As more people shop online this holiday season, there are too many opportunities for thieves to steal packages right off peoples' front porches. So it would help a lot to know exactly where your packages are and when they will arrive. Read one report about the spike in thefts here - http://boston.cbslocal.com/201.....ge-thefts/
and see how one woman retaliated against the thieves
I found several free online tools to get this information easily.
is a universal tracking site that can autodetect the carrier when you enter any tracking number and give you real time information. Each shipment summary page includes a link to the carrier's site and a contact number. There's a mobile site at https://i.packagetrackr.com/touch/m/
is a free tracking tool for postal deliveries. Once you set up your account, any packages for your address will automatically appear in your dashboard. You can add packages you've sent to your dashboard by entering their tracking numbers. You'll be able to see their progress, estimated delivery dates, and final delivery. You can schedule email or text alerts.
UPS My Choice
is a free tool to track any packages sent by UPS. Here, too, anything sent to your address will automatically appear in the calendar and you can manually add the packages you've shipped. Mobile solutions - http://www.ups.com/content/us/.....vl=PNRO_L1
Fedex Delivery Manager
also shows all deliveries scheduled for your address automatically. It gives you even more options than the others. You can customize the delivery time, change the delivery address, or have the package held at any Fedex location. Mobile access is here - http://www.fedex.com/us/mobile/
When we're not home, we have our packages sent to a Fedex location nearby that's open until 11pm every day, so we can pick them up at our convenience.
All of these tracking tools have the option to send status emails of the progress and advance delivery notices. MyUSPS can send texts, and Packagetrackr can also send notifications via text or Twitter.