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  • Will algorithms re-stock our homes in the future?
  • Will algorithms re-stock our homes in the future?
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Do we want our cupboards to be auto-replenished?

When Amazon unveiled the Dash Button, it seemed like a hoax; a button that could re-stock household items seemed like science fiction. Yet auto-replenishing tech could soon become mainstream as new products appear on the market. What advantages do they offer over subscription models?

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Amazon’s unveiling of its Dash Button in early 2015 caused a media frenzy. Announced just before April Fools’ Day, it had tech writers wondering whether the device was a hoax. But it wasn’t. Amazon actually began distributing small, adhesive switches that allowed US customers to re-stock household products at the touch of a button. The company is also working on its Dash Replenishment Service (DRS), which enables a range of smart devices to automatically order goods from Amazon.

These innovations could change the way people shop forever, and they demonstrate Amazon’s desire to be front and centre of the ...

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