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The S2 Multi-Vend is a classic within the hygiene vending sector. With 9 product choices it lends itself to several different configurations in the washroom, even for vending nappies!

It is easily wall mounted and can even be customised with company logos. This ideal smart electronic vending system with easy price, coin, and stock change makes it the perfect product for clients on the go when they nip to spend a quick penny.

G-Snack Attack

When in need of a little energy on the go this evolutionary outdoor G-Snack Vending Machine hits that sweet spot. A brightly illuminated showcase enhances the product display and with back lighting on the key pad this machine even has high visibility in dark places. It has new user-friendly features and has an optional speedy elevator system to guarantee products are delivered safely and reliably but also allowing fragile and delicate items to be stocked at any height!!

As if that wasn’t luscious enough the G-Snack design XL SDX comes with optical sensors as standard which are triggered when a product breaks an invisible beam, if the beam isn’t broken the machine will repeat its action to ensure a successful vend!

This snack and food vending machine can provide up to a mouth-watering 70 selections and up to 7 shelves. The temperature has a range of 2 degrees to 18 degrees and is controlled by a thermostat and in case the machine has remained above the allowed temperature for 30 minutes this highly sophisticated machine features a safety health control and will actively prevent a sale. Tasty, tempting technology.

Lunar Eclipse

When it comes to throwing shade on washroom accessories, the Lunar Gelmaster fragrance machine leaves other products in the dark. With a plethora of features including a gel life of approximately 4 to 8 weeks and a range of delightful scents, multiple timer settings, zero fragrance wastage, the nontoxic residue to name a few before even getting on to its curvaceous, smooth appearance. But this isn’t all, it can also save you a fortune in the on-going cost of replacement batteries as it is mains powered.  It stands head and shoulders above the competition at only 23cm high.

Bubbling Hot…

…cold, ambient, direct chill or merely sparkling! The B4 water cooler by Borg & Overstrom has a fantastic selection of water types to choose from. Despite having compact dimensions, the B4 still features one of the largest dispensing areas.  This is an ideal system for more demanding environments (as these can bring with them more demanding consumers with more demanding preferences!). The B4 water cooler, however, does not shy away from the challenge of satisfactorily hydrating the masses! As if that kind of dedication wasn’t enough it also boasts touch panel controls, an integrated cup dispenser, optimum dispense performance and unrivalled hygienic qualities. This is a sleek and stylish mains water-fed dispenser. Thanks to Borg & Overstrom we are all ‘changing the way people drink and think about water.’ Quoted and noted.

Super-Fly Hyper-Dri

With only 10 seconds of drying time this hand dryer blows its competitors out of the water faster than it blows your hands dry! Not only is it stylish and sleek but the Magnum Hyper-Dri Hand Dryer is super sanitary and super clever judging by its infra-red automatic self adjusting operation.  With numerous features and functionality this product will certainly set the world on dryer.

Jolly good Pro

Intelligent Vending are showcasing the Jolly Pro change machine which boasts a range of product features and has an excellent dispensing capacity. It is slim and versatile and has high security against electronic frauds. It can be set up for banknote acceptance only or set up for banknote and coin acceptance and have a coin payment out or a token payment out.  With a clear LCD graphic display and a machine cloning function the Jolly Pro is a highly desired, sleek, space-saving change machine.

Go with the flow

Businesses and schools across England last year were approached with the idea of free vending sanitary products as the impact of period poverty was brought to light. What a smart vending idea! The incentive was met with mixed results, but the topic has remained hot and is still gathering momentum. This easily wall mounted Period Poverty duo vending starter kit would be an ideal place to start for companies or institutions wanting to introduce the scheme.

Safety First!

Students at MIT have designed a particularly innovative machine for the vending of bicycle helmets, to wok in conjunction with Boston’s “Hubway” bicycle sharing scheme.

Research into the Hubway scheme showed that only around 30% of the users wore helmets, which obviously is not very safety conscious! Despite local retailers selling heavily discounted helmets, users did not seem to embrace them. Enter 12 undergraduates of MIT Mechanical Engineering 2.009 class…Students at the Institute are renowned for innovative design and successfully designed the prototype for the “HelmetHub.” This vending machine is half the size of a regular snack or drinks machine and features a touch screen in line with the design of the Hubway along with solar panels for power. The machine dispenses adjustable helmets for $8 which users can either keep and re-use or return for a partial refund, as helmets are then taken to be inspected and cleaned.

Currently this is a prototype machine, but the students are in talks to build a Beta version which could be put to the test by the summer.

Have you ever used a bike-share scheme, such as Hubway or the so called “Boris Bikes” in London? Of all the bike-shares, only Melbourne, Australia has a helmet vending machine but it is far bulkier than the tight space saving option offered by Hubway. If you use a bike share programme, would you be tempted by the shared helmet as well? Do you ride your own bike with a helmet? Let us know in the comments below!

Got Milk?

British shopping institution Selfridges have introduced an interesting new vending machine within their famous food hall.

This machine is run under a concession by Sussex farmer Hook & Son, allowing customers to get a real taste of the Great British Countryside by selling litres and half litres of raw milk (unpasteurised, untreated – straight from the cow!)

There is some controversy surrounding the machine and the sale of raw milk as technically it is illegal in the UK to sell unpasteurised milk – unless direct from the farm or a farmer’s market- but Selfridges have reported it to be quite the success! Customers in the city appreciate the chance to try something the way it is without anything added or taken away, whilst older customers have said they appreciate being able to drink the milk they did as children.

Now, I live right out in the sticks, next door to a real, working dairy farm so can have raw milk any time I choose to – it doesn’t appeal to me, not because of health risks but because milk still slightly warm from a cow freaks me out. I’m sure the milk in Selfridges will be cooled thanks to the machine refrigeration to optimum drinking temperature but I still don’t think I would be tempted to try it next time I’m in London. Would you try it? Have you tried raw milk before? Have you got any ideas for something bizarre and quirky to be put in a vending machine?

Flying the kite (mark)

So, you may have previously read our post about condom vending machines within schools here, which encourages safe sex to be encouraged in schools. However, you may not have heard about a government initiative in Johannesburg which, despite its best intentions failed in a huge, huge way.

The Society for Family Health in Johannesburg ran a huge campaign to raise awareness of the importance of safe sex and sexual health, yet despite their best intentions, the use of a “low budget distribution company” meant that condoms stapled to fliers were all perforated as they had been attached carelessly, which ended up actually posing a risk for the innocent victims using a free condom.

This just goes to highlight how important it it to use good quality condoms, and distribute or supply them in a sensible, responsible way. Intelligent Vending’s various  lines of condoms come equipped with the Kite-mark so you are assured of quality, and filling a washroom machine with these ensures that no damage can happen to the condoms by them being passed around individually, or that no silly mistakes a la Johannesburg would happen again!

 

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