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Have you ever come across the phrase “hold at location” in relation to FedEx and wondered what this means and where your parcel is currently at? This is a common shipping method, but many people are unaware of it or don’t know what it means.

 

The FedEx Hold At Location option is a method whereby the customer can select one of FedEx’s participating locations as a delivery destination for their parcel, instead of putting their own address in when ordering something online. They can then pick the parcel up from that place instead of having it delivered to their home.

 

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What Is FedEx Hold At Location?

 

This shipping option allows people who are rarely at home or not at home during the common delivery times to still enjoy the convenience of online ordering, without having to worry about what will happen to their parcel or making complicated arrangements with strangers.

 

FedEx Hold At Location brings additional convenience to ordering online for people who don’t work from home.

 

Instead of needing to wait in for parcels that aren’t delivered when they should be, or trailing around different holding offices because you have missed a parcel, or banging on your neighbor’s doors and scouring the bins for a “left in a safe place” option, you will know that your parcel is waiting in a FedEx office, safe and sound.

 

There are many locations that you can choose from, so it’s fairly easy to find one that is convenient for you, and there are also other businesses that participate, making the most of this option to maximize the ease with which people can get their mail.

 

With so much of the world moving online, particularly given the impact of COVID-19, it’s obvious that there is a need for such a service, and thousands of people benefit from using it. So, let’s explore in more detail how this works and how you can utilize it!

 

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Where Can I Collect My At Hold Location Parcel From?

 

FedEx offers multiple different offices that you can collect your parcel from, and you can choose whichever is most convenient for you. If a location happens to be near your place of work or on your route home, this is an ideal way to get your mail quickly and conveniently, without any worries about it being left in an insecure place.

 

Many of the offices are FedEx Office or FedEx Ship Center stores, so make sure you check the list thoroughly and see what looks like it would work for you.

 

The service also offers quite a few partnering options to help you find something convenient for you. You may find that you can collect your parcel from:

 

  • FedEx Office inside certain Walmarts
  • Kroger, Alberston’s, and some other grocery stores (so you can pick up your parcel at the same time as your groceries!)
  • Independent FedEx Authorized ShipCenters
  • Certain Walgreens

 

In total, there are over 11,000 places you can collect from, so do make sure you are selecting one that is right for you. We will talk about this next.

 

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How Do I Choose My Location?

 

You need to pick carefully to make sure that your parcel does not get sent to the wrong place, as you don’t have that long to collect it. Accidentally sending it to the wrong area will cause a real headache and you may not be able to get it rerouted to you.

 

The 3dcart FedEx HAL feature makes it very easy to find the right collection place, because you begin by entering your ZIP code – so there’s no risk of it going to the wrong area. From here, you can add a maximum search radius, so that you know you won’t have to drive a long way to get your parcel.

 

You should then see a full list of available locations, with the address and business hours for each one. This makes it easy to select a location that will still be open around your work hours, which is ideal.

 

You should also see a shortcut that will let you get directions, making it very easy to choose the ultimate easy location.

 

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Does It Take Longer?

 

No, it should not take any longer to go to the FedEx offices or partnering locations than it would to a home address. The shipping process ought to be exactly the same as if you were shipping to a standard residential address, although you may have to wait for the parcel to be marked as “arrived” at the location.

 

Of course, once a parcel reaches your home, you have it and you don’t have to wait for someone to scan it as present. This shouldn’t really make any difference overall, however.

 

When Can I Collect My Parcel?

 

You can collect your parcel as soon as you receive a notification that it has arrived at the office. You should be able to find this on the tracking on the FedEx website by entering your tracking number and checking where your parcel is.

 

Don’t try to collect your parcel before it has been marked as arrived; it is not going to be there! The workers are unlikely to be able to give you any more information than you can find on your tracking information page.

 

How Long Do I Have To Collect My Parcel Once It Has Been Delivered?

 

If you can’t get to the location your parcel has been delivered to on the day it arrives, don’t worry! It won’t be returned to the sender straight away. Instead, you will have a full seven days to collect it from the day it arrives at the shipping location.

