Vending Machines History
In our previous article, we have discussed how vending machines were invented and who introduced the first ever vending machine in the history along with some early examples in this regard.
Today we are using these vending machines in our routine life. We observe these machines everywhere e.g. supermarkets, gas stations, public dealing offices, banks, airports and railway stations, fast food restaurants and even in the houses. But here we are talking about the era where the usages of these machines are not that common.
Today we’ll proceed further and will take a deep look at how vending machines went through the transformation period and what were the most effective inventions in this regard.
Beside this, we will try to discover the history of vending machines in most developed countries at that time with the help of available history.
Vending Machines in the UK
As per Wikipedia, the first modern coin-operated vending machine was introduced in London in the early 1880s to dispense the postcards and envelopes. However that was only the start of the new era and after that, use of vending machines increased rapidly and so is the manufacturing industry.
The Sweetmeat Automatic Delivery Company was the first who start dealing specifically in installation and maintenance of vending machines. Sweetmeat Automatic Delivery Company was found in 1887 in England. Apart from installation and maintenance, they have their own manufacturing units in place.
Vending Machines in the Germany
Stollwerck was a German chocolate manufacturer company, was also known as one of the pioneers in vending machines manufacturing business. In 1893, they had been selling their chocolate through 15000 vending machines in different parts of the countries.
As they were among one of the biggest consumers of vending machines on their own, Stollwerck starts their own production units to design and manufacture vending machines in different territories of the country.
After the successful experiment of production, Stollwerck was not just selling chocolate, but cigarettes, matches, chewing gum, soap and cleaning products too.
Vending Machines in the US
If we talk about the US in this regard, Thomas Adams Gum Company is known as the pioneers. Their gum selling vending machines on various New York City train platforms was known as the first vending machines in the US. In 1897, when the Pulver Manufacturing Company added small figures, which would move around whenever somebody bought gum from their machines. This idea resulted in being a whole new type of mechanical device known as the “trade stimulators”.
These are some common examples from the most developed countries. However, we can’t say that the other nations were not familiar with vending machines at that specific period of time. There were many other countries around the globe that were aware of those machines. China is the prime example of such countries. France, Italy, and Spain are the other countries that can be named in this regard.
This is not the point who invents the first vending machine. The point is how far it will go to make things easy for the human being.