Poll: What do you think about vending machines selling cheap vitamins and medicines?


Source: Hari Shotham, Facebook.

People can now purchase vitamins, perfumes, medicines, soft drink and more from vending machines in Melbourne

A group called Vitamin Warehouse has installed several vending machines in a shopfront on Fitzroy Street in Melbourne’s St Kilda that are open 24 hours a day, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

The 13 refrigerated vending machines were installed in December, and Vitamin Warehouse Managing Director Hari Shotham says he plans to place thousands more across Australia.

Mr Shotham claims the Fitzroy Street outlet is Australia’s first vending-machine-only shop, and he says each machine is already turning over $1000 a week.

“With a target of 20 machines we are on target to $20,000,” he told the publication.

“Vitamin Warehouse is disrupting the vitamins and health supplements industry by installing 10,000 state of the art refrigerated vending machines with a built-in 46 inch interactive computer screen,” says Mr Shotham.

These screens allow “the purchase of over 1,000 products of Swisse, Blackmores, Nature’s Own, Healthy Care, Centrum, Herron, Cenovis and every other brand not previously possible in any current pharmacy health food store or supermarket retail outlet.”

“Furthermore instant [access] to any naturopath of the brands available as well as to over 4,000 Australian naturopaths using on-spot interactive chat through our touch screen computer,” he says.

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