Coke adds credit card payment to vending machines

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA), in partnership with Vending Management Services Limited (VMSL) is rolling out new cashless payment technology to vending machines in NSW and Victoria as part of a three-month pilot.

The machines will accept Visa and Mastercard, as well as coins or notes, and are being piloted in a number of high-profile locations including Sydney Airport and Melbourne’s Southern Cross station. There are 150 glass-front vending machines using the new cashless technology currently in the market for the three-month pilot.

“The pilots are running smoothly, with good consumer take-up,” said Coke Vending general manager, Gary Meier.

“Australian consumers are already big users of cards for immediate purchase transactions, in fact cards account for more than half of these transactions. We can now offer vending machines which give consumers the option to use their cards and make vending even easier and more convenient.”

Australia has been chosen for the pilot of the new cashless reconciliation engine (CRE) system, a specialised technology which streamlines the process of payment reconciliation.

Following the pilot, cashless technology will be rolled out to vending machines across the country later this year. The machines will have the capacity to use cards or cash.

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