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The Little Gadget That Goes Grocery Shopping For You

Apr 7 2014 - 11:39am

One-click online ordering and same-day delivery is Amazon Fresh [1]'s most glorious gift to grocery shoppers. We didn't think that online grocery shopping could get any easier — but Amazon has upped the ante with Amazon Dash [2], a remote-control-sized gadget that orders home supplies for you with a quick kitchen scan or voice command.

It's basically a wizard's wand . . . for groceries. State your command, and what you desire will appear at your front door, like magic. Seeing as this is the same company that's trying to offer 30-minute delivery via drones [3], we're not surprised.

The Dash has a simple two-button design: one for voice recognition and another to enable bar code scanning. Speak into Dash's microphone (say, "apples," "Cinnamon Toast Crunch," or "chocolate chips"), and it'll add those items to your grocery list. The bar code scanner works similarly for millions of items from produce to electronics to pet goods on Amazon Fresh and Amazon.com. Since Dash is connected to your home's WiFi network, it adds items to your shopping list immediately. Log online via the website or mobile apps to purchase and schedule a delivery.

The craziest part? Amazon Dash is absolutely free. If you have an Amazon Fresh account, you can sign up for a Dash invite by filling out this form [4]. The "Amazon Prime for food" is still limited to Seattle, San Francisco, and Southern California but will expand to other areas in the near future. You may never have to leave your house again, ever.

Source: Amazon Fresh [5]

Amazon Fresh has over 500,000 products.

Everything from DVDs, toys, games, electronics, and tools to home, kitchen, and baby necessities is available for same-day and early-morning delivery. Initially, Prime members get a 30-day free trial, and Fresh delivery costs $299 annually after that. Delivery does not cost extra on top of the annual fee, as long as orders are over $35.

Source: Amazon Fresh [6]

Amazon Dash is free for Fresh members by invitation.

Currently, there is only a limited number of devices. Fill out this form [7] to sign up.

Source: Amazon Fresh [8]

There are only two buttons.

Its simple design means that your 5-year-old can restock the cereal once he or she has finished it.

Source: Amazon Fresh [9]

The bar code can scan practically anything.

The bar-code-scanning technology built into the Amazon Fresh Android and iOS apps is also available on the Dash.

Source: Amazon Fresh [10]

Speak into the Dash's microphone.

Voice your desired product (apples, strawberries, milk, bagels, etc.), and Amazon Fresh will add the most popular product that matches that description to a shopping list. Nothing is purchased until you log in to the app or website.

Source: Amazon Fresh [11]

The delivery tote bags are sealed and temperature-controlled.

There are two types of delivery. With Doorstep Delivery, orders are dropped off right by your front door. With Attended Delivery, someone needs to be home to sign for them. Alcohol is one type of item that requires Attended Delivery.

Source: Amazon Fresh [12]

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