 

What Do I Need To Do?

 

When you get a notification that your parcel has been delivered to the location, you can head over there at your convenience during the next few days. However, you must take some identification and your tracking number in order to do this.

 

This ensures that the tracking method remains secure and other people cannot steal your parcels. However, somebody who lives at the same address as you and has the tracking number will be able to collect the parcel on your behalf.

 

This means that you can send somebody else to get your parcel provided that they live with you and you give them the tracking number. Be aware of this if you do not want another member of your household to collect the parcel, and keep the tracking information private in such instances.

 

A member of your household who is collecting the parcel on your behalf will need to bring an alternative form of ID to prove that they share your address. They can use their own photo ID, provided it has an address on it, or a utility bill or credit card statement as proof of their residence.

 

You cannot ask someone else to collect a parcel on your behalf; the recipient must live at your address, have the tracking number, and have proof of identity and residence in order to get the parcel. This helps to prevent theft.

 

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What Are The Advantages Of This System?

 

So, why do so many people use this system and what are its advantages? After all, most people don’t want to have to trail out to pick up a parcel when they can comfortably have it delivered to their own home instead. Why should people select FedEx’s Hold At Location service?

 

There are a number of reasons, and most include issues with getting it delivered to your home address. Let’s look at what the reasons for using this service are.

 

You Don’t Want To Give Out Your Home Address

 

You may not want to share your home address when you purchase from certain companies. Perhaps you are afraid that they will send you junk mail or lots of advertising material. You might just not feel comfortable giving personal information to strangers when you don’t have to.

 

In any of these cases, using an At Hold Location is a good way to keep your address private.

 

You Don’t Want The Parcel Delivering To Your Home

 

One of the hardest parts about shopping online for Christmases and birthdays is that parcels get seen by their intended recipient. Sometimes this isn’t an issue, because it’s wrapped and boxed, but often, this can spoil the surprise early.

 

If you aren’t at home to whisk the parcel out of sight, your intended recipient might even see the contents printed on the box, depending on who has mailed it, which is disastrous for any birthday.

 

It is much better to have it delivered to a secure location where you can collect it and hide it at a time that works for you.

 

Your Address Is Hard To Deliver To

 

It’s possible that you live somewhere that is difficult for delivery drivers, and you’ve had a lot of failed deliveries in the past. If you are up a long drive, a steep track, or you are difficult to find for any reason, you may feel that it’s just easier for everyone if you have your parcel delivered to a central location.

 

People in all sorts of places find that delivery drivers have trouble getting their mail to them. If, for example, you live in an apartment block that does not have a clear place for parcels to be placed, your driver might struggle.

 

If you live somewhere rural and the houses are hard to identify from the road or tricky to tell apart from other nearby houses, you may find parcels aren’t delivered. Drivers generally prefer to put “unable to deliver,” rather than risk sending the parcel to a wrong address, so this is quite common.

 

You Work Difficult Hours

 

If you aren’t at home often, it’s generally more convenient to pick up your own mail on the way to or from work if it won’t go in the mailbox. You can just drop in en route and collect your parcel with ease, without all the hassle of waiting in for the delivery driver, only to find he does not turn up.

 

There Is No Safe Space

 

Of course, some people can get around the work problem by asking for their parcel to be left in a safe space, but many can’t. If you aren’t able to designate a safe spot because there is nowhere suitable, you might want to send your parcel to a FedEx location instead.

 

This avoids all sorts of potential issues, like people stealing the parcel from your porch or parcels being handed to neighbors that you don’t get on with. Once the parcel has been left, it is often your responsibility if it is stolen, so you’re the one who loses out if it has been left in an insecure spot and gets lost.

 

You Don’t Want To Be Disturbed

 

Some people just don’t want others coming up and ringing their doorbells. If you work a night shift and need to sleep in the day, or you have young children, nervous dogs, PTSD, etc., you might not want mail delivering because this invades your privacy and peace at home.

