TECHNOLOGY | Staff Reporter, India

Amazon extends Alexa Skills Kit to India making food delivery easier

More than 10,000 skills will be available when the service launches this October.

Amazon has extended its Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and Alexa Voice Services (AVS) to India and it enables developers to start creating voice experience for Alexa customers here.

Zomato, the global restaurant discovery and food ordering platform used by millions of customers worldwide, is now using the Alexa Skills Kit.

Zomato’s global head on content Pramod Rao said, “Our motto at Zomato is to make the discovery of great meals easy and accessible for all our users. Through the Zomato skill, users can now ask Alexa to recommend nearby restaurants to dine out, book a table, or even place an order for home delivery using just their voice. It’s another way we’re making the experience dining out or ordering in more convenient and fun for our customers."

Freshmenu, which is a one-stop-shop to order food online, leveraged the Alexa Skills Kit to enable customers to browse food categories and place delivery orders. “Getting food when you are hungry has never been easier. With our Alexa skill, good food is now easily accessible with a few simple voice commands. Ask Alexa to order from Freshmenu and see your dishes land at your doorstep,” said Rashmi Daga, FreshMenu’s CEO.

BOX8, a full stack online food delivery brand that specialises in preparing and delivering Indian meals across Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru & Delhi, is using Alexa Skills Kit to bring ease to the food ordering process.

"Our primary goal at BOX8 is to deliver delightful experience always, and Alexa aligns beautifully with our values,” said Shivaji Bose, CTO, BOX8. “With simple conversational commands such as, 'Alexa, Open Box8', 'Alexa, check order status with Box8', users can save a lot of time and enjoy a seamless and effortless order journey. We are confident that this voice experience will bring delight to the user.”

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