It’s safe to say that the vending industry is far from what it used to be. Gone are the days where you needed to insert the exact change only for your packet of crisps to jam on the way down. Now, advanced technology creates a premium user experience, and there has been plenty of other introductions over the years that have graced the industry in one way or another. Here’s some of the best vending trends.
Fresh Milk Coffee.
You could also include fresh coffee beans with this, for they both ensure of authentic beverages that you need to taste to believe. You might remember when your coffee could only be described as ‘wet and warm’, but now it’s completely different. Now you can enjoy your Americano, Cappuccino or Flat White the way your favourite coffee shop makes them.
Mobile and Contactless Payments.
Cashless and mobile payments may be nothing new to most of us, but it is the vending industry that has helped lead the way. Whereas the user previously had to dig in their pockets for a bit of loose change, they can now use their smartphone, smartwatch or card to pay for their items. This promotes a vending experience that’s quick, safe and secure and is arguably one of the best vending trends.
We used to associate vending machines with chocolate, biscuits, crisps and anything else that was considered to be unhealthy. Now there is a greater push towards healthier eating, because grabbing something quick shouldn’t mean it has to be bad for you. Coinadrink’s range of snack vending machines stock healthier items, as well as our Micro Market, where sandwiches, salads, wraps and more are available on demand.
Our favourite hot drink is as unique to us as our fingerprint, so it would be a pain if we had to keep reminding the hot drinks machine exactly what it was that we wanted. “Cappuccino, extra shot, 1 sugar” etc. Now, on many machines, you no longer need to. After the first vend, you can instruct the machine to remember your choice, and input your own unique code next time you want a hot drink.
Previously, vending machines were recommended to be sited in offices, schools or hospitals. Thanks to advanced technology, sharp designs and healthier items, they can now be sited almost anywhere, including hotels and airports. This means more workplaces can now enjoy the benefits of workplace refreshments.