 

It might be much more convenient for you to just collect the parcel when it suits you from a location in your local town. After all, you are likely to be traveling out to get groceries and run errands at some stage in the week, and you can just add collecting the parcel to your list.

 

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Summary

 

The FedEx Hold At Location service is a great option for many people who would otherwise struggle to get their parcels delivered to them at a convenient time. Online shopping is all about convenience, but delivery remains one of the trickiest aspects for delivery companies to get right.

 

If the Hold At Location option isn’t for you, consider whether a virtual mailbox could be a viable alternative. This offers the same advantages of a secure location that delivery drivers can access at any time, and you can pick up your mail from it whenever it suits you to do so.

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Every single day, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is responsible for processing and delivering north of 173.1 million pieces of mail.

 

Think about that for just a moment.

 

The USPS is handling nearly 200 pieces of mail every single day of the week, including Sundays when USPS distribution centers are still operating.

 

Truthfully, it’s because of those USPS distribution centers that the organization is able to come close to handling anywhere near that kind of mail volume in the first place.

 

Without these distribution centers, and without the logistical system they have in place, it would take a whole lot longer than 3 to 5 days for a piece of mail to get clear across the country (and sometimes a lot faster than that, even).

 

But have you ever really thought about how a piece of mail goes from one address to another?

 

Have you considered its entire journey from start to finish?

 

Have you ever wondered about the logistical system that makes it possible to drop a letter in a mailbox somewhere in the northern part of Maine and have that same letter show up in a mailbox in the southern part of California inside of a week’s time?

 

If you’ve ever asked those kinds of questions before and wondered how USPS distribution centers fit into this puzzle you’re going to love the inside information that we highlight for you below.

 

Let’s jump right into it!

 

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What is a USPS Distribution Center?

 

USPS distribution centers are regional hubs that allow the USPS to operate as effectively and as efficiently as they do today.

 

Essentially gigantic warehouses filled to the brim with all kinds of sorting machines, organizing systems, and employees operating together in concert with one another, it’s the USPS distribution centers that “grease the wheels” of American mail delivery systems today.

 

Without these centers, mail would take ages longer to get from one destination to another – and the entire system would be far less reliable, far less secure, and far less accurate than it is today, too.

 

As of right now (late 2021), the United States Postal Service currently operates 22 individual Network Distribution Centers around the country.

 

Each of these individual NDC buildings are strategically located throughout the nation. About half the states in the country have an NDC within their borders, with California having two of them.

 

There’s also a Sectional Center Facility (another type of USPS distribution center) located in San Juan, Puerto Rico that operates similarly to a Network Distribution Center.

 

Every piece of mail – every letter, every package, every parcel – gets shipped through one of these warehouses no matter where it is going to be sent later down the line.

 

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How the USPS Delivery Process Works

 

Now that we’ve gone over what a USPS Distribution Center is, it’s time to break down the every day process that a regular piece of First Class mail goes through when it is sent via the USPS.

 

This will give you a much better idea of the important role that individual distribution centers play in the “spoke and hub” infrastructure system that the USPS leverages these days.

 

Let’s jump in!

 

Mail and Packages are Collected

 

The first leg of the journey for every single piece of mail sent through the USPS begins the same way – the mail, the letter, or the package gets collected by a USPS official.

 

Sometimes mail gets dropped off at a local post office, physically being handed to a postal employee that checks that piece of mail into the logistical system (using a unique barcode set up).

 

Sometimes, though, individual pieces of mail or parcels are dropped off and collection boxes dotted throughout towns and cities. Sometimes pieces of mail are left in individual mailboxes for pickup by a letter carrier, and sometimes pieces of mail are dropped off with affiliated partner organizations and facilities.

 

At the end of the day, however, no matter how the mail gets collected by a local USPS facility that’s the first step of the journey for absolutely everything.

 

Mail is Dropped Off at a USPS Processing Center

 

The next piece of the puzzle, though, is for that mail to be collected in bulk and then brought to a regional USPS processing facility.

 

This processing facility is used to then separate and categorize individual pieces of mail according to a variety of different system designations.

