Practical Ecommerce

10 Alexa Skills for Shopping (and Selling)

In “The Growing Adoption of Voice Commerce,” my previous post, I addressed how Amazon’s Alexa is the leading voice-based assistant.

I mentioned in the post that Amazon now offers Alexa Voice Service, an API, and the related Alexa Skills Kit, a collection of third-party APIs and tools that make it easier to create voice-driven capabilities for Alexa.

You can search for and enable Skills in the Alexa iOS or Android app or from the Alexa Skills “store” on the website. To use an Alexa Skill, first enable it, and then speak your request based on the example phrases shown in the app.

There are thousands of Alexa Skills. All are free to use and quite a few are related to shopping (for consumers) and selling (for merchants). In this post, I’ll highlight ten of these.

Skills for Shopping

DailyDealDailyDeal reads the current deals from Amazon. Once someone likes a deal, she can use a voice command to order the deal on Amazon using Alexa.

DailyDeal

DailyDeal

Deal SniperDeal Sniper is designed for finding deals specific to a brand instead of sharing the complete list of deals. It searches the web based on the brand name and returns any deals that it finds. This is helpful if a consumer knows the brands to shop.

Deal Sniper

Deal Sniper

WhatsThePrice. WhatsThePrice returns the current price of a single item. The existing limitation is to restrict the item name to one word but as the Skill gets updated to support phrases, its adoption will presumably grow.

WhatsThePrice

WhatsThePrice

Ask PeapodAsk Peapod allows ordering groceries using voice commands, so a consumer can order even when his hands are busy, such as when washing vegetables. The order can be delivered within a couple of hours using Amazon Prime Now. Moreover, a consumer can keep adding groceries to his shopping basket as he remembers them and order at the end of the day. Ask Peapod also allows reordering of previous purchases.

AskPeapod

AskPeapod

1-800-FlowersThe 1-800-Flowers Skill allows you to order flowers just by picking a name from your contacts, a delivery date, and the name of the flower arrangement. It works well when a consumer knows the name of the flower arrangement. It requires linking of an existing 1-800-Flowers account, but after that it is easy to send flowers.

1-800-Flowers

1-800-Flowers

Gift GenieGift Genie suggests a gift using generic terms like “mom,” “dad,” and “wife” and the choices can then be purchased on Amazon. This works with another Skill called the “birthday reminder.”

GiftGenie

GiftGenie

Make My LookMake My Look is a styling helper. Users can find matching colors by just asking a question, such as, “What color looks good with green?”

Make My Look

Make My Look

Skills for Selling

Vendors that support the merchant community have also launched Skills on the Alexa Skills store. Here are three examples.

3dcartThe 3dcart Skill is for merchants who use 3dcart, the ecommerce platform. Merchants can use voice commands to check for the daily sales from their site or even ask for the annual sales number.

3dcart

3dcart

UPS. The UPS Skill allows shipments to be tracked using voice commands. It also supports finding a UPS location and getting an estimate on a shipment. After linking the UPS account, the Skill allows checking for shipments without using a tracking number.

UPS Shipment Tracking

UPS

Web AnalyticsThe Web Analytics Skill provides the visitor traffic from Google Analytics. The merchant’s Google Analytics account needs to be linked before using the Skill.

Web Analytics

Web Analytics

Gagan Mehra

Gagan Mehra

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