Alexa now notifies you when items in your Amazon shopping cart or wishlist are about to go on sale – TechCrunch

Amazon is introducing a new Alexa feature that will notify you if an item in your wishlist or cart is about to go on sale, the company announcement Thursday. Alexa will now notify users up to 24 hours before an offer goes live, then order it on your behalf if you ask it to. The feature will also work with items that have been marked “saved for later” on the platform. The new feature is now available to Amazon Prime customers in the US on all next-gen Echo smart speakers.

You can enable the feature in the Alexa app by going to the “Amazon Shopping” section from your notification settings and selecting “Purchase Recommendations”.

When the feature is enabled, your Amazon Echo ring will turn yellow when an item goes on sale. You can ask Alexa to remind you of the offer when it goes live. You can also say “Alexa, buy it for me” if you want to buy it. Alexa will then use your Amazon account’s default payment and shipping address to process the purchase. Amazon says you won’t be charged until your order is complete. Once you have placed an order, you will receive a notification through the Amazon app along with a confirmation email with order details.

Amazon says the new feature is designed to make everyday tasks more convenient and will complement existing Alexa shopping tools, such as its Reorganization notices feature, which notifies you when you’re running low on essential items you frequently buy on Amazon.

“Our vision is to make every aspect of your shopping journey simpler and more convenient, and to help you discover savings and save time along the way,” the company said in a statement. blog post about the announcement. “We’re excited to continue to innovate in this space and bring even smoother ways for customers to shop with Alexa.”

The launch of the new feature comes amid reports that consumers are not adopting voice shopping as quickly as expected. While consumers have been happy to bring smart speakers into their homes, they continue to use them more often for simple commands – like listening to music or getting information, for example – and not for making purchases. . But, it doesn’t look like Amazon is ready to give up trying to make voice-based shopping more popular with the launch of this new feature while hinting at more in the future.