Google’s adding package tracking right into your Gmail inbox
Google is adding package tracking features to Gmails, allowing users to track their upcoming package deliveries directly from their inboxes. The new tracking feature will search for emails with tracking numbers, then uses that information to determine the order’s expected delivery date and flags it in your inbox.
The feature will be available to users in the US in the coming weeks. Shopping online is fun but, tracking packages can be time-consuming and tiresome as you find yourself repeating the same steps: searching your inbox for the confirmation email, finding the tracking number, and clicking a series of links to check the status of your delivery.
In their blog, Google said that it aims to address this issue with an upcoming feature for Gmail that will let you keep an eye on your packages directly from your inbox.
Google said, “Gmail will show a simple, helpful view of your package tracking and delivery information right in your inbox. For orders with tracking numbers, Gmail will prominently display your current delivery status in your inbox list view and a summary card at the top of individual emails.”
“Package tracking will be available across most major U.S. shipping carriers and will provide important details at a glance, such as estimated arrival date and status — like “Label created,” “Arriving tomorrow” or “Delivered today.”
You can opt-in to receive package tracking updates from your inbox or Gmail settings. Gmail will then automatically look up order statuses using your tracking numbers and surface them in your inbox. You can opt-out at any time through your Gmail settings.