Vending machines sure have come a long way since they dispersed only cigarettes and sodas. In fact, New Balance and Westin Hotels recently partnered to offer New Balance via a shoe vending machine. In this particular case, the vending machine was set up to dispense, free of charge, 75 sets of New Balance running shoes–for one day only– in celebration of National Running Day.
Although giving away free New Balance shoes is not the typical use of a vending machine, the products that are sold or dispensed via vending machine are growing. For example, many offices have started utilizing vending machines as a way to dispense office supplies to their employees. It works great because the business owners can keep up with their office inventory, cutting down on waste while making sure the right quantity of products are available, and employees have immediate access to the supplies they need to do their jobs.
What will come next in the custom vending machine industry is anyone’s guess. However, it is apparent that the industry as a whole is expanding and evolving to accommodate the needs of today. Interested in learning more? Give us a call at 877-771-4446.