Amazon cracks down on malicious order-grabbing behavior of drivers
Hanging mobile phones on trees no longer works
According to reports, a contract driver on Amazon’s delivery platform noticed that the company’s method of allocating delivery orders has changed, indicating that the Internet giant has found a way to prevent malicious grabbing.
It is reported that some drivers used to place smartphones on trees near Whole Foods supermarkets and Amazon distribution stations in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Washington, D.C., in order to snatch delivery orders at a closer distance .
Drivers in many cities in the United States have said that even if they are a few miles away from Whole Foods, they can still get more orders from the system. This is in sharp contrast to the previous sparse order situation.
Another driver said that the cell phone originally placed on the tree near Chicago’s Whole Foods Supermarket has also disappeared, and there is a special person to patrol the neighborhood.
However, a Tennessee driver who lives near Whole Foods said that he used to get orders every morning, but now he has none.
Amazon declined to comment. But the company promised drivers in an email last month that it would investigate the situation. According to people familiar with the matter, Amazon only needs to modify a few lines of system code to avoid this malicious act of grabbing orders by hanging phones on the tree.