Amazon’s Alexa has launched a new feature that notifies Prime customers of specific discounts up to 24 hours in advance, the company announced today† Amazon says the new feature is designed to help customers save money and save time.
The smart voice assistant alerts Prime members when eligible products in their wish list or shopping cart, or those they’ve marked as ‘saved for later’, are on sale. Customers can then ask Alexa to order the items when the deal is live, or send them a reminder.
Amazon hasn’t specified exactly what it defines as an “eligible” item or whether these deals will also include products sold by third parties.
Only US Amazon Prime customers who own fourth-generation Echo smart speakers or newer can take advantage of the new capability for now.
To enable it, you need to open the Alexa app, click More > Settings > Notifications before tapping Amazon shopping. You can then search for Shopping Recommendations and enable Deal Recommendations†
Once enabled, Amazon’s Echo ring will turn yellow. Alternatively, a pop-up notification will appear on a smart device if an eligible product that you have saved or added to your wishlists or shopping cart is about to go on sale. You can then instruct Alexa to read your notifications out loud for more details and ask Alexa to order the item or remind you when the deal becomes available.