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Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 11, November 2013, Posted On: 10/29/2013

Hair Extension Vender Brings Salons New Revenue Stream, Controls Inventory

Emily Jed
TAGS: Marcella Ellis, The Mane Vendor, hair extension vending machine, vending business, vending, hair care products

SEARCH TERM WASHINGTON -- Virginia businesswoman Marcella Ellis has created an automated solution to deliver hair extensions and haircare products to salon customers. Called The Mane Vendor, the machine acts as a full-time salesperson, dispensing hair, tracking inventory and sales, and alerting the owner by text when inventory is running low.

The Mane machine features video security, accessible on Web or smartphone, in addition to a built-in television screen that offers instructions on the type of hair extension available and product benefits. The product selection within each machine can be customized to suit the location's requirements.

Ellis, who owns a hair salon, said stocking and selling hair extensions is often accompanied by ongoing issues including stock control, difficulty in recouping expenses, competing with the low prices of large beauty supply chains who purchase the product in bulk, and housing a product that can easily be stolen.

"Having been in the hair extension industry for over 20 years, my goal in creating The Mane Vendor was to empower hair salon owners nationwide, bringing the supply of hair extensions back into the salon," said Ellis. "I am very excited to be launching a product which will improve the customers' experience. No longer will they need to travel to a hair supply store to purchase their extensions before coming to the salon."

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