Unique, Strange, and Interesting: Vending Machine Concepts You have to Check Out





I came across the coolest BuzzFeed list that I have to share with our followers today. The list pictures 25 vending machine concepts around the world that vary from unique and interesting, to rather strange. The list includes a live crab vending machine in Nanjing, China that sells live “fresh” crabs; if you receive a dead crab, the company will even compensate you with three live ones.

One of my favorite concepts is a $90,000 lettuce vending machine in Japan, called “The Chef’s Farm”. The machine can grow 60 heads of lettuce a day using fluorescent light bulbs. Talk about vending machine innovation!

You can check out the entire list here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/arielknutson/vending-machines-you-wont-believe-exist
Click the link, browse the list, and let us know your favorites!

Milk Comes From More Than Cows

There’s a new vending trend in Slovenia and it’s a result of dairy farmers losing profits to supermarkets and chain grocery stores. The Mlekomat machine, a local, fresh, raw and unpasteurized milk dispensing machine, is seeing increased popularity this year as the machines continue to be placed all over Ljubljana. The machine in addition to supporting a local farming initiative, offers convenience to its customers. When most stores close their doors on Sundays, the vending machines are always accessible.


The Mlekomat machine charges €1 for a glass or plastic liter bottle, or customers can bring their own at no cost, that can then be filled up and charged by the ounce. This gives customers full control over how little or how much milk they actually want. Once the milk is done dispensing, a plexi glass shield encompasses the nozzle, a self-cleansing splash of water cleans the area and a UV light disinfects.


Farmers in the area have also begun distributing a second vending machine concept: machines that sell local farm produce such as apple cider, cheese, and local sausages. All of the products are fresh, local, and organic. One of the coolest aspects of the machine is that the individual farmer who owns and maintains each machine can monitor the inventory through an app on his cellphone. Apparently, the machines stay very well stocked.

It seems that with the evolution of creative vending machines, the possibilities of what we may see in the future are endless.

To our readers: What is the most interesting thing you’ve ever purchased from a vending machine?

Going Off The Grid

Archaeologists believe the first vending machine was a water dispenser used in Greek temples as early as 215 BC. When the coin was deposited into the device, its weight caused a lever to dispense a small amount of water. While vending machines have come a very long way since then, with the invention of electricity for one, perhaps we could take a thing or two from ancient Greece. Do vending machines really need to be plugged into a wall?

The EPA estimates that 3 million vending machines are in use in the United States, using about 6 kilowatt-hours of energy per machine. Many of these machines are located in areas that have accessibility to sunlight, particularly machines located outside of gas stations, music venues, office buildings, hospitals, schools, and the like. Some companies are now reevaluating the cost of providing electricity for these machines, as well as the impacts that the wasted energy (especially during odd hours of the night) has on the environment.

Various vending brands, such as VendoMax which has created The SVK Solar Vending Kiosk, a 100% off-grid solar powered vending machine in Chattanooga, Tennesee, are finding great success with the sun-powered machinery. While drastically cutting costs, the grid-free machine is easily moved from one location to another, providing locational flexibility.

A European brand, Solar Energy Vending, has further developed its machines to have both solar and wind technologies to cater to the not-so-sunny parts of the world. Solar Energy Vending explains the added benefits of having an off-grid machine, highlighting that their machines have traveled everywhere from sunny golf courses to hot beaches, all without concerns of outlets and generators.


The DBay Direct, Inc. Dealers Opportunity


IMAGINE. Flexible hours, controlling your own destiny, a career where doing more work means getting more pay, and building a brand of products only you can provide for your customers!

DBay Direct, Inc. Dealers offer dealerships for their unique and exciting retail merchandising rack systems.

Products include cell phone accessories, iPad and iPod accessories, fashion eyewear and gifts for people on the go.

They provide rack systems, product, training, a handheld device that links to their server, software to help you run your business and a printer for mobile invoicing.  An entire business systems package so you can hit the ground running in your exclusively protected territory.



Becoming a retail merchandising systems dealer requires an initial $5,000 investment, which includes start up inventory plus two days of training.  These retail merchandising systems are geared toward servicing retail stores and have met with great success in the c-store environment.  The right person can turn this opportunity into a six figure income producer.

Make it Happen…

Their stream-lined technology and warehousing capabilities make it possible for you to run your business from your home with minimal overhead.

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At the end of August, vending machines are dispensing something new that will help you go the distance– literally. Debuting at four Hubway bike share stations in Boston? Helmet vending machines.


The first city in the U.S. to do this, Boston’s goal is to make sure cyclists are wearing helmets as they pedal through the hectic, busy streets of one of America’s biggest cities.


The first helmet vending machines will be located outside the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. Locations for the other three pilot helmet vending machines have yet to be determined but they’ll likely be installed at Hubway stations that attract casual riders, as they’re the least likely to wear helmets.


Pricing has not been finalized but bicycle helmet rentals are estimated to be priced around $2 for 24 hours. To buy the helmets the cost is estimated at $20. Initially, payment by credit card will only be accepted. Each helmet will be “unisize” and each machine will hold between 30 and 36 helmets.


Returned helmets will be inspected and sanitized upon return and the user’s credit card will be charged accordingly.


Each machine costs about $10,000 and will be paid for through a mix of funding from grants, sponsorships, advertising and revenue.


In the future, those behind the helmet vending machines hope an additional 10 machines to be opened across Boston. Unlimited helmet rentals free with a Hubway membership– or perhaps a one-time cost– is also being considered.


The history of vending machines

Did you know that holy water was once sold in vending machines?


Vending has a long history, which began, like so many things, around 215 BC in Greece. Hero, a mathematician, invented a machine to vend holy water in Egyptian temples, according to the Automatic Vending Association.


Later, during the early 1880s, the first commercial coin-operated vending machines were introduced in London, England and dispensed post cards. Around the same time, Richard Carlisle invented a machine that vended books.


In 1888, the Thomas Adams Gum Company introduced the very first vending machines to the U.S. via subway platforms in NYC. The machines sold Tutti-Fruiti chewing gum. A bit later, in 1987, the Pulver Manufacturing Company added animated figures to its gum machines to attract more customers. In 1907, the gum ball was introduced. Sodas and cigarettes first appeared in the early 1920s.


In the next century, vending machines soon offered everything– from cigars to stamps. Until 1962, a completely coin-operated restaurant existed in Philadelphia.


Today, vending franchises are predominately vend food. Healthy vending machines have become increasingly popular in recent years, selling healthy alternatives to junk food.

Vending Franchise Profile: Who Is U-Turn Vending?


U-Turn has been providing quality vending machine products for over 20 years. They are dedicated to helping the independent vending machine owner operator gain huge success in this billion dollar industry. U-Turn vending business opportunities exist almost anywhere for entrepreneurs to make excellent money without spending a lot of time.

The mission of U-Turn Vending is to offer the very best vending equipment, the finest service, prompt delivery, to give service beyond what is expected, and to make your new venture one of enjoyment and prosperity.

Why the U-Turn Bulk Candy Vendor?

There are several reasons. Eye appeal, total flexibility and reliability. The U-Turn Vending Machine is made out of the finest materials available, and they are the most innovative, state-of-the-art bulk candy machines on the market today!

In short, with up to 600 inches of product display, several eye-catching colors, up to 8 removable canisters, the finest coin mechanism in the industry, and a five year warranty, U-Turn has earned the nickname, “The Money Machine.”

Did you know that every minute $64,000 is spent in vending machines in the United States alone? Ask Yourself….

What other business offers the following with a national firm backing you every step of the way?

  • No Selling Experience Needed
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