Advanced Vending Machines Enable Retailers to Set up Mini-Stores at Airports, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

A San Francisco startup company called Zoom Systems (www.zoomsystems.com) is placing extra-large vending machines, referred to as robotic retail store networks, in locations such as airports, hotels, office campuses and universities across the U.S. Instead of offering drinks and snacks, these machines typically offer up to 120 high-dollar items such as iPods, digital cameras, headphones and wireless laptop cards. Each machine is about 40 square feet in size. Users choose a product using a touch screen that displays detailed product information. A robotic arm retrieves a selected item and deposits it in a bin, at which time the user’s credit card is charged. With hundreds…

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