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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 9, September 2012, Posted On: 8/27/2012

Greyhound Deploys First Robotic Convenience Store In Oklahoma City Bus Terminal

Emily Jed
TAGS: Shop24, Shop24 Global LLC, vending business, vending machine, automated retailing, Oklahoma City Greyhound terminal, robotic store, Ty T. Hartwig, Total Express 24-7, Mark Frank

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Shop 24 Global LLC's first robotic convenience store for Greyhound -- and the state of Oklahoma -- is set to open in early September. Located in the Oklahoma City Greyhound terminal, it will be owned and operated by Total Express 24-7 LLC (Edmond, OK).

"We saw an opportunity with Shop24 to bring this 'ultra convenience' to individuals who do not have immediate access to a traditional convenience store," said Ty T. Hartwig of Total Express 24-7. He added that his company plans to open several more Shop24s in locations around the city in the coming months.

"We are excited to be the first in our industry to showcase a robotic convenience store in our terminal, with the hope that we will expand this offering to other locations," said Mark Frank, director of foodservice for Greyhound Lines Inc. "Having a wide variety of quality products available 24/7 at the touch of a button is groundbreaking, allowing Greyhound to efficiently deliver products to meet our customers' needs in a fast and timely manner."

With a 10x13-ft. footprint, the automated stores can accommodate as many as 200 selections ranging in weight from 1 oz. to 8 lbs. Machines merchandised with snacks, refrigerated meals, cleaning supplies and health and beauty products are currently installed on several college campuses and in apartment communities across the U.S.

Greyhound Lines Inc., founded in 1914, is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation, serving more than 2,300 destinations with 13,000 daily departures across North America. It once ran Greyhound Food Management, which had a sizable vending business.

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