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Amazon Drivers Are Hanging Smartphones in Trees to Get More Work

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SmittenKitten
2056 Rider
 Posted 10 months, 3 weeks 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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    BarryWilson
    2
     10 months 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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      LandLoverRover
      104
       9 months ago

      Amazon sucks for many reasons but not this particular case. Remember, they are looking up where the closest drivers are to the distribution centers so they can give them work.

      These drivers are cheating the system and screwing other drivers who have returned from their previous pickup and are standing by for another delivery. They are also screwing people who are waiting for their deliveries because it'll take them much longer to get them. 

      I assume Amazon is smart enough to figure these people out though. Just look at those drivers who take forever to come pick up once accepting the order. 

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    destinyJ
    36
     10 months ago

    For some reason this reminds me of this guy:


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    LandLoverRover
    104
     9 months ago

    I blame the drivers for this. The drivers are taking advantage of the fact Amazon is trying to send work to those drivers who are close to their distribution centers. This is supposed to create efficiencies.  By cheating the system, i.e. claiming you are close by even if you are not, hurts everyone, including those drivers who are playing by the rules and have been waiting faithfully close to the pickup.

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    NathanGM
    12
     10 months ago

    Is this some kind of a sick joke.

    I bet you this is fake news.

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      Rupert2020
      2
       10 months ago

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

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    CrazyCrayons
    145
     10 months ago

    Low tech and High tech meet. 

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    chawes
    756 Rider Guru
     10 months ago

    The ingenuity of gig workers never ceases to amaze me.

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      ClancyJones
      71 Rider
       10 months 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
        25
         10 months ago

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

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        chawes
        756 Rider Guru
         10 months ago

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