Amazon ponders shipping items before customers even order them
DENVER — Amazon has patented technology that would allow it to ship items to customers before people have actually purchased them.
The “anticipatory shipping” system would send items to shipping hubs in areas where it believes the items will sell well. This new scheme will potentially cut delivery times down, and put the online vendor ahead of its real-world counterparts, The Verge reported.
Shipping would happen based on a customer’s previous searches and purchases, wish lists, and how long the user’s cursor hovers over an item online. Amazon may even go so far as to load products onto trucks and have them “speculatively shipped to a physical address.”
Amazon has also floated other edgy delivery plans, including aerial drones and Sunday delivery.