I don't generally use vending machines anymore, but I can remember back in the day when I went grocery shopping with my mom, how excited I was to pick out my favorite can of soda. Something so simple like putting 50 cents into a box and pushing a button was the highlight of my day. Well, that is unless I saw the dreaded words, SOLD OUT. That made me unhappy. Regardless. With the innovations of recent years to the vending machine, I thought it would be interesting to show you some new food and beverage stations that just may be coming to a spot near you! Here are a few I would definitely utilize.
Buy a Pepsi, Gift a Pepsi
I'm a fan of random acts of kindness. I have been on both the giving and receiving end of this, and what better way to make someone's day then sending someone a free soda that you can redeem at a vending machine! Apparently, Pepsi is doing just that (or at least working towards it). By using a few bits of information, Pepsi will send your friend a redeem code that you can put into any of these machines. The result? You get a free soda, courtesy of your friend. What's cooler is that you can even record a special video message at the machine that will play when your friend redeems their soda. How cool is that?
Ramen on the go
Let's be honest. Most of us who are in college or who have been through college probably lived on Ramen noodles at some point in time. I can tell you that I used to by big packages of it every week in case I had a late night food craving. You can't go wrong with 12 Ramen noodle packs for under a dollar. Chicago markets have rolled out an idea to create a vending machine that allows the user to get ramen on the go. The hope is that these machines will show up at college campuses around the country. I have a feeling these would definitely take off. It's a cheap and easy way to enjoy the noodles if you are not home, or if you don't have a lot of money for lunch.
While the creation of instant coffee machines isn't new, nearly every coffee vending machine makes their coffee with instant granules. Seattle's Best Coffee is looking to change the perception that vending machine coffee has to be disgusting. They actually grind and brew the coffee fresh for you right after you pay. When you don't have time to stop at a coffee shop, this is a great way to make sure you can still enjoy a tasty cup of Joe rather than settling for gas station coffee. If any of these ever went up in my area, I would definitely take part in the happiness.
There are four more new vending machines that are making a name for themselves around the country. Check them out here. I know that around here I have seen Best Buy vending machines and Proactive machines as well. I am interested to see what they will come up with next!
What would you want in a vending machine?