Taking vending out of the box

US based company, Apex Supply Chain Technologies is rolling out its AnyWhere vending machines and self-serve lockers. They allow brands to establish relationships with consumers by enabling them to order from, ship to and pick up anywhere, 24/7.

AnyWhere solutions are purpose-built to accommodate virtually anything — from items as small as a cup of coffee to lumber, cement bags, electronics, sporting goods and auto parts. They also support tool and equipment rentals, and are available for both indoor and outdoor uses.

A company spokesperson said, “We are removing the limits of time and location so that consumers can buy and pick up their merchandise whenever, wherever and however they want.”

The Apex Trajectory Cloud is the smarts behind the machines, serving as a unified transaction platform. It manages secure transactions, providing real-time data on inventory levels at every position in the supply chain. It integrates with retailers’ existing systems to provide analytics and insights into buying behaviours, trends and loyalty preferences.

Examples of how the self-serve solution works: a customer can use their smartphone to place a coffee order on their way to work. The drink is prepared and placed into a temperature-controlled, smart locker system. When the customer arrives, they can skip past the line, grab the drink from the locker and be on their way! Or a customer may make a clothing purchase online and click to indicate where to pick up the item at their convenience from a smart locker system.

 

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