Newspaper vending machines launched in Clementi and Havelock Road

Singapore Press Holdings vending machines are now available at three FoodLoft outlets to make it more convenient for readers to purchase newspapers.

SINGAPORE - By August, you could be getting your morning news fix from a vending machine.

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) officially launched its first three newspaper vending machines today, and expects to have more than 50 islandwide in the coming months.

Two of the new machines are at the FoodLoft outlets in Clementi Avenue 3 and Avenue 4, with a third in Havelock Road. Five newspaper titles are available in each machine.

Mr Chua Wee Phong, executive vice-president of SPH's circulation division, said the company's network of roadside stalls has diminished over the years.

"(This) limits our readers' accessibility to newspapers," said Mr Chua, who noted that the vending machines would save manpower, while making newspapers available to readers.

There will be a series of contests to celebrate the launch of the new machines, in which readers stand to win cash and prizes worth up to $20,000. More information will be published at a later date.