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Amazon Dash grows in UK with arrival of new connected partners

Amazon today announced further developments related to its Dash Replenishment service, with new devices now available on the platform and a range of additional manufacturers soon set to include automatic reordering capability.

New devices from Bosch, Kyocera and Siemens are now available with Dash Replenishment, while Beko, Candy, Haier, Hoover, illy, Sharp and Toshiba will soon have smart connected products that will allow for automatic reordering.

It is an example of further progress being made in the internet of things movement which industry commentators have been saying for years will have a profound effect on consumer behaviour and, consequently the wider retail industry.

Essential Retail has closely followed developments in this space over the last few years.

Dash Replenishment enables connected devices to measure supply consumption through a variety of sensors, such as voltage, pressure, volume, and capacity. This measurement then signals an automatic reorder of supplies before customers run out.

Actual user cases, given the companies that have now connected their products with Dash Replenishment, include washing machines that automatically reorder detergent based on how many times they have been used, and printers automatically ordering ink cartridges and toner when running existing supplies are low.

Coffee brand illy is developing espresso and coffee machines to easily reorder capsules when low, while Toshiba TV remote controls will be the first brand in the UK to offer automatic re-ordering of batteries.

Eric Saarnio, head of Amazon Devices EU, commented: “With Dash Replenishment we’re working to make the process of shopping for everyday consumables completely disappear, because we’ve all felt the frustration of running out of something we frequently use.

“Dash Replenishment allows manufacturers to add even more convenience to connected products, enabling a device to automatically reorder so a customer never has to worry about running out of what they need.”