Following a successful roll-out in the US, Amazon’s expansion into ever more convenient ways of buying the things you need with minimal input (literally at the touch of a button) has now crossed the Atlantic with the arrival of Amazon Dash in the UK.
But what is Amazon Dash?
Well the answer to this question varies slightly depending on which of the two offerings by Amazon you’re interested in either way though, the logic is basically the same.
The launch of AmazonFresh in parts of the UK heralded the start of the company’s venture into the online grocery shopping market in Europe and one of the Dash systems looks to take the well-established simplicity of online shopping to a whole new level.
Essentially a connected handset which looks to take the pain out of the weekly grocery shop, the Amazon Dash device allows you to add things to your online shopping cart from the comfort of your kitchen without lifting a laptop lid or unlocking a tablet.
Simply use the device to scan a barcode or use the built in voice search and Dash will recognise the item you need and add to the cart.
Tied directly to AmazonFresh, the Dash device will allow you to build up your shopping list and then get what you need delivered via next day delivery when you hit a required order value.
The second stream of Amazon’s Dash family is the Dash Button.
Amazon’s Dash Buttons allow you to simply tap a product specific button (which you can fix to a surface anywhere in your home) to automatically re-order a specific item you’re running low on – at this point, the Dash device fires off a re-order request to Amazon through your synced up account and the goods will then be winging their way to your home address.
The beauty of the Dash Buttons is unlike the Dash barcode and speech device which is tied specifically to AmazonFresh, the buttons are tied to sundry items and dry goods that you’re likely to only reorder once in a while (think things like toilet paper, cat litter, laundry detergent etc).
All in all, the expansion of the Dash program for both the US and UK markets marks an important landmark in the growth of Amazon’s move into the inter-connected smart home grocery market.
As the Internet of Things continues to expand at a rapid pace, we’re already excited to see how this idea from Amazon develops in the near future and what the next iterations of this kind of service look like.
Either way, this is an amazing step looking to take the strain out of regular chores and errands using smart tech.Learn more about Amazon Dash here