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Uncon-vend-tional: The Country’s Most Bizarre Vending Machines

 

Uncon-vend-tional: The Country’s Most Bizarre Vending Machines


Candy and soda vending machines are common; you see them everywhere, but did you know there’s a whole world of machines out there vending all kinds of unique offerings that you may have never seen before?


  1. New York City, Los Angeles, and Dallas have baked up some sidewalk cupcake ATMs, where you can purchase a decadent dessert with your credit card.

 

  1. In Philadelphia, you’ll find vending machines that sport locks of real human hair, which ladies can use for enhancement and elongation.

 

  1. Looking for clear and radiant skin while on the go? There’s a Proactive acne treatment products vending machine in—where else—Hollywood, California.

 

  1. Pennsylvania’s Shippensburg University and California’s Pomona College sport vending machines that carry Plan B medication (aka the morning-after pill).

 

  1. In Los Angeles, a hot-and-ready burrito machine offers Chorizo Sausage, Roasted Potato, Uncured Bacon, Free-Range Chicken, or Shredded Beef flavors.

 

  1. Go green with this machine: The “Swap-o-matic” in Brooklyn lets you trade in your used goods for something new, with no monetary transaction.

 

  1. In Beverly Hills those with a refined pallet and a fat wallet can visit neighborhood mall vending machines that serve gourmet caviar, escargot, and truffles.

 

  1. In Cedar Creek, Texas, you can indulge in a baked pecan pie from Berdoll Pecan Farm, served from a vending machine right outside its retail store.

 

  1. At the end of a long night, aching ladies in California and Las Vegas can stop by a vending machine to buy a pair of comfortable but stylish ballet flats.

 

Have you seen any of these machines while on your travels? Let us know in the comments! Have an idea for a vending machine-based business that just can’t fail? Then hit up http://www.amequipmentsales.com/ and they’ll tell you how you can get started on your very own vending machine empire!

Gym Vending Machine

♠The vending machine has been around since the beginning of time!! well, that is what it seems like, but throughout the years’ traditional vending machine has been used for snacks and drinks.♠

7959db847f0a5e53e2c18b5e8d1a1ead - Gym Vending Machine*Ancient Greek vending machines worked by placing a coin in a slot, and it dispensed holy water. It was first invented by Heron.*
 

Today’s vending machines have evolved into complete automation dispensing systems that can vend a wider selection of products.
The 24/7 fitness centers have also recently become very flexible to its clientele needs by giving them a way to use their facilities with flexible hours. Fitness center vending machines is a way to provide customers essential things such as water and protein drinks as well as vitamins and other supplements that your clients use. Why settle for a gym vending machine that only dispenses your typical overpriced Gatorades or energy drinks, when you can get a machine that can dispense multiple items from the same machine. Our fitness AMS vending machines can be customized to sell products to your customers right at the location.

With our customized vending machines you can vend club wear, healthy food, energy supplements, protein shakers, body wraps such as ankle and wrist supports, weight lifting gloves, water, trail mix, pre mix single servings of protein shake products such as muscle milk and other pre mixed products.

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Gym Vending Machines

Fitness and health clubs as well as other physical fitness and activity facilities the machines is a great addition to your current business equipment. Just like the weight machines and other service needs, the vending machine placement is an important part of your layout. You can provide items to your clients 24 hours a day with no need to take away an attendant to assist the customer with a sale of an article.

Vending machines can showcase a wide selection of products and are fully electronic and can be customized to fit your needs. Systems can be cash or credit card payment systems or both. You can add additional add-ons like touchscreen display that allows you to keep track of your inventory. If you are looking for a basic lower cost way to provide these items to your customers then having a vending machine will work for you.

We can provide you with information on different equipment you can add to your machines. You can be able to monitor what products you have sold and what machines need to be restocked and what products are selling well. With so many gyms and fitness centers moving to 24-hour formats to accommodate their member’s needs. It is a good feeling knowing that you can keep your clients satisfied.

