Amazon Alexa is the ultimate concierge, letting you do everything from paying for gasoline to translating conversations in real time. Now you can enjoy hands-free and on-demand ordering of groceries from First now, Amazon fresh, and Whole foods using any Alexa-powered device and a simple wake-up phrase.
What do I need to use Alexa’s grocery ordering feature?
Alexa’s grocery ordering feature requires a Amazon prime membership and an active payment method. Orders placed through the Prime Now app can be delivered or picked up in as little as 30 minutes at participating locations. All you need to do is select the ‘Pick up’ option at checkout, and a Prime Now buyer will load the groceries into your vehicle once you get to a reserved pickup point.
How to order your next groceries with Alexa
From there, recite a wake-up phrase, which includes “Alexa” as well as the items and retailer you want to purchase from. For example, if you want to buy milk and cookies, say “Alexa, add milk to my Amazon Fresh basket” or “Alexa, add chocolate chip cookies to my Prime Now basket”.
After each entry, Alexa will recite “What else? Until you have finished placing all of the items in your basket.
Note that Alexa’s grocery ordering feature cannot make a definitive product selection using a broad term. For example, saying “Alexa, please add chicken to my basket” will not automatically add a specific brand, size and type of chicken to your basket.
Instead, you are prompted to make a selection for “Chicken” from the Whole Foods Cart page. Other generic terms can cause Alexa to select items based on past purchases or choose from the best-selling products.
By clicking or tapping “Choose Item”, Whole Foods will display all results for “Chicken”. From there you will have the option to view the product description and add it to your cart. You also have the option to choose a quantity (prices are updated in real time), change an item or delete the entry.
Additionally, Alexa will occasionally add an unintended product to your cart, especially when specifying a quantity. For example, saying “Alexa, add a 12-pack soda to my Amazon Fresh cart” returns an 8-pack of 12-ounce sodas.
Fortunately, Alexa gives you the option of “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” a selection with a prompt to help Alexa improve by letting her know if she heard the wrong item, returned a different item. or something else.
Complete your order
Once all of the items have been added to your cart, visit Amazon.com, navigate to “My Cart” and proceed to the checkout page.
Alternatively, you have the option to view your items and subtotal on the retailer’s Cart page prior to checkout.
How to view your Alexa grocery purchases
To view your grocery purchases, visit Your commands in your Amazon account. You can also view your grocery purchases using the Amazon Echo or Prime Now apps.
Little hiccups here and there
Alexa’s grocery ordering feature is best for people who know exactly what product they’re looking for. Asking Alexa to buy a 6-pack soda or a carton of eggs can give complicated results that require you to make selections on the checkout page, defeating the goal. If you’re willing to be patient with your groceries, Alexa’s grocery ordering feature is perfect for you.
When using your Alexa, you might not realize that you can easily create shopping lists to shop with or send to someone else.