Coca-Cola Amatil has just brought vending machines into the digital age.
The company has signed an agreement with Centrapay (a digital assets company) to enable consumers to use cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin to make purchases from their Australian and New Zealand machines.
Paymnets will be made via a Sylo Smart Wallet at vending machines with a QR code payment sticker and will significantly reduce how often a consumer is required to physically touch the machine, an important consideration in the post-COVID-19 world.
CEO of Centrapay Jerome Faury said the company had worked at solving issues around integration complexity and poor user experience and that this system would benefit both consumers and CCA.
“At Centrapay, we’re working to create a future where individuals are in control of their own data and digital identity. Brands can connect directly and ethically with people, empowering them to make the right purchasing decision, whilst also supporting their retail and other distribution partners,” Mr Faury said.
“Now we’ve shown how it can work in Australia and New Zealand, we’re looking to grow the business globally. We’ve established a presence in North America and will be targeting the US market next with some world-first innovations.”