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(Toledo Blade)   Kroger stores to be replaced by vending machines. Giant, freaky, 200-item vending machines   (toledoblade.com) divider line 83
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2012-02-15 09:43:35 AM  
But will they still be as ghetto?
 
2012-02-15 09:43:46 AM  
They could hardly do worse than the current batch of checkout folks.

UFCW has really let themselves go.
 
2012-02-15 09:44:54 AM  
Kroger stores to be replaced by vending machines. Giant, freaky, 200-item vending machines

Those are called automats.
 
2012-02-15 09:46:04 AM  
*adjusts onion*

Back in my day those were called "automats". I never understood why we abandoned them in the first place.

*inspects lawn*
 
2012-02-15 09:47:27 AM  
At least you don't have to make small talk with an old lady cashier and borderline-retarded bagboy.
 
2012-02-15 09:48:41 AM  
"There are a lot of kids who are in the dorms and who don't have cars or access to a car, so this is close by and they can do sort of their basic shopping," she said.

A ringing endorsement, company spokesperson!
 
Skr
2012-02-15 09:48:56 AM  
I'd be pretty pissed off if my big box of Ritz crackers got stuck coming down and out. Be out a lot more money than for a simple beverage.

Doesn't look like you could shake/tip that machine either -_-
 
2012-02-15 09:50:18 AM  
The original automat wasn't a robot vending machine; it was just a cafeteria with a weird interface. There were live people behind the wall constantly topping up the food in the little windows.
 
2012-02-15 09:50:41 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org


"I'd like to make a vending machine that sells vending machines. It'd have to be real farkin' big!"
 
2012-02-15 09:51:38 AM  

kumanoki: Kroger stores to be replaced by vending machines. Giant, freaky, 200-item vending machines

Those are called automats.


Balchinian: *adjusts onion*

Back in my day those were called "automats". I never understood why we abandoned them in the first place.

*inspects lawn*


aaaaaaand we're done.


also:

FTFA
purchased the 10-by-13-foot kiosk from Shop24 Global, a Columbus firm that makes grocery vending machines used widely in Europe.

so... this is happening already all over the world, and in Korea Tesco has subway ads with QR codes and an app where people can buy things and get it delivered to their apartment.

And this is considered 22nd century? Oh OHIO!
 
2012-02-15 09:51:42 AM  

ranak: But will they still be as ghetto?


Kroger finally made it to the east coast and they've opened a "superstore" near me. It's by far the nicest Kroger I've ever been to and it's also one of the nicest grocery stores around. They have a cheese section that rivals Whole Foods but that isn't nearly as expensive.

I don't know what they've been doing, but they're improving.
 
2012-02-15 09:54:08 AM  
Woah there, college girl in the picture. Looks like your fat ass has already had enough Robot Kroger.
 
2012-02-15 09:54:15 AM  
I already have a "vending machine" that lets me purchase tens of thousands of potential items without having to interact with a single human being. It's called a PC, and it works over the internet.

Purchased items appear on my front porch within two weeks, though usually only two or three days - or the next morning if I feel like paying extra.
=Smidge=
 
2012-02-15 09:54:19 AM  
I didn't see the entire collection, but this trial looks suspiciously like it was stocked with stoners in mind.
 
2012-02-15 09:56:05 AM  
That's great I hate to have to go into a store to buy junk food
 
2012-02-15 09:56:06 AM  

kumanoki: Kroger stores to be replaced by vending machines. Giant, freaky, 200-item vending machines

Those are called automats.


I know I am really too young to have been around for their hayday, but I miss automats / sandwhich vending machines. For some reason you really don't see them anymore, but they were fun and (relatively) tasty ways to eat.
 
2012-02-15 09:56:16 AM  
This sounds like a really awesome concept. What'd be even better is if there was a way to say, make out a weekly order, load it to your Kroger card, and with a single swipe/barcode scan, it gets every item on your shopping list. Would save a lot of time at the vending machine.

There's a grocery store here in Louisville that you can order online and either pick it up already bagged, or they'll deliver it, for a fee. I'd love to see places with a wider selection start doing that.
 
2012-02-15 09:57:43 AM  
Will one of them allow you to buy a glove with knives attached to it?
 
2012-02-15 09:58:42 AM  

SVenus: I didn't see the entire collection, but this trial looks suspiciously like it was stocked with stoners in mind.


It is near a college campus of course it is stocked with the 3am stoner in mind.
 
2012-02-15 09:59:27 AM  
Link (new window)
Publics reaction to said vending machine.
 
2012-02-15 10:00:22 AM  

Tom_Slick: SVenus: I didn't see the entire collection, but this trial looks suspiciously like it was stocked with stoners in mind.

It is near a college campus of course it is stocked with the 3am stoner in mind.


Basically you could fill it with cookies, jack the prices 33% and profit.
 
