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Matthew Algie & Southco: The Perfect Blend of Security and Style

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THE PERFECT BLEND OF CASE STUDY CHALLENGE Matthew Algie wanted to upgrade the locking hardware on their new coffee vending machine to provide a high level of security, ease of use and simplified maintenance, as well as pleasing aesthetics to set the machine apart from competitor' products. SOLUTION An electronic rotary latch with Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) card and reader which is concealed inside the machine to provide enhanced security, performance and aesthetic impact. VALUE Using an electronic solution in place of a traditional mechanical lock makes the coffee vending machine more advanced, versatile and appealing to Matthew Algie's client-base, strengthening the company's profile as an innovator. STYLE AND SECURITY COMPANY: Matthew Algie WEBSITE: INDUSTRY: Specialist Coffee Roaster Matthew Algie is a leading specialist coffee roaster, supplying coffee, machines and training to operators across the UK and Ireland. Established in Glasgow in 1864, the company is traditionally known for its roasted coffee and supplies to caf├ęs, bars, restaurants, hotels and businesses. Matthew Algie stands out in the UK coffee trade for its "farm-to-cup" approach to ethical sourcing and its technical excellence. As market dynamics changed and the demand for on-the-go convenience coffee increased, Matthew Algie identified an opportunity to expand its product portfolio into coffee machines. Matthew Algie's primary aim was to create a premium self-service coffee machine designed specifically for high-end retail outlets. An extension to their traditional product offering, this was their first venture into the self-service market. They were looking to achieve two key objectives: create a unique design by combining superior security with attractive aesthetics and to allow for quick and easy maintenance.

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