You’ve ordered Christmas gifts, picked up your favorite movies and games, maybe even ordered items for your home; by now online retail giant Amazon must know your shopping habits pretty well. So well, in fact, that the company might even try to ship you things before you’ve thought to buy them yourself.
According to a report by technology news site TechCrunch, Amazon has recently filed a patent entitled “Method and System for Anticipatory Package Shipping”. To cut a long story short, Amazon believes it might have a good enough grasp of your shopping habits to be able to anticipate what your next order will be before you even place it.
When an order is anticipated by Amazon, it will automatically deliver the products you might want to the warehouse nearest to your delivery address. The patent, which was filed in 2012 and granted just before the end of 2013, details Amazon’s intended methods for “anticipatory shipping”. Which items get preemptively shipped could depend on a number of factors including buying history, demographic data, and wish-lists, to name a few.