Here in the states we are accustomed to pretty traditional vending machines. In fact, finding vending machines isn't always that easy, as vandalism has entered into the mix. Vending machines are so convenient, we wish there were more.
In other countries, particularly Japan, vending machines are a way of making popular items convenient. Walk down a residential street and you will see at least three vending machines placed on popular street corners for everyone's use.
We researched and found some of the most interesting and somewhat strange vending machines in the world. There are others, such as champagne, fish bait and Ipods and according to what we've read, Kraft Foods, Samsung, and Crane Merchandising Systems have partnered to create vending machines of the future. The high-tech version will use touch screen technology. The buyer will be able to see a 360-degree view of the product before buying to make sure it is perfect.
We applaud this effort, as convenience is starting to run the world and vending machines that offer more than junk food and sugary beverages would be welcome. In fact, America seems to lead the pack in terms of fast food and processed food. Wouldn't it be an interesting turn-of-events if the new machines being invented by Kraft/Samsung/Crane offered items and food that added to our health and well-being? Would the rest of the world follow?
10 Crabs: China
9 Sprinkles Cupcakes: U.S.A.
8 Gold Vending Machine: United Arab Emirates
7 Tie Vending Machine: Japan
6 Pizza Vending Machine: Italy
5 French Fries: Canada
4 Mashed Potatoes: Singapore
3 Beer and Liquor: Japan
2 Toilet Paper: Japan
1 Lettuce: Japan
This was a little perplexing at first, but after some thought it seemed obvious that many people would love to buy fresh lettuce every day without having to run to the grocery store? Now in the states, we are buying prepacked lettuce in neat little plastic bags in the hopes it will last until it's eaten. Farmer's markets everywhere are promoting "locally-sourced and grown" produce yet it's still not easy to get in our grocery stores. In most of the world, smaller refrigerators are used and buying fresh daily or every-other-day is common. This would be a great way to go, especially if more than one type of lettuce was made available; or how about an entire salad ingredients vending machine complete with dressings?
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