Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
For the out-of-band Slashdot experience (mostly headlines), follow us on Twitter, or Facebook. ×

+ - Amazon: We Can Ship Items Before Customers Order->

An anonymous reader writes: The WSJ is reporting that Amazon has obtained a patent for "anticipatory shipping,'' and claims it knows its customers so well it can start shipping even before orders are placed.

The technique could cut delivery time and discourage consumers from visiting physical stores. In the patent document, Amazon says delays between ordering and receiving purchases “may dissuade customers from buying items from online merchants.”

Of course, Amazon’s algorithms might sometimes err, prompting costly returns. To minimize those costs, Amazon said it might consider giving customers discounts, or convert the unwanted delivery into a gift. “Delivering the package to the given customer as a promotional gift may be used to build goodwill,” the patent said.

Considering the problems that can arise when shipping something a customer did not order anticipatory shipping has the potential to backfire faster than an Amazon drone can deliver.

Link to Original Source
This discussion was created for logged-in users only, but now has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Amazon: We Can Ship Items Before Customers Order

Comments Filter:

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke

Working...