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Issue Date: Vol. 54, No. 1, January 2014, Posted On: 12/27/2013

Seaga Unveils E-Cigarette Vending Machine With Multilingual Patron Interface

Nick Montano
TAGS: Seaga, Seaga Manufacturing, Seaga E-Cigarette vender, vending machine, e-cigarette vending machine, e-cigarette market, vaporizers, vending news, e-cigarette vender, automated retailing, Kevin Horstman

Seaga, vending machine, e-cigarette vending machine FREEPORT, IL -- Seaga has introduced a vending machine that dispenses four selections of e-cigarettes. It's slated for availability in January 2014.

The Seaga E-Cigarette vender is fitted with a 19" HD video screen with optional sound package and integrated remote control. It's equipped for cashless payment and telemetry for sales reporting, and provides multilingual customer interaction. Its live product display is illuminated by energy-efficient LEDs, and its anti-theft design is complemented by a high-security door.

Styled for mounting on a wall or a stand, the vender measures 36" high x 20" wide x 10.5" deep. Adding the stand brings the height to 51" and increases the depth to 20".

The video display is designed primarily for point-of-sale merchandising. The machine's graphics system can accommodate videos in MP3 and other popular formats. All the e-cigarette manufacturers with which Seaga has worked have assembled libraries of marketing videos, the company reported, so program material is readily available.

The machine in its standard configuration vends disposable e-cigarettes, which usually cost around $10 and deliver several hundred puffs, equivalent to well over one pack of conventional cigarettes. It offers four product selections and a total capacity of 144 items.

Seaga noted that the single-use e-cigarette is more of an impulse item than the refillable, rechargeable types, and so is well-suited to vending sale. The machine's delivery system is flexible enough to accommodate a variety of product formats as the market evolves.

"E-cigarettes, vaporizers and 'vaping' are quickly becoming commonplace terms as the industry is experiencing exponential growth throughout North America and worldwide," said Seaga's Kevin Horstman. Electronic cigarette sales are expected to top $1 billion in 2013, he predicted, explaining that the new e-cigarette machine will enable operators to become part of the business with an unattended point-of-sale solution.

The e-cigarette vender is available for pre-order immediately by calling Seaga at (815) 297-9500 or by emailing ecig@seagamfg.com.

Established in 1987, Seaga designs, manufactures and markets vending equipment and accessories for the domestic and international vending markets. The company provides service, parts and repairs from its corporate offices in Freeport, IL. Seaga UK Ltd. and Seaga India Pvt. Ltd. expanded the Seaga group of companies into worldwide sales, manufacturing and service. Seaga is also the North American master distributor of Saeco vending and professional coffee equipment.

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