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‘Vending Machine – Transforming Lifestyle For A Sustainable Future’
We live in a world where sustainability is now a global demand, with people switching to more eco-friendly products and solutions. In recent years, there has been an increasing awareness of the importance of sustainability and the impact of our actions on the planet. Global carbon footprint emissions and measures to reduce it has been an underlying concern of major countries as per IPCC Synthesis Report – Climate change 2023 .
One area where advancements have been made towards sustainable practices is with smart vending machines. With their energy-efficient designs, remote inventory monitoring and digital payment options, these automated kiosks are helping provide a convenient, green solution for consumers.Through this blog, let us explore how Smart vending machines can help reduce the carbon footprint.
Saving Electricity Compared To Retail Outlets
Large retail stores (supermarkets and departmental stores) encompass a vast space and require substantial energy to power various operations, including lighting, heating, cooling, refrigeration, and other equipments. Retail stores generally have complex HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems, extensive lighting setups, and multiple electrical appliances throughout the facility. On an average, a typical large retail store can consume hundreds or even thousands of kilowatt-hours of electricity per day.
On the contrary, vending machines consume significantly less energy compared to huge retail stores. Due to smaller space consumption and efficient refrigeration system, on an average, a standard vending machine consumes around 3-4 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per day despite being plugged in 24×7.
The precise energy consumption of a retail store varies depending on factors such as the store’s size, location, layout, operating hours, etc. However, Vendiman’s Smart Micro Retail Kiosks (SMRK) are energy efficient and with a PAN India presence and kiosks at multiple convenient locations, they ensure customers’ instant needs are taken care of by reaching to them without spending on huge stores. Thus, conserving energy.
Reduced Food Wastage
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), food wastage contributes to approximately 3.3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent in greenhouse gas emissions annually. Additionally, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reports that if we were to eliminate food waste, we could potentially reduce human-caused greenhouse gas emissions by around 6%-8%. These statistics emphasize the urgent need to address and mitigate food wastage to combat climate change.
Vendiman’s SMRK or smart vending machines are powered by robust technology to optimize product restocking and digitize the supply chain. Through our UVM software, inventory status of all our machines can be tracked remotely. These systems use real-time data and analytics to monitor product consumption and stock levels. By accurately predicting demand and ensuring timely restocking, smart vending machines minimize the chances of products going unsold and expiring. This helps in knowing in advance which machine needs a refilling. On restocking rounds, products with a sell date are restocked and pushed first. This not only reduces food waste but also cuts down on the associated carbon emissions generated during production, transportation, and disposal of wasted products.
Reduced Fuel Emissions With Digital Inventory Tracking
Reducing fuel emissions in the context of refilling vending machines involves optimizing the logistics and transportation process. A digitized inventory management system to track the inventory levels of vending machines, helps vending machine suppliers and operators be aware of their exact inventory anytime, anywhere.
Machines are restocked basis inventory consumption and product movement. If certain machines have higher consumption patterns and require frequent refilling, all other machines in that area should be planned and refilled accordingly in a single trip whenever possible. This reduces the number of individual trips and lowers fuel emissions released. Consolidation can be based on geographical proximity or grouping machines with similar inventory levels.
Machines need to be equipped with remote monitoring and telemetry capabilities. This allows real-time tracking of inventory levels, sales data, and machine performance to help optimize and save energy substantially and positively impact the environment.
Adapt 3R- Reduce-Reuse-Recycle
Educational institutes, campaigns, social messages, and drives have made us aware of the importance of recycling our waste products. But we lack the awareness and necessary resources to effectively contribute and help the environment by recycling our products.
Smart vending machines can be used to make a great change for a fruitful future by using them for waste management. These machines can be used to discard waste products like empty plastic bottles, cans, cardboard boxes, etc. In exchange, people can receive small gifts or vouchers that motivates them to use the facility and carry their responsibility towards society and its betterment. This is also known as ‘reverse vending’ and can be integrated into vending machine systems, motivating individuals to proactively participate in recycling efforts.
Take A Step Towards Sustainability With Vendiman!
Smart vending machines or SMRK’s have transformed from mere convenience providers to powerful agents of change in our journey towards sustainability. With their energy-efficient features, intelligent inventory management systems, and recycling initiatives, these machines help reduce our carbon footprint significantly. By embracing smart vending, we not only enhance convenience but also contribute to a healthier planet for future generations. So, the next time you have an instant need of a product, choose your nearest smart vending machine and remember that your choices can make a positive impact on the environment.
Brands and businesses that are looking to automate their offerings and expand their presence without adding to the already alarming rate of carbon footprint must opt for smart retail solutions like SMRK. This is an opportunity for brands to contribute to the sustainability of the planet and Vendiman is helping businesses grow and be sustainable by providing smart micro retail solutions via vending machine in India.