Uniqlo has vending machines. Yes, really

Looking like a snack has never been easier with the Japanese brand selling clothes from vending machines

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 3 Aug 2017

Uniqlo To Go
Photo: asantanak/Instagram

Vending machines are not what they used to be. Getting RM1 drinks or that RM3 bar of chocolate was always a treat (it's almost a novelty), and then mobile technology brought on the rise of vending machines for powerbanks and phone chargers (we're sure you've seen one).

Now, Uniqlo has introduced its very own vending machine as part of its new initiative Uniqlo To Go, selling clothes at California's Oakland International Airport. The machines are not the first of its kind, but the Japanese retail giant could flame a global trend.

Customers can purchase Uniqlo products like Heattech tees, lightweight down jackets, Henley tops, and outerwear from the machines. Each item comes in compact packages and cans, not unlike your average vending machine snack. A variety of colours and sizes can be selected at the machine. Payments are made via credit card and the items can be returned in-store or by mail.

Uniqlo plans to install at least nine more machines in the United States by September as part of its efforts to boost its presence in the country – vending machines are far cheaper to operate than a physical store, and can still fulfil basic demands from on-the-go customers.

Shopping isn't what it used to be (but can we get a machine in Malaysia please?).

Related: First look at J.W. Anderson for Uniqlo


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