DPD “Watch your delivery” with live tracking
Online fashion retailer ASOS is aiming to transform the home delivery experience by becoming the first retailer to enable customers to track their home delivery in real-time, thanks to a new live-mapping service and provide customers with a 15 minute delivery slot window.
The new service, called Follow My Parcel, will allow customers to effectively watch their delivery driver on his round as he makes his way to their property and will countdown the time to their delivery to give an accurate 15 minute delivery window.
Provided in partnership with DPD, the Follow My Parcel service will send ASOS customers a text or email message on the day of delivery to inform them of their initial one-hour delivery timeslot. Customers will then be invited to live-track their delivery in real-time using the very latest GPS software and online mapping technology via web and mobile-friendly interfaces.
The customer will then be able to watch the progress of their delivery driver on his round and see a real-time countdown to their own delivery to give them an accurate 15 minute delivery slot, so that they know exactly when to expect their parcel.
ASOS customers can, at any stage on the day of delivery, request the parcel is delivered to a neighbour or rescheduled for a different day by simply using their smartphone.
Dwain McDonald, DPD’s CEO said “This is a first in the delivery market. Our one-hour timeslot service Predict remains a market leader but Follow My Parcel is a significant step forward again and it shows the level of commitment we are making to reinvent the delivery phase of online retailing“”.
I’ve long been a fan of DPD’s Predict where you receive a time slot on the day of delivery. If you need to pop to the shop you’ll already know exactly when your parcel is due to be delivered and can make sure you’re back home in time to receive it. Being able to track the parcel online and know within 15 minutes of when your parcel will arrive is even better.
Well done DPD… now it’s time for other courier companies to put similar processes in place.
This could be a great plot device in a barnstorming spy caper.