First devices using Amazon Dash Replenishment now available
Brother printers, a GE washer among first products to use Amazon’s automatic reordering system for staples such as ink cartridges, dish soap, water filters and more
The idea that someone might want their refrigerator to order milk when you are out, or new ink cartridges when the printer is running low of ink, sounds wonderful, if you are rich or time constrained (or lazy). For those of us who count our pennies, it all sounds rather expensive.
But there is no doubt that there will be demand of smart devices that can do these things – and Amazon which wants to sell these things wants in on the action.
Today they announced that the first devices that use their Amazon Dash Replenishment service have been launched. The manufacturers and their devices on board include Brother printers, a GE washer, and the Gmate SMART blood glucose monitor. Not exactly a Samsung refrigerator, but it’s a start.
I suppose the next logical step would be for Apple to make sure that any new automobile they decide to make, assuming rumors are true that they are interested in building a car, is not only electric, but smart enough to recharge itself without the assistance of its owner. Fantasy? Maybe, but I think this is the way the major tech companies are thinking about their products.
Maybe we really are headed towards a WALL-E future.
Here is Amazon’s announcement:
SEATTLE, Wash. – January 19, 2016 — Amazon today announced the first devices available with Amazon Dash Replenishment, including select Brother printers, a GE washer, and the Gmate SMART blood glucose monitor. Dash Replenishment Service enables connected devices to automatically order physical goods from Amazon when supplies are running low—for example, a Brother printer that will order toner or ink when it’s needed. Customers who already own a compatible Brother printer can start taking advantage of Dash Replenishment immediately, and the General Electric washer and Gmate device will be ready by the end of the month—there is no need to buy a new device—just sign up to activate Amazon Dash Replenishment.
Additionally, new brands and devices have joined the Dash Replenishment program, including Purell soap and hand sanitizer and the Whirlpool Smart Dishwasher. Brands that want to incorporate Dash Replenishment Service into their connected devices can now easily access the APIs to start an integration.
“With Amazon Dash Replenishment, we want to make customers’ lives even easier so they won’t run out of items like laundry detergent, pet food or printer ink again—customers simply activate Dash Replenishment when they are setting up their connected device and then rely on Amazon to automatically deliver those everyday essentials,” said Daniel Rausch, Director, Amazon Devices. “It’s exciting to make Dash Replenishment a reality—customers can start taking advantage of the service today and we will continue to launch and add new devices to the program this year.”
Devices available with Dash Replenishment include compatible Brother connected printers that measure toner or ink levels. Dash Replenishment enables automatic ordering so that customers always have the supplies they need to print. Customers can sign up for Dash Replenishment via Brother’s website when setting up their compatible printers.
“We are excited to work with the Amazon Dash Replenishment Service, and be a part of its official launch,” said Don Cummins, SVP Marketing, Brother. “Brother has over 45 models immediately compatible with Amazon Dash Replenishment, making it easy for our users to automatically have their ink or toner replenished when they need it.”
GE’s washer with Smart Dispense technology stores detergent and automatically dispenses the right amount for each load so customers don’t have to worry about it. With Dash Replenishment, customers use the associated app to set their preferred preorder level and Amazon delivers detergent when supply is running low.
Gmate’s SMART Blood Glucose Meter is a device that connects to a smartphone to make testing blood sugar easy and convenient. With Dash Replenishment, testing strips and lancets are automatically ordered when needed so customers always have the critical supplies they need to stay in good health.
Amazon has already announced dozens of other connected devices that will also integrate Dash Replenishment Service, including devices from Samsung, Brita, Whirlpool, August, Oster, Obe, Petnet, Clever Pet, Sutro, Thync, and Sealed Air. Today, the program has added the following new brands/devices:
- Purell—GOJO, the inventors of PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer, is launching a development project to connect its innovative touch-free dispensing systems equipped with GOJO SMARTLINK Technology with Amazon Dash Replenishment Service. The GOJO SMARTLINK Technology in GOJO Soap and PURELL Hand Sanitizer Dispensers tracks the supply level of the soap and hand sanitizer refills and automatically orders a new supply when refills are low through Amazon.
- Whirlpool—Whirlpool, which recently announced integration with its Whirlpool Smart Top Load Washer and Dryer, also plans to use Dash Replenishment in the kitchen with its Whirlpool Smart Dishwasher.
“Amazon has been great to work with—together we’ll help ensure customers always have the right supplies on hand when needed. For Whirlpool, this collaboration is all about taking steps out and keeping life simple,” said Brett Dibkey, Vice President, Integrated Business Units, Whirlpool Corporation.
For device makers and developers, the limited private beta has ended and Dash Replenishment Service APIs are now broadly available for integration into any device that can connect to the Internet, either directly or through a proxy. Developers can visit www.amazon.com/dashreplenishmentservice to start an integration today with as few as 10 lines of code using simple HTML containers and REST API calls. Whether large corporations or hobbyists, device makers can use Dash Replenishment Service to place orders on behalf of their customers without having to build the back-end infrastructure to fulfill orders—Amazon does this work for them, leveraging its authentication and payment systems, customer service, and fulfillment network.
Information about Amazon Dash Replenishment can be found at www.amazon.com/dashreplenishmentservice, including a video highlighting why device makers are integrating Dash Replenishment in their connected devices.