This Amazing Machine Will Make Consumers Rethink Everything They Thought They Knew About Vending
When the Standard Hotels — the hottest hotel chain in the country, places vending machines poolside, and stocks them with hip fashions and accessories from Quiksilver, you know this is something special.
AVT has developed custom machines for this specialty hotel chain with locations in Miami, Los Angeles, and New York. These ultra-chic hotels are known as being the playground of the rich and famous, and now they offer their guests some high-class merchandise in what many think are the world’s most unique vending machines.
These exclusive machines are capable of dispensing a wide variety of merchandise, including Quiksilver board shorts, bikinis, sunscreen and sunglasses, all via a high-tech touch screen display and self-service credit card reader to complete the sale.
A recent article in the Los Angeles Times (http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/18/image/la-ig-hotelgift-20100718) reported that many hotels are taking their gift shops upscale, and offering their guests more unique and exclusive items. While some hotels are changing the inventory inside their shops, others — like the Standard — are reaching out to their customers with a whole new method of distribution: Upscale vending.
Already on dozens of blogs as “the coolest vending machines ever,” the AVT designed units at the Standard to offer bathing suits, sunscreen, and flip-flops instead of the usual sodas and snacks.
AVT company founder Shannon Illingworth thinks that the Standard Hotels are at the forefront of an ongoing evolution in retailing. “The old brick and mortar high overhead business model is dying,” he stated. “Now forward-thinking entrepreneurs can sell their merchandise directly to consumers 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, with a fraction of the startup costs selling everything from custom t-shirts and cell phones, to cosmetics and even jewelry, Our vending systems are literally a store on legs.”
At the heart of the system is a PC running a new, highly advanced software program that processes a customer’s credit card in a matter of seconds, while also sending alerts to the machine’s owner — providing up-to-the-minute sales reports and notifications of low inventory on any item.
“Our new machines offer the quickest, easiest, and lowest cost approach for anyone to start their own business,” Illingworth commented. “And with our new sleek stylish designs, finished with hot graphics, these machines command attention and capture sales.”
For more information on AVT and their advanced vending solutions, please visit the company website at: www.avtinconline.com