriad of ideas to maximise your profits!