From cellphone chargers to hair wax, these vending machines are well worth a browse

Clockwise from above: Singapore Poly's vending machine cluster offers products like cosmetics and magazines. Students Jermain Hong (far left), 20, and Goh Xin Rui, 19, try out a machine offering cosmetics.
Singapore Poly's vending machine cluster offers products like cosmetics and magazines. ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Clockwise from above: Singapore Poly's vending machine cluster offers products like cosmetics and magazines. Students Jermain Hong (far left), 20, and Goh Xin Rui, 19, try out a machine offering cosmetics.
Singapore Poly's vending machine cluster offers products like cosmetics and magazines. ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Clockwise from above: Singapore Poly's vending machine cluster offers products like cosmetics and magazines. Students Jermain Hong (far left), 20, and Goh Xin Rui, 19, try out a machine offering cosmetics.
Students Jermain Hong (left), 20, and Goh Xin Rui, 19, try out a machine offering cosmetics.ST PHOTOS: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Cluster at Singapore Poly offers wide variety of products including magazines, hair wax

From cellphone chargers, powerbanks and Singapore Press Holdings magazines to Brand's essence of chicken, hair wax and sanitary pads, a vending machine cluster at Singapore Polytechnic has it all.

There are even two sound-proof karaoke booths, each with a pair of chairs and microphones, for those looking to sing their hearts out and unwind.

Final-year students brought the project, known as Innomall, to life as part of the entrepreneurship option of their Diploma in Business Administration course.

The polytechnic's business school claims Innomall with its 28 machines, located in the school's foyer, is the largest cluster of vending machines in Singapore.

Seventeen companies are now marketing their products through the vending machines to at least 16,000 students,

Launched yesterday, the Innomall project is valued at nearly $200,000, said Mr Kenneth Wong, the lecturer in charge of the project.

"It allowed the students to get involved in setting up the project from the start, from research and planning all the way to deployment," he said.

 
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    Number of vending machines clustered in Singapore Polytechnic's business school foyer.

Mr Wong added that Innomall may expand to other parts of the school later, in smaller clusters consisting of 10 to 15 vending machines.

Miss Jermain Hong, 20, a final-year student in the entrepreneurship module, said the project has given her first-hand experience in running a business.

"This out-of-classroom learning is better than just sitting in a classroom and answering any questions that the lecturer asks," she said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 13, 2017, with the headline 'Vending machines well worth a browse'. Print Edition | Subscribe