For months, or even longer!, I’ve been complaining that Fedex doesn’t have a tracking utility like UPS. As it turns out, I was wrong, but I had never heard of Fedex Delivery Manager. Perhaps it’s the name or they just don’t advertise it, but it went unbeknownst to me.
FedEx Delivery Manger works similar to the tool from their competition. You have to create a Fedex account if you don’t already have one. Once you’re signed in, you’ll see a list of your packages. I currently have no active packages but see all 8 from the beginning of this year. I’m not sure why this is the cutoff date.
The packages seem to use my address rather than name, and you can add additional nicknames in your preferences to ensure all your packages are tracked. Preferences also allow you to update your email address and notifications settings. There are quite a few options. By default, it looks like you’ll get an SMS text on the day before delivery and after delivery, which is useful for me because sometimes packages are left at my building’s door.
You can change your settings to receive an email or automated call for the following events:
- Fedex has a packaged addressed to you
- Delivery exceptions
- Day of delivery
My list shows the tracking number, departure location, ship date and delivery estimated date. You can double-click any entry for additional information, to change notifications or to obtain proof of delivery. This detailed screen is actually a copy of the tracking page, but Fedex Delivery Manager means you don’t need a tracking number to track packages (and I don’t always get one). Plus, you can track multiple packages at once.
Since all my packages have been delivered, there’s a nice checkmark next to all of them in the master list. The list includes deliveries made by Fedex in addition to those completed by the Post Office, which I fortunately do not have trouble with. After signing in, I was glad to see I hadn’t missed any deliveries this year!
Any item on the list can be removed, so I could clear it out my list. You can also add items to your watch list or update the name in the list to one that helps you differentiate.
One feature of the Delivery Manager that I like is the calendar view, which enables you to see when deliveries are expected rather than just the list.
Functionally, Fedex Delivery Manager is quite similar to MyUPS — just a little harder to find if you don’t know where to look. I’ve got it bookmarked now, though, so I’ll never lose it!