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Using Amazon Scanning Wand to Shop from Home

Those evil geniuses at Amazon are at it again, revolutionizing the way we shop. Imagine taking a small wand with you around the house to scan products that are running low. Into the kitchen to scan boxes of cereal and pasta, cans of soup and vegetables, and bags of petfood. On to the bathroom to scan health and beauty supplies.

No more shopping lists – just scan what you need. And no driving to the store – the items will show up on your doorstep through Amazon’s grocery delivery service.

The new Amazon Dash scanning wand connects to home Wi-Fi networks and works directly with AmazonFresh accounts. The wand also has a microphone, so, “Say or scan items into your Dash, and then view the list on your desktop or mobile device to purchase and schedule delivery.”

Amazon Dash is currently available on a trial basis with select AmazonFresh customers at no additional cost. A video explaining the barcode scanner-with microphone makes it clear Amazon is targeting busy parents, and its tagline is, “Shopping made simple.”

Tying the wand into its own delivery service is what gives Amazon a competitive edge. Get people hooked on the convenience – but make it proprietary. The Amazon Dash wand could help Amazon increase adoption of its delivery service exponentially and help with retention as well.

Amazon launched Amazon Fresh in Seattle 6 years ago and expanded it to Los Angeles and San Francisco last year. The service delivers grocery items and certain items from the Amazon marketplace as well.

AndroidPolice appears to have been the first outlet to report on the new device, with lots of tech outlets hopping on the story. Visit the Amazon website to learn more and watch a video demonstration.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.