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You can now order everyday essentials from Amazon Prime Now using nothing but Alexa. The usual caveats apply, but assuming you meet the criteria you’ll be able to get a host of products delivered in under two hours. And all without ever having to actually browse Amazon.
Amazon Prime Now is Amazon’s instant delivery service. You can order a range of household items and have them delivered to you within two hours. Amazon Prime Now has never previously worked with Alexa, but now Amazon has given its digital assistant the ability to order from Prime Now.
A Cavalcade of Caveats
If you a) have an Amazon Prime subscription, b) live in a U.S. city where Prime Now is available, and c) own an Alexa-enabled Amazon device such as an Echo, Dot, Tap, Fire Tablet, or Fire TV, then you’re eligible to place a Prime Now order using nothing but your voice (and your credit card).
To initiate the order you simply say, “Alexa, order [product] from Prime Now”. Alexa will then recommend a product available from Prime Now and add it to your order. You can then keep adding other products until your order hits the $20 minimum spend. At which point Alexa will choose your delivery slot.
Assaf Ronen, Vice President of Voice Shopping at Amazon, said, “Bringing Prime Now to Alexa voice shopping combines two of the most innovative shopping technologies available for an experience that our customers are going to wonder how they ever lived without”.
Order More Tortilla Chips
At the time of writing only a small percentage of our readers will even qualify for this. However, Prime Now is likely to become available in more locations in the future. And when it arrives in your area, it’s nice to know you’ll be able to order more tortilla chips during the middle of a game of poker. Right?
Do you own an Alexa-enabled Amazon device? Do you have Amazon Prime? Is Amazon Prime Now available where you live? If so, can you see yourself ordering from Amazon Prime Now using Alexa? Can you see the benefits of doing so? Please let us know in the comments below!