TAIPEI (The China Post) – The Ministry of National Defense (MND) recently unveiled some new smart vending machines that offer better services to national soldiers and respond to the government goal of achieving a 90-percent penetration of mobile payment by 2025.
In the near future, there won’t be any “convenience store beauties” anymore for soldiers like Taiwanese military films used to portray.
According to the MND, the vending machines provide nearly 200 kinds of goods, including instant noodles, as well as cookers and microwaves for the soldiers to enjoy a more comfortable and convenient dining environment.
Instead of cash, the machines accept more than 20 payment methods ranging from credit card, electronic ticketing, to mobile payments, said Wei Kuo-chih, general manager of OK Mart.
Invoices are also provided to protect consumer’s rights.
The national soldiers protect the safety of the country, of whom the welfare should be taken into sounder account, the MND further stressed.
The smart vending machines not only make up for the disadvantages of traditional convenience stores such as operation time and the insufficiency of manpower but provides diverse goods and a better purchasing experience.