Monday Apr 07, 2014

Amazon Dash

Just to once again prove that Amazon is a technology company that happens to do commerce, the Seattle giant has released Amazon Dash, a new tool for shoppers.  Chances are you heard about their recent set-top box, Fire TV, but the Dash didn't get much hoopla.  That's because it complements their Fresh program, which is only available in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Think of Dash as a remote control for your shopping list that you leave in the kitchen.  When you pour the last of the milk in your coffee, grab dash and scan the carton's barcode.  Or better yet, just say "milk" into Dash's microphone.  Items are added to your online shopping list, then when you're ready to order, you make a few adjustments and checkout.  Amazon Fresh delivers your items the next day.

In a similar vein, I introduced Grocery IQ, a mobile app, to my family to manage our grocery list.  Its nice because we can all add to a centralized shopping list.  When my wife does the shopping (in a physical grocery store), she checks the items off the list as she goes.  We can actually monitor the list in real-time.  (Warning: that also means the kids can add items as you're shopping so the list never shrinks -- real funny kids.)

Amazon has made this process even easier by providing a dedicated device instead of (actually, in addition to) a smartphone.  And of course its hardwired to Amazon's shopping cart.  Brilliant, as usual.

Tuesday Jun 28, 2011

Virtual Grocery Store

Because South Korean's are so busy, Tesco decided that its Homeplus grocery chain should offer a virtual alternative in subways.  As you can see in the video below, shoppers passing through a subway station can see a virtual representation of the store and scan items with their mobile phones.  This builds a shopping list which is delivered to their homes later that day.

This is a very cool example of leveraging technology to offer a shopping experience that's different from bricks and clicks.

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