Modern technology gives us the option to track a packages whereabouts online, but that’s a cumbersome process; go to a delivery service website, enter in the tracking code, keep fingers crossed, hope for the best. There is a better way and it’s free.
Free*. Delivery. Tracking.
Among our many favorite apps for the iPhone is one called Parcel. It’s now available on the Mac and it’s free. Almost.
Parcel tracks over 200 different delivery services worldwide, and all the major services in the U.S.; UPS, USPS, FedEx, DHL, and many others.
Add a delivery service with a few clicks, enter the tracking number and you’re good to go.
Let your Mac and Parcel do the tracking. Easy peasy, right? Almost*.
The interface for both the Mac and iPhone versions are straightforward and don’t require much of an effort to learn.
Select a delivery service, add the tracking number.
Parcel for the iPhone (and iPad) works much the same way. Select a delivery service, enter the tracking number.
Parcel can send you push notifications so you can see the package’s status, and it even lets you synchronize your package tracking numbers between Mac, iPhone, and iPad, but that requires you to setup a Parcel account and it does not (and cannot) use iCloud or Dropbox to synchronize).
*Here’s what might be a deal breaker for some. Parcel limits you to tracking three shipments at the same time in the free version, but $1.99 per year to receive the push notifications, track more than three packages, and remove the ads.
Parcel has a few more features to justify the limitations and price tag, so savvy Mac users may want to try out The Best Mac App To Track Package Delivery Is Alive And Well On Your iPhone. Delivery Service doesn’t have the same bells and whistles, and doesn’t track the same number of delivery services– it’s a Dashboard Widget on the Mac and is classified as donationware.