Xiaomi has today announced a new initiative across India through which you can buy Xiaomi products directly from the vending machine. Dubbed as Mi Express Kiosk, the vending machines will soon be available across metro cities at prime locations including tech parks, metro stations, airports, and shopping malls.
Xiaomi claims that the Mi Express Kiosk is designed to accept all forms of payments across credit cards, debit cards, cash and UPI. Xiaomi says that one can now buy Xiaomi smartphones along with a range of accessories directly from these vending machines.
The company aims to set up several more kiosks in the coming months, and customers will be able to get information about the vending machines on Xiaomi’s official website. For now, the Mi Express Kiosks are exclusive to India, though we can expect to see the initiative spread if things go well.
While selling things through vending machines is nothing new, this is quite the divergence from the standard. While it’s convenient, this might create a negative impact on retailers who are already selling Xiaomi devices. It’ll be interesting to see how this works out for Xiaomi during the limited run in India. Maybe you’ll even be able to buy a laptop from it soon.