vending machines are everywhere in Japan

Vending machines are everywhere in Japan

Vending machines are everywhere in Japan, lining side streets and train stations. The country has one machine for every 25 people, offering a range of goods from tomatoes and cans of hot coffee to noodle stew, beer and Buddhist charms. And they generate a lot of sales: more than $42 billion in 2015. Drinks firm…


HIV Tests In Campus Vending Machines in China

HIV Tests In Campus Vending Machines in China. Vending machines are selling increasingly novel items: cupcakes, live crabs and fresh baguettes. In China, you can now add HIV testing kits to that list. China is piloting the use of vending machines that sell HIV testing kits on university campuses. The goal is to reach students…

future of retail

The future of retail

The Future of Retail. Let’s take a step back and reflect: 2014 was all about new technology; 2015 saw focus turn to customer experience; 2016 saw a shift to customer profiling; and 2017 has, so far, seen the dialogue center on offline and online issues regarding consumer behavior during the customer journey. Retail trends and…

Tomato Vending Machine

Tomato Vending Machine

The round, red objects that Tokyo’s runners have been encountering lately are not the exhausted faces of fellow joggers, but rather a healthy snack at the end of their run – yes, it is a tomato vending machine! The agricultural giant Kagome told CNN it has placed a tomato vending machine in a station providing…

aumented reality

The future of augmented reality & mobile commerce

Augmented reality creates a nexus between the brick-and-mortar experience and online shopping. Augmented reality brings the tangible experience of shopping — the ability to touch and feel — to the digital realm. The beginning of augmented reality & retail Augmented reality was first spotted on showroom floors. Retailers turned to AR to influence on-site interactions…

payless shoes

America’s Retailing Nightmare

America’s Retailing Nightmare. Sounds like the title to a horror movie. But for too many executives, it’s a very real nightmare. The battered American retail industry took a few more lumps this week, with stores at both ends of the price spectrum preparing to close their doors. At the bottom, the seemingly ubiquitous Payless Inc.…

The 4th industrial revolution’s impact on supply chains

The 4th industrial revolution’s impact on supply chains and jobs

The 4th industrial revolution’s impact on supply chains and jobs is coming. Both retailers and suppliers are moving to a new era of intelligent machines designed to eliminate waste in supply chains and update old business models. This effort, called Industry 4.0, was widely discussed at the recent ProMat conference in Chicago, with several experts…

London’s Driverless Shuttle

London’s Driverless Shuttle Begins Taking Riders

In the latest phase of the Greenwich Automated Transport Environment (GATEway Project) ‘Harry’ – London’s Driverless Shuttle prototype shuttle began driverless navigation of a 2km route around the Greenwich Peninsula. Harry uses sensors and autonomy software by Oxbotica called Selenium, which enables realtime, robust navigation, planning and perception in dynamic environments, to detect and avoid obstacles.…

plan b vending machine

California University has a Plan B Vending Machine

What if you could get the morning-after pill with the press of a button? At University of California Davis, one student is making that possible. Parteek Singh, a 21-year-old senior, was running for the student government senator position when one of his friends suggested the idea of a Plan B vending machine. Shippensburg University in…

Las Vegas Vending Machine

Clean Needle Vending Machine in Las Vegas

Las Vegas now has a new tool to fight HIV and hepatitis C: a Clean Needle Vending Machine.

Local health officials announced this month they have started a needle exchange program in an effort to prevent an outbreak of blood borne diseases, a potential occurrence among intravenous drug users. In Clark County, where Las Vegas is located, approximately 9 percent of HIV cases are found in people who use drugs intravenously, according to the Southern Nevada Health District. To combat a rise in HIV infections and other diseases, the Southern Nevada Health District and Trac-B Exchange, in collaboration with the Nevada AIDS Research and Education Society (NARES), launched the initiative earlier this month to install the Clean Needle Vending Machine.