Amazon Now Offers Voice-Activated One-Hour Booze Delivery
You scream, I scream, we all scream for booze—and Amazon delivers. Amazon’s voice-activated platform Alexa (available on devices like Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap and Fire Tablet) just gained the ability to place orders through Amazon Prime Now, meaning you can restock your bar cart in just one hour without even opening up a laptop. The new feature is perfect when the party’s bumpin’, supplies are running low, and you can’t stop shaking cocktails even for a second for fear of being overrun by thirsty guests—or when you just don’t feel like getting up off the couch to dig up your laptop. Alexa’s the ultimate bar-back.
Amazon has slowly rolled out liquor orders through Prime Now in 30 cities, and according to The Verge, the latest two cities to be added to the list, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, will be the first to gain access to Alexa-enabled alcohol on demand. As is usually the case with Amazon’s hometown, Seattleites will also get early access to the new voice-activated feature. But given the company’s aggressive interest in expanding into every home in the nation, we expect other metropolitan drinkers will soon be included.
For those worried that Alexa will order more liquor than necessary at the mere mention of a Martini, know that the command process involves several steps before an order is actually placed. Customers have to specify an order from Prime Now, which will cause the artificial assistant to suggest a common brand available through the service, which customers then have to confirm. It might sound like a lot, but it’s still easy enough to order when you really need it: the morning after. You won’t even need to open your eyes to get some hair of the dog quick.