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Jan 3, 2012, 12:16 PM
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UPS has updated its iPhone app (http://appshopper.com/business/ups-mobile) with two new features that make it easier to discover tracking numbers and follow shipments. The first, called scan-to-track, uses the iPhone's built-in camera to "capture the tracking information from a shipping label or UPS InfoNotice". The new auto-detect feature looks for a UPS tracking number on the iPhone's clipboard whenever the app is opened.
What's new

- Scan to Track: Use your smart phone's barcode reader to scan package
tracking numbers to obtain updated information
- Tracking Number Automatic Population: the UPS app will automatically search
for tracking numbers saved on your smart phone and download them into the
UPS app for immediate tracking.UPS Mobile is a free download (http://appshopper.com/business/ups-mobile) from the App Store. [Direct Link (http://itunes.apple.com/app/ups-mobile/id336377331?mt=8)]

Article Link: UPS Mobile App Adds Barcode Scanning For Easier Package Tracking (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/01/03/ups-mobile-app-adds-barcode-scanning-for-easier-package-tracking/)



kylebshr
Jan 3, 2012, 12:22 PM
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Why is this news? Barcode scanning is nothing new...

ericrwalker
Jan 3, 2012, 12:23 PM
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Why is this news? Barcode scanning is nothing new...

It's new to the UPS app.

1080p
Jan 3, 2012, 12:30 PM
I prefer using the "Deliveries" app from Junecloud. It syncs and backs up your deliveries online. There is also a Deliveries widget for OSX.

kylebshr
Jan 3, 2012, 12:31 PM
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Yes, but does it really deserve to be on macrumors?

applesith
Jan 3, 2012, 12:54 PM
If I have the parcel in my hand to scan, do I really need to track it?

nagromme
Jan 3, 2012, 12:54 PM
This is awesome! I just got a package, but as I was holding it I thought... where the heck am I?? So I scanned the barcode, and got the delivery address. Turns out, I was home all along! :o

(Iíll probably appreciate it more for scanning those sticky notes from failed attempts.)

gorjan
Jan 3, 2012, 01:05 PM
I use "Posted", it's great and also has most currier and regular postal services from around the globe. :D

wendland99
Jan 3, 2012, 01:08 PM
Deliver Status touch does this and more and isn't limited to just UPS.
this is hardly worth any news...

this one is awesome:
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/delivery-status-touch-package/id290986013?mt=8

reden
Jan 3, 2012, 01:09 PM
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Yes, but does it really deserve to be on macrumors?

Maybe you don't deserve to be on MacRumors. It's like this is your website or something, and you designed, built and pay for it. I'll get you a "I survived the aftermath of the MacRumors article on UPS Mobile App Adds Barcode Scanning" T-shirt.

nylonsteel
Jan 3, 2012, 01:12 PM
re original article

ups needs an app to gps map where my driver is with my expected package

rnizlek
Jan 3, 2012, 01:18 PM
re original article

ups needs an app to gps map where my driver is with my expected package

Doubt that will ever happen for security reasons. I can see a number of issues with this.

They do allow you to specify a 2 hour window for delivery with UPS MyChoice now. I think there's a fee for it ($5, maybe?)...I signed up as a premium member so it's free; I'm not sure what the regular price is.

Darth.Titan
Jan 3, 2012, 01:22 PM
re original article

ups needs an app to gps map where my driver is with my expected package

Can you imagine how expensive shipping would be if you had to pay for a GPS transmitter for every package you send?

Let's be realistic.

surf2snow1
Jan 3, 2012, 01:26 PM
Can you imagine how expensive shipping would be if you had to pay for a GPS transmitter for every package you send?

Let's be realistic.

Gps for the driver, not the package.

bacaramac
Jan 3, 2012, 01:29 PM
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Can you imagine how expensive shipping would be if you had to pay for a GPS transmitter for every package you send?

Let's be realistic.

Gps for the driver, not the package.

They already have this I'm sure, just for internal purposes I bet. It will never be given to consumers. Maybe flight status tracker since you can't get to the plane, but not for trucks.

rnizlek
Jan 3, 2012, 01:34 PM
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They already have this I'm sure, just for internal purposes I bet. It will ever be given to consumers. Maybe flight status tracker since you can't get to the plane, but not for trucks.

