We all know vending machines and we deal with them every day.
This is what popular selling machines are called. Although we meet them in many places in Poland, they are not as popular as in Japan. In this country, you can buy anything from this type of device.
In Poland, the vending market is mainly devices with sweets and drinks. Often, these machines have been part of the equipment of most office buildings, shopping malls, offices and schools for a long time. Compared to the Far East or Western Europe, vending in Poland has a relatively short history. And this is not just about lagging in economic development. Vending machines got the chance to conquer the Polish market only after 1995. The denomination of the zloty that started then caused that new coins appeared in circulation,
and a change in prices (in 1994 a kilo of sugar cost 5700 PLN). Coins enabled transactions in vending machines and small purchases.
Drinks, bars, and cars
The basic idea of a vending machine is usually a device that sells coffee or candy bars. However, the possibilities of the machines do not end there and the vending industry offers more and more interesting and more surprising goods.
Let’s start with the fact that in today’s world, machines sell not only food products, but also electronic gadgets, cosmetics, e-cigarettes, shoe protectors in hospitals and many other articles. This is not all.
However, if we realize that vending means the distribution of goods and services using vending machines, then we will expand the spectrum with such devices as parking meters, ticket machines, coelomates, which are becoming increasingly popular in Poland. Most of them are in large cities because there is a constantly growing demand for fresh food.
Bentley from the machine
More and more areas of life are moving towards process automation, and the development of the vending industry fits this trend perfectly. Even luxury cars can be bought in this way in the world. An example is the so-called 15-story Showroom by Autobahn Motors, which has until now been traditionally selling used luxury cars.
What caused Autobahn Motor to make such a move? In short – a need.
Due to the lack of space in large Asian cities, the company decided to combine comfort, simplicity and modern technologies. Inspired by the so-called Matchboxes, it created the optimal solution. These Matchboxes are toy boxes hung on the wall for collecting children’s cars. Technology also influenced the ABM project
from existing car parks. Thanks to the idea and further inspirations, we managed to create a vending shop with luxury cars. Vendingshop is located
in the southern part of Singapore and offers the sale of luxury cars such as Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini, and Porsche. The vending machine is equipped with a room,
in which the potential customer chooses the car using the application on the tablet. The customer searches for the model he is interested in, he or she looks at the photos, analyzes the technical data and the price, and if the whole is satisfactory, accept the button by showing the car. A special platform rolls down presenting the selected car. This innovative vending machine holds 60 vehicles, and the system that manages the whole is called AIMS (Automotive Inventory Management System).
Such a service is also available in a less exclusive version for the less affluent. A vending shop was also opened with traditional cars for ordinary citizens, where anyone looking for a car can enjoy a moment of luxury.
By car to the room
This is not the end of innovative automotive industry projects. At the beginning of 2017 in Miami, Florida, ABM commissioned a specially designed apartment building called Dezervator. It was equipped with a special elevator, which transports the car with him to his apartment on the selected floor.
The first vending machine
Here you will probably be surprised because the creation of the first vending machine can be dated to the first century AD. Her creator was Heron from Alexandria. This Greek designer created, among others, a coin-operated machine. It was set in temples where it was customary to wash your hands. The faithful received a small amount of water after throwing the bronze coin.
In turn, tobacco vending machines were already used in 16th century England. There, in 1883, Percival Everitt constructed a modern coin-operated vending machine selling postcards.
Earlier, in 1822, Richard Carlile invented the book machine. The first patented machine was developed by Simeon Denham of Yorkshire in 1857.
In the UK, the first vending machine in the world was created to offer basic car accessories from bulbs, fuses or filters of various colors to fragrances and cockpit sprays.
Another interesting fact is that the first vending machine built in the United States is a device used to sell chewing gum at New York stations. The machine was constructed in 1888 by the Thomas Adams Gum Company.
Nowadays, when time is more expensive than gold and haste determines everyday life, the demand for fast and available services increases. A modern, absorbed by the need of the moment, a man who suffers from lack of time and excess duties needs the availability of products and services 24/7. That is why more and more people are more and more willing to use the offer available in vending machines. These, in turn, have more and more new applications in a really wide range. And so machines are offering: candles in cemeteries, sex toys, gold
in various forms – from tiny bars to jewelry, frozen salmon fillets, warm clothes at the airport, ice cubes and many more.
Certainly, the constructors will constantly surprise us with new ideas.