“Anticipatory shipping may be closest that retail can come to a crystal ball. Amazon, which now has a patent for the algorithm-based system, could conceivably use the system to ship products before you even place an order.”
Mashable explains Amazon’s newest patent. I’m not sure how this will work – for as long as I can remember I’ve filled up shopping carts and purposefully never bought them. How will they know if I really want to buy?