It's a an unstaffed, fully automated self-checkout retail market. It's keeps the latest healthy snacks, and can be customized to assist company wellness programs.
And it's coming to a company lobby or lunchroom near you.
Healthy vending franchisor Fresh Healthy Vending International, Inc. ( OTCBB:VEND ) calls this process their "Fresh Micro Market". According to their press release, "..The self-checkout Fresh Micro Markets feature cashless payment options (i.e. credit/debit card, prepaid market loyalty cards, Google e-wallet and payment platforms such as PayPal) that are most often installed in corporate locations, allowing for an in-house convenience store with almost no practical size restrictions on items sold while generally eliminating stuck vending products. In addition, Fresh Micro Markets take up the same size floor space as full-size vending machines and allow for multiple product purchases in a single transaction..."
The benefits of this type of in-house shopping can be limitless.
In an era where many people are eating on the go, leaving their cubicles and offices for the local gas station, the Micro Market could be the answer to saving time and gas during the lunch, and sometimes dinner hour. However, pending on the company's climate, this could also turn into just another piece of furniture not being used. However, its also a great tool to use to start that conversation of eating right or at least watching what you eat during the workday.
And it could help you lose the unwanted pounds.
"Eating at your desk encourages mindless eating, and overeating," says Susan Moores, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association for WebMD. In the article she adds, "You're most likely multitasking and not paying attention to the amount of food you're eating." CBS News reported last month that a CareerBuilder survey suggested that more than half of U.S. Workers think they're overweight.
VEND closed Tuesday's trading at $2.70, up $0.15 (5.88%).