- According to a new Bloomberg report, Amazon contract drivers are hanging smartphones in trees outside Whole Foods stores and delivery stations to take completely new online orders.
- By doing this they can beat competitive drivers and gain a leg up in getting more orders, making more money.
- This is a recent example of how competition among workers has increased in a large economy, which has worked hard due to the slowdown in trade during the COVID-19 epidemic.
- Amazon did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
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According to a new Bloomberg report, Amazon drivers are hanging phones from trees outside Chicago Amazon delivery stations and Whole Foods stores so that they have the first time to accept new orders.
The outlet saw drivers watching their phones sync to devices that are suspended in trees and then have parking nearby to wait. Amazon’s system picks drivers that are closest to the pickup location, meaning that stores and delivery stations with access to phones have a leg up to accept orders before drivers compete.
Bloomberg reported that there is a coordinated group of drivers who use this process. Using multiple smartphones suspended in trees that alert many drivers makes it more difficult for Amazon to discover its system.
The report gig is an example of increasing levels of competition in the economy as workers face a steep decline in occupation during the COVID-19 epidemic. Reportedly, riding giants Uber and Lyft drivers have found themselves with less work to do and instead look for other gig options to take orders from Amazon, accelerate competition, increase competition.
Bloomberg said that drivers who are not involved in the process call online chat rooms to understand how other drivers are placing orders so quickly. Some people have moved their complaints to Amazon, and Bloomberg noticed an internal email in which the company said it would investigate but would not be able to share its findings with drivers.
“Amazon knows about it, but does nothing,” one driver told Bloomberg.
In an email to Business Insider, an Amazon spokesperson said, “Instant offers are another way for delivery partners to be their own boss and work on their own time,” referring to the company’s fast-delivery options.
The spokesperson said, “This story is not an accurate description of how they work, and waiting in the parking lot or using store Wi-Fi is an effective way to increase their chances of seeing a quick offer.” Not the way. “