Amazon introduced on Thursday a new Alexa feature that will alert you when an item on your wishlist or in your shopping cart is ready to go on sale. Alexa will now alert consumers up to 24 hours before a bargain goes live and even order it for you if you ask. The function will also work with “saved for later” items. The new capability is now accessible on all later generation Echo smart speakers for Amazon Prime members in the US.
If you want to use this feature, go to the Alexa app’s notifications settings and select “Amazon shopping.”
It turns yellow when an item is on sale when the feature is activated. Ask Alexa to remind you when the sale goes live. If you want to buy it, you can say “Alexa, buy it for me”. Alexa will then utilise your Amazon default payment and delivery address to complete the purchase. Amazon claims you won’t be charged until your order ships. After placing an order, you’ll be notified via the Amazon app and an email with the order details.
In addition to Reorder Notifications, which alerts you when you run low on essentials you usually buy from Amazon, Amazon claims the new function will make daily tasks more straightforward.
“Our objective is to make your purchasing experience easier, more convenient, and time-saving,” the company stated in a blog post announcing the news. “We’re delighted to keep developing and giving customers more options to shop with Alexa.”
Consumers aren’t adopting voice-based buying as swiftly as expected, according to research. People appreciate smart speakers, but they use them for simple tasks like playing music or getting information, not for making purchases. With the launch of this new function and hints of more in the future, it appears Amazon isn’t ready to give up on voice-based buying.