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Amazon announced yesterday partnerships with a number of appliance and hardware manufacturers that will now begin incorporating Amazon Dash Replenishment technology, enabling "connected devices to automatically order physical goods from Amazon when supplies are running low."

For example, Brother now will make a printer that automatically orders toner or ink from Amazon when running low, GE will make a washer machine that orders detergent, and the Gmate SMART blood glucose monitor will also be able to order supplies when needed.

It won't just be new equipment. Amazon says that these manufacturers already make some products that are compatible with the system, and consumers can just sign up for the Dash replenishment program.

Amazon also is making the code for the Replenishment system available to manufacturers so that they can integrate the automatic replenishment software into their products.
KC's View:
This is a potentially enormous deal, and extends not just the existing Dash Replenishment system but also extends the notion of an ecosystem in which Amazon becomes the first, best option for a wide range of products. It creates the potential for some interesting alliances between appliance and product manufacturers as they create direct lines to Amazon's system.

And it ought to be a wake up call for any retailer who is just putting detergent or printer ink or pretty much any other disposable product on its shelves, thinking that the old paradigm still works.