Amazon Dash, an IoT attempt by the tech giant to help customers quickly restock household items, is officially going bye-bye.
First released in 2015, the Dash buttons were meant to be placed inside the kitchen, laundry rooms, and other areas of the home. The internet-connected buttons, sold at $4.99 each, would automatically order more detergent or paper towels with a simple push. Brands such as Tide and Gillette got involved, creating their own branded buttons.
Amazon still operates the Dash Replenishment program for connected appliances that automatically reorder items when supplies are low. The company also created a virtual version of the Dash Button on its website.
In addition, Amazon has built out voice shopping capabilities for Alexa, the digital brain that powers Echo devices.
Here’s a statement from Amazon:
“Amazon is constantly evaluating our product and service offerings to best serve customers. Since sales of Dash Button devices ceased earlier this year, we have seen continued growth of other shopping options to meet customer needs, including Virtual Dash Button, Dash Replenishment, Alexa Shopping, and Subscribe & Save. With this is mind, starting August 31, 2019, customers will no longer be able to place orders through Dash Button devices globally. Customers can continue reordering products using their free virtual Dash Buttons on the Amazon.com website and mobile app, which are available for the same great brands customers love from Dash Button devices. Customers will see that virtual Dash Buttons have already been created to replace current physical Dash Button devices.”