Vending is defined as ‘the act of selling’ and this vending could be either products or services for a fee. They are an integral part of the economies around the world, offering easy access to all kind of products and services. Vendors sell everything that one could think of, such as vegetables, fruits, foods, crafts, consumer electronics, etc. Hawking is almost similar as vending, however they sell more aggressively by screaming out for example. Hawkers are defined as people who sell mobile goods.
In big cities one could see a lot of vending, yet it is difficult to accurately estimate their numbers. In many countries, the majority of street vendors are women (Roever, 2014). Because there are low barriers to startup and there are flexible hours, people easily start up a vending business. Many people, however, enter street vending because they cannot find a job. On the street there is a lot of competition and street venders need some very good bargaining and negotiating skills. The circumstances on the street aren’t ideal for the vendors. Most of the time they have to deal with the weather and traffic and besides this they don’t have shelter, running water or a toilet close to their workplace. For transporting and displaying their goods they often use clothes, baskets, cards, bikes or even small vans.
Three projects that have similarities with the project of the vending tricycle are analysed to get a better understanding and learn from their strengths and weaknesses.