June 26, 2006

Electronic Gadget Vending Kiosk

Zoom Systems has three kiosk vending systems in trial across the US. One of them is at the Flatirons Mall in Broomfield, CO (outside Boulder). I went over and took a look at the kiosk.

Here is picture of main self-service vending kiosk unit outside Nordstroms. The Sony Access sells all types (and form factor) of products. Rather than the oldstyle whirly hoop dispenser, these kiosk units employ robotics that move over and "take" the merchandise so to speak from the kiosk.

Zoom kiosks generate about $1,000 to $15,000 in revenue per square foot a year, compared with about $300 to $500 per square foot for most traditional retail stores, said Zoom chief executive Gower Smith.

He said the kiosks selling consumer electronic products tend to generate the most sales, from $6,000 to $15,000 per square foot annually.

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Posted by keefner at June 26, 2006 07:18 AM