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.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

On This Day

1869 - Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

Fact of the Day

In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as “Citizen’s Holiday.”

Nature Oddities

When jaguars eat the leaves of the yaje plant, the are affected in much the same way as domesticated cats are affected by catnip.

Food and Drink

Tater tots were invented in 1953 when Ore-Ida founders were trying to figure out what to do with leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes. The product was first offered commercially in stores in 1956.
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