They do have this on most of their trucks already, but yes, it's only for internal use. Their new scanners also record the GPS coordinates of where the package is dropped in case there is an issue down the road. As for flight tracking, it's very easy to match up the tracking entries with flights by going to Flight Aware, if you really have a burning desire to watch your package fly across the country (assuming it's Air). No way to track the truck trailers or trains if it's going by ground, at least from a consumer perspective.

Eddloggg
Jan 3, 2012, 01:50 PM
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They already have this I'm sure, just for internal purposes I bet. It will never be given to consumers. Maybe flight status tracker since you can't get to the plane, but not for trucks.

As a UPS driver, of course they track every move, to package placement at the moment we scan for delivery. However, if the customer could understand that they are not alone in wanting their package, it would make our life a bit easier.

ChristIsLORD
Jan 3, 2012, 01:53 PM
If I have the parcel in my hand to scan, do I really need to track it?


This is awesome! I just got a package, but as I was holding it I thought... where the heck am I?? So I scanned the barcode, and got the delivery address. Turns out, I was home all along! :o

(I’ll probably appreciate it more for scanning those sticky notes from failed attempts.)

I know I'll appreciate the ability when sending a package from a UPS Store, being able to scan my receipt and have the app pop in the tracking number rather than squinting to type in long as hell 1Z numbers manually.

(That's what the app is for, dummies)

Sardonick007
Jan 3, 2012, 02:13 PM
Eventually, all the idiots that make negative comments about posts not being "news" or not being "new" will get their wish and the posters will stop creating anything. This is a public forum for a large demographic, not just yours. Some people enjoy reading things they didn't know, and some, like me, enjoy reading alternative comments to the actual post and thereby learning something new along the way. What a waste of bandwidth to bash an article for being "so 20 seconds ago".

MTShipp
Jan 3, 2012, 02:14 PM
...Their new scanners also record the GPS coordinates of where the package is dropped in case there is an issue down the road.

Those new scanners must not be available where I live because they have no idea where the driver dropped off two of my Amazon boxes when they did not show up on delivery day.

ericrwalker
Jan 3, 2012, 02:30 PM
Exactly, I probably won't download this app, but I think it's a good idea. I enjoying knowing this feature is available on the app, just in case I need it some day.

Eventually, all the idiots that make negative comments about posts not being "news" or not being "new" will get their wish and the posters will stop creating anything. This is a public forum for a large demographic, not just yours. Some people enjoy reading things they didn't know, and some, like me, enjoy reading alternative comments to the actual post and thereby learning something new along the way. What a waste of bandwidth to bash an article for being "so 20 seconds ago".

rnizlek
Jan 3, 2012, 03:03 PM
Those new scanners must not be available where I live because they have no idea where the driver dropped off two of my Amazon boxes when they did not show up on delivery day.

Yeah, my area doesn't have them either. They started rolling them out in 2011, I believe. I don't work for UPS, I just do a decent amount of shipping with them, so I'm not sure what percentage of the country has them.

el-John-o
Jan 3, 2012, 05:47 PM
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Exactly, I probably won't download this app, but I think it's a good idea. I enjoying knowing this feature is available on the app, just in case I need it some day.

Eventually, all the idiots that make negative comments about posts not being "news" or not being "new" will get their wish and the posters will stop creating anything. This is a public forum for a large demographic, not just yours. Some people enjoy reading things they didn't know, and some, like me, enjoy reading alternative comments to the actual post and thereby learning something new along the way. What a waste of bandwidth to bash an article for being "so 20 seconds ago".

I agree. I love MacRumors but it's a huge pet peeve when I see all these "THIS ISN'T NEWS!!!!!" comments. You don't have to read it, comment on it, or even visit here. I like that macrumors has a nice variety of frequent information. Finally, this isn't on the front page, and Macrumors NOT a news media organization, it's a blog of tidbit information and unconfirmed RUMORS!

I, for one, really like the app update news and stuff like that. I've gotten several apps that I've enjoyed that I didn't know existed until MR published them!

RMo
Jan 3, 2012, 06:59 PM
If I have the parcel in my hand to scan, do I really need to track it?

