Amazon's Dash Smart Shelf Will Automatically Replenish Common Office Supplies
Just a few months after Amazon ditched its Dash buttons, the e-commerce giant has come up with a new way use the automatic reordering service, this time in the form of a scale. The new Dash Smart Shelf is a Wi-Fi connected smart scale intended for small business use. Users simply load common office supplies onto the Shelf and the device will detect when those items start to get low based on their weight. Once that happens, Amazon will either automatically reorder those supplies or send a notification to a dedicated member of the team so they are aware of the shortage. To avoid accidental orders, Amazon says the Smart Shelf will (somehow) know when items are just temporarily removed.
The Dash Smart Shelf stands at roughly one inch tall, and comes in three different sizes: small (7 x 7 inches), medium (12 x 10 inches), and large (18 x 13 inches). To power the Shelf, users have the option of plugging it into the wall or, for instances where an outlet might not be available, four AAA batteries can be used instead.
Using a web login or the Amazon app, an employee will sign in to their Amazon Business account to select which items they want to keep stocked at all times. Some examples include things like paper, tape, sticky notes, toilet paper, coffee cups, paper clips, and much more. You’re also not chained to any item you select meaning you can switch up the item or brand at any time.
While the Dash Smart Shelf hasn’t officially hit retail just yet, some select businesses have been chosen to pilot the device this month. The plan is to open up availability to all Amazon Business customers with a U.S. business license by next year. To add to that deal, Amazon will also be offering discounts of up to 15 percent off on popular office supply brands like Keurig, Bic, Nestle, Folgers, Kimberly Clark, Amazon Basics, and more.