We just covered the service FedEx offers customers to track and manage incoming packages, but not all shipments are done solely through FedEx. UPS also offers a free service, similar to that of FedEx Delivery Manager, called UPS My Choice.
With UPS My Choice you'll receive alerts of incoming packages, hold for will call or authorize a shipment release for free. The paid services include requesting a hold at a UPS location, rescheduling a delivery, and delivering to another address. All of which will set you back $5 per use. Or if you receive a lot of packages, you can sign up for UPS My Choice Pro, costing $40/year, and get the above services for free, with the added ability to schedule a 2-hour delivery window ($5 per use).
Unlike the FedEx service, UPS My Choice will only alert you of incoming packages the day before and the morning of a delivery. Hopefully an upgrade is in the works to send a notification the moment a tracking number is created, destined for any of your My Choice monitored names and addresses.
Services such as UPS My Choice provide a convenient way to keep track of packages -- and maybe even give you a heads-up about a gift or two -- before you're supposed to know about them. (If a family member isn't too thrilled about your ability to discover incoming packages, just tell them to use a different name than one you have added to UPS My Choice for monitoring.