In 2017, the concept of "new retail" emerged. The Internet and traditional retail giants have deployed unmanned retail. The vending machine industry has gradually moved towards the era of intelligence, and has begun to return to attention and grow rapidly.
As of the end of 2018, the global number of vending machines was approximately 18.51 million, the number of vending machines in Europe was roughly 4.15 million, Japan was 4.2351 million vending machines, and the United States was around 6.8 million vending machines; The sales volume of vending machines was 123.8 billion U.S. dollars, the sales volume of self-service vending machines in Europe was approximately 16.35 billion euros, the sales volume of vending machines in the United States was approximately 24.6 billion U.S. dollars, and the sales volume of vending machines in Japan was approximately 6.71 trillion per day. yuan.
With the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia epidemic in early 2020, on the one hand, the closure of the city and roads has brought problems such as supply chain rupture, sharp decline in sales and blocked exports to vending machines. On the other hand, with the improvement of the epidemic situation and the development of contactless shopping habits, Citizens generally recognize and are accustomed to the unattended lifestyle, such as self-service delivery, take-out and other necessities. Related manufacturers have also increased the deployment of vending machines in schools, communities and factories. Medical unmanned retail businesses such as mask vending machines and drug vending machines have risen rapidly. In addition, innovative businesses such as community unmanned retail business, catering self-pickup business, and 3D self-service printing business have also emerged in large numbers. There are also some changes in the demand for vending machines. In addition to traditional beverage machines and food machines, operators have also begun to try new vending equipment such as smart door openers and drug vending machines.
Xiamen Caimore Communication Technology Co., Ltd. is a well-known provider of industrial Internet of Things and M2M (machine-to-machine communication) products and solutions. It has cutting-edge, safe and reliable wireless access solutions in the retail field.
Smart vending machine system
Contactless sales and efficient operation
The system uses the industrial 5G/4G industrial computer CM580-6BF to provide wireless network transmission for the vending machine/ kiosk/micro market to realize the networking connection between vending machine and different back-end platforms of the user. The system mainly includes the front-end self-service vending machine and the Caimore network transmission data collection system And the three parts of the cloud management platform.
CM580-6BF is an embedded industrial Motherboard with low power consumption and high performance. It use Rockchip RK3288 series CPU, and ARM processor combined with Android operating system to provide a very broad and free App operating.
Main functions of communication equipment:
1. Realize the 5G/4G wireless networking of the vending machine, so that it has stable communication capabilities.
2. Realize the real-time and safe transmission of data such as vending machine inventory quantity and payment information.
3. Realize remote control operations such as switching vending machines and adjusting commodity prices.
4. Realize remote real-time monitoring of the operating status of industrial computer and vending machine.
5. Realize remote fault diagnosis, accurate alarm, and remote repair of communication faults.
Functions of vending machine cloud management platform:
The cloud management platform provides a wealth of API interfaces, which can quickly realize quick docking and customized development with the business operation platform of the operating enterprise, thereby providing customers with powerful, low-cost comprehensive equipment management and extended development. The main functions include:
1. Through the powerful unified terminal management capability, remote parameter configuration, upgrade, maintenance and management of the terminal can be implemented to save network management and terminal maintenance costs.
2. Sophisticated business statistical reports and analysis functions provide accurate basis for business operation decision-making.
3. Abundant network status statistics functions, real-time grasp of equipment online, offline, and warning lights status, and improve the efficiency of operation and maintenance.
4. The accurate geographic location query function saves maintenance personnel's time to go to the equipment site.
5. Differentiated fault alarm management function, remote fault diagnosis, reduce business losses.
6. Through the WEB interface and embedded management tools, realize the penetration management of cloud business and lower computer.
7. Support cross-platform UI interface development to meet customers' short-term, low-cost customization needs.