Vending sales in Ireland witnessed a partial recovery in 2021, although these figures remained below pre-pandemic levels due to related restrictions endured in Ireland during the initial months of the year. Given that vending machines are frequently located in offices or in high traffic areas, sales continued to be affected by the lack of footfall.
Vending machines that sold personal hygiene products related to the pandemic remained popular in 2021. Products such as disposable face masks and hand sanitiser continued to be purchased by local consumers because of health concerns with the virus still in circulation.
In 2021, regulations from the EU regarding the use of single-use plastics came into force. The new rules state that where sustainable alternatives can be found, single-use plastics cannot be used by EU member states.
Given that the majority of vending machines are located in areas associated with high footfall, the sales recovery of vending machines is likely to continue to be impacted heading into the forecast period. Nevertheless, with the reasonably successful rollout of Ireland’s vaccine programme, no major restrictions are predicted to be reintroduced in the country, which is likely to lead to a gradual return to city centres over the course of the forecast period.
Local consumers are now extremely aware of health and wellness trends and are increasingly prioritising healthy eating habits. This was a significant trend that was already emerging over the review period but was accelerated by the pandemic.
The use of technology will continue to develop within vending. An increasing number of vending machines will become contactless and accept card payments, rather than simply just cash.
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Vending means automatic retailing. It covers the sale of products and services 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, ie food, drink and other consumable goods such as vended tobacco, sanitary products and condoms. Services such as the public telephone, laundrette 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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