Vending machines are changing -- and for the better. According to Forbes, in just a few years, you won't even be able to recognize a vending machine. So what is expected to change? How we buy goods from vending machines.
First, we expect to see healthier foods, especially in snack vending machines and beverage vending machines. Everyone wants healthier food choices and prefers to eat or drink something from a vending machine that will make them feel good while giving them the energy boost they need for the day. In fact, many vending machines have started putting calorie labels on their food and beverages.
So what else can these vending machines do?
According to Forbes, the future of vending machines is so smart that these machines will be able to use facial recognition. In fact, the machine will be able to greet customers, remember their preferences, and even refuse to sell to customers based on age or medical records.
Also, vending machines are leading the cashless trend as many people prefer to use credit or debit cards to buy items. Going a step further, in the future customers won't even need a credit or debit card to buy items from snack and beverage vending machines. All you need is a smart Phone. Don't worry if your phone's battery is dying, most smart vending machines come with an smart phone charging station - so you can charge your phone while snacking. Additionally, all payment information is not stored, protecting customers from fraud.
Gone are the days when operators had to physically inspect every snack vending machine at every different location. Instead, smart vending machines use technology that allows inventory data to be stored and tracked. This means operators will know exactly when to refill their machines and with what product.
But what makes these vending machines even more unique is their level of interaction. By offering loyalty cards, phone charging stations, apps to help customers locate vending machines, and social media sharing options, vending machines are becoming a trendy way to get quick access to healthy food and beverages, especially in schools.
While technology continues to change the way we interact with the world, with each other, and even with our food and drink, it's no surprise that vending technology is also transforming to fit our smart modern lives.
The future of vending machines is shifting to offering healthy options, cashless purchases, QR code payments, and facial recognition payments.