Long gone are the days of people eagerly waiting by the letterbox for the postman, not quite knowing what the post will be or if it will come at all. Now we have a much better idea of what’s happening with our deliveries, sometimes we even know exactly when they’re at our front door before we hear a knock. Unsurprisingly, it takes a fair bit of tech in order for us to be able to do this. So how does it all work?
Radio Frequency Identification
Parcel tracking is incredibly common place for deliveries. However, how much you can follow your parcel can vary. For instance: sometimes the only piece of information you have is when your package has been dispatched, and other times you know what’s happening every single step of the way. But no matter the level, every single parcel has the same process. It gets given a barcode, which is scanned by every person who comes into contact with it. This is using Radio Frequency Identification technology. When you get your tracking number, you’re following this unique barcode, and who is holding your parcel. It’s up to your courier to decide how much you’re alerted to the parcel being scanned. It should always be in safe hands.
This leads us on nicely to the use of couriers and technology. It is up to them on how they can deliver the most efficient postal service for you. This can play a vital role when you’re ordering something from abroad and want to keep a close eye on it. Parcel2Go is a particularly good at letting you track your order from wherever you are in the world. All you need is the tracking number and the technology will do the rest. Whether you’ve ordered in your own country, or overseas, you can keep an eye on your post from the comfort of your own home.
Global Positioning System
You can now also track your parcel once it’s out for delivery. This gives you a solid idea of when it will arrive and saves you from sitting at home all day. More and more couriers are embracing the use of GPS. You can follow the driver’s progress and know exactly when your parcel is coming. Not to mention GPS also benefits the driver in terms of getting your post to you as quickly as possible, as they can avoid traffic and use the most convenient route.