Snack bar fix for mo­bile munchies

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - SHOBA RAO

MINI vend­ing ma­chines are about to hit the streets in cars.

Aus­tralian-based start-up com­pany Grabox is work­ing with driv­ers from ride share com­pa­nies such as Uber, OLA, Tax­ify, DiDi and GoCatch to roll out the first in-car snack bar filled with sweets, health bars and savoury snacks.

The ma­chines are be­ing in­stalled in more than 300 cars in Vic­to­ria, NSW, Queens­land, South Aus­tralia, Western Aus­tralia and the ACT, with more than 1000 driv­ers ex­press­ing in­ter­est in only a month.

Driv­ers will also sell a se­lec­tion of chilled, non-al­co­holic drinks from a cooler.

Grabox co-founder Dhruv Kohli said driv­ers were se­lected based on their pas­sen­ger rat­ing and must work more than 30 hours a week.

They re­ceive a per­cent­age of ev­ery item sold and the ma­chine is ex­pected to gen­er­ate $100-$200 for driv­ers monthly.

“We only take driv­ers with a 4.7 rat­ing as a min­i­mum and if their rat­ing slips, they lose it,” he said.

He said Grabox re­viewed prices.

“We are try­ing to com­pete against Coles, Woolies and con­ve­nience stores, but on busy nights like Fri­days and Satur­days, prices will go up so the driver makes more money,” he said.

“Pas­sen­gers can se­lect an item by scan­ning their smart­phone over a QR code and pay in sec­onds.”

A re­cent IBISWorld re­port into ride shar­ing ser­vices in Aus­tralia found in­dus­try rev­enue was pro­jected to rise an­nu­ally at 13.7 per cent over the next five years through 2023-24, to reach $540 mil­lion.

Ride Share Driv­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia pres­i­dent Ros­alina Kar­i­o­takis said she was im­pressed with the ma­chine af­ter tri­alling it for a week.

“The driv­ers are all cu­ri­ous about it and pas­sen­gers are en­ter­tained by it,” she said.

But she said full-time driv­ers would get the most ben­e­fit out of it. reg­u­larly

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