“Automated Retail Stores May Change the Face of Retailing” from Clark Howard

The New York Times reports that high-tech vending machines called automated retail stores will become an increasingly important part of the future of retailing. A new generation of vending machines with touch screens, “electronic eyes” and other unique features will offer what you want, when you want it, all while eliminating the danger of having… Read more »

“Thinking Inside the Box” by Jordan K. Speer, Apparel Magazine

When Jeff Thibodeau and Patrick McDonald wanted to expand Nick’s Novel-tee’s, a t-shirt shop based in Dayton, OH, they did what most any retailers would do: they went scouting for real estate locations they deemed as attractive for hawking more of their popular novelty t-shirts. They soon concluded what they really already knew from experience:… Read more »

“Vend a Tee” from Impressions Magazine

Dayton, Ohio-based Innovative Vending Solutions wants to take vending beyond the usual bottled soft drinks and snack foods. Instead, the company’s machines are capable of dispensing T-shirts, jeans, flip flops – nearly any reasonably vendable product – in a fast, convenient method that requires no employees and low overhead. The inspiration for Innovative Vending Solutions… Read more »