Don’t get me wrong – I’m a big fan of Amazon. With that said, it’s something that bugs me when companies work so hard to kill off competitors when they already have so much. I love capitalism, but I’m against the unfair practices of big companies snuffing out smaller businesses.
Amazon has already been doing massive amounts of damage to big box retailers and now it’s working on a new system that could be its final knockout punch. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon last year was granted a patent for what it describes as “anticipatory shipping” that will look at consumers’ past buying habits and ship products that it thinks they will buy to nearby warehouses in anticipation of their orders. So for instance, if you’ve already bought all five A Song of Ice and Fire books from Amazon, the company will make sure to have the sixth book shipped to a warehouse near you so that when you order it the company can get it to you on the same day.
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