2. Technology Requirements
Old-school cash based vending machines don’t need anything other than access to electricity, in most cases. However, with this comes limited ability to serve up anything but non-perishable, processed foods or bottled beverages that fit into a limited vend-size space. Smart vending machines need electric and Wi-Fi, but with that comes much more flexibility.
For example, with our PicoVend Mini and PicoVend systems, guests can have a completely touchless experience. Smart vending machines also give guests the ability to pay with credit or with debit cards, or mobile wallets on their phones, eliminating the need to search for quarters and dollar bills, and instead offering a quick and seamless transaction.
Non-tech-based pantries don’t require additional technology, but they do require that you have staff available to process transactions any time the pantry is open. Our PicoMarket, PicoCooler, and Gen3 kiosk equipment require access to the internet, but in turn allow your pantry or market to be placed away from your front desk as an unattended, flexible, food, beverage, and sundries store.