What to expect from Amazon’s anticipatory shipping patent?
Earlier this year Amazon patented its “anticipatory shipping” solution, which basically comes down to Amazon shipping products even before customers have ordered them. Amazon will use an algorithm to pre-determine things that people want to buy, based on a mix of data including previous purchases, questionnaires, wish lists, browsing data, demographic data, etc.
Even though this “anticipatory shipping” concept is in its early stages, these are the more interesting aspects worth looking into:
- Anticipating demand – This algorithm will help Amazon to anticipate demand and, critically, the location where that demand is most likely to arise. Predicting user demand is the holy grail for most eCommerce or content businesses and Amazon is no exception. Amazon is looking to utilise its treasure chest of customer data – behavioural and demographic – to the fullest.
- Impact on distribution – It all depends on how exactly Amazon will implement its patent, but one can imagine that their…
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