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By , August 27, 2018 9:05 am


At Carts Blanche, we understand the value of convenience, ease of use and speed of delivery, which is why we have designed the world’s first mobile automated retail store. Taking automated sales to the people where they work and play delivers an opportunity to cash in on exponential sales.



The vending industry is primed for forward thinking individuals with a vision of new playing fields in which to operate automated retail.


Thousands of out-door events are wide open for sales of both traditional food and drink as well as non-traditional vendible items such as souvenirs, t-shirts, caps, sunglasses, cd’s, sun screen, etc.


Construction and building sites are also prime locations, serving 350 workers within 30 minutes utilizing one 24’ VendaCarts trailer and 8 combination vending machines.




“VendaCarts” is an innovatively smart and technologically driven Mobile Automated Vending Store. The kiosks design integrates five industries under one roof, BANKING–ATM’s and credit transactions, VENDING-automated machines, ADVERTISING-mobile billboards and digital signage, KIOSK-mobility and TECHNOLOGY-network and Wi-Fi enabled, creating up to 16 distinct revenue generating streams of income with operations being performed by a SINGLE PERSON.


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Please call: 251-786-5852





Speed is the Name of the Game for Retail

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By , July 29, 2015 11:03 am


Speed is the name of the game when it comes to retail, fast service, faster checkout.


A recent online Harris Poll, commissioned by Digimarc Corporation, found that 88 percent of U.S. adults want their store checkout experience to be faster. Specifically, 50 percent named slow checkout speeds and long lines as their top grievances with the purchasing process.

“Checkout is the last opportunity a retailer has to make a positive impression on a shopper,” said Larry Logan, chief marketing officer at Digimarc. “Asking customers to endure a lengthy wait to process and pay for their order can spoil what may have otherwise been an enjoyable shopping experience.”

Another checkout disappointment, according to the survey, was the lack of human interaction and perceived gratitude. As many as 61 percent of shoppers polled agree that clerks focus most on scanning items and less on discovering if customers are satisfied. And 30 percent say they feel like a burden to the sales associate when they arrive at the checkout with a full cart.

In addition, about three-quarters of respondents say they avoid self-check out because of possible technical problems. In total, about 45 percent of consumers who avoid self-checkout do so because of technical or barcode scanning difficulties.However, shoppers are eager to scan packages with smartphones to get additional information. As many as 73 percent would scan products for special offers and promotions. Some consumers are even ready to use mobile for checkout. In a recent Verifone survey, 84 percent of shoppers said they would use a phone to pay for small and moderate purchases.Retailers are increasingly adding mobile payment options, including Chick-fil-A, which recently announced the launch of a mobile payment platform nationwide and a test of mobile ordering, and Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX), which rolled out its mobile order and pay app at Portland area stores.

Redefining Self Service With Vending Machines as Sustainable Retail Options

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By , April 15, 2014 12:47 pm

Corrine Sandler and Leanne Bodnar are writers for Strategy Online and both agree that vending machines are now being viewed as a sustainable retail option with global potential.

“People don’t like waiting. While this trend is evident in the pace of our everyday lives, its full weight has yet to be felt. To understand it better, Fresh Intelligence accessed an international study that examined the implications of this trend in 23 markets worldwide.

One of the highlights of this tracking research is that consumers want commercial innovations that grant them instant gratification and more immediate control over their time. We call this trend “Culture of Immediacy.”

Capitalizing on this insight has provided an opportunity for marketers to redefine, and even revolutionize, the shopping experience for consumers. Vending machines, long associated with cheap convenience, are now being viewed as a sustainable retail option with global potential.

We see this in North America with an automated kiosk in the New York Hudson Hotel that sells luxury goods with prices ranging from $4 to $10,000, conspicuously targeting the more prosperous hotel guest with lavish products like a Paul Smith toothbrush or personal services like expensive sports car rentals or portraits from a celebrity photographer.Image-A_Utique-Vending-Machine-Selling-Luxury-Cosmetics-in-LA-282x300

U*tique (pictured left) is another example, with luxury-product vending machines strategically located in upmarket hotel lobbies, gyms, nightclubs and malls. These sleek, interactive machines stock up to 50 bath, makeup and skincare products by luxury brands such as Lancôme, Bliss and Smashbox Cosmetics, which range in price from $5 to $160. Built-in touchscreens display detailed brand profiles, ingredient lists and product demo videos. Consumers can also request product samples directly from the machine.

In the future, vending machines could collect real-time data on an individual, such as the person’s weight, cholesterol, blood glucose level or sun damage to the skin, which would be followed by personalized feedback.

Imagine being able to place your hand on a vending machine and hear an electronic voice say: “Your energy is low; touch here for your bottle of Gatorade G2.”  Or: “You are dehydrated; touch here for 1.27 litres of water.”

The coming generation of vending machines and self-service kiosks could provide considerably more information than is currently available to consumers when they shop. Among other things, this could entail a detailed breakdown of nutritional indicators for food products, an examination of ethical credentials and corporate CSR policy, or brand- and consumer-inspired ideas for new recipes and cooking creatively.

Given their flexibility and interactive nature, smart vending machines have the potential to outperform retail stores, returning higher profit margins per square foot and incorporating a wealth of brand-enhancement opportunities.

It’s now possible to envision a third space between e-commerce and retail stores, represented by machines that combine the best of both worlds.”
Read more: http://strategyonline.ca/2012/04/19/redefining-self-service/#ixzz2yy7NtAwE

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