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Summertime Essentials

With the summer on the horizon, now is the perfect time to start thinking positive about the summer heat wave we are willing to happen. Essentials for a brilliant and safe summer must include a good source of hydration…and it so happens we have just the thing! The V217-6 is a superb cold drinks vending machine suitable for vending PET bottles and cans. It uses a reliable vending mechanism which has been tried and tested in the field for a number of years. The product has thermostatically controlled forced air-cooling as well as having product pre-cooling. Each column has an individual vend motor and boasts an anti-theft device. Whether your desired location is in an office, school, university, leisure centre, airport or more, this drinks vending machine offers convenient and essential thirst-quenching cold drinks at the push of a button.

 

Board with Intelligent Wholesale? Never!

Intelligent Wholesale has a rare treat of some, never-before used control boards compatible with SandenVendo machines! They can be quickly reset to factory default settings and reprogrammed via a USB key. Here at Intelligent Wholesale we are very excited about having this cool piece of kit available, but we are sure we won’t have them for long now that the world knows about it! To see a list of machines they are compatible with follow our helpful little link above.

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!

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.

 

Ohhhh…Japan

Yet again, Japan have made technological advances in the vending world the rest of us can but dream of.

Intel, Snaken and Okaya Electronics have taken the next step in touch screen vending machines. This latest incarnation boasts a 65-inch HD screen (!) and understated graphics so as to drawn people in with out being garish and obnoxious.

GizModo called it the “vending machine of tomorrow” thanks to the 65″ screen, which like its predecessors features a transparent screen so consumers can still see the product inside, whilst being entertained by a touch screen – similar to that on a smart phone – but with subtle animations of birds  that do not distract from he transparency of the machines touch controlled window.

To make this even more exciting and intuitive, the machine has an inbuilt camera to identify customers based on age and gender to therefore generate demographic appropriate adverts. What makes this machine extra special, is, should there be an emergency, it will display evacuation routes.

Although currently vending snacks and drinks, this machine could open up to a potential market including cosmetics and wine.

What do you think to this? Can you see super intuitive vending machines working over here England? Would you like to see adverts based on your gender or age? As ever, leave a comment below and let us know how you feel!!

BACK IN STOCK

Just to brighten up your Monday morning, please take note that …. (drumroll please) … Cadbury Creme Eggs are now back in stock on the website!

We have fantastic prices on a wide range of cadbury chocolates, walkers crisps and various soft drinks on our online shop, perfect for vending machines, a treat for your office, or even just to take home and munch your way through!

Enjoy!

Pay with potatoes!

Lays Crisps (Walkers in the UK) have introduced a new promotional machine to show how fresh and pure their crisps really are. Instead of paying with spare change, consumers are asked to put a whole potato into the vending machine and then watch as it is washed, peeled, sliced and fried to be turned into the ready salted crisps they know and love, quite the contrast to last weeks post about free crisps when the recession is mentioned!

This is a digital video, but gives a great insight into how the machine will work and could potentially brighten up snack time, especially as it shows the whole process of getting a bag of crisps, right from real potato, to being sealed into their bag for freshness.

Lays Vending Machine

Here at Intelligent Vending, we think this is a fab machine, exciting to watch and also serves as a reminder as to where food actually comes from, the act of putting in a real, possibly field-muddy potato brings the bag of crisps back to earth, especially for children who are perhaps so used to eating from a packet that they wouldn’t even know that crisps are made from potatoes grown in muddy fields.

The Smart Butcher

A new vending machine in the U S of A has been released recently, selling, of all things, fresh meat! Being labelled the “smart butcher,” this machine is vending all of your favourite meat products, from rib-eye steak to pork chops! The businessmen trialling the idea, Chase Evans and Rob Harrison, are currently vending out of Lil Mart, Alabama but are confident they will find the perfect location for their machine, likely somewhere rural with little to no access to fresh meat markets.

The Smart Butcher is equipped with cell phone technology to inform Rob Harrison when the machine needs to be restocked, and also when a sale is made. Customers are able to pay with credit or debit card or cash, making the machine versatile and accessable to many people, who are also finding that many of the products vended are cheaper than at their local grocery store!

Egg Vending Machine

German animal rights group NOAH recently set up an ‘egg vending machine‘ in a busy town centre to try and promote awareness of the poor conditions suffered by ‘battery farmed’ chickens. The vending machine contained sixteen live chickens in a compartmentalised version of a typical snack vending machine, with a sticker reading ‘Egg Machine’ affixed across the top in large red letters.

Although the vending machine looks realistic, it doesn’t actually dispense eggs. Instead, the machine dispenses free shopping cart tokens with “CHECK THE EGG” branding. Also printed on the tokens is a quick guide to the country’s egg labelling system. This consists of the numbers 0 to 3 with respective farming methods (0 = organic, 1 = free range, 2 = deep-litter and 3 = cage).

The hope is that this will act as a reminder and handy reference for shoppers when buying eggs, which must all have this number on to show their origin.

NOAH is similar to the UK animal rights group PETA. More information on the group, including pictures and videos of their egg vending machine can be seen on NOAH’s website.

Social Media Vending Machines

Earlier this month, Pepsi revealed a prototype of a ‘social media vending machine’. The social media aspect of the vending machine is a feature which allows customers to send drinks voucher codes to their friends, which can then be redeemed on other similar vending machines.

The vending machine is operated with a touch-screen, which initially presents three options to the user. One of these options is ‘Gift or Redeem a Drink’. Once a drink has been selected, an optional video message can be recorded and sent to a friend’s mobile phone, together with a text message which includes a code that can be entered in to any other ‘Pepsi Social Vending Unit’.

Some social media experts have received the concept well; suggesting that it has been long overdue. However, others have voiced concerns over privacy issues.

The vending machine also provides nutritional information for the products, which should help to support the USA’s campaign to improve dietary habits.

Whether or not this particular vending machine will take off is yet to be seen, but it may be a glimpse of the vending machines of the future. It is certainly not likely to be the final attempt at integrating the phenomenon of social media to increase vending machine sales.

For those who are interested, there is a YouTube video of the social media vending machine’s interface in action.

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