The oddest internal communication approach we’ve seen

Talking vending machines new internal comms tool

September 15, 2015

Internal communication in 2015 comes in all manner of shapes and sizes.

Rarely – in our experience – does it arrive in the form of a vending machine though.

Yes, you’ve read that right.

Canned coffee maker Dydo Drinco Inc has rolled out talking mechanical snack providers to a handful of companies in Japan, aiming to boost internal communication.

How does it work?

It’s fairly simple.

Peckish workers treating themselves during the working day are greeted by a short message from the company’s CEO when they use the machine.

Technical engineers have programmed the device to greet people when they either pay their money or choose a product.

The machines have the capacity to remember “four recorded messages of five seconds” – offering “better communication within the company”, according to Dydo.

The Japan Times reports Kyoto-based taxi fleet operator MK Co has installed six machines featuring the voice of company president Nobuaki Aoki who uses the phrases: “Drive safe without any accident” and “Groom yourself well and smile”.