Wine Vending Machines: Pennsylvania (PA) Launch

By Daniel Chubb - Aug 8, 2010

Last month we posted a story on “Wine Vending Machines” and that Pennsylvania will be the first state in the U.S. to try these new wine kiosks. Today we can report that the launch has gone ahead, and were introduced at Mechanicsburg and Harrisburg grocery stores.

According to Katharine Lackey from USA TODAY, Pa. wine vending machines are linked to remote call centers, which are used to confirm the customers ID and interact via a computer monitor.

The machines can carry over 700 bottles of wine, and reactions are pretty mixed so far. USA Today reports that one consumer said they were not convinced, you can save time by going to a grocery store but Sovanna Mam says, it’s a lot of “bells and whistles and hoops to get wine”.

PLCB kiosks cost around $100,000 each, which will be paid by a $1 surcharge per transaction and advertising on the kiosks. The failure or success in Pennsylvania will decide the future of these wine vending machines. Read the full story on USA Today.

Would you like wine vending machines in your state?

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