Amazon Dash seems to be the only “instant” reordering device that is available today. The only other easy way to reorder items would be a multi-step process of going online, search for the item, add it to the cart, and submit the order. And the final alternative would be to leave the house, drive to the store, search for the item in the aisles, and purchase the item in store.
Amazon Dash does a good job of making it easily accessible, being able to stick the button next to the product you use and with the press of a button, it’s credited to your account and on your way within the week. The issue shown here is that it costs $4.99 per dash button, and it’s only for certain brand items. This doesn’t include other common items such as underwear and socks.
The problem presented is find a cheaper way to order common use items, but I’d like to also add in the ability to order any item.
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The easiest way to do so would be to include a voice control feature on any applicable device such as Alexa, iPhone’s Siri or Google Home where you can say for instance, “Alexa, Order another pair of socks.” Alexa would follow up with a reply, “Item on its way.” One thing about this is, you’d have to enter in the items into a list so that it knows which items you’d want to order. You don’t want Alexa sending you the wrong size or pair of socks.
Another useful feature would be to start a shopping list. Say you’re going through your kitchen and you need to find which grocery items to order, you can say, “Alexa, start a shopping list.” And Alexa would respond, “List created, what items would you like to add to the list?” Each item you mention, just say, “Add” before each item and when you’re done say, “End list”. And Alexa responds with, “List created, would you like me to read back the list or submit order?” And the rest is explanatory.