Uniqlo has found a unique way to navigate the challenging period for bricks-and-mortar fashion retail: introducing vending machines that sell their products.
Over the next two months, the fast fashion retailer will roll out 10 vending machines over at airports and shopping centres in several major US cities, with the first Uniqlo To Go machine already up and running at Oakland International Airport in California.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the six-feet-high vending machines will sell mostly heat-retaining shirts and lightweight down jackets, and items will be dispensed in boxes and cans.
Customers can also return them at a store or by mail if they need to.
It is not yet know when, or if, the vending machines will be available in Uniqlo’s UK market, where it operates 10 stores.
The Japanese retailer is currently the world’s third largest retailer behind both Zara and H&M.