The United States Postal Service, UPS, and FedEx all offer online dashboards where you can see exactly what packages (and letters, in the case of the US Postal Service) are scheduled to arrive at your address. They’ll even email and send you text message notifications so you can stay on top of things.
These are all free services, although UPS and FedEx have a few additional paid features. For example, you can sometimes pay to schedule a precise package delivery time with UPS or FedEx, but you can always keep tabs on incoming packages for free.
United States Postal Service
The US Postal Service offers a free service named “Informed Delivery.” It’s an online dashboard that automatically informs you about mail and packages being sent to your address, and it also provides email notifications.
There are two features here. There’s a “Mailpieces” tab that shows you scanned copies of the front of any letters you have arriving in your mailbox. Letters appear on this dashboard for seven days after they’re delivered. The dashboard only shows letter-sized mailpieces like normal letters and postcards, so any magazines you’re receiving likely won’t appear here.
The scans just show the front of the letters—the post office doesn’t open your mail! But it’s particularly useful when you’re out of town and want to keep tabs on any important mail you’re waiting for.
Whether or not you opt into Informed Delivery, the United States Postal Service is always scanning copies of your incoming mail anyway. When you sign up for this service, USPS is just sharing the data it’s already collecting with you.
There’s also a “Packages” tab that shows packages that are on the way or have recently been delivered to your address. You’ll know exactly what packages are coming to you via USPS and the day they’ll arrive. Packages appear on this dashboard for fifteen days after they’re delivered.
Unlike with letters, USPS does not provide photos of packages.
In the morning, you’ll receive an email notification with scans of the front of any letters you’ll receive in your mailbox later that day and…
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