This is an Amazon patent for shipping a package to a general region, and while the package is in transit, assigning it for delivery to a specific address.
Kinda like you one-click, then get up to answer the doorbell, as a van with the product happened to be cruising the neighborhood.
- A method, comprising:
performing, by one or more computing devices: determining a status of one or more shipped packages currently in transit to respective destination geographical areas, wherein said respective destination geographical areas include multiple delivery addresses to which said package is deliverable, wherein at least one of the one or more shipped packages comprises one or more items that have been shipped before an order has occurred for the one or more items in the at least one shipped package, and wherein the one or more shipped packages were shipped to a respective destination geographical area without completely specifying a delivery address at time of shipment, such that at the time of shipment, each shipped package is deliverable to said respective destination geographical area but is not deliverable to any delivery address; for a given one of said one or more shipped packages,
analyzing one or more business variables related to said one or more items included in said given shipped package;dependent upon analyzing both said one or more business variables and said determined status,
determining a disposition of said given shipped package.