Amazon Drivers Are Hanging Smartphones in Trees to Get More Deliveries

Amazon contract delivery drivers in Chicago are hanging their smartphones outside warehouses and delivery points in an effort to boost their chances of getting delivery orders. Amazon’s system chooses drivers based on who's closest to the pickup location, so even the slightest advantage over the stiff competition among drivers can boost a driver's chances of getting access to the offers first. The phones in the trees have the Amazon Flex app installed and are synced with other phones belonging to other drivers, which makes it harder for Amazon to detect offenders. A driver who has observed the phones hanging in trees outside various Amazon and Whole Foods locations in Chicago said the retail giant knows about the practice but does nothing about it. However, an Amazon spokesperson said that statement is inaccurate and that the alleged cheating tactic is not as effective as drivers believe.