Vending machine update: UK-based Umbrolly is busy installing umbrella vending machines all over London. Franchise, anyone?
Remember Norwegian ‘Paraplyselskapet AS’, who came up with the world’s first fully connected umbrella vending machines? Well, Springwise guess they hit a bit of a rainy spot (maybe it was their name?), as the company is basically inactive these days. So bad idea, end of story? Not really: UK-based Umbrolly has resurrected the concept, and is busy installing machines all over London. There are currently 10 of them dotted around London, with a further 10 out at the end of this month. Machines sell approximately 50 umbrellas per machine per rainfall day. They also signed a deal to place the machines exclusively across the London Underground and will have 150 units on the network by the end of 2005. International expansion is also in the works: the company is in talks with location providers in Germany, Holland and the US. No doubt an interesting franchise/partnering opportunity for entrepreneurs in rainy cities around the world, and a source of inspiration for vending machine enthusiasts! Potential franchisees can email Umbrolly at email@example.com.