Interactive snacks

A Manchester company has developed an interactive vending machine which advises customers on what snack they might like to enjoy with their cup of coffee.

Family-owned Manchester Vending has taken inspiration from the iPad for its latest innovation, a touch-screen interactive vending machine called the Touch.

The firm also has a brand of coffee houses called Broderick’s, whose coffee is available through the Touch system, which has been launched at Manchester Airport.  The Touch vending system brews a cup of Broderick’s coffee and plays on-screen promotions, which can be uploaded and updated remotely, enticing consumers to buy a chocolate bar from the vending machine alongside to have with their drink.

Users can also choose from multiple languages and can pay in different currencies. The company is working on new features for the system where customers will be able to pay for their purchases using contactless credit card or by smart phone. It is developing a loyalty app where smart phone users can earn benefits by scanning QI codes on coffee cups. In the near future, the machine will allow consumers to interact with the Broderick’s brand through connectivity to social networking sites.


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