New: reorder items using the Echo
Just a quick note, because I am just on my phone.
Amazon just added ordering capability to the Echo.
Well, re-ordering capability at any rate. In the email they sent me, they say:
“Just say “Alexa, re-order laundry detergent” — Echo will search your order history and can order the item for you using your default payment and shipping settings. If Echo can’t find the requested item in your order history, it may suggest an item for your approval using Amazon’s Choice, which picks highly-rated, well-priced, Prime products. You can manage your shopping preferences and set an optional confirmation code in your Amazon Echo App.”
Update: I’ve tested this now…it’s a game changer!
Yes, it’s what some people feared…the
is another way to buy things from Amazon.
Yes, it’s even easier than 1-click.
I don’t worry about that. Really, I’m not going to give up on buying something I want to buy because I need to make a few extra clicks or taps, and I’m not so impulsive I’ll buy something I don’t want to buy.
Even with Prime, you have some time to cancel an order, so as long as your buyer’s remorse is fast enough, you’ll be okay. :) With many things, you can return them later also, of course.
So, why is this easier?
It’s not just that I can order by speaking, although that is a big plus. Our Echo can hear us in the kitchen. I can certainly see being there, realizing we are just about out of something, and saying it right then and there. That’s simpler than remembering it, getting to a phone or computer and then going in and ordering it.
Another good reason is that it is searching our prior orders…and you can be quite fuzzy in asking for it.
I just tested it by saying, “Alexa, order dry dog food.”
We order a specific brand. The response I got was , “Purina ONE SmartBlend Dry Dog Food, Chicken & Rice Formula, 8-Pound Bag, Pack of 1. The order total is $12.36. Should I order it?”
I said, “No, thank you.” We subscribe to it…I was just testing.
Then, it shows up in the app…which makes it even better.
- It gives me the date I last purchased it
- It tells me how soon I can get it
- It tells me who ships it and who the seller is
- I can view the product details on Amazon
- I can search for dry dog food on Amazon
- I can add dry dog food to our Shopping List
Oh, and it showed me a picture of the item.
I also try this one, “Alexa, reorder Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom.” It correctly found multiple matches in our past orders (we’ve ordered different formats…we give that book as a gift).
There are a couple of more interesting twists to this.
One big one is that this only works with Prime eligible items…this could be something that only works for Prime members with the Echo (which might convince more people to become Prime members). Right now, everyone who got an Echo from Amazon is a Prime member.
However, I think maybe in July (currently, it says it’s in stock on July 10th), that won’t be the case.
What they could do is give you a free month of Prime with an Echo, just like they’ve done with Fire tablets.
In terms of the consumer part of the business, Amazon really, really wants people to become Prime members. They spend more, and I’m sure they are more loyal to Amazon.
Spend a month with an Echo, being able to listen to Prime music and order things which arrive in two days, and I think many people will be hooked.
If they also get it to work with Prime video, probably through interfacing with an
Amazon Fire TV (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
Fire TV Stick (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
and that would be even more of a bond.
You ain’t seen nothing yet!
Oh, and the other intriguing item in the e-mail?
“If Echo can’t find the requested item in your order history, it may suggest an item for your approval using Amazon’s Choice, which picks highly-rated, well-priced, Prime products.”
That name, “Amazon’s Choice” was new to me. I did a quick web search…I do think this is something they may have just created, for the Echo (although that doesn’t mean it couldn’t become available on the website as well).
This could be another source of revenue for Amazon (they may get a “commission” from a company for selling their product as an Amazon Choice product…I do not believe that would mean they would sell us an inferior product, by the way), which fits right into what I’ve said for what I think Amazon’s consumer sales model could be.
They keep the prices low for consumers, and charge companies for access to what I’ve called Amazon’s most important product: satisfied customers.
Works for me. ;)
Bonus deal: recently discounted books which have or will become major motion pictures
You know I always like to do something with books. :) I checked what I consider to be the best Kindle resource on the web,
One thing I noticed was a number of books which have recently been made into major motion pictures (within the last few years), or which have been announced as being adapted in the future (likely to come out within the next few years, although it’s a crowded market right now!).
Here are some that I noticed:
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand
4.8 stars out of 5 | 23,758 customer reviews
$4.99 at time of writing
by Gillian Flynn
3.9 stars | 39,601 reviews
by Veronica Roth
4.5 stars | 20,396 reviews
by Veronica Roth
4.5 stars | 13,354 reviews
The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
4.7 stars | 37,419 reviews
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
4.3 stars | 4,375 reviews
Tim Burton directing, 2016 announced release
Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
4.6 stars | 5,692 reviews
Steven Spielberg directing
If I Stay
by Gayle Forman
4.2 stars | 5,639 reviews
The Maze Runner
by James Dashner
4.3 stars | 6,060 reviews
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