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Uniqlo to sell clothes through vending machines

Fast Retailing Co. Ltd.-owned apparel retailer Uniqlo is planning to sell its products through vending machines in U.S. airports and shopping malls, The Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 2.

According to the report, the company will roll out 10 vending machines, which will stock heat-retaining shirts and lightweight down jackets, over the next two months in U.S. cities, including New York, Houston and Oakland, Calif.

The six-feet-high machines will dispense the items in boxes and cans, which can be returned at a store or via mail.

The move is part of the retailer's renewed strategy to increase its presence in the U.S. after its stores in the country fell below sales forecasts, the WSJ wrote. Uniqlo's U.S. marketing chief, Marisol Tamaro, told the WSJ that vending machines are more convenient and cheaper to operate than physical stores.