Parcel information by e-mail or text message

Be aware early on and influence delivery


GLS informs parcel recipients by e-mail or text message about the delivery and gives them the opportunity to choose from a wide range of delivery options. These options are available after the first delivery attempt failed.

You will receive ordered goods faster and more conveniently because you can influence the place and time of delivery, if needed. You avoid that a parcel is delivered when nobody is present to accept it.

Your benefits at a glance

  • You already receive first information before shipment has started
  • You are informed about the estimated time frame of delivery in advance
  • You do not have to register or log in
  • You can chose from a wide range of delivery options with just a few clicks
  • You can directly access your delivery options via the link in the e-mail or in the text message

Message number 1 – when the goods are ready for dispatch

The company you ordered from prepares your parcel and will send the parcel data to GLS as well as your e-mail address and/or your mobile phone number – if you have agreed to this (via the terms and conditions or during the ordering process). You will receive an e-mail or text message informing you that your parcel is on the way. The message also contains information about the collected cash on delivery amount.

The options:

  • Delivery to the same address on a specific date
  • Delivery to a new address
  • Delivery to a GLS ParcelShop
  • Delivery to a GLS Parcel Locker
  • Collection at a GLS depot
  • Grant a drop off permission

Message number 2 – when the parcel is on its way

As soon as the delivery driver has scanned the parcel in the morning of the delivery, it is possible for GLS to determine a three-hour delivery time frame. You will then receive the second e-mail or text message, in which this estimated time frame of delivery is given.

Message number 3 – leading to delivery options you can choose from

If GLS could not deliver your parcel at the first delivery attempt, you will receive an e-mail or text message, which contains a direct link to the GLS Delivery Manager. Here, you can influence the second delivery of your parcel according to your wishes.

Three Delivery attempts

Usually GLS attempts to deliver a parcel twice. But in case the sender has booked the FlexDeliveryService, GLS will attempt to deliver a third time if necessary – including the information messages.