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Tech trends transforming the parcel industry

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Written by Nigel Simpkins

Have you noticed that sending parcels is getting a little bit smoother? Parcel delivery is embracing new tech. As the way your deliveries are beginning to move with the times and adapt to the changing technological landscape, you’ll find it is a smarter process – meaning Christmas just got a lot easier! 

Here is a round-up of some of the innovative tech that is changing the parcel industry.  

Tracking in Real Time

When you choose your courier service, one of the main things you’ll want to know is how easy it is to keep track of your delivery. Being able to know exactly where your parcel is has become easier now that couriers are using GPS tracking. 

While this tech isn’t new, it is adapting to incorporate voice search. Amazon is pioneering this service by introducing Amazon Echo tracking last year, so now you can ask for updates while you go about your day without having to worry about manually typing in what you need. 

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality is increasingly being used across a range of industries, and delivery solutions are joining this trend. Smart devices use the tech to scan barcodes, making processing large quantities easier and more efficient. As this data-capture tech advances, we are more likely to see things speeding up in the future

Go Digital 

Your parcel can be kept safe in a digital mailbox once it’s arrived. You’ll have spotted electronic lockers at locations around cities and towns, with supermarkets and shops being lined with these smart boxes. You’ll need a password in order to open it, so any packages are safe and secure until they are accessed. 

Look to the Sky

Our goods could be flying through the skies one day. Drones are being used by an array of industries and, while we’re still a little way off seeing boxes whizzing overhead, we’re inching closer to it becoming a reality. 

The tech is currently being tested in order to transform the way we do things, and Amazon and UPS are already experimenting with delivery by drone. If it takes off, getting our packages to where they need to be will be faster and potentially more cost-effective.   

As parcel delivery continues to try and trial different ways of getting your packages to where they need to be as smoothly as possible, there is set to be more types of tech used to do the job.

Which of these do you think will make the biggest difference to how you send your parcels? Have you heard of any other weird and wonderful ways that deliveries are changing as technology develops?