New vending machine selling meat for busy customers
With the rising number of single-person households here in Korea... as well as people who are busy working,... there's often little time for anything, let alone grocery shopping.
But help is at hand.
A new type of vending machine -- the first of its kind in the world -- is now allowing people to buy fresh meat on the go... without having to stop by a supermarket or butcher shop.
Yu Joonhee reports.
Korea's locally-sourced Hanwoo beef and Handon pork,... are winning over customers with their superior taste and quality... but their high prices mean they are *not an option for budget-conscious buyers.
For busy office workers and those living alone,... even finding the time to visit the local butcher shop... can often be a challenge.
"Hanwoo beef is delicious and comes with a premium image, but it's too expensive and often out of reach."
To target these customers,... a new meat vending machine has been introduced,... the first of its kind anywhere in the world,... which can be installed in office and residential buildings.
Utilizing the Internet of Things... the machines provide information on the products' availability, expiration date and storage temperature... which can be managed remotely and simply... with the use of a smartphone.
Allowing significant cost-savings on distribution,... fresh meat could be made available at far lower prices... through the use of these vending machines.
"We're expecting our beef prices to become globally competitive, which in turn will benefit customers as well."
The National Agricultural Cooperative Federation... is planning to operate two machines on trial this year.
If successful,... the current plan calls for up to 2,000 meat vending machines to be installed by the year 2020... focused in areas with a high concentration of single-person households.