by Sarah Kessler
Exchanging package tracking information is the gift equivalent of a buzz kill. But Slice, an online purchase manager startup, launched a new feature on Monday that warns recipients to expect a delivery while preserving the fun of gift giving.
“Track With Friends” sends a gift-wrapped virtual box to the recipient’s email inbox before the real package arrives on their doorstep. With one click, a user can trace his or her incoming package on a map without becoming privy to its price and contents (senders can choose to include or omit this information as they see fit).
Slice’s core product is an add-on for Yahoo and Gmail that automatically organizes online purchases by extracting relevant information such as package tracking information, order numbers and customer service phone numbers from emailed receipts. To use “Track With Friends,” only the sender needs to be a user.
In order to access the feature, navigate to the “Track Shipments” page of the app and click the “Track With Friends” button. All of the information about the gift should already be there. Just customize your virtual wrapping paper, add a message and you’re good to go — spreading the word about Slice and holiday cheer with one email.