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Alexa, where and when is the next Aston Barclay auction?

Posted 10 December 2018

Aston Barclay has employed the services of a new virtual team member to share the group’s auction programme to buyers.

Called Alexa, the virtual assistant responds to buyers each time they say ‘Alexa flash briefing’ by automatically announcing the auction activity at Chelmsford, Prees Heath, Westbury, Leeds and Donington Park over the next 24-hour period.

It works on the Alexa smart speaker and via a smart phone when the Alexa App is downloaded, making it even easier for buyers to plan their days and their stock sourcing requirements.

Aston Barclay currently holds 20 auctions a week across its five sites.

“It’s a bit of fun, but it also plays a major part in our digital technology testing before rolling out to customers,” explained Stewart Ford, Aston Barclay’s group IT director.

“Voice recognition is becoming an important channel to access information in your house, your car and office and we need to be mindful of adapting our technology to enable customers to engage with us in this way,” he added.

Aston Barclay believes the innovation is a first in the remarketing industry.

Alexa and all the group’s new ‘connecting customers with cars’ technology will be showcased at the forthcoming Wakefield hard hat auction tours in early January, prior to the new northern mega centre opening for business.

Chelmsford

Drovers Way
Chelmsford
Essex
CM2 5PP

Leeds

Hillidge Road
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS10 1DE

Prees Heath

Heath Road
Whitchurch
Shropshire
SY13 2AE

Westbury

Brook Lane
Westbury
Wiltshire
BA13 4EN (For SatNav use BA13 4EP)

Donington Park

Donington Park
Castle Donington
Derby
DE74 2RP

Wakefield

Units 1 & 2 Harvard Way
Normanton Industrial Estate
Normanton
West Yorkshire
WF6 1FL (For SatNav use WF6 1GX)


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