7 Amazing Functions of Japanese Vending Machines!

7 Amazing Functions of Japanese Vending Machines

The first modern vending machines which dispensed postcards were developed in England in the early 20th century. However, the trend of vending machines is probably most visible in Japan where Japanese vending machines especially downtown equal or perhaps maybe even exceed the number of convenience stores or traffic signals. Read on to learn more about the 7 functions of a Japanese vending machine and why it is distinct among the others.



 

7 Amazing Functions of Japanese Vending Machines!

 

1. Cool and Hot Inside the Same Machine

Japan has four seasons and the products and services available usually all adapt to the change of each season. However, just like the changing season, technology develops and this contributes to the improvement of products and services available. Japanese vending machines are capable of serving both cold and hot drinks inside the same machine.

 

2. Touch Panel

What makes a Japanese vending machine distinct from other vending machines all over the world is the fact that most of them are now changing from the old push-button types into the touch-panel display types. Most of these machines are located in Tokyo`s railway stations. The digitalization of the Japanese vending machines save time which could be very precious to someone who is in a hurry catching a train to his or her next business appointment.

 

3. Smartphone and IC Card Compliant

Gone are the days when one has to fall in line just to get a ride on a train or subway. Gone are the days too when one would give up on the idea of getting something from a Japanese vending machine because they had no coins in their pockets during that time. As long as you have your smartphone or ic card charged, you are entitled to the Japanese vending machine`s goods.

 

4. Talking Japanese Vending Machines

In August 6, 2015, the beverage maker Dydo Drink Co. Inc. started serving with Japanese vending machines that greet in the company president`s voice. These Japanese vending machines greet its visitors with “Thank you ” and “You must be tired…” which adds up to the comfort its product brings its buyer. The talking Japanese vending machines speak in Kansai dialect and the old Nagoya dialect. They now can speak in English, Chinese and Portuguese making its service as well as its products globally compliant.

 

5. Free Wifi Spot

The Japanese vending machine has been dispensing drinks, cigarettes and various products. Dispensing drinks, hot and cold, is a separate and distinct service the Japanese vending machine has. To add up to this, the company Asahi Soft Drinks introduced the new type of Japanese vending machine that dispenses wifi signal in 2011. What`s really interesting about this is that, the wifi signal it dispenses is totally free.

 

6. Temporary Free Beverages when there`s a Disaster

Japan is a country in an area of high seismicity because of its location near major tectonic plate boundaries and the pacific ring of fire. In June 20, 2015, the collaboration of Niantic`s Ingress and Itoen event emphasized the existence of the Japanese vending machine that suddenly dispenses Coca Cola and Green beverages for free as a part of its lifeline correspondence in times of disaster.

 

7. Vending Machine of Unusual Products

Japanese vending machine is also known for the uniqueness of its products. Just when you thought food and beverages are the only products it is capable of selling, the variety of products it is already dispensing will surely surprise you. Some of the unusual products of the Japanese vending machines are business cards (Tokyo Station, Shinjuku Station, and Ikebukuro Station), toys (Hakuhinkan in Tokyo Ginza) , and the Omamori or Japanese Amulet for those who could not visit the Japanese Shrine.

 

Conclusion

So there you have it. The Japanese vending machine sells various products. A Japanese vending machine near the sea dispels feeds and lure for those who are fishing. Moreover, some vending machines are equipped with a roulette where one could win another one of the same product it just bought adding entertainment and uniqueness to its service. So do not miss passing by a Japanese vending machine the next time you get the chance to visit Japan.

 

7 Amazing Functions of Japanese Vending Machines!

1. Cool and Hot Inside the Same Machine
2. Touch Panel
3. Smartphone and IC Card Compliant
4. Talking Japanese Vending Machines
5. Free Wifi Spot
6. Temporary Free Beverages when there`s a Disaster
7. Vending Machine of Unusual Products