Deliveries App Loses Functionality as Shipping Companies Refuse to Participate

Package tracking app Deliveries is losing functionality because shipping companies are not willing to provide the shipping data that the app needs to work, according to developer Mike Piontek.

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In a blog post penned earlier this week, Piontek said that Deliveries is no longer able to maintain the same service that it used to provide because it relies on shipping companies, and "without their help" the app is not able to work the way that customers expect.

In time, the Deliveries app will likely stop showing direct tracking information in the app for additional services. Delivery date, map route, and other details will not be available, nor will notifications about status changes. To see tracking information, customers will need to use the "View Online" button to see tracking information on the shipping company's website.

According to Piontek, Deliveries understands that the app will become less useful to users, but the Deliveries team will aim to keep making it as useful as possible for those who continue to use it.

At the current time, Deliveries seems to be able to show shipping information from major U.S. shipping companies like the United States Postal Service and UPS, but over the course of the last few months, Amazon deliveries have stopped working.

Deliveries used to be able to track Amazon shipments just from an order link, but that is no longer possible. Tracking either does not work, or it requires logging in to Amazon with a login and password, which is a hassle. The app also recently stopped working with FedEx tracking numbers, and there are also complaints about DHL shipments not being able to be tracked.

Prior to when these changes were made by shipping companies, Deliveries was a very useful package tracking app, but for many, it may no longer be worth the $4.99 per year subscription price.

Top Rated Comments

d686546s Avatar
25 months ago
I've used this for years, not sure how long but certainly feels like the early days of the iPhone.

It's annoying how generally we're moving to closed systems and exclusive solutions. I don't want 7 apps to track deliveries.
Score: 58 Votes (Like | Disagree)
antnythr Avatar
25 months ago
Always a risk when something you do depends on building off the infrastructure of someone else
Score: 49 Votes (Like | Disagree)
H3LL5P4WN Avatar
25 months ago

As much as I want to like Deliveries, the Shop app is just easier. Hook it up to Gmail, and you automatically get your notifications. No copying and pasting.
Just requires you having a gmail. No thanks.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
headlessmike Avatar
25 months ago
That’s unfortunate. I’ve been a loyal user since using their widget in Tiger and bought their apps when they were onetime purchases back in the day.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple Knowledge Navigator Avatar
25 months ago
Parcel is a better (and cheaper) app, anyway.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JtheLemur Avatar
25 months ago
FedEx is problematic. Been using Deliveries since day 1. What I won’t use anymore, wherever possible, is FedEx.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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