COLOGNE, Germany -- The German vending industry will highlight new approaches to designing interior public spaces that incorporate vending equipment at the fourth biennial Eu'Vend international trade fair here. It's set for the Cologne Exhibition Center from Sept. 10 through 12, 2009.
Organized by Koelnmesse GmbH and sponsored by Germany's vending operator association BDV (Bundesverband der Deutschen Vending-Automatenwirtschaft eV), Eu'Vend not only will connect supply with demand at a single location, but also will demonstrate new perspectives for the vending sector, including the appealing and efficient fusion of vending with other amenities in populous areas. The exhibitor presentations, planned to harmonize with supporting events, will blend into an overarching theme called "Visions of Vending."
An important issue that this synchronized approach seeks to address is how to better integrate vending machines in public indoor areas, such as are found in universities, theaters, government buildings, commercial and industrial facilities, hospitals and airports.
The aim is to improve the integration of vending machines in indoor areas in terms of site selection, design, ergonomics and functionality, in order to make these indoor areas more attractive while also providing superior service.
The concept is being implemented in cooperation with a project group from the Cologne University of Applied Sciences' faculty of architecture, interior design and facility design, headed by Professor Gunther Vettermann. Students have been invited to create solution proposals that could be implemented in conjunction with commercial interior designers.
"Our lives are being increasingly influenced by vending machines that supply people with everyday products: food, beverages, newspapers, cosmetic items, travel tickets, postage stamps, and telecommunications services," the show's organizers pointed out. "Due to their locations and exterior design, the machines also greatly influence the appearance of our built-up environment."
At present, site selection and equipment placement generally are coordinated only between the operator and location management, BDV noted; this often leads to less than optimal results for public spaces or public indoor areas. Vending machines are increasingly being placed in the foyers of public buildings such as theaters, museums, schools and universities, where vending is employed to augment the catering facilities so personnel and visitors can be quickly and efficiently served during breaks.
The Eu'Vend sponsors added that neighboring countries such as Switzerland and the Netherlands could serve as role models for the rest of Europe, since architects and interior designers are always consulted when vending machines are set up in those nations. This has had a very positive influence on the design of public spaces and indoor areas.
More than 200 exhibitors from 20 nations will display their products and services at the trade show. Exhibits will range from vending machines, kiosks, terminals and coffee brewers through vendible products and serviceware, payment systems, remote data transmission technology and accessories to components and spare parts, as well as area treatment concepts. And historic Cologne always is an attraction.
Information is available at the show's website, euvend.com.