Vogue has launched beauty product vending machines in Taiwan using QR Codes for selection and payment (image below). Users scan the QR Code for the item on display in the coin free vending machine with Vogue’s “Vogue Select” app. Payment is automatic, through China Telecom’s QR Code mobile payment system. A recent survey showed that 37% of smartphone users in Taiwan use their device at least once a month to purchase physical goods with mobile payment. Smartphone penetration in Taiwan is over 50% and you can buy almost anything (shoes for example) from a vending machine, so for the Taiwanese it’s a natural step in retailing. Taiwan TV news item video (in Chinese) below.