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Easy Ways to Track Your Holiday Package Deliveries

submitted on December 14, 2014 by HouTex in "Stores / Merchants", last updated on December 15, 2014 by HouTex
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 -
and see how one woman retaliated against the thieves Mr Green here -

I found several free online tools to get this information easily.

PackageTrackr 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

2. 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 -

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 -
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.


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    Posted by Goofy_Girl on December 15, 2014 [reply] 0 0
    The easiest way for me is to simply rent a mailbox at the UPS store. Most have 24-hour access and at least one larger locked storage bin for packages that do not fit into your box.
    You can request to be notified every time a package comes in. Or, if want, call when you're going to be in the area after hours and they will have all of your big packages ready for you with a seperate key to the big storage area waiting for you in your box.
    BTW, the UPS Store (formally Mailboxes Etc.) accepts any package from ANY carrier (even local deliveries from your pharmacist and Avon) which the post office does not do.
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      Posted by HouTex on December 15, 2014
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      Thanks for adding that suggestion! Here's a link to find a location near you -
      Another nice thing about it is that you get a street address for delivery. This is great for orders that can't be shipped to a PO box. Big Grin
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    Posted by mdshopper1 on December 15, 2014 [reply] 0 0
    i received a phone call from my neighbor a few days ago. she told me that 8 packages that were addressed to me were on her front porch. delivery services are getting worse and worse, especially usps! thank goodness we have honest neighbors!

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