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Amazon patents 'anticipatory shopping'

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Amazon wants to ship items to your home, even before you've ordered them.

The company just gained a new patent for "anticipatory shopping."

It allows Amazon to send items to shipping hubs in areas where it believes the items will sell best.

Amazon wants to predict what customers may order based on previous searches and purchases, wish lists and how long your cursor may hover over an item online.

It may even ship them to your address without an order.

The anticipatory shipping is another way the company hopes to cut down on delivery times and stay ahead of the game.

The company has not said when it would start this new system.