This will be short, sharp, and sweet. Cutting a long story short (which is opposite to the way I usually do things), I’ve just been introduced to what may be the best parcel tracking app ever.

Have you ever been obliged to track a package? Things are bad enough if you know the name of the carrier. You would think this would be easy peasy lemon squeezy—and it’s true that the websites belonging to the bigger players (FedEx, UPS, USPS, etc.) are straightforward enough—but some of the second-tier carrier companies could benefit from a course in user interface (UI) design, is all I’m saying.

Things get to be even more interesting if all you have is a tracking number, but no clue as to the carrier. I ran into just this situation recently. As part of the latest incarnation of my Countdown Timer project, I’d placed an online order for some vacuum fluorescent display (VFD) tubes from what I’d assumed to be a supplier in the USA.

I like a simple interface (Click image to see a larger version)

I’m not sure how this happened, but I found myself in possession of a tracking number, but with no clue as to the shipper in question. I must admit this was a bit of a puzzle. A conundrum if you will.

When I mentioned this to my chum Joe Farr, he told me to try the Parcels Tracking App. OMG! This is great. I’m a simple man and I like a simple interface. This is as simple as it gets. All you do is enter your tracking number and click the “Track Package” button. The app automatically determines the shipper (in my case, to my surprise, it turned out to be some obscure company in a wobbly Eastern European country) and reports all the details associated with your package’s journey as it wings its weary way to you.

I used the online interface, but if you scroll to the bottom of the page, you’ll find links to iOS and Android apps that you can install on your mobile devices.

All I can say is that I am very impressed. What say you? Do you think this will come in handy for your own package-tracking activities?