Amazon patented "anticipatory package shipping" and I could just see unordered packages appearing on my doorstep because I had made several previous online purchase through Amazon.com and Amazon thought they knew what I would order next. Arrrgh!
So, I did a search online and discovered that would not be the case. Amazon will ship items to fulfillment centers near customers most likely to purchase them to shorten time from order to delivery. Now that made some sense.
Why didn't the evening news tell the whole story?
When I heard this news lead teaser, I couldn't imagine how Amazon could ship before an order was even placed. However, I was so intrigued, I sat through several minutes of TV commercials until I could hear the whole story.
Does this create job security for Amazon workers? How is Amazon determining which items to pre-package? It's an interesting concept, but I wonder if the consumer will really notice a difference in the shipping time. Will other companies try this novel idea? This could be the subject of an interesting doctoral dissertation in marketing.
I guess that depends on Alden's popularity as a mystery writer. At least she has 2 fans!
Any educator who enjoys a good fiction novel will like Alden's writings since they all involve PTA themes.
And now Poison at the PTA is scheduled to be released in February 2014.
Do you have a favorite among her writings thus far?
She actually has 4 fans you, me, Lucy, and Sandy and a Facebook page. I think I enjoy each book separately and as part of the PTA mystery series. Her Facebook page is Laura Alden | Facebook.