Vending machines serving up raw meat, crabs and other produce items far surpassing your typical packages of trail mix went into operation in downtown Shanghai a few days ago, with around 200 expected to be placed around the city over the next year.
The first machine was placed near Nanjing Road, where a community of elderly people and office workers live. Others will be installed in places that are difficult to reach by public transportation and areas lacking wet markets.
The Jinshan Qiangfeng Co. “doorstep fridges” will vend packaged meat, fish, crabs, eggs, fruit and veggies, Shanghai Daily reports. They will operate 24 hours a day and accept cash and bank cards for items priced as much as 20 percent lower than wet markets, as the company is directly supplied by Jianshan district farmers. They can also be used for paying phone, credit card and utility bills in the rare case that no Family Mart exists within a 20-meter radius.
Expect to see more of these babies pop up around communities on Julu Road, Yan’an Middle Road, Xinzha Road, Wanhangdu Road, Jiangning Road, Wuding Road and Shimen No.2 Road in Jing’an.
Hopefully these ones take off better than Shanghai’s doomed flower vending machines.
Would you purchase chicken from a dispensing machine?