Amazon anticipatory shopping: Company might ship you a product before you've even bought it

Amazon claims to know its customers so well they can ship what you need before you order it.

The Wall Street Journal reports the retail giant got a patent last month for what it calls "anticipatory shopping."

The company says it may ship products based on customers' previous orders and shopping habits like searches, wish lists, and shopping cart contents.

This is Amazon's second attempt at cutting delivery time in an effort keep customers happy.

The first was when they announced they'd like to use drones to deliver packages.

According to the Wall Street Journal, it's not clear if Amazon has deployed or will deploy the technique.

The wptv .com web team contributed to this report.