Dating back to the first century AD, vending machines became a worldwide phenomenon in the twentieth century. They are a perfect symbol for a demand-focused society. You go up to the machine, insert your money, and receive your reward. It all happens on your time and without the need to interact with another human being. The only drawback is that sometimes the machine is empty.Vending Machine History
Vending machines have come a long way since Heron of Alexandria developed one to ration holy water in the first century. While the idea was largely abandoned for almost two thousand years, when it returned, it brought the coin slot with it. For most of the twentieth century, machines relied on coins. With different sizes and weights, they were easy to handle and identify. As products became more expensive, vending machines started to incorporate first bill changers, and in the twenty-first century credit-card readers.Drink Machines
From shopping centres to stadiums, drink vending machines are everywhere. Just pay your money and push the button. Depending on your preference, you can get hot or cold drinks in cups, or cold ones in bottles and cans. Drinks have always been an easy option because they are inexpensive and easy to store.Snack Vending Machines
While the dieticians always talk about the importance of eating three regular meals, most people find themselves drawn to snacks rather more often than that. Snack vending machines provide a way to solve the immediate hunger gap. While most vending machines limit themselves to easily packaged items like cakes and chocolate bars, some go a little further, such as the 1983 hot chip machine.Vending Businesses
Vending machines can work with all kinds of businesses. You can open a shop with nothing but vending machines to save on labour costs; alternatively, just add vending machines to your existing premises. You can start small with one or two machines and expand your business as demand grows.