Vending has started to recover from the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, due in part to the lifting of lockdowns and other restrictions, which led to an increase in mobility and foot traffic at out-of-home locations. However, sales remained below the pre-pandemic level in 2022, and the channel still faces significant challenges in the coming years.
Vending machines were once a popular choice for consumers, due to their convenience and quick access to products on-the-go. However, the rise of e-commerce and the availability of fast delivery options have diminished the convenience advantage of vending machines.
There have been calls by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) to push for an overhaul of the rules governing the way Australians buy medicines, calling for vending machines in GP clinics and opening the competition to supermarkets and online retailers. Location rules were in place at the end of the review period, which banned new chemists from opening within 1.
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Vending (automatic merchandising) is the sale of products at an unattended point of sale through a machine operated by introducing coins, bank notes, payment cards, tokens or other means of cashless payment. Sales figures cover vended products only (i.e. food, drink and other consumable goods such as vended tobacco, sanitary products and condoms). Services such as the public telephone, launderette facilities, travel tickets, stamps, passport photographs, domestic energy supplies and business card creation are excluded. Coverage includes vending systems installed in public and semi-captive environments only. Hotels, transport networks, recreational centres, shopping centres/malls are included. Factories, offices, hospitals, prisons, schools and other captive environments are excluded.See All of Our Definitions
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