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January 3, 2011 AT 9:37 am

Shipping geeks and kit biz owners – New UPS tracking

Pt 10703

Over on the UPS blog their developer talks about the UPS tracking enhancements, we like them!

I’ve been working on ups.com for several years now and have witnessed the site grow to receive on average more than 22 million tracking requests every day, peaking to 40 million on our busiest day!

My job allows me to add new site features, update older site functions and occasionally redesign the entire site. However, many of those updates only apply to a certain segment of UPS customers. Once in a while, we do get to unveil something that everyone who visits ups.com can appreciate, as is the case today.

To help me keep track of incoming packages, I can now add a description to each package when I track. It’s rare for me to have more than one shipment on order at the same time, but the Amazon shipments have been arriving pretty steadily for the past couple of weeks. Sometimes I had no idea what was in the boxes that appeared on my desk. At a glance, I can see that “Books for Mom” will be here in time for her birthday, and I can save that one to the top of the list for easy access when I check tracking status later.

UPS also receives questions about the definition of UPS tracking statuses. For example, what does In Transit, Out for delivery and Exception mean? We’ve worked to better define tracking status messages enhanced with color coding. We have also added a progress bar for more at-a-glance information.

Good start, we still want all the updates and features we outlined previously.


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3 Comments

  1. UPS has never had all that bad of tracking, now the USPS is a different issue, I would be more exited to hear that USPS is revamping their "track & Confirm" service. I know normally you just get "Delivery Confirmation." But come on, if you are going to call the system you use to confirm the delivery "TRACK and Confirm" then offer Tracking. /End Rant

    But still any improvements are great

  2. @mitpatterson, I would guess it is TRACK and confirm, because Express Mail has what you and I think of as a “tracking number”, not to be confused with Del Conf #s. I personally never liked how USPS does it, but nobody can compete with their first class rates.

  3. Shipping fascinates me, I don’t know why, but I never really get sick of it.

    Oh, and if you like maps, you can plug your tracking in here:

    http://boxoh.com/ is fun.

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