Post&Parcel--Internet search giant Google has been awarded a patent on an electronic shipping notification system to help online shoppers track their purchases with more accuracy.

The company based in California’s Silicon Valley filed the patent application back in 2007, but only this week was it awarded by the US Patent Office.

Essentially, the patent would allow Google to use its search engine genius to combine other data with a shipment’s barcode to calcuate the estimated time of arrival of an e-commerce purchase in more detail than current shippers allow. Read more!