Innovation That Matters

Helping consumers track shipped packages

Work & Lifestyle

Last month we wrote about TripIt, a site that coordinates diverse travel reservations into a single itinerary, and just last week a brand-new site launched that applies the same concept to package shipments. TrackMyShipments is a free service that keeps tabs on all of a consumer’s shipped packages in one place. Consumers who have ever ordered online are well-acquainted with the “Your Order Has Shipped” e-mails that companies send out when the package leaves their warehouse. The trouble with those, of course, is that to follow the package’s progress subsequently, the consumer must dig out that e-mail and then cut and paste the tracking number into the shipper’s website. With TrackMyShipments, on the other hand, consumers simply forward all those e-mails to as they arrive. The TrackMyShipments system examines the e-mails, extracts the relevant information and keeps track of all those shipments in one place. It can then update the consumer via e-mail or SMS text message as to each shipment’s location, status and any delays. TrackMyShipments currently supports FedEx, UPS, the U.S. Postal Service and DHL, but it says it’s adding new shippers all the time. It also offers a White Label service to bring its functionality to providers’ shipping systems. The California-based site is supported by ads and sponsorship. TrackMyShipments has only been up 10 days or so, but it could find a devoted following among frequent shoppers as well as corporate buyers. One to adapt regionally! Spotted by: Ozgur Alaz



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