Vending machines are machines that after the customer inserts currency orcredit into the machine which can dispense items to customers automatically, such as snacks, beverages, alcohol, cigarettes, lottery tickets, sex toys, cologne, consumer products, and even gold and gems.
The first modern coin-operated vending machines were introduced in London, England in the early 1880s, dispensing postcards. The machine was invented by Percival Everitt in 1883 and soon became a widespread feature at railway stations and post offices, dispensing envelopes, postcards, and notepaper. The Sweetmeat Automatic Delivery Company was founded in 1887 in England as the first company to deal primarily with the installation and maintenance of vending machines.
The first vending machine in the U.S. was built in 1888 by the Thomas Adams Gum Company, selling gum on New York City train platforms. The idea of adding games to these machines as a further incentive to buy came in 1897 when the Pulver Manufacturing Company added small figures, which would move around whenever somebody bought some gum from their machines. This idea spawned a whole new type of mechanical device known as the “trade stimulators”.
The vending machines can use credit card when shopping. In the network environment support, there with a variety of electronic payment function, such as credit card, stored value cards, phone cards, such as credit card spending.
And the vending machines have a currency recognition system.A control system with paper money and coin recognizer increase vouchers function, the paper and coin type vouchers can be identified.
The vending machines can download the new data. Application of USB technology, it can use a USB flash drive, and download vending machine operation information, and then use the PC to download the data processing, it is easy to operator control of different regions, different machines and different product sales situation.