Steal This Idea: Let a Machine Make the Smoothies

Love’s opens second autonomous kiosk
Colorful set of smoothies
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Retailers looking to blend labor savings with healthier offerings should consider a smoothie kiosk.

Jamba by Blendid’s autonomous robotic smoothie kiosk at the Love’s Travel Stop in Corning, California, which the convenience-store chain recently launched, offers motorists 24/7 access to these refreshing beverages.

“We’re excited to build off the success of our first location and look forward to serving professional drivers and four-wheel customers,” said Joe Cotton, vice president of foodservice for Love’s, Oklahoma City. “The adoption rates of smoothies have been great, which demonstrates the need for refreshing on-the-go food for our customers. We’re proud to offer this service at a second location.”

The self-operating kiosk lets motorists customize their smoothie orders anytime by adjusting ingredient quantities or adding boosts directly through the Blendid app. They can order in the c-store or schedule a pickup time when ordering.

Jamba by Blendid currently has seven operating kiosk locations in shopping centers, colleges and universities—and now travel centers.

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