CVS Pharmacy is introducing automated retail vending machines — and they will be stocked with popular personal care products, as well as over-the-counter health products and "better-for-you" snacks.
The new vending machines are designed to help maximize convenience and provide on-the-go wellness solutions outside the traditional retail space. Each vending machine will be customized with offerings to fit each location, and will be stocked with more than 70 different products. The selection will include many products from exclusive CVS Pharmacy store brand lines, including Beauty 360.
The beauty and personal care product selection includes shaving cream, deodorant, makeup remover. Home and office products include batteries, phone chargers, earbuds, lint rollers and stain removal sticks.
Judy Sansone, senior vice president of Front Store Business & Chief Merchant at CVS Pharmacy, says, "We are always looking for new ways to combine convenience and innovation to help better serve our customers. Our new CVS Pharmacy vending machine program allows us to extend that convenience beyond our brick-and-mortar locations.”
Cia Tucci, vice president of store brands and quality assurance at CVS Health adds, "These new vending machines allow us to make our innovative CVS Brand products available to customers outside of our store locations for the very first time.”
The first 25 CVS Pharmacy vending machines will debut now through the end of October in New York and New England. An additional 50+ locations throughout the country may be planned next.
The target areas include airports, transportation hubs, office parks and college campuses. Two of the first vending machines will arrive soon at New York City’s LaGuardia airport and the South Station Bus Terminal in Boston.
To help customers navigate this new shopping experience, the vending machines will feature a 22" multi-touch screen, high-resolution images with expansive product information and a QR code reader to read barcodes and promotional codes.