The Home Depot Launches Maytag's Personal Vending Machine
Feb 19, 2004
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Appliance retailer The Home Depot(R) has announced it is the exclusive retail partner introducing Maytag Corporation's SkyBox(TM), a customized home beverage machine. The new Maytag SkyBox vendor units will be available at Home Depot stores nationwide beginning March 1, 2004, with an estimated retail price of U.S. $607.

The SkyBox beverage vendor is reportedly smaller in height and width than a traditional vending machine yet can hold 64 12-oz cans, 32 12-oz bottles, or a combination of each, dispensed from four selection buttons. Glass bottles, plastic bottles, and cans may be stocked together. In addition, the unit may be customized on the front and side panels with sports logos from the NFL, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, college, and other sports.

According to Home Depot's Bob Baird, global product merchant - appliances, Maytag's "Skybox combines innovation and convenience with a slice of fun. It's the ultimate new addition to your family's home entertainment zone. And, it doesn't require dollar bills or taking eyes off the TV to get your favorite beverage."

The SkyBox vendor is available in Pitch Black or Grid Iron Platinum finishes with customized panels, child safety locks, and 20 of the most popular beverage brands for labeling the selections. The child safety lock works on individual selections, enabling the operator to free up only the soda slots for the kids' birthday parties without having to restock. A low indicator light appears when a selection is almost empty. The unit includes a lower shelving area, ideal for snacks, DVDs, or magazines.

"The SkyBox is another innovation from Maytag that makes life easier and more enjoyable," says Fred Lowery, product director of strategic initiatives for Maytag. "Its unique design brings the convenience of a beverage vending machine right into the comfort of your own home."

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