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Transparent Touch Screen Vending Machines

We would like to introduce a new concept – transparent touch screen display vending machines. Transparent touchscreen displays are an impressive and exciting new technology with thousands of potential applications. Combine a sleek transparent display with touchscreen interactivity and the result is technology so impressive it could have been pulled straight out of a science fiction film.

For vending machines, the integration of transparent touch displays offers numerous advantages. Not only can customers see the actual products in the machines – just as with traditional glass-fronted machines – all the enhancements a high definition digital display can provide are also at the operators disposal. This could include video promotions of products and services; providing highly detailed information about the products for sale; or perhaps even a novel game to help attract and entice passers-by to the machine.

Although still very much in its infancy, this is a technology you can expect to see a lot more of in the near future. A video of a transparent touchscreen vending machine in action can be seen on our website at the following link:

www.intelligentvending.co.uk/transparent-touchscreen-vending-machines.htm

If you have a few moments, we would very much like to hear your thoughts and opinions on this new technology. You can give us your feedback by submitting the form found at the bottom of the link provided above. There are only a few simple questions, and your answers may help us to learn of key ideas and features which would improve the functionality of these machines. It is entirely possible that your ideas could find their way in to the next incarnation of these machines!

Author: Intelligent Vending Ltd

DarenthMJS Vending Machines Now Available!

Eagle eyed followers of Intelligent Vending will have seen that our online product range has grown dramatically over the past week.  We’re thrilled that we can now offer the full DarenthMJS range of hot/cold drinks and snack machines on our site.  This is a great partnership for us.  Not only are DarenthMJS  one of Europe’s  most innovative and respected designers of vending equipment, they are British and, what’s more, based just up the road from us in north Derbyshire.

We called into their factory a few weeks ago and ended up spending the whole afternoon there.  They have a fantastic showroom and are complete enthusiasts about the equipment they sell – it was almost impossible to get away!  Perhaps best known for providing a large number of well-priced in-cup hot drinks machines to suit every vending, factory and retail requirement, they have recently branched out by developing a high quality, stunning to look at, range of bean to cup machines.

The Roma range not only looks great, with its matt black cabinet, stainless steel features, and choice of different coloured neon effect backlighting; the coffee it produces is equally special, and shows that automatic machines are increasingly a match for their barista operated counterparts at the local coffee shop. In line with their desire to provide innovative and practical solutions, the Roma Duo seamlessly enables two drinks to be made in unison and doubles capacity while reducing waiting times for consumers.

Available with a range of very useful accessories and payment systems, the Roma will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with in coffee vending. Why not take a look – the whole DarenthMJS range is now available from Intelligent Vending!

Author: Intelligent Vending Ltd

New Pants!

Well, just the thing to brighten up a Friday morning… Have you ever been stuck, away from home with no clean underwear? Extended delay in an airport, perhaps? Or, dare I say it, a one night stand! Well fear no more, an ingenious new machine has been launched selling just pants, socks and the occasional tee-shirt – never again will you be stranded with dirty knickers. The “Me Undies” machine has recently been installed in a Hollywood boutique with expansion planned in the USA. The company behind the machine plan to place these in gyms, hotels, airports and in retail stores, bringing total convenience to the user. This is just another example of traditional retail diversifying into the vending sphere, which is beginning to make waves… if these machines make it over the pond, would you rather queue for hours in a certain budget clothing store for your socks (don’t pretend that you don’t buy them there) or would you rather bounce up to the machine and make your selection without having to deal with people, or let them judge you on your underwear preferences?!

How do you feel about bricks and mortar retail moving towards innovative vending? Do you enjoy the face to face aspect of shopping or do you prefer self service checkouts, vending machines and not having to deal with other peoples bad days!? We love to hear your comments so please let us know what you think, or over on twitter or at our facebook page!

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Author: Intelligent Vending Ltd

Noodle Idol

Once again, we head over to Japan, to see what’s happening in the Vending world. This time though, it’s a little different to what we have come to expect.

The culture of celebrity is becoming a massive part of our lives, thanks to social media such as twitter and TV shows like the X factor people are now feeling closer to their favourite celebrities than ever with technology bringing them to an accessible level, but seeing them out and about in real, public life still excites most people. Scenes of pandemonium are seen when Justin Bieber or Rihanna walk down the street…

Now, a cafe in Japan has turned this around. Forget walking up to a noodle vending machine and being served your hot cup of noodles straight from the machine. Now you can pop along, buy your noodles and select your favourite ‘idol’ from a vending machine, walk over to the counter and have your Idol fill your cup with water and chat to you for 3 minutes about your day. The idol is actually there, behind the counter in the cafe waiting to serve you!All this, and a drink for just 800 JPY! Different Idols will appear in the cafe on different days to allow for variety and the chance for the customers to meet their favourite.

Personally, I find this slightly odd… I can’t imagine Cheryl Cole or Victoria Beckham working in a cafe, filling noodle pots with water and having a chat unless for charity. But, hey, if it works for the Japanese give it a few years and there might be a few ex-Big Brother stars willing to serve noodles over here in the UK as well!

