ParcelNotifier.com is a website that allows you to receive email notifications of updates to your parcel. Originally it started off just supporting An Post but has grown to include UPS, Fastway, DPD, Nightline, iParcel, Parcel Motel, Parcel Connect and Parcel Wizard deliveries. Parcel Notifier now supports deliveries by DHL as well. Simply subscribe to notifications by entering in your tracking number and email at ParcelNotifier.com. You will then receive an email notification of each parcel update. That’s it, no creating accounts, downloading apps and it’s completely free!

 

I was expecting a parcel by DHL and decided to redirect it to a DHL Parcel Locker and pick it up from there instead of having it delivered to my home. I had previously seen the lockers but never used them so was interested to see how it worked. There really aren’t that many DHL Lockers in Ireland so it appears it hasn’t caught on yet.

Sure enough on the day of delivery I received an text and an email confirming the package had been delivered to the DHL Locker at a local newsagent. The text contained a 8 digit code to use to unlock the locker. The DHL Locker is very similar to the Parcel Motel lockers but are much smaller. There is a small touch screen which was much more sensitive than the old style Parcel Motel touch screens and simple to use.

The process to retrieve your locker is:

  1. Enter in the 8 digit pin
  2. Enter in your full name
  3. Sign your name on the touch screen

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I first came across the DHL locker idea a few months ago from a boards post. They appear to be branded as swipBox. Today I received an email letting me know DHL will be delivering a parcel to me tomorrow. The email contained a link to a webpage that gave me options to redirect the package, hold the package, change the delivery date or leave delivery instructions. Even though I would probably have been home to accept the parcel, I decided to select to pick it up from a Parcel Locker to see how the service works. There aren’t that many lockers available but luckily one is near me.

 

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I had never heard of DHL swipBOX until I read a post on boards.ie where a user had a parcel that was being delivered by DHL and he got a text telling him to pick it up from his local swipBOX. It turned out to be a mistake and DHL resolved the issued for him but it made me curious about the product. From a physical point of view it looks very much like a Parcel Motel and it appears to be the same general idea. DHL will drop of the parcel to the swipBOX and then you collect it yourself from there. I haven’t seen any marketing done by DHL so was interested to see how widespread they are across Ireland.

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