The outbreak of Covid-19 posed significant challenges to the Chinese fruit industry this year. Retail became particularly difficult. At the same time, consumer behavior patterns subtly changed. Fewer customers visited the shops in person and more people chose to buy their products online or in other ways that do not require physical interaction. As fewer customers went to the shops, large companies began to formulate a strategic response to these changes. Innovative, new retail channels, new products, and new services all quickly followed. One of the clear winners in this rush of innovation is the AI vending machine. This solution brilliantly integrates high-tech with agricultural supply chains.
AI vending machines
The AI vending machines have several advantages over traditional shops. First, they occupy a much smaller surface area, which helps owners save on rent. AI vending machines do not require personnel to supervise, so the store owner saves on labor cost as well. Second, refrigerated storage reduces spoiled fruit and vegetables. Third, the products are on easy display for consumers to select at their leisure. In addition, payment is safe and consumers do not have to queue to pay for their groceries. This is one of the main advantages of AI vending machines. The shopping experience is much more efficient and convenient for consumers.
AI vending machines
"Our AI vending machines are already installed in numerous locations in cities throughout China. And the feedback we have received from customers so far indicates a great enthusiasm for this innovative retail method. Fruit is one of the main product categories available in our AI vending machines. The ratio between import fruit and domestic fruit is around 6:4. We manage quite well at the moment. Conditions are good. On the one hand, the outbreak of Covid-19 has created difficulties in the distribution, storage, and retail of agricultural products this year, but this influence is limited. On the other hand, more customers show interest in 'contactless' shopping methods. The use of our AI vending machines has skyrocketed since the outbreak of Covid-19," according to Mr. Guan Luanjun, CEO of Haiyouhe Huimin Science and Technology (Qingdao) Co., Ltd.
AI vending machine
"We established Haiyouhe Huimin Technology Co, Ltd. as a subsidiary of Haier Cosmoplat on the 27th of May, 2020. Together we supply the entire country with high-tech, innovative, fully-automated vending machines. We are also working hard to promote a wide range of cooperative projects throughout the country. This will further improve supply chain developments in the Chinese fruit and vegetable industry. At the moment, we are looking for strategic partners in China with the investment capital and capacity to wholesale and distribute fruit and vegetables in the Chinese market."
For more information:
Mr. Guan Luanjun - CEO
Haiyouhe Huimin Science and Technology (Qingdao) Co., Ltd.
Tel.: +86 153 1822 6888
Tel.: +86 400 135 7277