It’s no secret that business growth depends on finding new customers and encouraging existing customers to come back more often, but there’s many different ways that companies can do this, such as adding new products, establishing new locations, or serving existing customers in different ways. For many businesses, new developments in self-serve kiosks and vending payments are allowing them to achieve all three at once.
Vending machines are virtually everywhere, but most people tend to think of them as fairly basic in terms of the types of products you can get from one. Common vending products include such things as packaged snack foods, cold or hot beverages, as well as small consumer items like batteries, tissues, or personal hygiene products. However, the reality of the world of vending technology is that there is now almost no limit to what can be sold through an unattended sales system. Everything from high-value consumer electronics to freshly prepared gourmet hot foods can now be paid for and delivered right from an automated self-service kiosk 24/7/365. In fact, the evolution of vending technology has enabled some businesses to significantly disrupt traditional industries with unique and innovative unattended payment solutions.
The growth of quick self-serve vending businesses has only been further accelerated by the effects of the global pandemic, as in-store shopping was dramatically restricted as health and safety of the community took precedence over all other considerations. Businesses who typically relied on the in-store experience quickly had to adapt their approaches to reduce physical contact points wherever they could, such as incorporating curbside pickups, ecommerce order processing, direct-to-door delivery, and unattended self-ordering kiosks. For businesses that had already implemented these types of systems prior to the onset of the pandemic, their early adoption rapidly paid big dividends as customer demand surged and these alternate service methods quickly showed their beneficial impacts on the bottom line.
With surging demand for unattended vending solutions, and with technology able to deliver an increasingly diverse array of products through automated quick self-serve systems, some companies have truly demonstrated what success using these methods can look like in the real world. Let’s take a look at three examples of innovation at work for successful unattended self-serve vending businesses.
Unattended QSR Kiosks from Pizza Forno Deliver Hot and Fresh Pizza in Minutes, Any Time
When you think of the kinds of foods and drinks you can typically get from a vending machine, you’ll probably conjure up images of things like candy bars, pretzels, cans of soda, and hot coffee. Well, when you walk up to a Pizza Forno unattended vending system, you’ll quickly discover a whole new world of what automated food service can be. These standalone pizza kitchens are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, delivering piping hot, fresh artisan pizzas in just three minutes. There’s not a delivery service on earth that can beat that timing.
All Pizza Forno pizzas are made with premium gourmet ingredients for a taste experience that is sure to keep you coming back time and time again. Their state-of-the-art oven is always ready to bake your choice of pizza to perfection, or if you prefer to bake your pizza at home, you can even select their ‘cold pizza’ option and skip the bake time altogether. Pizza Forno’s unattended Quick Self-service Restaurant (QSR) vending systems are all about quality and taste, but also convenience. These unattended self-service kiosks feature the latest in contactless payment technology from MONEXgroup, allowing for customers to pay with all types of contactless methods including tap-to-pay debit and credit cards, as well as digital wallets like Apple Pay and Google Pay.
These autonomous pizza kitchens have changed the game by cutting out the ‘waiting’ aspect of hot and fresh pizza, and by bringing gourmet pizza flavours to underserved communities that are craving something out of the ordinary, and customers just can’t get enough of the Pizza Forno experience.