The Amazon Smart Reordering service has used Alexa to automate the reordering process. Here is how to use Smart Reordering to make your life easier.
Part of the charm of smart home systems that can be managed via mobile apps and Wi-Fi is that printers, washing machines, or refrigerators will automatically perform daily tasks. However, even smart appliances require smart supplies (washing powder, oven racks, printer cartridges, etc.).
This is where Amazon's smart reordering service comes into play. This article provides an overview of Smart Reorders and how it works. We will also include an example of how to use Smart Reordering for commonly used smart products (in this case, a Hewlett-Packard inkjet printer).
Amazon's Alexa can sense when your smart home needs something. For example, when your printer is low on ink, she will automatically ship the correct ink cartridge to you.
Everyone knows that low-ink printers can be a hindrance. When you need to print something, you need to put down everything on hand and run to the store. In a store, it may be difficult to find suitable printer cartridges. Although it is easy to find printer cartridges online, you must wait for it to be shipped.
Fortunately, with Amazon's smart reorder service, you can find it at your door before you need it, and you can put it in a drawer, ready to wait for the next time the printer runs out of ink. You can also get a 10% discount on ink or toner through Amazon.
For years, Amazon has been tinkering with the smart reordering concept, previously offering a Dash button that you can place in your supply storage area (possibly on the side of the washing machine). You just need to press the button, and the detergent you need will be shipped to you from Amazon.
When they first announced it, some people thought the Dash button was a scam, and there were obvious concerns about using these buttons. Suppose your child is at the age when he likes to press buttons? One day, you may come home and find 150 boxes of washing powder stacked on the front porch.
Amazon has phased out Dash Buttons and built on the existing intelligent reordering concept. Some smart product manufacturers provide subscription and delivery services to supplement your smart home system.
Hewlett-Packard offers Instant Ink, which can charge for your printer cartridges based on the number of pages you print per month. Amazon’s Smart Reordering service centralizes and improves these options, and you can control the process through Alexa.
Amazon is establishing partnerships with a number of smart home appliance manufacturers to integrate more smart reorders. Everything from trash pads to electric toothbrush heads (eventually) will be covered.
LG has joined this work through the new Thinq app. Alexa is integrated with the new LG Thinq app. When your smart appliances (refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, and washing machines) need detergent or water filters, Alexa will sense them.
When you need to order accessories, LG and Smart Reordering services can also help. For example, when you need a new oven rack, you need to make sure to order the correct parts. The Thinq app will confirm that the product you ordered is suitable for the specific oven model you have.
It's easy to set up smart reordering. Usually, you will add your smart device app to the Alexa skills list. Here is how to set up smart reordering with HP printers:
If all goes well, you will see a message indicating that your HP printer account is linked to Alexa.
Once your printer is linked to Alexa, you should see it listed in its devices section, and you can change the smart reordering settings. That's it:
You will have three setting options: smart reordering, only notify me and no reordering or notification. Click Smart Reorder, and then click the Select button.
Here, you can select the product you want to automatically reorder from the list. You will also get some useful details; current ink levels, information about the last time the Smart Reorder product was shipped to you, the most popular reorder products, and product reviews.
You can check product prices to make sure you don’t pay too much for items that are shipped automatically. If the price increases more than the 10% discount you get through Amazon, Smart Reorder Service will notify you.
Amazon and smart appliance manufacturers understand the importance of keeping smart home systems well configured and have easy-to-use and efficient systems.
You don't need to research the price. You don’t need to go through codes and information to find the right ink cartridges for your printer. You do not need to match the accessory part number with the model of the smart product.
And you don’t have to manually complete the process of ordering these things. All you need is the Smart Reorder service. You can waste time on research, shopping and purchasing, productivity, and things you like to do.
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Josh Dollaghan is passionate about home improvement, especially in learning and setting up next-generation smart home products. He often spends time with his family and explores outdoor activities. He is also an avid reader, film lover and musician.
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