Adding custom graphics to match your decor is no problem.
We can custom wrap your machine to give it a look that says wow look at me.
Our gym vending machines are just so versatile that they can be changed over to accommodate new products or rotation. Fitness centers all over the country are seeing customers come thru the door, why not provide the many items they use for their workouts. If you are like me its hard to carry around all those different supplements and vitamins and other pre and post workout products, many come in way too big of a container to fit in my bag, well why give them single serve portions right at your location!

Think about it….

 

 

Sources: 

http://www.ancientworldalive.com/single-post/2015/06/12/First-vending-machine-designed-in-Antiquity

Vending Machine Tech: The Future is Now

Vending machine technology is ever-evolving, from the days of holy start-buttonwater dispensed at the drop of a Drachma to a world where live animals can survive inside a machine, convenience vending is a rapidly changing industry. Some of the technological advances to hit the industry have been subtle enough to avoid public recognition while others have amounted to great fanfare (Redbox, anyone?) – whatever the case, vending machine tech is cutting edge…

Cashless Vending Machines:

Vendors have operated on the simple cash-for-product concept for far too long, or so think the makers of today’s cashless vending machines. These boxes only accept credit cards for payment and eliminate the need for bills or coins, saving consumers and vending machine operators loads of hassle. The trouble with these vendors comes in places like schools where credit cards aren’t so prevalent, but pre-paid cash funded credit cards are starting to solve this dilemma. Now the only problem consumers will have is figuring out what to do with all that loose change…

Big Brother Machines:

Napa Valley Vending has come up with a novel idea, the Vending Miser, that senses when no one’s in the room with your machine and powers it off, saving money and electricity. Savings aren’t huge, only about $150 per machine per year, but it’s got to be good for the planet and what’s more fun (or terrifying) than a vending machine that magically turns itself on when you walk by it?

Green Machines:

Saving the environment is the name of the game for Coke and Pepsi who have both worked tirelessly to reduce reliance on Hydro-Fluorocarbons to power their machines, hence the introduction of HFC-free machines at the US Capitol. These new machines are cooled by natural refrigerant gas which is good since the last thing Capitol Hill needs is more hot air.

Remote Pharmacy Machines:

A breakthrough in conventional medical care or another sign of the impending apocalypse, depending on who you ask, pharmaceutical vending machines are becoming less of a rarity and more of a common sight in cities throughout the US. The machines process prescriptions entered remotely by a doctor then ask patients for a code, dispensing medications with a few simple buttons. These vending machines should do wonders to pacify the angry mobs that claim doctors just aren’t doing enough to make them feel like a number rather than a patient.

Marketing Vending Machines

Vending machines can make a company’s products available where people may need or want them. For example, Snapchat, a well-known media company, has adopted a strategy of placing their sunglasses in vending machines and randomly placing a machine outside a location across the country. Snapchat’s marketing idea has become a huge trend among young consumers. The non-traditional use of vending machines was a big winner for  snapchat, and many companies are following suit.

Vending machines lend themselves well to advances in technology, though some question how far we can push the limits of human decency when so many life-altering products are served via the push of a button. The answer to that question is more philosophical than practical, however, and technology must keep pushing on. So if you’re still rocking a flip phone and manual car windows, perhaps you’re just not the target market for this new generation of 21st century vending machines…

10 Curious Places To Find A Vending Machine

Vending at the bottom of a ski slope

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Japan is the kingdom of vending machines

vending machines stand in a line.

 

Milk 24/7 – Vend-A-Moo

Vend-A-Moo

 

Another corner in Japan to get your vending done

Vending Machines in Kyoto

 

Possibly the most remote vending machine in Iceland

” Inside the hut is a vending machine and a guestbook to leave comments about this hidden tourist attraction.”

The Greatest Vending Machine in the World!

 

Hikers at the Mid-Hike vending machines

Mid-Hike Vending Machine?

 

Vend or you shall not pass!

Vending

 

Green tea anyone?

vending

 

Sometimes you just gotta have a Pepsi

Vending Machines?

 

Behind bars

Vending Machines Behind Bars

While you’re thinking about it, if you’d like a good deal on a vending machine we’ve got that too.