2012-02-15 10:01:48 AM  
That thing is far too large to violently shake when your candy bar or case of drinks doesn't drop.
 
2012-02-15 10:03:03 AM  

kumanoki: Those are called automats.


Automats are (*sigh*...were) coin-operated restaurants, not coin-operated supermarkets.
 
2012-02-15 10:05:57 AM  

mytdawg: Basically you could fill it with cookies, jack the prices 33% and profit.


Much like the on campus convenience store at my school, you could even use your meal plan dollars.
 
2012-02-15 10:08:00 AM  
...and federal supplemental nutrition-assistance program cards.

We just can't call em food stamps anymore, can we?
 
2012-02-15 10:10:16 AM  

mekkab: kumanoki: Kroger stores to be replaced by vending machines. Giant, freaky, 200-item vending machines

Those are called automats.

Balchinian: *adjusts onion*

Back in my day those were called "automats". I never understood why we abandoned them in the first place.

*inspects lawn*

aaaaaaand we're done.


also:

FTFA
purchased the 10-by-13-foot kiosk from Shop24 Global, a Columbus firm that makes grocery vending machines used widely in Europe.

so... this is happening already all over the world, and in Korea Tesco has subway ads with QR codes and an app where people can buy things and get it delivered to their apartment.

And this is considered 22nd century? Oh OHIO!



Yep. The U.S. is way behind the times in a lot of things. What you guys get as "new technology" has usually been used around the world successfully for the last decade.
 
2012-02-15 10:16:43 AM  

GeekTheMighty: kumanoki: Kroger stores to be replaced by vending machines. Giant, freaky, 200-item vending machines

Those are called automats.

I know I am really too young to have been around for their hayday, but I miss automats / sandwhich vending machines. For some reason you really don't see them anymore, but they were fun and (relatively) tasty ways to eat.


I miss them too. I remember as a kid when my dad was stationed in Germany, on the base they had a building which housed the Snack Bar on one side and an automat on the other. When the snack bar was closed we would at the automat, and it was fun.

This Kroger vending machine sounds really cool, especially with Kroger prices. Personally where I live I prefer Kroger. Where I live it is closer, prices are comparable with Wal-Mart, they remodeled the store really nice, and most important of all they always have enough cashiers on duty. Nothing worse than being ready to check out then waiting up to 30 minutes in line. I also like having the courtesy clerks/baggers.
 
2012-02-15 10:17:01 AM  
Will it sell you beer after hours?
 
2012-02-15 10:17:02 AM  
Yep. The U.S. is way behind the times in a lot of things. What you guys get as "new technology" has usually been used around the world successfully for the last decade.

You think we're going to alpha test our Automatic Death Marts here, when there are other countries we don't really care about?
 
2012-02-15 10:18:42 AM  
As long as I don't get trapped in a narrow aisle by a diva in size 30 Baby Phat jeans who can't decide which bottle of sugar water to pour down her gullet while her spawn run through the store screaming "I want this! I want this!". Then getting stuck behind this family as the diva screams at the cashier "There is too $200 on that Link card! What the hell are you trying to do? Take food from my babies? I called DCFS and you can check with them. Also, I'm medically addicted to cigarettes so they said I can put them on the card too!"

So I go down to the kiosk. There's no one there. Nice. I put in my debit card and I start ordering the items. Bread (A1), eggs (B4), vodak, vodak, vodak,(E8, E8, E8 didn't get electrocuted) milk (F9). Everything begins dropping in to the bin but they put the gallon of milk on the top row. It hits and takes out the eggs, bread and precious precious vodak. I weep. I weep with murderous rage.
 
2012-02-15 10:20:00 AM  
So now I'll shop at the Murder Kroger Machine instead of good ol' Murder Kroger?
 
2012-02-15 10:20:22 AM  

Ikahoshi: Yep. The U.S. is way behind the times in a lot of things. What you guys get as "new technology" has usually been used around the world successfully for the last decade.


I received my Sherlock Season 2 DVDs a few days ago and not only did the Region 2 play fine on my machine they A) play better than some of the Region 1 DRM filled crap I buy here and B) there were no ads to skip or 1500 trailers to try to get around. I have come to the conclusion Europe just has nicer things. I base this mostly on their superior Smarties. Which they will not send me. /bitter/
 
2012-02-15 10:20:35 AM  
Duct tape, condoms, beer, kaopectate, twenty types of chips, three canned soups, a couple different sodas, usb thumb drives and you can pretty much close down the campus stores.
 
2012-02-15 10:25:15 AM  
Let's start a betting pool on which university has the first freshman pledge jammed into one of these things with a price tag of 39 cents on his naked ass. I bet Arizona State or Florida.
 
2012-02-15 10:29:29 AM  
Sooooo.... Japan 20 years ago?
 
