Alcohol Vending Machine Is CU Chain’s Latest Innovation

To prohibit underage sales, authentication technology verifies age via phone app or credit card. 

July 13, 2021

Vending Machine in Asia

SEOUL, South Korea—South Korea's largest convenience store brand, CU, has introduced a vending machine for alcoholic drinks at a resort facility in Goseong, and BGF Retail, the operator of CU, believes the technology may be a boon for unattended retailers, reports AjuDaily.com.

About 10% of Korean convenience store sales come from alcoholic drinks, but alcoholic drink sales are prohibited at unattended stores because the payment system has no way to authenticate the age of customers. To prevent underage customers from imbibing, the vending machine authenticates customers using PASS, a smartphone identification app, or through credit card transactions.

BGF Retail hopes to deploy more vending machines at the CU stores that are unattended at night. The company's autonomous payment system automatically checks products that customers select.

NACS and Conexxus in May introduced the groundbreaking digital age-verification solution called TruAge™. TruAgeTM makes it easier and more accurate to verify a customer’s age when purchasing age-restricted products, and at the same time makes identity theft difficult. A customer’s date of birth and photo are used to verify identity. When confirming age and identity, one-time-use tokens are placed on the customer’s mobile device to confirm legal age to purchase age-restricted products.

TruAgeTM is free to retailers, consumers and POS providers, and its relevant intellectual property will be placed in the public domain—removing significant barriers to adoption.

Learn more about the TruAgeTM program and opportunities to participate at convenience.org/TruAge.

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