Camelot is to start feasibility studies to see if ATMs will support sales of Lottery tickets, threatening retailers’ 5% commission on tickets, and impulse sales.
And mobile networks are getting ready to sell airtime through cashpoint machines, which will again take away impulse sales and retailers’ margins on top-up sales, which have already dropped from 16% in 1999 to as low as 4% now.
Vodafone and Moneybox will pioneer the mechanism through Moneybox’s Link ATM network. Many Moneybox ATMs are in c-stores, but commission on sales through the ATM will be much lower than current levels.
For more details and opinion on this news see The Grocer magazine this week - available at all good newsagents.