Drivers who, under the contract, deliver Amazon parcels through the United States, came up with a new way to receive more orders: for this they hang phones on trees.
Like Uber, the Amazon Flex service allows car owners to transport goods on their own cars. Amazon dispatch system determines which drivers are closest to the package selection point and sends notifications to their owners’ phones. Against the background of viral self -isolation, competition for such orders is very fierce and the parcels are disassembled very quickly. Therefore, the advantage gets to drivers who can instantly respond to a call or are closer than others to the point of receipt of cargo.
And here on the stage there are phones on the trees. Drivers hang smartphones near popular stores with food delivery and amazon issuance stations. Then they synchronize their own device with these phones and wait for the order. The Amazon dispatch system determines that the “phones on the trees” are very close to the point of receipt of the cargo and directs notifications to them. This allows enterprising drivers to accept such an order before competitors.
This is not the first time when car drivers find the way to bypass Amazon delivery rules. In an electronic letter, which fell at the disposal of the Bloomberg publication, it is said that Amazon intends to undertake an investigation against this scheme, but will not share its results with drivers.
Source — Bloomberg