Airport vending machines with stuff you forgot to pack, what about SA?

2017-08-08 20:00 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - Nothing sends you into quick panic-mode than not knowing whether you've packed enough or even worse, you have forget an important item for your trip. 

However, for travellers visiting US airports this will now be a thing of the past as they can buy and collect items at just the touch of a vending machine button, thanks to Uniqlo.

The Japanese retail chain, mostly known for its lightweight yet powerful Heattech cold weather gear, is bringing super convenient vending machines to airports across the US.

The first "Uniqlo To Go" machine opened on Wednesday, 02 August at Oakland International Airport in California. 

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According to Quartz, nine more machines are planned to go live at both airports and shopping malls nationwide, including the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles (August 10), Houston Airport (17 August), and Queens Center in New York City (22 August).

According to Uniqlo's marketing chief, Marisol Tamaro the company hopes the machines will be a good way to introduce their brand to a new audience.

"We are trying to understand where we can be more successful without making a big commitment,” he tells Street Journal.

Wouldn't it be cool to have this sort of thing in all the major airports of the world, including Cape Town International Airport or OR Tambo International?

How the vending machine works

If you fancy the experience of buying clothes from a vending machine, the machines will carry various styles and colours of items for both women and men and will change stock depending on the season and local customer needs. 

Airport machines are expected to carry the brand’s popular Heattech thermals, which is perfect for those long, cold flights.

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