Scan, pay and go: Self-service shops move into void decks

Mr Khairul buys from a Ma2shop machine at Block 143 Tampines Street 12 for the first time. Student Ian Soh, 17, says he buys from the vending machines in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 because they are convenient.
Student Ian Soh, 17, says he buys from the vending machines in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 because they are convenient.ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI
Mr Khairul buys from a Ma2shop machine at Block 143 Tampines Street 12 for the first time. Student Ian Soh, 17, says he buys from the vending machines in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 because they are convenient.
Mr Khairul buys from a Ma2shop machine at Block 143 Tampines Street 12 for the first time.PHOTO: LEE JIA WEN

The mamak shops are still there, the goods are still for sale, but the "mamaks" have vanished.

Vending machines and lockers are taking over the spaces once occupied by these standalone kiosks in housing block void decks.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 22, 2018, with the headline 'Scan, pay and go: Self-service shops move into void decks'. Subscribe