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Column: What Amazon’s predictive shopping means for you

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All hail the clairvoyance of YouTube satirists: “Yesterday Shipping” from Amazon has arrived.

The world’s largest online retailer has kicked 2013 (the unofficial Year of the Delivery Drone) to the curb and entered 2014 with a recently approved patent for an ambitious concept it calls “anticipatory package shipping.”

The patent -- recently excavated by the Wall Street Journal and available in its entirety here, if you’re looking for fireside reading material -- explains how Amazon will forecast customer demand for products before orders are ever placed online. Amazon will then package and bulk-ship these ostensibly in-demand items from its fulfillment centers to regional hubs, where the items will await shipment to customers who eventually click the “Place Your Order” button.

Full story at Minyanville.

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