First, this doesn't take away any tracking abilities you had before (e.g., by tracking number).

But second and more importantly, you don't need the parcel to scan--this is also found on InfoNotices (for missed deliveries), or if you're sending a package, you can scan it then (this might also be on the receipt, IDK).

The biggest news to me is that UPS has an app. They're the carrier Amazon (Prime) usually uses for two-day delivery for me, and I've always found UPS's website to be a mess.

Irock619
Jan 4, 2012, 07:50 AM
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If Mac rumors puts it on their site then yes, it deserves to be on the site.

coder12
Jan 4, 2012, 08:47 AM
Just scanned the package that was delivered to me... it told me that my package had been delivered... :eek: The government knows man! They're watching me man!

applesith
Jan 4, 2012, 12:03 PM
First, this doesn't take away any tracking abilities you had before (e.g., by tracking number).

But second and more importantly, you don't need the parcel to scan--this is also found on InfoNotices (for missed deliveries), or if you're sending a package, you can scan it then (this might also be on the receipt, IDK).

The biggest news to me is that UPS has an app. They're the carrier Amazon (Prime) usually uses for two-day delivery for me, and I've always found UPS's website to be a mess.

Who ever said that bar code scanning took away any other capabilities of the app?

you can just enter your tracking number into google and it will bring you to the details page on the UPS website.

RMo
Jan 4, 2012, 12:14 PM
Who ever said that bar code scanning took away any other capabilities of the app?

I didn't say it did either, but you seemed so shocked that I just had to let you know.

you can just enter your tracking number into google and it will bring you to the details page on the UPS website.

Then keep doing that. BTW, Google can't scan codes, log you into your UPS account, view your MyChoice, or save your recent tracks--but whatever suits you. I just don't think there's a reason to complain. :)

pmz
Jan 4, 2012, 01:05 PM
As a UPS driver, of course they track every move, to package placement at the moment we scan for delivery. However, if the customer could understand that they are not alone in wanting their package, it would make our life a bit easier.

Thats not something you should expect the customer to have to "understand"

Currently, if someone is expecting a package, they have to wait at the location all day for it to be delivered, or risk missing the delivery altogether, especially if its a signature required. There is no simple way to waive delivery, and some drivers will ignore even the old forms that you could print out (wasteful, headache, unnecessary) and sign and leave on the door.

What needs to be implemented is a real-time calculator for ETA. Not GPS data sent to the customer regarding the truck....of COURSE NOT! But instead, the tracking information online should be updated constantly when a package is Out for Delivery, with : "Estimated delivery: 3 hours"....."Estimated Delivery: 45 minutes" etc....

That would allow people flexibility with work and other responsibilities, and not have make their day revolve around receiving a package. It doesn't even have to be more accurate than plus or minus 30 minutes. That would be a thousand times better than "sometime between 10 AM and 5 PM"

rnizlek
Jan 4, 2012, 04:08 PM
Thats not something you should expect the customer to have to "understand"

Currently, if someone is expecting a package, they have to wait at the location all day for it to be delivered, or risk missing the delivery altogether, especially if its a signature required. There is no simple way to waive delivery, and some drivers will ignore even the old forms that you could print out (wasteful, headache, unnecessary) and sign and leave on the door.


Actually, there is a simple way. It's called UPS MyChoice. You can waive the signature requirement on many deliveries (the shipper can always require an in person signature if they want to), specify a two hour window for delivery or simply redirect the package to a place where you can easily get it (like your work address). I probably get upwards of 100-150 UPS packages a year. MyChoice works great.


What needs to be implemented is a real-time calculator for ETA. Not GPS data sent to the customer regarding the truck....of COURSE NOT! But instead, the tracking information online should be updated constantly when a package is Out for Delivery, with : "Estimated delivery: 3 hours"....."Estimated Delivery: 45 minutes" etc....

