Bodega is putting quick-serve vending machines in apartment buildings, other high-traffic places. From an on-demand perspective, this is an inversion of the idea that inventory need not deployed until it is purchased. Spoilage, theft, maintenance are all risk factors for Bodega.
Bodega sets up five-foot-wide pantry boxes filled with non-perishable items you might pick up at a convenience store. An app will allow you to unlock the box and cameras powered with computer vision will register what you’ve picked up, automatically charging your credit card. The entire process happens without a person actually manning the “store.”