Amazon Flex Delivery Blocks – How To Get More Of Them
In this post I’m going to be going over a few tips for how to get Amazon Flex blocks. Getting Amazon flex delivery blocks can be quite the challenge and that is the last thing a Flex driver wants to deal with. Blocks are in high demand and it seems that they all get assigned to everyone but you.
Well first off, just to let you know, there are a lot of people that have troubles getting blocks and this is actually one of the more common complaints I have heard with Amazon Flex drivers.
But anyway, I hope this short post helps you out so you can get more blocks, deliver more, and ultimately make more money.
To start out I think its important to just do a brief overview of what a block is and how they work, then I’ll get into picking up blocks.
Blocks & How They Work
A “block” is just Amazon’s word for a shift. They are the structured time periods that drivers can deliver for Amazon Flex.
Generally 2 hour blocks are the most common, although some places have longer 4 hour blocks.
Most of the Amazon Flex cities offer blocks from 8am to 12am (at night). So if your city’s Amazon Flex warehouse runs 2 hour blocks then this means that the blocks would go like this… 8-10am, 10-12pm, 12-2pm, 2-4pm, 4-6pm, 6-8pm, 8-10pm, and 10-12am.
How To Get Blocks
There are two ways for Flex drivers to get blocks. The first and the most obvious is that drivers get the blocks in which they are assigned. When you set your availability in the app for each week Amazon will assign blocks randomly. Amazon tells you to make sure to set availability before noon on Friday in order to potentially get blocks assigned for the next week.
But since you are reading this post I am guessing that you were assigned a very small amount of blocks or maybe even none at all.
The fact that you weren’t assigned what you would like doesn’t mean that they don’t like you. This is due to the simple fact that there are a lot of Flex drivers out there and there aren’t all that many blocks. In my opinion there are too many drivers and the competition is too great, but luckily there is a way to get more blocks.
Picking Up Same-Day Blocks
Just because Amazon doesn’t give you the blocks that you want doesn’t mean you should give up. You can actually pick up blocks on the same day that they run.
There can be a lot of reasons why Amazon suddenly posts open blocks with very short notice in advance. Some of the more common reasons would be that a Flex driver forfeits, or cancels, their assigned block, or that there is a sudden increase in package volume that needs to be delivered.
And if you want to take advantage of these blocks that become open on the fly, then you need to know when to look. because once an open block becomes available you better believe that there are about 100+ other Flex drivers waiting to pounce on it.
So when should you keep an open eye on your phone for available blocks?
Unfortunately, there is not really a great answer I can give you for when blocks become available, but I can give you a decent answer.
It is common that blocks become the most available during the previous block. So for example a 2:00-4:00pm block might come available during the previous block from 12:00-2:00pm.
Drivers are allowed to cancel their blocks with just a 45 minute notice at the latest without being penalized for canceling. So usually all blocks will be filled at least 45 minutes in advance, although there will be some situations where they might need filled with even less time in advance. And there will be times when a block becomes available with 10 or even 5 minutes until it starts. This is usually from last minute “call-offs”, which will result in being penalized.
So generally, I would say your best bet to getting blocks is to look during the block time-frame that comes before the one that you want. That seems to be the sweet spot. But there is no time-frame that is carved in stone for this.
What To Do Next
If you are serious about getting more Flex blocks then you need to be relentless when it comes to checking in and seeing if there are any.
To see if there are any available blocks, you need to go into the app and to to the “offers” page. When you click on that you will either see a screen that shows blocks that are available, or you will see a screen that says “no offers available, check back soon”.
Here is a screenshot of what you can expect to see when there are offers…
But you will see the “no offers available” screen more often than not.
You need to be a screen refreshing machine when it comes to this. If you want a chance at getting same-day blocks then you need to accept a block the second you get the chance. You can’t be too picky or choosy when it comes to this. There are other people doing the same thing so you need take advantage of the opportunity when it presents itself.
In order to accept a block, all you have to do is tap on the block, then an orange button will pop up that says “accept”, and of course you need to click on that.
I wish there was a better way to get blocks, but as far as I know there isn’t. There is no hack, there is no cheat, there is no good way to go about it.
But the fact of the matter is that you CAN pick up blocks if you aren’t satisfied with what you have been assigned. There are blocks opening up all the time and there are people picking up blocks all the time.
The only advice I can give you is what I said above, you need to be relentless.
A suggestion would be to get a feel for when the popular times for block availability are in your area (if there are any good times) and then go on a screen-refresh rampage. Refresh your screen every 10 seconds or so and do this for a little while, maybe 15 minutes. I know its a pain, but it pays off sometimes and it is worth it.
Anyway, I hope this post helped you out and I hope you can pick up some blocks.
Comments, questions, concerns? Is there anything else you want to know? Leave your comments below and I will get back to you…