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Amazon Drivers Are Hanging Smartphones in Trees to Get More Work

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SmittenKitten
2013 Rider
 Posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Awesome. What time to be alive. Cell phones hanging from trees.

Someone places several devices in a tree located close to the station where deliveries originate. Drivers in on the plot then sync their own phones with the ones in the tree and wait nearby for an order pickup. The reason for the odd placement, according to experts and people with direct knowledge of Amazon’s operations, is to take advantage of the handsets’ proximity to the station, combined with software that constantly monitors Amazon’s dispatch network, to get a split-second jump on competing drivers.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-01/amazon-drivers-are-hanging-smartphones-in-trees-to-get-more-work


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    destinyJ
    36
     3 weeks ago

    For some reason this reminds me of this guy:


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    NathanGM
    9
     2 weeks ago

    Is this some kind of a sick joke.

    I bet you this is fake news.

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      Rupert2020
      2
       2 weeks ago

      True. It did get our attention, didn't it?

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    BarryWilson
     2 weeks ago

    This must something done in the US.  In Canada based on my experience, Amazon contracts Canada post or delivery service to bring packages to customers.    having the first independent driver to deliver packages is another reason why Amazon is a horrible company.  I use it as they have things that are not available in any local stores.  But use it far less than I used to. But I agree I am an enabler to an awful company.

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    CrazyCrayons
    145
     3 weeks ago

    Low tech and High tech meet. 

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    chawes
    749 Rider Guru
     3 weeks ago

    The ingenuity of gig workers never ceases to amaze me.

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      ClancyJones
      68 Rider
       3 weeks ago

      Is this desperation for work (and money)?  Is the economy that horrendous?

      ...or has this always been the case? 

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        HaileyGraff
        24
         3 weeks ago

        Battle of wits. People trying to get have an edge over their competition. 

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        chawes
        749 Rider Guru
         3 weeks ago

        Nah not desperation or anything to do with the economy. Just the nature of competition.