S/S 2015 : Emerging Sectors : Vending Machines

China’s Newest Innovation:
Live Crab Vending Machines :
 The Atlantic

“It’s that time of year again,
when the people of China unite in tearing apart exoskeletons to suck up the
flesh of hairy crabs. From August to October, the crabs—which get their name
from the hair-like tendrils that grow on their claws—sell like hotcakes
throughout China…On September 11, a vending machine stocked with live crabs appeared
on a street in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province. The machine, which is
restocked daily, sells crabs for around 20 RMB ($3.27), along with the
appropriate accoutrements (crab vinegar and two bags of ginger tea).”

As news of a Chinese vending machine selling crabs hits the
headlines, it becomes ever more apparent that where there’s a consumer
desire for 24-hour access to a product, there’s a way for a vending machine to
service that demand. We’ve seen vending machines stocked with prayer beads,
freshly baked bread and even alcoholic desserts just for adults. For more
examples and analysis, look to Vending Machines in  Emerging

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