That would allow people flexibility with work and other responsibilities, and not have make their day revolve around receiving a package. It doesn't even have to be more accurate than plus or minus 30 minutes. That would be a thousand times better than "sometime between 10 AM and 5 PM"

The only problem with that is I think it could lead to customer dissatisfaction. There's not a reliable way to know how long it will take a driver to reach a particular location. For instance, sometimes drivers cover other drivers runs if they end up overloaded, or they get reassigned to do a same day pickup request, or any number of other things. I can see someone getting very angry if the site said "estimated time of delivery: 1 hour" and the driver shows up two and a half hours later or something.

I think MyChoice is a good balance between what you want and what existed before my choice. UPS gives you an approximate four hour window for free, or you can pay for a tighter commitment time (two hour window) or you can redirect the package to a place that works for you (or I think you can even have it held for pickup, but I haven't ever tried to do that). If you pay for a Premium membership, you can do the redirects and specify the commitment times for free for an unlimited number of packages.

Although I understand why your idea would be helpful, I think UPS would be very hesitant to advertise a time of delivery beyond a two hour window, which is what they offer now. In some ways, MyChoice is better because it allows you to specify when you want the package delivered, rather than making you plan your day around when the package will actually be there.

nitropowered
Jan 4, 2012, 07:18 PM
Best thing to do is have things delivered to your place of business if your business allows for that.

I never have anything delivered to my house unless the seller requires you to ship to your billing address

overcast
Jan 5, 2012, 09:22 AM
If I have the parcel in my hand to scan, do I really need to track it?

The receipt for something you've already sent. :rolleyes:

pmz
Jan 5, 2012, 08:12 PM
Actually, there is a simple way. It's called UPS MyChoice. You can waive the signature requirement on many deliveries (the shipper can always require an in person signature if they want to), specify a two hour window for delivery or simply redirect the package to a place where you can easily get it (like your work address). I probably get upwards of 100-150 UPS packages a year. MyChoice works great.



The only problem with that is I think it could lead to customer dissatisfaction. There's not a reliable way to know how long it will take a driver to reach a particular location. For instance, sometimes drivers cover other drivers runs if they end up overloaded, or they get reassigned to do a same day pickup request, or any number of other things. I can see someone getting very angry if the site said "estimated time of delivery: 1 hour" and the driver shows up two and a half hours later or something.

I think MyChoice is a good balance between what you want and what existed before my choice. UPS gives you an approximate four hour window for free, or you can pay for a tighter commitment time (two hour window) or you can redirect the package to a place that works for you (or I think you can even have it held for pickup, but I haven't ever tried to do that). If you pay for a Premium membership, you can do the redirects and specify the commitment times for free for an unlimited number of packages.

Although I understand why your idea would be helpful, I think UPS would be very hesitant to advertise a time of delivery beyond a two hour window, which is what they offer now. In some ways, MyChoice is better because it allows you to specify when you want the package delivered, rather than making you plan your day around when the package will actually be there.

1.Which is the problem, when the shipper requires the signature, there is no waiving it. So, no matter what, you need to be there and can't just waive the signature and go out.

2. No one is saying schedules can't change throughout the day, at least that info would be communicated to the customer. If done right, during a schedule change it might say "ETA 1 hour." but then change within that window to "ETA 2 hours" or longer, etc.. At least it would be accurate at the moment the customer is checking it and they wouldn't be in the dark. I see what you're saying, but its still worlds better than "sometime today".

3. I've never seen the 2 hour window even offered. Maybe I'm thinking of Fed Ex. Not sure.

mrxak
Jan 8, 2012, 01:59 PM
I use Deliveries (Junecloud). I does the clipboard-snatching thing already, and it tracks tons of shipping companies and online retailers too. You get a nice scrollable list of all your stuff, and if you click any of them you can go right into the full tracking details, view a map of where you are relative to the last known position of your package, or send off a nice email with the details to somebody else who needs to know. This UPS app looks good if you're a business owner and you ship your product through UPS. If you're a consumer getting lots of packages from UPS, FedEX, USPS, DHL, Canada Post, La Poste, Poste Italiane, Royal Mail, Aramex, Sagawa Express, or who he heck knows what else, you might be better off with just one app that tracks everything.

vikiliju
Jan 10, 2012, 09:32 PM
yea, barcode scanning is very good. with it in your phone, you can scan any barcodes at any time,
i found a website offering free barcode scanner software. maybr you need it.http://www.onbarcode.com/scanner/