Sensei launches first autonomous cabinet to disrupt vending machine market

Sensei, the leading European provider of autonomous stores, has launched the first ever Autonomous Cabinets, revolutionising the vending machine market and allowing retailers to bring “stores” closer to consumers in locations such as offices, stations, universities, gyms and more.

Sensei’s Autonomous Cabinets will free vending machine operators from all the constraints and inefficiencies of traditional vending machine solutions. This new AI-powered technology will allow customers to hold and have an up close look at products before buying them. Customers will no longer have the negative experience of buying a product to only then realise it has an allergen or unhealthy ingredients.

The cabinet door can be opened with the tap of a card or the Sensei App and, after choosing the products they want, customers will automatically be charged for what they decide to keep. Cameras and intelligent shelves in the cabinet recognize products and ensure receipts are accurate.

The Autonomous Cabinets hold products of all shapes and sizes, so retailers are no longer limited by what they can offer customers. These cabinets offer a reliable solution that’s easy for retailers to manage. Operators benefit from real time visibility over stock and sales via the Sensei Fast App platform.

This innovation allows retailers to reduce their operational costs thanks to its smart inventory management system, and increase sales due to the ability to sell high value products. Consumers also benefit from the convenient access to products on their doorstep – in apartment buildings, schools, train stations, universities, offices, hotels, hospitals, event venues and more.

Vasco Portugal, CEO at Sensei said: “We are thrilled to be bringing this next evolution of vending machines to retailers. At Sensei, we are committed to improving the retail experience, increasing efficiency, and helping businesses maximise sales and reduce costs. Our Autonomous Cabinets allow retailers to easily place their products in the spaces where their customers frequent. Customers can just walk up to an Autonomous Cabinet near them, pick whatever they want and leave. Consumers crave convenience, and that’s what we’re delivering.”

In the coming weeks, Sensei will have dozens of these Autonomous cabinets operating in stations, universities and office buildings.