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How COVID-19 Impacted the Future of Vending Machines

Posted by VendTech Media - May 20, 2021
How COVID-19 Impacted the Future of Vending Machines

COVID-19 disrupted many industries. The vending machine industry, however, was resilient — it was set up well from the beginning to weather something like a pandemic, and it did exactly that. Let’s take a look at some of the ways the pandemic impacted the future of the vending machine industry:


Vending machines will continue to provide steady income.

Before the pandemic, vending machines tended to provide solid, steady sources of income. And the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t change that. With the move to contactless, unmanned service, vending machines were already set up to that end — vending machines provided a contactless way to get a snack long before restaurants and eateries were forced to adapt.

Placement options have expanded.

We tend to think of vending machines as sitting in the lobby of the office park, or in the hallway at a school. But the truth is that there are many more options for placement, especially as the desire and need for contactless service sticks around. Vending machines make sense in gyms, apartment complexes, even at the supermarket.

Healthy vending options became even more popular.

If there’s one thing that the pandemic made many people more conscious about, it’s health. That’s one reason why healthy options in vending machines are more popular than ever. When customers visit vending machines, they’re pleased to find healthy options like protein bars, seeds and nuts, jerky, and dried fruit.

Interest in vending machine ownership increased.

As more and more people found themselves out of work, they started looking for supplemental or alternative sources of income. And many made the discovery that vending machine ownership was a clear path to success. Whether it’s a side gig or your full-time job, becoming a healthy vending operator is a great way to enter a career path that isn’t slowing down.


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