Whether you ship globally or just across town, knowing where your shipment is and when it will be delivered allows you to plan ahead so someone can be ready to pick it up. It also helps find where your shipment is if it happens to be lost, stolen, or damaged in transit.
Know Where Your Shipment Is
Tracking gives you an opportunity to know where your shipment is at all times. Most carriers will scan packages when they arrive and when they leave. By scanning packages, as they are coming and going, not only does it help improve the accuracy of the delivery estimate but will also give you a definite last known location. Knowing where your shipment is at all times is essential if you are working with a deadline.
Up-to-Date Delivery Estimates
Tracking your packages provides you with an estimated delivery time. With each scan, you will receive up-to-date delivery estimates that will allow you to make plans for when the package is finally dropped off. This is especially beneficial if your package requires a signature or is supposed to be delivered within a specific deadline.
Last Known Location if Your Shipment is Lost or Stolen
Knowing the last location where your package was scanned is beneficial if it is lost or stolen. Accidents can happen and cause a delay. Tracking your package gives you an opportunity to ask your carrier for an investigation if your package seems to stall or doesn’t arrive when expected.
Purchasing insurance for your shipment or requiring a signature is often enough to get a tracking number assigned to your package. You can also pay to have the package shipped so that it arrives on a certain day. This will also ensure that you can track your package and know the approximate date of its arrival.