Courier comparison site ParcelBroker have launched the first augmented reality application that ... More
Courier comparison site ParcelBroker have launched the first augmented reality application that allows users to reduce their postage costs by accurately measuring their items to be shipped.
Using the latest AR technology, the app allows users to point their camera at a box they need to send, displaying its dimensions and giving an instant price estimation. The app then compares rates with the UK’s leading carriers like ParcelForce, UPS, TNT, DHL, FedEx and more.
ParcelBroker Director, Gregg Temperley, said:
"Being charged the wrong amount due to inaccurate measurements is the second largest complaint after late and damaged parcels. We created the app to try and combat avoidable inaccuracies that affect the price we pay for shipping."
The app is available in the UK on any AR enabled Android smartphone.
Last updated 28 Sep 2018
Published 2 Oct 2018
According to ParcelBroker director Gregg Temperley, the biggest customer complaints - after late or damaged parcels - that are levelled at companies when couriering items around the world are incorrect delivery charges. This is quite often caused by the inaccurate measurement of items apparently. You'd think it would be pretty simple, wouldn't you? You've got a box and you just measure it. Well, that's all very well when it is all boxed up and ready to go but, it's not quite so simple when you have to estimate a postage price on an item that isn't packed yet.
Mr Temperley and the folks at ParcelBroker in the UK have solved this problem very nicely with this new postage and packaging app for Android. UK courier comparison site ParcelBroker have launched the first augmented reality app that allows users to reduce their postage costs and save heaps of time by accurately measuring their items to be shipped. Using the latest AR technology, the app allows users to point their camera at a box they need to send, displaying its dimensions and giving an instant price estimation. The app then compares rates with the UK’s leading carriers like ParcelForce, UPS, TNT, DHL, FedEx and more.
ParcelBroker’s app allows users to 'create' a 3D box around their item using just the app on their Android smartphone. It doesn't matter whether it is already boxed up or before it’s packaged. You can just 'draw' an imaginary box around the unpacked item and your ParcelBroker will not only tell you exactly the size of the box, it will also give its dimensions and give you a list of postage prices for each of the courier companies for the fully boxed up item. You can even allow for the bubble wrap and any other interior packaging. What's more, you can nip out and get the bubble wrap for packaging knowing exactly how big the finished parcel will measure with it inside.
ParcelBroker, who are official re-sellers for ParcelForce, UPS, DHL, DPD and many more, created this clever little app to try to avoid any inaccuracies that affect the price they pay for shipping. They teamed up with the biggest names in parcel delivery in the UK to offer massive discounts of up to 80% from their tariffs. But they didn't just create it for themselves. The 'ParcelBroker – AR Box Measure & Send App for Android' app is great for any online seller using marketplaces like eBay, Amazon and Etsy and who need an upfront delivery cost to create a total price listing.
The app itself is neat and tidy and simple to use. So simple that it's hard to believe that someone hasn't come up with this idea before. The bottom line here is that you'll never charge or be charged incorrectly by underestimating postage costs on a parcel ever again. You might think that postage on an item is something you can just estimate and it won't matter too much if you get it slightly wrong but, if you are shipping a lot of items on a regular basis, it could be the difference between success and failure for your business. If your core business is shipping goods then ParcelBroker will become an essential part of your business and will save you time as well as money. The app is available in the UK on any AR enabled Android smartphone.