Shop24 Opens New Automated C-Store at U of I Springfield

Offers more than 200 items, variety of consumer packaged goods (CPG)

Shop24 automated (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Gas Stations)

WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- Shop24 Global LLC has installed its first automated convenience store in Illinois on the University of Illinois-Springfield (UIS) campus.

This unit brings the number of states with a Shop24 store to 11, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Utah.

The UIS Shop24 store is operated by UIS foodservices personnel. Located on the path between the on-campus dorm cluster and the student union, the Shop24 store complements other UIS amenities by increasing the variety of consumer packaged goods (CPG) available on campus and providing 24/7 shopping convenience.

"Sales for the first seven days of operation exceeded forecast by nearly 40%," said Dave Brotherton, vice president of marketing and business development of Shop24 Global, Westerville, Ohio. "The results we saw are a testament to optimum site location and product assortment, the hard work of the UIS operations team, and their close collaboration with Shop24 client services to maximize uptime."

He predicted that "2015 and beyond will see a greater number of on-campus new store locations like the UIS store as we deepen our relationships within the higher education sales channel and with the national convenience, foodservice, and vending operators that also serve it."

Shop24 is a self-contained, automated and refrigerated convenience store designed to enable 24/7 accessible consumer purchasing. A Shop24 automated c-store delivers more than 200 items ranging in weight from 1 ounce to 10 pounds in a well-lit, security-camera-monitored environment. A Shop24 can be placed anywhere outdoors or indoors, bringing ultra-convenience right to the consumer.