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Big in Japan: The return of vending machines

Covid-19’s impact on small and medium-sized businesses has been especially heavy. The restaurant and tourism industries have experienced the collective trauma of multiple lockdowns. These industries have demonstrated their resilience by thinking differently and creatively, to generate change.  Innovative solutions emerged, inspiring consumers to step out and experience them. However, it wasn’t the anticipated high-tech revelations or the latest cutting-edge innovation that provided many