Lush dabbles in vending

Lush products dispenser, Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross

Cosmetic retailer Lush has opened its first 24-hour, automated retail experience in the Coal Drops Yard at King’s Cross, London.

The iLocker vending machine is designed by Anmac which is owned by world renowned couple, Andrew McAlpine and his wife Gemma Jackson, known as designers on Hollywood films and series such as The Piano, The Beach, Bridget Jones Diary and Game of Thrones.

Charlotte Howe, Lush Group retail team spokesman said: “Lush always strives to dazzle our customers, from our product innovations through to bringing our core values into every aspect of our retailing. Using the highest quality of automated retail machines with our partner, Anmac, we are able to surprise and delight with a micro store that is open 24 hours a day to the public at Coal Drops Yard. It is a retail theatre that never sleeps, live glow on the go.”

This iLocker isn’t your average vending machine. It is a 360˚ retail experience, with a sustainable design that runs on a low energy output and provides an attractive display for fresh, handmade gifts.

Helen Cox, Lush Global environment reporting said: “These exciting innovative micro stores will allow us to get our wonderful fresh handmade products into the hands of even more consumers, making it easier for them to make ethical choices. These allow us to get more of our hero products into the world, without the operating impact of a full store.”

The pop-up at Coal Drops Yard will initially run for six months, with plans for the products and design to be interchangeable creating exciting options for shoppers passing by.