By Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster, 50th Space Wing Public Affairs / Published February 05, 2020
50th FSS will install a micro-market kiosk on the second floor next to the barber shop Feb. 6.
“Based on customer feedback, we decided to try to figure out a way to plus up food and beverage options here on base,” according to Gabriel Laramie, 50th FSS deputy commander.
The micro-market kiosk will resemble the grab and go kiosk seen at major airports. It will be unmanned and available 24/7, thus having a small footprint in terms of expense.
“It has security cameras on it, but basically all of the food is grab and go,” Laramie said. “You select the items you want, swipe your credit card and conduct individual transactions.”
Some of the feedback the 50th FSS receives from customers is food and beverage options on the base close midday leaving limited choices.
“The goal behind it is to focus on providing healthy snacks and easy items, such as sandwiches, drinks and snacks,” Laramie said.
With the installation of the kiosk occurring Feb. 6, and the test phase Feb. 7, there will be a larger push to open it officially.
“We don’t have many options because we are kind of a secluded location,” Staff Sgt. Kyle Hackett, 50th Space Wing administrator said. “Having more options and convenience is important, so it is good that they [50th FSS] are looking to improve this.”
The kiosk set will consist of a refrigerator, freezer and dry snacks shelving.
“We’ve got a whole menu,” he said. “What we’re going to do initially is set up the kiosk with a standardized menu. I have pages of different food options, so once we get rolling, we’ll push some of that information out to the base and if there are things people want and it’s supported, we’ll bring it out here.”
There are plans to expand the number of kiosks at a future date, but first 50th FSS wants to see how the initial kiosks are received.
“Depending on foot traffic we’re using this operation to test the demand,” Laramie said. “If the demand is what we think it is and folks are using it, our phase two is to open up a second kiosk within the restricted area.”
If individuals have feedback or recommendations for food options, 50th FSS wants customer feedback.
“Our goal is to try and improve the quality of life here and one of the things we hear is additional food options would go a long way,” he said.
For more information about the micro-market kiosk or to provide feedback and suggestion contact Laramie at 567-3445