What took so long?

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Vending machines have come a long way from the days of potato chips and candy bars. These days, those on the go can purchase cosmetics, electronics or cupcakes; the only thing surprising about CVS Pharmacy’s entrance into vending machines is that it took so long.

The retailer’s vending machines are stocked with convenient necessities, ranging from over-the-counter health products to personal care items and “better for you” snacks. Most of the products are store-exclusive brands.
The first 25 CVS Pharmacy vending machines were focused in New England and New York, including airports, college campuses and office parks. The company says it is considering an additional 50-plus locations throughout the country.

The machines are an upgrade from standard: They include a 22-inch touchscreen display and extensive product information. A QR code reader reads promotional and bar codes.

Thanks will abound from the traveler about to board a plane with a headache, the commuter with a blistered foot — or the student with a hot date.

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