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August 27, 2014
One of the primary characteristics of the streets of Moscow has been its vendors, according toRussiaBeyondTheHeadlines.com
But city authorities saw the stalls, tents and booths as clutter to the area, and all vendors were shut down in 2010. The idea was to replace them with a modern, unified scheme, so the Moscow Committee for Architecture and City Planning looked into automated retail kiosks. The first kiosk was installed in the famous Pushkin Square, and the project resulted in cutting vendors by half — from 22,000 to 10,000 with the new stations.
Now Moscow's automated vending kiosks feature a screen with "robot eyes" and digital signage that says "Vsyo Sam," meaning "All By Myself," the name of the first company so far to take on the pilot project. The city spent 3.5 million rubles ($98 million) on the project, which has resulted in stations that sell items such as chocolate, headphones, shoe brushes and more, according to the article.
"The task is to verify whether people will be afraid of our kiosk or if they will react appropriately to it," said Alexander Zolotarev, the head of the group of companies who started the project. "Two to three hundred purchases a day will testify that people definitely do not fear it."
Market officials estimate each kiosks to cost around $40,000. Their projected payoff is about a year and half. The machines are expected to last 15 years.
Topics: Digital Signage , Payment Kiosk , Retail Kiosks , Tickets Vending Kiosks