Xiaomi to install Mi Express vending machines to sell smartphones


Just go to the nearby Xiaomi Xpress Kiosk, add details through a screen, pay for the selected device using a Debit or Credit Card and you will get your device in hands within a couple of minutes.

These vending machines will be present across metro cities in public areas with greater footfall such as tech parks, metro stations, airports, and shopping malls.

Xiaomi says the Mi Express vending machines offer honest pricing, similar to that of Mi Homes and Mi.com. Xiaomi says that one can now buy Xiaomi smartphones along with a range of accessories directly from these vending machines. With an Express Kiosk, however, it would become much simpler for customers to buy smartphones and accessories, without requiring any sort of active assistance of staff, which in a way, also helps the company reduce on the operational cost of setting up stores and other related expenses. "All the technology equipping Mi Express kiosks has been researched and developed in India, further extending the brand's commitment to India", Xiaomi said in a statement. On a related note, Xiaomi opened its 1000th Mi Store in the country - in Rewari, Haryana. More Mi Express Kiosks will soon be installed throughout the metro cities. The booths will highlight items at a value like that accessible on Mi.com and Mi Home stores, the organization likewise elucidated. Located now in Bangalore and Mumbai, Mi Studios will have an average size of 400-600 sq.ft. Xiaomi had earlier revealed that it wants to have 5000 Mi Stores in rural India by the end of 2019.

Xiaomi had entered the Indian market with the launch of Mi 3 smartphone less than five years ago (July 2014) and since then has been expanding its business and operations at a significant pace.

This could be considered Xiaomi's third activity to enter the disconnected market in India. However, this might create a negative impact on retailers who are already selling Xiaomi smartphones across the country.