Amazon Introduces Smart Shelf for Office Supplies Reordering

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Amazon’s next step in convenient reordering solutions for businesses comes in the form of its new Smart Shelf.

Despite the e-commerce giant’s disappointment of their ‘Dash Buttons’ not proving to be as successful as first predicted, Retail Dive report that Amazon is refocusing its efforts to simplify business supplies reordering with a new Smart Shelf system.

The system is to be rolled out in the United States next year, with the product only being available to Amazon Business customers with a registered U.S business license in the early stages.

How Will the Smart Shelf Work?

CNBC have highlighted more of the specifics relating to Amazon’s Smart Shelf and how the system will operate when it launches next year.

Supplied in three different sizes (small, medium or large), the Smart Shelf runs on four AAA batteries or can be powered through mains electricity instead.

For the scale to function, it will need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network and linked up to a current Amazon Business or Amazon Shopping account.

During setup, the products that will be stored on the shelf will need to be entered into the Amazon website portal.

Once this information is in place, the Smart Shelf will identify when you are about run low in supply on any specific products being kept on the shelf and will automatically re-order the items from the Amazon website.

The shelf does contain the option however to turn off automatic reordering and to only send a notification when it identifies that anything kept on the Smart Shelf is in low supply so that owners can purchase supplies from anywhere beyond Amazon.

An All-in-One Business Supplies Reordering Solution

To sweeten the deal of owning a Smart Shelf however, Amazon have promised US based Amazon Business customers up to 15% off some of its key stationery and office supplies centric brands in order to provide an all-in-one reordering solution.

In an official post on their business blog website, they comment:

“Dash Smart Shelf can help keep stocked up on office necessities like printer paper and pens, toilet paper and paper towels, IT and peripherals, breakroom items like coffee and snacks, maintenance repair, and operational needs, and common restaurant goods such as plates, napkins and plastic utensils.

In addition, customers using it can enjoy discounts of up to 15 percent on certain regularly used items like coffee products from Keurig, Folgers, coffee creamer from Nestle Coffeemate, snack bars from KIND, paper products from Hammermill and Kimberly Clark Professional, pens from Bic, and Post-Its, Scotch tape and more from 3M.”

Information on whether the Smart Shelf system will be introduced to businesses outside of the US at a later date or pricing for the shelves has yet to be announced however.

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