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Necta develops vending solution for public PPE distribution

May 7, 2020
Food & Drink

Evoca’s Necta brand has developed a vending solution which allows the safe distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help companies improve their safety standards and meet the demands of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The solution utilises Necta’s Melodia, Jazz, Tango and Orchestra machines, and is able to dispense masks and other PPE at strategic locations in the workplace.

Each machine can reportedly be customised to accommodate the specific dimensions of packages to be dispensed, while Evoca claims that the machines can be converted to dispense a variety of PPE, equipment or consumable items once the Covid-19 emergency is over.

The machines can also be outfitted with Hi devices connected to Evoca’s Hi Suite back office management software. This allows auditing of the machine through a mobile app, and employees can be provided with a unique key or card which allows them to take their allocated PPE allowance.

Discussing the release of the solution, Evoca UK sales director Craig Jukes said: “We have to anticipate what ‘the new normal’ will look like when the current restrictions on movement are relaxed and public spaces begin to re-open.

“The economy needs shopping centres, railway stations, airports and other busy locations to open as soon as it’s safe to do so, but the chances are that social distancing will become a part of life for the foreseeable future. I also think it’s odds-on that we’ll be required to wear protection such as masks and gloves when we enter enclosed public spaces.

“Management in these locations will need to come up with ways to make these products available to the public and vending machines are the perfect solution. They’re safe to use and they can be used whilst maintaining social distancing. What’s more, they are unattended – there’s no need for a member of staff to be present.”

By: Martin White

Source: Food Bev Media

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