As Labor Day approaches, Amazon drivers are getting creative about finding work

Matt Bubala

FILE – In this Oct. 10, 2018, file photo Amazon Prime boxes are loaded on a cart for delivery in New York. Slow shipping times and sold out items have plagued Amazon since the coronavirus pandemic caused a rush of orders from home-bound people. But the world’s largest online retailer isn’t the only place to shop online. With their doors closed, many physical retailers are expanding curbside pickup, which lets people buy something online and pick it up at the parking lot. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

A strange phenomenon has emerged near Inc. delivery stations and Whole Foods stores in the Chicago suburbs: smartphones dangling from trees. Contract delivery drivers are putting them there to get a jump on rivals seeking orders, according to people familiar with the matter. Bloomberg reporter Spencer Soper tells Matt Bubala more.

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