AVA Live: On the Road’: RBC Group, based in Old Dalby, Leicestershire, became the first company to host a series of meetings called ‘AVA Live: On the Road’
, AVA Members arrived to a guided tour of RBC facilities. There were a few surprised faces, the extent of the RBC operation has been something of a secret until recently. The company re-models over 10,000 machines annually, and the massed ranks of High Street branded coffee machines going through the process provided an impressive spectacle.
RBC is in the final stages of its preparations to enter the vending market as machine manufacturers. A metalworking facility is being planned, with the assistance of an industry stalwart (watch this space), in which machines will be manufactured. Technology – described by one delegate as ‘absolutely mind-blowing – will be at the core of the new machines. Goodbye motherboards!
‘AVA Live: On the Road’ took place in a brand-new concept in unattended retail, Called URtoGo. The plan is to provide an ‘airport lounge’ experience for motorists whose electric cars are charging. RBC believes they have four firm orders for UR To-Go this week alone.
Exciting times: it’s no wonder RBC boss, Welshman Derek Edwards, is enthusiastic. ‘I’m quite new to the vending industry, I have no preconceptions regarding what can or can’t be done. People say things like, that’s not how it works in the vending industry – I take that as a challenge’.
From AVA Live:
Rob Gormley from Nestlé Professional gave an very interesting presenting. The results of some extensive Nestlé Insight research on the future of the workplace.
The AVA’s Kennedy Procter gave an update on the new Futures group, providing an outline of current and future projects.
Martin Colston gave a presentation called ‘Opportunities for the Future’.
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