Amazon Wants to Ship Your Package Before You Buy It | Digits | WSJ

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Amazon.com knows you so well it wants to ship your next package before you order it. 

The Seattle retailer in December gained a patent for what it calls “anticipatory shipping,” a method to start delivering packages even before customers click “buy.” […]

So Amazon says it may box and ship products it expects customers in a specific area will want – based on previous orders and other factors — but haven’t yet ordered. According to the patent, the packages could wait at the shippers’ hubs or on trucks until an order arrives.

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