Amazon contract drivers hang cell phones in TREES near Whole Foods to snag ...

Amazon's contract drivers are hanging cell phones in TREES next to distribution stations and Whole Foods stores in Chicago so they can get notifications to pick up deliveries before rivals Amazon Flex drivers are hanging phones in trees near a Whole Foods store  The idea is to help them grab incoming orders in faster via the Amazon Flex app  Sources said there is a coordinated group working together in the scheme  The app alerts drivers closet to a store that a new delivery is up for grabs The first person to accept can take the delivery and get paid to do so By having multiple phones, the group hopes Amazon won't  catch on to the plan

By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com

Published: 23:03 BST, 1 September 2020 | Updated: 23:08 BST, 1 September 2020

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Amazon drivers have devised a plan to increases their chances of grabbing new delivery orders at a Whole Foods Store – hanging smartphones in trees.

Bloomberg spotted at least a dozen phones connected to branches outside a location in Chicago.

The devices belong to contractors of the Amazon Flex app, which chooses drivers to carry out deliveries based on proximity to the grocery store – giving those with a device in the tree first dibs at a new order.

There are a handful of drivers in on the scheme, as multiple devices will receive the same alert making it difficult for the tech giant to uncover the system, sources said.

Another person familiar with the matter said the setup is a work around for certain requirements, like having a drivers license - a Flex contractor will pay some one a small amount to take the route, while still taking a portion of the fee.

A driver who has observed the phones hanging in trees said Amazon knows about it, 'but does nothing.'

Amazon drivers have devised a plan to increases their chances of grabbing new delivery orders at a Whole Foods Store – hanging smartphones in trees. Bloomberg spotted at least a dozen phones connected to branches outside a location in Chicago

Amazon drivers have devised a plan to increases their chances of grabbing new delivery orders at a Whole Foods Store – hanging smartphones in trees. Bloomberg spotted at least a dozen phones connected to branches outside a location in Chicago

DailyMail.com has reached out to Amazon for comment and has yet to receive a response.

Some may look at this setup as cheating, but many drivers have been laid off as the coronavirus has kept Americans home for months – Uber laid off 3,700 in June alone.

And many have turned to Amazon Flex to generate an income.

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