Gmail has been one of the most popular email services since its inception, and for good reason. It’s free (well, financially free), has great searchability, and an easy-to-use interface. However, there is still room for improvement. For instance, have you ever wasted time searching through your email to find shipment information? Checking the status of online orders has become a frequent activity in many people’s lives, so Google has decided to streamline the process.
Over the coming weeks, Gmail will begin to roll out the ability to track packages directly from your inbox. The new feature can automatically detect tracking numbers contained within emails, and will display an “expected delivery” label in your inbox. Gmail will also notify you of both package shipments and delays. These alerts will be a great help when dealing with time-sensitive deliveries. FedEx, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service will all likely be compatible with this new feature, but it is yet to be seen if it’ll function with Amazon Prime.
If you’re concerned about Google looking into your mail for shipping information, you can rest assured that the feature will be opt-in. It is, however, another potential breach of privacy. Most users will likely find the trade-off worth it to enjoy better features, but it’s never a bad idea to try to keep your personal information secure. For more information on the safety of Gmail or the protection of your data, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.