The best vending machines in Australia are now open for bidding online.
But it may not be as easy as it seems.
The $25,000+ machines were built to be automated, but they are currently controlled by human operators who are often inexperienced.
This is a challenge for the government to overcome, says Nick Mierzwinski, senior associate at the Australian Council of Trade Unions.
“The vending machine is one of the most popular, yet it is so difficult to build it correctly and accurately.
It’s just not easy to get it running, which is why there’s a lot of investment in developing automated machines.”
If you look at the vending machine industry in the US, in the last five years the number of vending machine locations has gone from four to eight, so there’s definitely a need to develop automated machines for vending machines.
“But there are challenges in building vending machines from scratch.”
In Australia there are about 100 vending machine manufacturers, and the majority of them are small businesses,” says Mierzykowski.”
We’ve had to work very hard to try and find and hire enough people to develop our machines, and then develop our own machines and manage our vending machines, so it’s not easy.
“The Australian government is working on a new vending machine pilot project, and will roll out the machines next year.
The government hopes to have them available to public schools and the elderly.
It will also test the vending machines for a number of other vending machines that are currently being developed in Australia, including vending machines at sporting events and at retail outlets.
But the biggest challenge is the lack of government funding for vending machine development.”
There are some companies that have been very successful in the United States, Australia and the UK in creating vending machines,” says Dr John Wysopal, senior lecturer in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Melbourne.”
They’ve done great work in Australia and there’s not that much of a national market for them.
“However, there are many countries that have tried to create vending machines with a lot less government support, but have failed.”
The federal government has already announced funding for some vending machine projects.
It has also announced that it will spend $2 million over five years to help fund a pilot project in the UK, which has already produced more than 700 machines.
The Federal Government has also agreed to establish a national vending machine manufacturer’s fund for a pilot program.
It’s been a challenge to find funding for these projects, says Wysop, but it’s a good thing that they’re now being supported.
“This funding will give us a better idea of how well the machines will be run,” he says.
“I think it will help with the design of the machines and will help us learn from them.”
The Federal government also says it will provide funding for further research into the potential of automated vending machines.
In the meantime, the federal government is looking to develop a national automated vending machine manufacturing strategy.
“That’s going to be an initiative that will be a collaborative effort between government, industry, academia and the public, to develop and test vending machines as quickly as possible,” says Wyop.
“It’s important to have the right funding so that we can do this right.”
The Government says it hopes to open up vending machines to all Australian children by the end of the year.