We’ve spoken about the method of how to pick up 2 hour blocks when you aren’t being regularly scheduled by Amazon Flex. We all know that the scheduled shifts are just gravy in addition to the blocks we are hustling to get the rest of the week. So now we need to discuss the best way to link blocks together so that you can string a few 2 hours together to get a nice 4, 6, 8 or even 10 hour shift in one day.
First and foremost, when you are out making deliveries, they are your main focus. Delivering on time and in a superior fashion is key to your success and ongoing relationship with Amazon. So make that your priority. You shouldn’t even begin to try and link shifts until your route is complete. Secondly, you need to adhere to the rules of the job and be aware of what is acceptable in your location and what isn’t. Some drivers in certain areas will head home after their deliveries, even with time left on their 2 hour shift. I don’t know if this hurts them as far as their ratings go, but I don’t want to find out, so I am not one of those drivers. If I can make it back to the warehouse and have at least 15 minutes left before the end of my block, I will get there, mainly because it puts me in a great position to get a last minute shift due to my location. The only time I do not return is if my shift ends before I can make it back. If that is the case, and I am not scheduled for the next block, I just consider it my lunch break.
From experience I have found that a normal route takes anywhere from an hour to an hour and thirty minutes to complete. Depending on my distance to the warehouse and the time my deliveries are complete, I will make a decision on where I’m going to begin my search for the next block. If I’m less than 20 minutes away but those 20 minutes are in a critical time when shifts are found, I will most likely pull over in a safe place and start clicking away for another block. This way, I know exactly how long I can continue the search before I have to give up due to my proximity to the warehouse. The last thing you want to do is get a block but then not be able to make it back on time.
If I finish my route with time to spare (not in the critical time), I most likely will return to the warehouse so I can try and get another route on my current block or to be at the facility to get the inside track for the next shift. As we found out earlier, the managers will alert you to the fact they are going to send out more shifts, so being there will definitely give you a leg up. Also, your location will definitely let you be ready for any blocks that go out, especially the last minute ones.
If I finish my route near the end of my current block, I just pull over to a safe spot and try my best to get the next shift within the time limits of my proximity. I’m there to make money, so in my opinion there is nothing wrong stopping to get the next shift versus returning immediately to the warehouse.
To summarize, linking shifts is a location by location basis. You have to figure out what is expected of you as a driver and then what you can get away with to make everything work out. Linking shifts is an art form that you will create as you go. Whether you park and click or return and click, you will sort it out.
For a final reminder, NEVER USE THE METHOD WHILE IN A MOVING VEHICLE, YOU WILL DIE. LINKING SHIFTS AND MAKING MONEY IS NOT WORTH YOUR LIFE. DON’T DO IT.