What is vending? A bit of history

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What is vending? A bit of history

The term vending refers to the automatic sale of products through vending machines. This system of product sales has experienced significant growth worldwide.

This form of vending, through automated machines, offers numerous advantages for both consumers and suppliers.

The origin of vending

Vending machines have a long history, but few know that the true inventors were the Egyptians. Specifically, the idea came from Hero of Alexandria, who, in ancient Egypt, invented a machine to dispense holy water in the temples of Thebes and Upper Egypt.
The water was used for washing the face and hands before entering the temple. These machines were located at the entrance of the temple, and even at that time, they operated with five-drachma coins.

The system was very simple: inside the machine, there was a scale that, upon detecting the weight of the coin, caused it to drop and opened the water valve. The coin would fall completely, and the scale would return to its original position, closing the valve.

Recent history of vending

In 1880, the first vending machines that operated with regular coins began to be used. It was the owner of an English publishing house, Richard Carlisle, who used a vending machine to sell his books.
Later, in 1888, the inventor of chewing gum, Thomas Adams, introduced the first vending machines in the New York subway. The most successful product was Tutti-Frutti chewing gum.

Subsequently, in the early 1920s, the first automatic vending machines started to dispense carbonated drinks. The Californian company Vendorlator Manufacturing Company included Coca-Cola and Pepsi in their vending machines for the first time.

Vending today

Today, vending machine manufacturers are constantly seeking to improve the user experience, both in terms of product dispensing and payment methods.
At IVS Iberica, we offer all types of customized vending machines and rest areas, adapting to the needs of each client. We equip our vending machines with the latest advancements and the best available technology in the market, implementing credit card payment systems.

One of the most recent innovations is a selection system with multitouch technology. Through an intuitive screen, you can choose the products you want, obtaining details of organoleptic characteristics, ingredients, and calories for each selection.

If you want more information about the best vending solution for your company, contact us or call the toll-free number 900 202 244.

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2023-07-25T14:38:08+02:0016 October 2020|

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