Alexa Adds Cashback Coupons to App Shopping List
Amazon has rolled out a new feature offering rebates to those using the Alexa app. The Alexa Shopping List Saving system integrates cashback offers from brands within the shopping list section of the app based on what users have included on their list.
Alexa Shopping List Savings
The rebate offers from Amzaon appear on the shopping list part of the Alexa app. Users can select any offers that appeal to them and activate them ahead of their next shopping trip. After they go to the store and buy the product, they have to scan the barcode with the Alexa app and submit a picture through the app of their receipt. The company requires information on where and when the purchase was made, as well as the price of the product. Once approved, Amazon provides the rebate to the customer as part of their Amazon gift card balance. All of the details about the offer are accessible from the Alexa app. According to the company, the rebate is usually sent within a couple of days, though it could be as long as a week.
While the rebates may help Amazon boost the use of the Alexa app when people are shopping, there’s another clear benefit to the new program. The use of rebates, and the accompanying receipt image, offer a potential bonanza of data on consumer shopping habits. That data could help inform the decisions made by Amazon and its partners in all kinds of ways. It’s a streamlined version of the many “free gifts” available online in exchange for filling out surveys and otherwise providing data to marketing and advertising services. The FAQ plainly lays out that Amazon gets any information shared by participants in their forms and photos and that the company may pass any of that collected data to its service providers.
“With Alexa Shopping, our philosophy is to create convenient, time-saving features that simplify our busy customer’s lives,” an Amazon spokesperson told Voicebot in an email response. “Features like the Alexa Shopping List and proactive reorder notifications are examples of this. The new Alexa Shopping List Savings feature builds on this vision by helping customers easily discover deals from countless brands and use them for every day savings no matter where they shop.”