- What was the last thing you bought from a vending machine?
- Where are vending machines usually found in your country?
- worn-out /WOHRN-out/
- limited /LIM-i-tid/
- expand /ik-SPAND/
- industry /IN-duh-stree/
- accessible /ak-SES-uh-buhl/
[adjective] – worn or used beyond repair
We visited our old elementary school and it’s already worn-out.
[adjective] – kept within a particular size, range, time, or group
The employees have a limited budget for the business trip.
[verb] – to increase in size, number, or importance, or to make something increase in this way
Plans to expand the company are currently being talked about.
[noun] – the companies and activities involved in the process of producing goods for sale, especially in a factory or special area
She’s a prominent supermodel in the modeling industry.
[adjective] – able to be reached or easily got:
Nowadays, a lot of items are accessible from vending machines.
Vending machines in Singapore are not only limited to typical food and drinks like canned soda, but you’ll see bread, curry puffs, freshly cooked pizza, freshly squeezed orange juice, and even cooked chili crab there, too. There are even vending machines for books and cacti. You might also come across convenience stores with no staff and customers make their purchases via vending machines.
But why do these businesses start using vending machines? For Manish Kumar, managing director of salmon vending machines, they offer him his own space for retail. Mervin Tham, one of the three founders of a wagyu beef vending machine chain, says that the machine’s variety continues to expand because of fairly low entry barriers. Tham says, “It’s a low-effort way of testing a product, especially if you’re starting a business of your own. And generally, there’s some interest towards the automated retail culture that you see overseas, like in Japan.”
However, Euromonitor predicted a huge drop in Singapore’s vending machine industry when the pandemic struck. Still, vending machines played a vital role during the pandemic since they’re contactless, available 24/7, and people don’t risk getting the virus from going to supermarkets. In a way, people are safer buying from vending machines than going to stores.
Vending machines are created for convenience. They’re easily accessible in public places and making purchases from them is effortless. Even before the pandemic hit, these small yet powerful machines have proven their usefulness and will continue to do so in the future.
- Where do people make their purchases in convenience stores with no staff?
- For Tham, what is the reason why businesses start using vending machines?
- What did Euromonitor predict?
- Why are vending machines important during the pandemic?
- Aside from machines for food and drinks, what other types of vending machines are there in Singapore?
- Do you agree that having vending machines is a low-effort way of testing a product? Why or why not?
- What is your opinion about vending machines for books?
- What types of vending machines are there in Japan?
- Which are more popular in Japan, convenience stores or vending machines?
- What kinds of vending machines do you want to have or see in the future?