Hanoi has unveiled a plan to install vending machines in such public places as parks, places of interest, hospitals, schools, cinemas, railway stations, bus stations, shopping centers, and more by 2025 to meet more shopping demands of residents and tourists.
The scheme is meant to encourage the use of vending machines, promoting the modernization of the retail sector and gradually replacing street hawkers.
City authorities will announce a list of the locations where the vending machines are to be placed to the public and on a website dedicated to the shopping and tourism activities of residents and tourists once the plan is ratified.
The vending machines will provide not only beverages and snacks but also craft products and souvenirs, especially those set up at tourism sites.
The automated machines will not sell cigarettes and alcohol.
Cash, bank cards, online transactions, and quick response (QR) codes will be acceptable forms of payment.
Many populous cities in Vietnam have installed vending machines in recent years.