High-tech “automated retail unit” selling flowers 24/7 launched in Clapham Junction

Commuters travelling through London’s busiest station will now be able to buy flowers 24-hours a day thanks to a new high-tech refrigerated vending machine.

Rockflower has installed its first permanent “auto retail unit” in Clapham Junction station following successful two-year trial of the service at London’s Blackfriars station.

The unit is air cooled in order to keep the bouquets fresh and allows users to select flowers using a 17” tablet and pay using their card.

Rockflower is understood to be planning a roll out of around 10 units, with a second permanent vending machine set to be installed in Reading station in the coming weeks.

It is understood to be considering allowing customers to pre-order bouquets online, giving them a QR code which they can present at the unit to receive their order.

“Rockflower units are designed to be flexible and scalable in their function making them suitable for deployment in traditional and new exploratory retail spaces,” its website reads.

“Some of the many benefits of our units are the reduced staff costs, no renewable leases and the security of cashless payments. We are visionary and luxurious. Rockflower is a market disruptor and tomorrow’s future in the ever changing retail market.”

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