Is this a scary thing or a good thing- Opti-Vend launching soon, is a vending machine that will allow the consumer to buy prescription contact lenses through a kiosk and with a prescription card. The plan is to put these in airports and malls, where people might need emergency contact lens. This is the latest idea from Innovative Vending Solutions– a vending company that will make up vending machines to suit your needs.
I could see an optical retailer putting an optical vending machine in theme parks, stadiums, tourists shops, hotels, malls, airports, convention centers, with products such as eyeglass repair kits, cases, eyeglass cords, micro-fiber cleaning cloths, lens cleaners, contact lens cases and solutions, readers, visors, fitovers, but contact lenses? I could also see teaming up with a dentist for floss, toothbrushes, toothpaste to put together a vending machine in those areas. But still- contact lenses?
It’s something to think about- As a frequent traveler, I can’t tell you how many times I would have wanted the convenience of a vending machine at my hotel to purchase a mini-screwdriver or even a pair of sunglasses (which I have lost). If you think about the number of hotels, motels, campgrounds that don’t have a gift shop or not located by a store- they would probably welcome the opportunity to provide this type of service to their guests.