Modern Vending Machine Design
For a long time, the classic vending machine design was the one popularised by Coca-Cola. An automated coin operated vending machine that dispensed cans of soft drinks to the thirsty patron passing by. Its presence was so universally prevalent that it’s a tough image to shake for those who grew up when this vending machine design reigned supreme.
Yet times have changed. We’re moving from a culture that is cash-based to cashless. Gone are the days when cash was the ‘easy’ way to pay. We’re well on track to becoming a society accustomed to the card and contactless payment options that help us survive life in the fast lane.
While it’s fun to reminisce about the ‘good old days’ of biking down the street with a couple of $1 coins jangling in our pockets, the new age of vending machine design has arrived. And let’s be honest – it’s awesome!
Vending Machine Design – From Old To New
The original concept of a vending machine can be traced back to its humble origins of 215 BCE in Roman Egypt. In the temples of Alexandria, holy water was dispensed using a lever-based system designed to ration the quantities of this water taken by worshippers (and prevent theft). This device was invented by mathematician and engineer, Heron of Alexandria – a man well ahead of his time!
Today, vending machine design technology is at a cutting edge, reaching new heights of sophistication. Let’s take a look at some of the vending machines perks that are fast becoming the new ‘norm’.
Frustrated with missing out on your afternoon snack because you don’t carry cash anymore? With cashless vending machine design, this will be a thing of the past. Now you can have access to a variety of payment options for your vending purchases. Credit card vending technology accepts smartphone payment from Apple and Android Pay wallets, as well as tap and go or paypass methods.
Interactive Touch Screens
Touch screen vending machine technology is all about making life easier. As we’re so used to tapping and swiping on our smartphone interfaces, it’s logical that transferring this to vending machine design can significantly increase convenience and efficiency.
This feature also means you can make multiple purchases in one transaction, so there’s no need to repeat a slow-going process 2 or 3 times to get your snacks and treats. When you’re rushing to get to the train, or super busy at work, those 5 minutes saved at the vending machine can make all the difference!
“I-Vend” Product Delivery System
“I-Vend” is a product delivery sensor system that vending machines can be equipped with to monitor purchase delivery. It ensures that the customer receives their selected purchase, or else the vending machine will refund their money.
Types of Vending Machines
Gone are the days where vending machine design only caters to one type of product – now you can pick and choose from a range of designs and products. Some great options include vending machines that dispense:
- Ice creams and frozen food
- Cold drinks
- PPE gear and other accessories
- Customised and combination product selections
Choose Leading Edge Vending Machine Technology For Your Office
If you’re an employer with an old-school vending machine located in the office or at a work site, think about doing your staff a huge favour and upgrading. With contactless payment options and sophisticated food and beverage options, they’ll be thanking you every day! Whether you’re a busy airport terminal or an office on the 10th floor, Gecko Vending can offer vending for any venue between Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Sunshine Coast.
Gecko Vending have the absolute latest vending machine design technology on hand, plus an excellent track record of customer satisfaction. All you need to do is supply a suitable vending machine space and select your products of choice – we’ll do the rest. We provide you with a free vending machine that we monitor remotely, so that product refills are timely and convenient. You also have the flexibility to change up your product mix at any time!
To find out more about Gecko Vending services, contact our friendly team on 0417 779 562, or online via our website.