Canada Post for iOS Launches Apple Watch App, Debuts Pickup Barcode

Canada Post for iOS has launched support for Apple Watch, while also introducing a pickup barcode within the app.

The Apple Watch app allows you to track packages, find a nearby post office (includes address and opening hours) and check the latest stamp prices from your wrist.

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As for the pickup barcode, it allows you to generate a code on the phone to show at your pickup location, once your item is ready to be picked up. All you have to do is scan your iPhone at your Canada Post retailer to get your parcel, eliminating the need for a paper delivery notice card (awesome idea).

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Canada Post says coming soon in a future update will be native push notifications to track packages, which should be a very welcomed addition. If you’re still looking for a package tracking app, the only one you need is Deliveries, as it’s our favourite.

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  • MikeJenkinson

    Here’s an idea: How about letting us generate a barcode in the app that can replace a postage stamp that we can print out and affix to a letter? Because some of us actually do still send letters (mailing cheques, birthday cards, etc.) but there’s no point stocking up on stamps at home anymore. Being able to generate a la carte postage from an app would be a great feature.

  • That’s a good idea, it’s already possible to print your own labels for packages–why not stamps? I don’t think stamps are going away, but this would definitely be convenient.

  • xeronine992

    I remember years ago in Microsoft Word, there was an option to print postage on your envelopes, but of course it was only USPS. Don’t see why Canada Post couldn’t do something similar.

  • xeronine992

    What I’d like to know is how do you actually get the pickup notification? I don’t see any way of signing in on the app, so unless it’s based solely on having the tracking number (which seems silly), I’m lost.

    I must be missing something on how it works.

  • Christian Henry

    It’s been well over a year since I last required the delivery notice card (and I’ve had to pick up well over a dozen packages in the meantime).

    I’ve simply had to show them my driver’s licence, they look up my name and cross-check my address, and away they go to get the package(s).

    The same has been true for both UPS and Fedex; come with ID, not with “missed delivery” slip, and they don’t give me any hassle.

  • Christian Henry

    It most likely *is* just converting the tracking number to a barcode.

    This probably saves the *Canada Post* employee at the post office about ten seconds of time, at the expense of *your* time.

    And it only gets worse if you have more than one package (if I have more than one package, they only look up my name and address once, then quickly make note of each tracking number), since they’ll just scan, go to the back room, come back, scan next number, go to the back room, etc.

  • Christian Henry

    Why isn’t there any point stocking up on stamps?

    Every time I buy a ten-pack, they’re the “P” ones.

  • xeronine992

    Ahh what a massive waste..

    Am I the only one who has been able to pick up a package without the delivery notice card anyway? Granted, they don’t seem to like to, but they will.

  • Christian Henry

    Nope, I do it all the time.

    And it seems to depend upon the Canada Post employee; at my local office (a franchise, not a corporate location) they *never* give me any attitude about pickup-sans-delivery-notice-card.

    It’s actually better for *both* them *and* me this way, because I typically have more than one package waiting for me (they just make note of all the numbers at once from the computer, then go to the back).

    Heck, they need to go to the computer *anyway* to check my ID, so…

  • mxmgodin

    I can already imagine the post office employee not knowing what that is and telling me I need the delivery notice card.

    I often use their FlexDelivery service to get packages delivered directly to my post office (more handy than waiting for a delivery notice at my apartment and/or having the delivery guy leave the package on the doorstep to get stolen).

    Every time I happen to fall on a new clerk there, they don’t seem to understand why I have a printed out email (rather than a traditional delivery notice). They also often think “it won’t scan” (before even trying) because they’ve never dealt with FlexDelivery barcodes before. And then when they check my ID, they don’t understand why the package as a PO box number on it (the FlexDelivery number), rather than my address.

    It may be due to the fact that my post office is just a small counter in a private drugstore (rather than a full-fledged CP post office), but Canada Post should really ensure their employees get a better training on all their different offerings, if they want people to use their services and not be put off by the experience.