Residents, Amazon to meet about all those vans flitting about Dedham, Readville

Amazon has agreed to send representatives to a Manor Neighborhood Association meeting on Thursday to talk about the distribution center it now runs on Sprague Street on the Dedham/Readville line.

Residents in both Dedham and Readville have expressed concerns about the way Amazon workers are driving their vans.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Manor, 427 Sprague St. - plenty of time to join the discussion but still get home to watch the Patriots.

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Amazon trucks, always doing something stupid

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I don't live near this warehouse, but 75% of the time when I see an Amazon truck, they are doing something stupid. Stopping in the middle of the street, pulling U-turns, parking on the sidewalk...I've seen all of these. The drivers never seem to know exactly where they are going. They drift slowly near the address they are seeking. You know how Fed-Ex and UPS trucks just roll up to where they are going and the driver hops out? Amazon trucks always seem like they are confused or following bad GPS directions.

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Not just their driving

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They don't seem to know how to deliver packages either. I never have to sign for amazon packages, yet they bang on my door for five minutes straight at 7am until I finally come to the door so they can hand it to me. UPS and Fedex simply ring the bell once and leave the package near the door unless I have to sign for it.

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Ads

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These new ads are pretty obnoxious

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"Jump to comments"

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Is pretty clear above those obnoxious ads.

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Commercial Area

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Is this the same area where any new residential development is criticized because people are concerned that all the residential is pushing into an area zoned for commercial and light industrial and they, allegedly, want more of that? If so, further proof that what they really want is just no changes at all.

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Nope

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It's in the long-standing (well, except maybe in heavy snow) Boston-Dedham Commerce Park, just past the Sprague Street bridge on the way into Dedham. The areas you're thinking about are the decaying/crumbled/trucked away lots along Hyde Park Avenue (and maybe the largeish warehouse area on the other side of Sprague Street from the commerce park).

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If Amazon is tracking their

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If Amazon is tracking their trucks with some sweet GPS driving tracker like Fleetmatics, they might already be able to identify their bad drivers, or they might have data to show most of their drivers are awesome (maybe?). If they're not tracking their drivers, well that's just silly--they are a data-driven business. It will all be a moot point when my Amazon packages are delivered by drone, and an even mooter point when the drones destroy us all.

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Don't be silly

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They are using advanced informatics to dock their driver's pay for those two minutes spent "on break" at a stop light.

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Naw man!

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Naw man!

Humanity will survive when the Googlebots go to war with the Amazon Drones, the Uberbots, and Lfytbots, and Teslabots. It'll be kind of like the first world war where none of the allied great powers can knock each other out. Humanity will just declare itself neutral and let the AIs duke it out.

Unless the Brookline Turkeys pick a side. Then well, we are screwed. But that's why we have Bell seasoning to ward them off. AmIright bros?

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My theory

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Given how good Amazon is in most areas, the fact that their drivers are sub-par is surprising to me. My theory is that they work off of some software-based system that tells them where to go next and says, "You have arrived" when they get to the next house. The problem, according to my theory, is that the Amazon software is not as good as (imperfect) Google Streetview in that sometimes the map pointer for 201 Elm St isn't right where it should be. It's close, but not exactly right. Thus, explaining the Amazon guys slowly looking for house numbers or walking up and then realizing they are at the wrong house.

It would also explain strange u-turns when, presumable, their software tells them to turn around, without taking into account whether that is really safe or advisable at that moment.

(I think it's also lack of experience. The UPS guy knows that to deliver to my house on the corner lot, you park on the quiet side street, not on the busy thoroughfare. Amazon always stops and blocks traffic on the busy road.)

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I live in Dedham

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and see these trucks flitting about. Honestly, I did not think it was a problem. But, apparently, it is.

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Comparing Amazon to UPS doesn't make sense

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UPS trucks have routes. Same route every day, optimized to reduce traffic risk (reduced left turns, etc.).

The Amazon delivery is more like a pizzaman. Each day new route, new roads, new locations to deliver.

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