USA - Amazon Sets Trap for Drivers

Arno Froese

Amazon uses fake packages to catch delivery drivers who are stealing, according to sources with knowledge of the practice.

The company plants the packages—internally referred to as “dummy” packages—in the trucks of drivers at random. The dummy packages have fake labels and are often empty.

Here’s how the practice works, according to the sources:

During deliveries, drivers scan the labels of every package they deliver. When they scan a fake label on a dummy package, an error message will pop up.

When this happens, drivers might call their supervisors to address the problem, or keep the package in their truck and return it to an Amazon warehouse at the end of their shift.

Drivers, in theory, could also choose to steal the package. The error message means the package isn’t detected in Amazon’s system. As a result, it could go unnoticed if the package were to go missing.

“If you bring the package back, you are innocent. If you don’t, you’re a thug,” said Sid Shah, a former manager for DeliverOL, a courier company that delivers packages for Amazon.

Shrinkage—the industry’s term for losses attributable to theft, error, or fraud—cost retailers nearly $47 billion last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

Amazon doesn’t say how many packages it loses to theft each year. The company delivered more than 5 billion packages to Prime customers worldwide last year.

In a 2017 survey conducted by the packaging company Shorr, 31% of respondents said they had experienced package theft., 21 September 2018

Arno's commentary

Although this system of dummy packages is somewhat primitive, it is very effective. Scanning the package is relatively new, and produces absolute proof that the driver is guilty of stealing.

There are many other systems being implemented to reduce the $47 billion loss to theft, according to the National Retail Federation.

What we are seeing, however, is positive, for these electronic devices keep many would-be thieves honest. That will develop even more in the years to come. Whenever and wherever you go or buy, there is most likely a digital record. Products can now even be traced to physical locations.

It was at one of our prophecy congresses that an iPad was stolen from a staff member. After reporting it to the police, he was able to track the iPad at another hotel, but obviously was unable to retrieve it, as that would entail searching rooms in the hotel. However, crime rates the world over are going down, mainly due to electronic surveillance. In the end, the Antichrist system, which has been in the works for the last 2,000 years, will bring “peace on earth,” although only temporarily. And then, all countries in the world will be called to judgment.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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