How do you feel about this? Would you feel comfortable making small talk with a pop star as they make you noodles, or would you rather stick to the usual, anonymous vending machine which does everything for you? As ever, let us know in the comments below, I would love to hear your thoughts on this one!

 

 

Original article here.

Author: Intelligent Vending Ltd

Swiss Nano 9000 Push

Our ever expanding range of products has grown again… New on our website this morning I am pleased to announce Intelligent Vending now stock Valera Swiss Nano 9000 Push Hairdryers! This nifty 2000W hair dryer would be a great addition to any hotel, gym or leisure center washroom.

The neat spiral cable makes this handy hair dryer portable, yet the 6 speed and heat combinations along with 2 ultra narrow concentrator nozzles gives you and your customers the optimum choices of how to dry your hair! Despite the Nano’s size, no compromises have been made on the workings, nor the aesthetics of this piece of equipment! We are really impressed with Valera hairdryers and expect to see this model flying off our shelves!

To celebrate this hair dryer being added to our website, we are running a special promotion through twitter, facebook and google+. It couldn’t be more simple, just like, follow or add us to your circle, and leave a comment asking for a discount and I’ll give you 5% off any of the brilliant Valera hair dryers! If you dont already like or follow, or have us in your circle, what are you waiting for?! Here’s how to find us:

 

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Twitter – or tweet us @ivending

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Author: Intelligent Vending Ltd

New Year, New You?

So 2012 has got off to a flying start with the days just zipping by. I’m (just about) managing to stick to my resolutions, how are you getting along with yours?

It’s at this time of year everyone is thinking about healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. Often, all this good intention can be disrupted by walking past – or deliberately walking to – a vending machine. You could be innocently walking by when all of a sudden your eye is caught by the glistening wrapper of a chocolate bar or the shiny metal of a can of fizzy drink. Do you have the will power to keep on walking? Or would you like to see healthy options in your machine? Whether this is in the form of healthy food and fruits, or low-cal or low carb options on chocolate and sweets, or even baked crisps. If these options were available to you would you be likely to choose this instead of a sugar laden treat? Healthy eating initiatives within schools have already made a difference in what products are available to children within vending machines, but how about in your office, or a machine in a public area, for example? Would you rather have the option of healthy snacks stocked alongside chocolate and crisps or would you be more likely to use a machines filled completely with health food?

I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on healthy vending so leave me a comment below!

Author: Intelligent Vending Ltd

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!

Author: Intelligent Vending Ltd

Free Wi-Fi

Everyone loves free things, no matter what they are, and most people if they can get something for free, they will.

Now a Japanese (of course) Vending Machines company has come into there own by offering free Wi-Fi for using the machine. Users then must stay within a 50 meter radius of this machine to have access to wi-fi internet on any wi-fi enabled device, for 30 minutes before you get logged out and have to log back in again (and you don’t have to buy another drink!)

As we all know, Japan is crazy for vending machines, and the more technologically advanced the better. Free Wi-fi perks up everyone’s day, especially as data plans get squeezed and more expensive, this coupled with the interesting and unusual drinks options is sure to make these machines a hit across Japan. Manufacturer Asahi Beverages hope to roll out 1,000 machines during 2012, and up to 10,000 over the next five years., which not only shows the extent of the popularity of vending machines across Japan but also the faith Asahi has in these machines that having a Wi-fi enabled machines will not only draw customers to the machine in the first place but the 30 minutes (extendable) window could mean that the customer will buy their drink, have a poke around on the Internet, realise their drink is finished and buy another (and hopefully repeat this several times!)

As we are seeing more and more, Japan is taking interactive vending machines to another level, the introduction of QR codes on Coca-Cola machines, and face recognition technology to suggest drinks to the customer, and I for one can’t wait to see what impact this Wi-Fi machine has on the Japanese market and how this will develop and transform the market!

Author: Intelligent Vending Ltd

2012…here we go!

Well, today’s date is 03/01/2012. How did that happen?! 2011 has passed by in a blur and now here we are, at the start of a New Year with so much to look forward to. 2012 is full of promise and expectation and we are fully expecting to be rushed off our feet! We’re now back to normal office opening hours and are all glad to be back and ready to work hard to make this our most successful year yet. Expect for us to continue in much the same vein as before- amazing prices, fantastic customer service and innovative ideas on how to get your product vended!

As ever, any questions, queries or ideas you would like us to help you work with, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We hope you’ve all had a very Happy New Year!

 

 

 

Author: Intelligent Vending Ltd

Office Closed for Festive Season

Just a quick note to let everyone know that the Intelligent Vending office will be closed for the festive season  from the end of 23rd Dec 2011 and will be reopened on 3rd Jan 2012:

  • Calls made during this time will still be answered and will be handled by our 24/7 call centre.
  • Any urgent issues will still be taken care of throughout this period by a member of staff on call.
  • While we will still be accepting orders throughout this period, they may not be processed until our return in the New Year.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for their support in 2011 as we wish you all the best for the Festive Season and a very happy and prosperous New Year from all at Intelligent Vending.

 

Author: Intelligent Vending Ltd
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