2012-02-15 10:31:16 AM  
No checkout lines? Great! Instead you'll have to wait in in a single line while the people in front of you take at least 30 minutes each browsing through the selections and ordering. This is the same problem as those Movie Kiosks. Even if you know what you want its still going to take time to make and dispense your selection, All the while knowing that the eyes of the person behind you are burning a hole in your skull.
 
2012-02-15 10:33:10 AM  
"Thank you, Come again" to be voiced by

theness.com
 
2012-02-15 10:34:11 AM  
Earthen
...and federal supplemental nutrition-assistance program cards.

We just can't call em food stamps anymore, can we?


With food stamps, anyone could use them and they became second currency. You could buy $100 worth of food stamps for $50 and use them as long as you didn't my the stigma of using food stamps. Just go to a big city and find a large grocery store. (I lived in a small town where everyone knew who used food stamps)

With the Link card there's less chance for criminal profit. Uh, well, there's supposed to be. Nowadays, you go to Walmart parking lot and look for the gentleman who is selling a link card with $200 'guaranteed' dollars on it. Yours for $80. Of course you will get burned. You'll try to use it and the PIN is wrong, there's only $25 on it, not $200 or the clerk asks for ID (one in million). If it's the latter, close your purse and tell them "I don't have my ID. Since when do I have to have an ID to buy milk for my children? Do you own this Walmart? Are you the owner of Walmark? 'cause if you are, I gots things to say to you about your store."

But eventually you will find a trusted supplier of Link cards and you'll have five of them in your wallet and you will get in to an argument with the clerk at the Circle K. The guy behind you who is old, white, works and pays his taxes will wonder why you have 5 link cards in your possession but he'll eventually figure it out. Maybe it's because you own a Mercedes.
 
2012-02-15 10:34:34 AM  
There are a couple of spots in my small town that could use something like this. If you can't fit a convienience store, just drop in a huge vending machine.
 
2012-02-15 10:37:24 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: As long as I don't get trapped in a narrow aisle by a diva in size 30 Baby Phat jeans who can't decide which bottle of sugar water to pour down her gullet while her spawn run through the store screaming "I want this! I want this!". Then getting stuck behind this family as the diva screams at the cashier "There is too $200 on that Link card! What the hell are you trying to do? Take food from my babies? I called DCFS and you can check with them. Also, I'm medically addicted to cigarettes so they said I can put them on the card too!"

So I go down to the kiosk. There's no one there. Nice. I put in my debit card and I start ordering the items. Bread (A1), eggs (B4), vodak, vodak, vodak,(E8, E8, E8 didn't get electrocuted) milk (F9). Everything begins dropping in to the bin but they put the gallon of milk on the top row. It hits and takes out the eggs, bread and precious precious vodak. I weep. I weep with murderous rage.


I'm going to steal that.

My precious precious vodak.
 
2012-02-15 10:37:41 AM  
I hope they do better than the PA booze vending machines. (new window)
 
GBB
2012-02-15 10:38:27 AM  
....and just like in the stores, it will dispence your eggs before soda. So be sure to get them out of the tray before the Pepsi comes crashing down on them!
 
2012-02-15 10:40:32 AM  
Scrambled eggs only?
 
GBB
2012-02-15 10:41:53 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: As long as I don't get trapped in a narrow aisle by a diva in size 30 Baby Phat jeans who can't decide which bottle of sugar water to pour down her gullet while her spawn run through the store screaming "I want this! I want this!". Then getting stuck behind this family as the diva screams at the cashier "There is too $200 on that Link card! What the hell are you trying to do? Take food from my babies? I called DCFS and you can ax check with them. Also, I'm medically addicted to cigarettes so they said I can put them on the card too!"


FTFY
 
2012-02-15 10:42:24 AM  
Interesting idea. They could put it next to the Redbox in front of the drugstore by my house, I wouldn't mind.
 
2012-02-15 10:42:53 AM  
I'd be more impressed if these machines offered something students can't NORMALLY get from a campus vending machine, such as feminine hygiene products, school supplies and/or vegetables.
 
2012-02-15 10:46:16 AM  
I will buy all my robots from Kroger's robotic store
 
2012-02-15 10:48:31 AM  

6655321: I will buy all my robots from Kroger's robotic store


Whatever you do, DO NOT let those robots start assembling Kroger robotic stores.
 
2012-02-15 10:50:32 AM  
lol.
lima OH is where i was born. we lived near Ada and my parents went to ONU. my father had their polar bear mascot head for a long time. that thing was great to wear for trick or treat. kids hated it.
 
2012-02-15 10:51:54 AM  

Rubberband Girl: I'd be more impressed if these machines offered something students can't NORMALLY get from a campus vending machine, such as feminine hygiene products, school supplies and/or vegetables.


Well that is just silly. There is nothing hygenic about college students. And weed is not a vegetable.
 
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