Amazon’s Dash Button represents one of the largest steps toward that technologically upgraded tomorrow. This button aims to make ordering everyday supplies like Gatorade, laundry detergent and paper towels as simple as pressing a button.
Let’s examine the Dash Button and the implications it has for tomorrow’s consumers.
What is the Dash Button?
Released early in 2015, the Amazon Dash Button is a physical device designed to make ordering everyday consumables as simple as pressing a button. This significantly simplifies the process of ordering new items while helping established businesses bridge the gap between themselves and consumers.
This technology required a $4.99 fee from customers, and it was only available to certain users. The buttons have been made available to all Amazon Prime customers. Amazon is also refunding the cost of these buttons to customers upon the first time they are used to order a product.
This makes the Dash Button available to every Amazon consumer, though it remains favorable for customers that have free or low-cost shipping, which includes customers with Amazon Prime subscriptions.
The other challenge with the Dash Button concerns the comparatively expensive price that consumers must pay for their purchases. The cheapest supplies remain in box stores where discounts are frequent on these everyday necessities.
One Step Toward Tomorrow
While the Amazon Dash Button does have a few challenges that it still needs to overcome, it does represent one big step toward tomorrow. It is one of the first examples of the IoT (Internet of Things) becoming readily available to a wide range of consumers.
This service paves the way for other providers on Amazon to create new business models that makes the Dash Button work. Even things like shipping may be able to be considerably cheaper if this service becomes more popular.
Over thirteen popular brands currently use the Amazon Dash Button. We suspect that more brands will subscribe to this model as it becomes more popular and affordable for consumers to use.