Imposed by the re-containment, the very limited functioning of food vending machines “threatens in the short term” nearly half of the jobs in the sector, or 25,000 employees, alerted the National organization of automatic sales and services (Navsa) on Thursday.
“The closure of places of life, the generalization of teleworking and the condemnation of devices in the few places of sale that have remained open plunge the 55,000 employees in the sector into a situation of inactivity suffered,” lamented the instance in a press release.
Between 50 and 90% of turnover less
Selling by machine (coffee machines, vending machines for drinks and food) is not prohibited with the Covid-19 pandemic, but the sector’s turnover has been “cut by 50 to 90% since the start of the health crisis, ”added Navsa.
Employees undergo on average partial activity 2.5 days per week, it is specified. “Our devices have been arrested, condemned, not because they are vectors of contamination, but because they are associated with conviviality and therefore with the gathering”, analyzes Pierre Albrieux, the president of Navsa.
Massive layoffs to be expected
“If the decline in activity in the sector remained around 25% in 2021, we should then expect a second massive wave of layoffs”, he still worries. He asks that the roasters, “upstream of the sector, are also included in the list” of sectors that can benefit from exceptional state aid due to the health crisis.
The federation brings together 247 companies, the managers of 600,000 vending machines in France – 70% installed in companies and 30% in public places, stations, airports, metro, motorway areas … – but also machine manufacturers or those of food products, and associated service companies (electronic banking, packaging).