Monday, May 26, 2008

DIY Retail

Vending machines seem to be all the rage again. From sneaker venders to robotic vending machines, it seems many brands - beyond the traditional cool-drink and snacks sector - have embraced consumers' desire to get what they want, when they want it.

PSFK brought to our attention US retailer Macy's latest initiative. Called eSpot Vending, the retailer have installed vending machines stocked with personal electronic items ranging from cameras to iPods.

In the age where connectivity and lifestyle have intermixed, the race to supply technological enablers had long arrived. Great to see some brands finally doing something about it on the consumers' terms. Presumably, the machines accept various forms of payment other than the traditional model of coin usage.. otherwise quite a few piggy banks may have to be broken every time we feel the need for a new iPod.