Amazon at it again

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by rod, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. rod

    rod retired and happy

    Now I read that Amazon is toying with the idea of sending people stuff they didn't order based on their past ordering history. I have always been under the assumption that anything you receive that was not ordered was yours to keep---free. Amazon says they hope people will return the stuff they don't want. Good luck with that. I hope they aren't planning on using the profits from this hair brained idea to pay for that robot delivery pipe dream. The head of Amazon must have some amazing drugs.
    I can hardly wait for my free stuff to start arriving.
     
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  2. jim_flint

    jim_flint Member

    Read it again. They're not shipping the stuff you are expected to buy to you, only to your nearest distribution center. Henry Ford invented this idea about 100 years ago. It's called efficiency.
     
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  3. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    I had a place send me stuff I didn't order. They said if I wanted to keep it send X amount of dollars. But in the fine print they admitted I was under no obligation to pay. I ignored it and kept the stuff. They sent me a couple of more letters asking for money before they gave up. They never sent me anything else I didn't ask for so it worked out like I wanted.
     
  4. rod

    rod retired and happy

    I ordered some coins awhile back fully knowing that I was going to be sent future coins on approval. Their ad stated I could cancel my subscription for coins on approval at any time. When I got my first batch of approval coins I took a photo copy of their original ad with the statement "cancel anytime" underlined and sent everything back. I told them this was their official notice to cancel me and any coins received from here on out I would keep for free. Its been two months and no more coins so I think my plan worked.
    When I was delivering I got tired hearing people say "I never ordered anything". They were always amazed when I told them if you really didn't order it---keep it for free.
     
  5. rod

    rod retired and happy


    That's not what the story I read said. MSN home page
     
  6. rod

    rod retired and happy

    I did read the story again and apparently they changed it because I the first one I read even quoted someone at Amazon saying "we hope the consumer who receives an unwanted item would return it".
     
  7. jim_flint

    jim_flint Member

    I saw that line in your post after I posted mine. I've been looking around and seen different sources having it different ways. I'm going to see if I can find a copy of the actual patent, since it seems that's where these newsplaces are all getting their leads from.
     
  8. rod

    rod retired and happy

    just the facts man-just the facts!
     
  9. jim_flint

    jim_flint Member

    The patent is 8615473, and based on my quick reading of it, it seems like the big idea is to determine that there are several customers in an area who may want certain item(s), and to package and ship these to an undeliverable address in that area, and to then use in-transit address correction to redirect the package to the eventual customer.
     
  10. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    They are doing this in preparation for the launch of their online grocery business.
     
  11. RonBurgandy??????????

    RonBurgandy?????????? God is Great, beer is good , People are crazy.

    This is getting a little out of hand..... Pre shipping items you don't order. I see a catastrophe coming in amazons future.
     
  12. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    They are not pre-shipping items to consignees----they are stocking DC's with one million of the most often-ordered items which will be available for delivery when customers place their online grocery orders.
     
  13. BrownSuit

    BrownSuit Active Member

    Do you believe everything you read on the internet?

    What about the fact that our agreement with Labor will end with the 2018 contract since UPS will outsource delivery to Aliens :alien: delivering in their UFO's and eliminating the need for Service Providers and Package Cars?

    The Truth is out there . . . :alien:
     
  14. Tough Guy

    Tough Guy Active Member

    I'm sure the company has already long been researching for ways to have robots replace us all anyway.
     
  15. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    I heard about this.
     
  16. rod

    rod retired and happy

    I believe everything except stuff you post.
     
  17. joeboodog

    joeboodog good people drink good beer

    ......and Elvis is our new center manager.
     
  18. laffter

    laffter Active Member

    With regard to preload and other local sorts, so so SO much of the processes involved could be automated through building upgrades. Based on my understanding of what I read in the national contract, UPS isn't allowed to introduce new technology if it means displacing an employee. This is bad for the company in terms of potential profit gain, but good for humanity and society in general.

    The guy at the unload who scans packages and slaps PALs onto them- easily automated. The same goes for sorters- even loaders in preload. If you lift the truck onto it's nose, you can have packages fed directly through the rear via a chute. The load quality would be the same as it is now.