I’ve been there. I know you’ve been there. There’s a good chance yours and my neighbors have been there. What I’m talking about, of course, is the time between when you order that item you so desperately want on Amazon and when it’s scheduled to arrive at your house so you can open the brown box, take said item out, and love it and cherish it forever and always.
Part of what fills the void between when you click the purchase button and when the box finally ends up in your loving arms is having the ability to check the status of the delivery. Amazon, like other delivery services today, gives you frequent checkpoint updates on the status and location of your package. The notifications about being at a slightly closer sorting facility or that the item is out for delivery are nothing new in today’s world or shipping logistics.
But what Amazon’s done in true Amazon fashion is take things a step further. In order to give their customers the absolute most up-to-date information on where in the world their precious cargo is, Amazon developed a service—aptly named Amazon Map Tracking—that offers essentially live updates on exactly where that package is. The service quietly rolled out late last year, but is just now starting to hit more customers across the U.S. Similar to how Uber’s app shows you how far away your driver is from arriving to pick you up, Amazon Map Tracking gives the user the ability to see how far away their delivery guy is, including letting you know how many more stops they have until they’re on the way to your delivery destination.