If you are like me, at any given time, you have packages being shipped to you or you’ve shipped some yourself. Whether it is a package from Apple, Amazon or a family friend, keep track of the package on the shipping company’s site and when a package is going to arrive can be challenging at times. That’s where Parcel comes in and help you keep those shipments all in one place on your iPhone, iPad or Mac.
Parcel is an app that allows you to track all of your shipments in one place. It is developed by Ivan Pavlov out of Australia and really is a must have app. Just add the tracking number from the shipper to the app and it will automatically keep things up-to-date for you. No more having to visit the USPS, FedEx, or UPS site directly. It is a huge time saver, especially in those busy times when you have multiple packages coming to you or you have shipped. Like, for example, the day after Amazon Prime Day!
Best of all, the app notifies you when an event happens on a package such as when it leaves a location or has been delivered.
Here in the United States & Canada, virtually every carrier service out there is supported by Parcel.
- Amazon Logistics Canada*
- Amazon Logistics Mexico*
- Amazon Logistics US*
- Asendia USA
- Bonshaw Logsitics
- Canada Post
- Ceva Logistics
- Chit Chats
- Correos de Mexico
- GLS US (GSO)
- Landmark Global
- T-Force (Lasership)
- Lone Star Overnight
- Loomis Express
- Pilot Freight
- UPS MI
- XPO Logistics (Amazon)
- XPO Logistics (Pro)
If you are international, you can find the complete list of supported carriers globally at this link on the Parcel site. In total, the app supports over 300 different shipping companies around the globe.
To enter a package, go to the Deliveries page in the app (the default page) and tap the + icon in the upper right corner. Here you can paste in a tracking number and the app will automatically detect the shipping service based on that tracking number. Give the package a name so you know what it is and press Done. When you enter the tracking number for a package you are tracking, you will see a list of all your shipments that are being tracked in Parcel. Even better, if you buy items from Amazon and add your Amazon credentials to the app, it will automatically add them to Parcel for you.
You also have the ability to filter those packages based on if they are on their way to you or have been received. Just tap the filter icon in the top menu bar and select how you want packages to be filtered. I personally use this to have a list of all of the packages I’ve ever received filtered down to just the ones that are active.
From the list of shipments, you can tap on any of them to get details of that package’s journey to you. Not only do you get the details in a step-by-step list, you also have a small map which details visually where your package originated and its current location.
Once your package has arrived, Parcel will automatically update indicating that it has been delivered. You can then either delete the shipment from the app or, do as I do, and filter the delivered shipments from your list as I described earlier.
One of the best aspects of Parcel is that it works across all of your Apple devices. There is an app for iPhone and iPad, as well as MacOS and Apple Watch.
Note in the screenshot above that you see the large 0 in the left corner. That is how many days remain until the package arrives.
I’ve been using Parcel for the past two years and it is one of my most heavily used apps for tracking shipments that I have sent or I am receiving. It is one that I highly recommend giving a try. Unfortunately for you PC and Android users, there is not a version available. However, there is a web version of the app that can be used.
Parcel is a free app to download from the App Store and Mac App Store. There is a yearly subscription of $2.99 that allows you to track more than three packages at a time and enables push notifications. It is well worth it.