Shopping online sometimes means making purchases from several different online stores at once. While this can make a big difference to your bank account, it is not easy to track.
Tracking your parcels is not only important for knowing when to get home and collect your belongings, but it can also help you track items that are not being delivered properly. If you, like me, are a serial shopper on the Internet, you may sometimes even forget that you made a particular purchase. If it doesn’t work, that’s bad, especially if it never occurs to you.
While there are many easy ways to track a single tracking number, tracking multiple packages can be difficult. There are several iOS and Android apps that make this task easy, but who wants to sit on their phone all day checking for shipping updates?
In this article, let’s take a look at the best way to handle multiple tracking numbers at the same time on a computer or over the Internet.
Packagetrackr is our pick as the best web-based tool for saving and tracking multiple tracking numbers. This is a tool that I personally used during the recent Black Friday and Christmas shopping season, and it saved me an immeasurable amount of time and headaches.
The first thing you need to do is create a Packagetrackr account. It’s completely free and even supports registration by linking your Google account.
Registering will allow you to safely and securely store all your saved package tracking numbers so that you can return to them to check their status later. After creating your account, you will be taken to your inbox.
Here you will see a list of all recently tracked packages. Since you have just registered a new account, this page should be blank. However, let’s see what this page looks like when we add the tracking number.
If you have a tracking number, please copy and paste it in the large box at the top of this page and click Track! button. Packagetrackr supports USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL, China Post, China EMS and Canada Post tracking numbers, so please make sure the tracking number you are using is handled by one of these services.
When you add your first tracking number, you don’t even have to choose which shipping service matches it. Packagetrackr will automatically detect this or narrow the list down to a few options from which you can choose. As you can see above, the tracking number I entered is determined to be from UPS.
Then just click on the tracking number of the package above the shipping service that processes your package. You will be taken to a page showing the delivery status and you can customize how Packagetrackr tracks it.
In the example above, you can see that I added a package that was already delivered a few weeks ago. However, if you are trying to track the delivery of a parcel, its status will be displayed accordingly.
Packagetrackr tracks five different statuses: information received, on receipt, in transit, sent for delivery and delivered. With every status change, you can optionally send you updated information by email so you know immediately when there is a move forward in the delivery process. Below on this page, you can even find a tracking map and a complete log of delivery progress.
To track your package, you will need to give it a name. You can do this by clicking the (edit) button at the top of the current page.
On the screen that appears, you can set the title, note, destination time zone, and even optionally mark your package as outbound. When everything is ready, click the Save Package button.
Show Tracked Packets
After successfully adding the first package, go back to your inbox and you will see that it is now listed and tracked.
You can track dozens of packages on this page in the same way I track the one above. Then all you have to do is hit the ? button to get the latest tracking information for all your packages. It can also happen automatically at a certain time interval.
When you’re done tracking your package, you can send it to your archive for storage or to the trash bin for disposal. You can view your packages together as a complete list, or use the In Transit, Out for Delivery, Delivered, Pending, or Exception buttons at the top of this table to filter them accordingly.
Edit your settings
The last but important tip to keep in mind when using Packagetrackr is that you should check your settings and notification settings.
While both of these pages are set to give you the most email updates by default, you can reduce the number to your liking. From these pages, you can turn off email notifications entirely, turn off automatic delivery status updates, or turn off automatic archiving.
Considering all the mobile apps that track your packages, it’s great that there is a completely cross-platform web solution. Packagetrackr works on any device, is completely free and allows you to track dozens of active shipments through a simple and intuitive interface. What else is needed?
Do you have questions about how to use Packagetrackr, or would you like to share a multi-package tracking alternative that you like? Drop us a line in the comments below!