Notifications. Seriously. Think about how much notifications have become a part of our lives in just the past few years. My Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch have little dings and beeps and rings throughout the day, alerting me to this or that happening the background.
One of the more useful apps that doesn’t get used often, but when you need it is great to have, is Deliveries which has a version for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch. What Deliveries does is what the app’s title implies. It tracks package deliveries from shipment to your door.
The way it works is simple enough. Open Deliveries on your Mac (works on iPhone and iPad, too), enter the delivery information, and get a notification at various stages of the packages transport and delivery process. The package data can sync between devices, too, so if you’re away from your Mac, the iPhone can give you a notification.
Not only does Deliveries check status but information can be shared via Mail, Messages, even AirDrop. It can also add a delivery date to Calendar, and there’s a Notification Center widget so you don’t need to open the Deliveries app to view the package’s delivery status.
Which delivery services are supported in Deliveries? Plenty, but not all. UPS, FedEx, US Postal Service, DHL, TNT, Canada Post, City Link, Royal Mail, and many more, but check the list to see if the service you use is supported.
The iPhone version works much the same way and your deliveries can be synchronized between devices.
I’ve tried a couple of other package delivery tracking apps but none that work as well as Deliveries. There’s also a free Deliveries Dashboard Widget which works well if you’re on a budget and don’t need to sync up delivery status with other devices. Plus, the Widget means you can check delivery status from within any Mac app, with a click (just move the mouse pointer to a corner hotspot to view Dashboard Widgets)
All Deliveries versions for Mac, iPhone, and iPad also display a map of the package’s current status and location, and that includes the Watch app. The small screen makes it problematic for viewing much detail, but having a quick and painless status alert that a package is delivered or on the way is beneficial.
One thing to note, though, is that status updates are not pushed to your device from the delivery carrier. Deliveries needs to check to update status which means your device will need to be connected online. Otherwise, it works great, and gets plenty of four and five star reviews as evidence of a mature app.