ZoomSystems -- which makes high-end vending machines for beauty clients including Sephora and Proactiv Solution -- has inked a deal with The Body Shop to roll out product-stocked machines to airports, shopping centers and supermarket chains like Kroger, Stop & Shop, Jewel Osco and H-E-B.
While vendor competitor U*Tique helped launch the beauty vending machine concept for luxury retailer Fred Segal last year, the ZoomSystems expansion marks the first time high-end beauty will be available at a mass-level in a vending machine.
And unlike the rough ejecting nature of its soda and snack machine cousins, the ZoomSystem vending unit features a robotic arm that gently picks up the product from the shelf for delivery. Your credit card is billed only after the beauty item has been successfully ejected.
"We are excited to offer consumers a convenient and hassle-free new channel to shop for the fantastic products offered by The Body Shop," says ZoomSystems CEO Gower Smith.
"The Body Shop is an iconic natural beauty product brand that has a loyal and dedicated customer base, making them a terrific partner to launch in supermarket locations."
If you're a gal from The Lone Star State -- or are passing through -- The Body Shop's first two automated machines are already up and open for business in the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport.
The convenience of snagging favorite beauty items so easily and quickly is a plus for time-strapped consumers; but retailers are most thrilled that the machines put what is often empty, wasted retail space into use, and one that will generate sales, at that.
Now who doesn't love a win-win situation?
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