Home Alexa now tells you when your Amazon package is coming

Alexa now tells you when your Amazon package is coming

The surprise success of the Amazon Echo has led to hundreds of integrations with third-party products, most recently adding Lutron’s LED lights and Boston Children’s Hospital KidsMD, but until today it Alexa could not give updates on Amazon packages.

Amazon let us know that Alexa, the voice assistant inside the Echo, Dot, Tap, and Fire TV, would now be able to track packages. Users can ask “Alexa, where’s my stuff” or “Alexa, track my package,” and it will give updates on the process and how long you have to wait.

See Also: AWS could crush $10 billion in sales

For the truly distractable and impatient, beware that there could be a lag of a few seconds between ordering and Alexa being able to tell you the status of your order, the firm says.

It’s likely that people owning and using Amazon’s smart home products are Amazon Prime customers or at least Amazon devotees – so they’re probably waiting on something from Amazon if they’re waiting for a package at all.

There are still some limits

Amazon packages coming from third-party sellers – firms that usually do their own fulfillment – and who don’t provide delivery estimates through Amazon.com won’t be trackable by Alexa either. You’re stuck with the same thing you see on the website now: a delivery date window.

If you want to have updates from other retailers or e-commerce stores on Amazon, they’ll need to add a “skill,” or what Amazon calls its third-party integrations on the Alexa platform.

And even though Amazon’s own fulfillment uses existing carriers like UPS or the US Postal Service, there are no plans at this time to allow you to track any non-Amazon packages with these firms.

That may be more dark news for these carriers, as Amazon hasn’t been shy about its logistics future, having announced plans to lease 20 aircraft to run its own air freight service and its interest in self-driving vehicles for door-to-door delivery.

About ReadWrite’s Editorial Process

The ReadWrite Editorial policy involves closely monitoring the tech industry for major developments, new product launches, AI breakthroughs, video game releases and other newsworthy events. Editors assign relevant stories to staff writers or freelance contributors with expertise in each particular topic area. Before publication, articles go through a rigorous round of editing for accuracy, clarity, and to ensure adherence to ReadWrite's style guidelines.

Get the biggest tech headlines of the day delivered to your inbox

    By signing up, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy. Unsubscribe anytime.

    Tech News

    Explore the latest in tech with our Tech News. We cut through the noise for concise, relevant updates, keeping you informed about the rapidly evolving tech landscape with curated content that separates signal from noise.

    In-Depth Tech Stories

    Explore tech impact in In-Depth Stories. Narrative data journalism offers comprehensive analyses, revealing stories behind data. Understand industry trends for a deeper perspective on tech's intricate relationships with society.

    Expert Reviews

    Empower decisions with Expert Reviews, merging industry expertise and insightful analysis. Delve into tech intricacies, get the best deals, and stay ahead with our trustworthy guide to navigating the ever-changing tech market.