In a newly filed patent, Amazon wants to ship a package to your door before you click “buy.” The Wall Street Journal has the scoop:
In deciding what to ship, Amazon said it may consider previous orders, product searches, wish lists, shopping-cart contents, returns and even how long an Internet user’s cursor hovers over an item.
Today, Amazon receives an order, then labels packages with addresses at its warehouses and loads them onto waiting UPS, USPS or other trucks, which may take them directly to customers’ homes or load them onto other trucks for final delivery.
It has been working to cut delivery times, expanding its warehouse network to begin overnight and same-day deliveries. Last year, Amazon said it is working on unmanned flying vehicles that could take small packages to homes directly from its warehouses.
In the patent, Amazon does not estimate how much the technique will reduce delivery times.
As for me, I’m looking forward to Amazon drones delivering my packages that I didn’t even order.