Amazon launches Amazon Dash to use with AmazonFresh service

Amazon has just launched a remote-like device that features a microphone, speaker, and barcode reader that links to AmazonFresh accounts. The invite-only Amazon Dash is currently available only to users of AmazonFresh, which operates in S. California, San Francisco, and Seattle, and is free during the initial trial period.

Amazon has been slowly expanding its market from being a simple online retailer, to offering the Kindle reader for e-books back in 2007, the recently announced Fire TV, and now is pushing territory no other online retailer has gone into: groceries. With plans to expand AmazonFresh into about 20 urban areas this year, with some being outside of the US.

Moving into the grocery business could also lead to Amazon being self-reliant with introducing Amazon trucks to deliver straight to homes. This could complicate business with shipping services such as UPS, FedEx, and other delivery companies that Amazon uses currently.

If Amazon's venture into the online grocery business is successful, it could pave a way for many online retailers, and entrepreneurs.

Source: AmazonFresh via Reuters | Image via AmazonFresh

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Good job, amazon. Coming up with a solution to a problem that didn't exist. I personally don't see a use for this. I prefer to do my own groceries...

And I don't ever want to do my groceries. I'd much prefer to have it delivered systematically through an online scheduler service. This is brilliant for someone like me!

Andrew Lyle said,
Good job, amazon. Coming up with a solution to a problem that didn't exist. I personally don't see a use for this. I prefer to do my own groceries...

Exactly! Although it is cumbersome at times, I can always choose the freshest and tastiest as well as choosing the cheapest. Delivery just adds cost.

Jet Blazer said,
And I don't ever want to do my groceries. I'd much prefer to have it delivered systematically through an online scheduler service. This is brilliant for someone like me!

I'm with you. I think Amazon Fresh is a fantastic service and I only wish it was more expansive here in the Great White North.

That's a fairly narrow minded world view.

It's akin to someone in the mid 20th century saying that they see no use for air travel because they've never gone more than 20 miles from home.

I've never used this service either. Actually, it's just not offered in my area. However I think I would give it a shot. My wife and I live fairly busy lives and something like this would give us back a couple of hours of our week. That's time better spent. I could also see something like this saving us money. Quite often people forget what foods they have in the pantry. We have two freezers, a pantry, and other things in the cabinets. Or how about non-grocery goods like toilet paper. How many people can relate to running out of that?

So now you have something that can keep you from running out of staple goods that you use all the time. You have something that can help prevent you from purchasing goods you already have. I can see lots of potential applications.

What if Amazon has a complete inventory of your pantry. Let's say you can't decide what to prepare for dinner. Many times you end up going to the grocery store to buy more food, or eating out (which gets more expensive) or just munching on something at home that isn't really what you were wanting. Instead something like this could take your known inventory and present you with a smorgasbord of recipes that you can make without setting foot outside the home. It could also help you plan meals in the future. It could help you with dieting. It can actually end up saving you money.

These are just a few ideas off the top of my head. I'm sure Amazon's guys are light years ahead of my thinking here. I think they are on to something big.

Well, don't know where you live but here in the Tri-State area, there is freshdirect.com and they deliver to these places:

•New York: Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Nassau, Queens, Rockland, Staten Island, Suffolk, Westchester
•New Jersey: Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union
•Connecticut: Fairfield
•Pennsylvania: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia
•Delaware: New Castle

There is also peapod.com, from Stop and Shop and they seem to have a wider area of delivery, including:

Chicagoland, Milwaukee, S.E. Wisconsin, Indianapolis

Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Southern New Hampshire

New York, New Jersey

Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C.

Philadelphia, S.E. Pennsylvania