The coronavirus epidemic has hit the French retail industry hard, but vending machines have received unexpected opportunities. According to a report on the 9th, the vending machines that used to sell cereal bars, chocolates and other snacks in downtown and office buildings are occupying French highways and fields.
For consumers who want to buy agricultural products directly, vending machines provide a new model that can meet shopping needs under the premise of complying with epidemic prevention regulations.
The new vending machine contains a refrigerator and is connected to the Internet. Farmers can directly put their products into it for “zero middlemen” direct sales. Bernoit, a vegetable farmer who farms on the outskirts of Lille, said: “My farm is next to the supermarket.
Many people go to the supermarket to buy fresh vegetables, which reminds me of vending machines.” Since the introduction of the new vending machine with 60 cargo lanes in July, he has easily recovered 30,000 euros of cost investment with sales of 10,000 to 15,000 euros a month.
However, in order to achieve maximum profits, wireless network and bank card consumption systems must be owned, and vending machines are still not available in some remote areas of France.