 

For example, every piece of first-class mail will be separated out from every piece of priority mail (and every other type of mail available from the USPS, too). That mail will then be further separated into individual states and individual ZIP Codes and then organized to be sent out from that USPS distribution center.

 

Each piece of mail is going to go through this treatment, with the overwhelming majority of the process automated every step of the way. US postal employees are going to monitor and supervise this process, though, guaranteeing that everything is consistent and accurate.

 

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Unique Bar Codes are Attached to Envelopes and Boxes

 

While this sorting is going on each and every piece of mail is going to have a unique barcode attached to it, allowing that individual piece of mail to be tracked independently but also allowing it to be tracked “in bulk” with all the rest of its traveling companions.

 

Most people think that every piece of mail gets scanned individually every time it arrives at another USPS distribution center.

 

That’s not really what happens.

 

When you’re talking about moving north of 173 million pieces of mail every day (and more all the time), that’s just not feasible.

 

What happens instead is all of these unique barcodes are grouped and linked together with pieces of mail that are headed to the next distribution center. All those pieces of mail are bundled into large pallets and groups, and then the entire group gets scanned with a single barcode that updates all the rest associated with it.

 

That’s how you’re able to track your individual piece of mail as it moves around the country just as everyone else is able to track there’s making the same journey.

 

It’s a lot more efficient, it’s a lot more accurate, and it’s a lot more reliable than breaking each pallet down, separating every piece of mail, scanning each piece of mail on its own, and then rinsing and repeating the process every time a new USPS distribution center gets that pallet.

 

Sorting Machines Sift and Organize USPS Mail and Packages

 

After the barcodes have been attached to that piece of mail (or that package) the barcodes are then going to be used with automatic sorting machines to sift and further organize each and every piece of mail in that facility.

 

This allows for rapid fire sorting, streamlines things significantly, but also improves the overall accuracy of each individual USPS shipment.

 

You no longer have to rely on human eyeballs alone to figure out where every individual piece of mail is going. After a while, human beings are going to get pretty wiped out trying to track individual barcodes and individual destinations and mistakes are going to happen.

 

With automated machinery armed with barcode readers, though, that’s never a problem. This is why the USPS system is so effective and a lot faster than ever before, even though they are handling a lot more mail flow on a day-to-day basis than they previously did.

 

Mail is Sent Out to USPS Distribution Centers

 

The next step in the chain is for the mail to be bundled together with other pieces of mail headed to the same destination (at least the next USPS distribution center, anyway) and then sent out the door.

 

Some of that mail is going to be loaded onto USPS trucks for a long haul trip. Other pieces are going to be loaded up onto airplanes for faster delivery. Others still are going to be dumped onto smaller USPS vehicles for local distribution.

 

Either way, mail needs to move from its original sorting facility onto the next USPS distribution center (regional distribution center) so that it can be further moved on and get closer to its ultimate destination.

 

Final USPS Distribution Centers Disperse Mail to Local Delivery Post Offices

 

In some situations, a piece of mail will only have to visit a single regional USPS distribution center.

 

This is usually the case when you’re talking about a piece of mail going to a local area business, residential address, or a destination in a similar ZIP Code.

 

For example, a piece of mail originating in Massachusetts headed to Rhode Island is almost always going to find itself working its way through the Springfield, Massachusetts distribution center. A piece of mail traveling from Vermont to Connecticut is likely going to stop off in that same Springfield, Massachusetts USPS Distribution Center.

 

For pieces of mail that are going to be sent across country (or longer distances than just neighboring states) the odds are pretty good that those letters and packages are going to find themselves bouncing between a couple of different USPS Distribution Centers.

 

Sometimes a piece of mail will only have to go to two distribution centers, other times it will hit three or four. At the end of the day, though, the USPS logistical systems (especially the automated software solutions) try to find the most direct and the fastest path for that piece of mail to travel from one address to another.

 

Mail is Loaded on Trucks for Final Delivery or Stuffed in PO Boxes

 

No matter what, though, mail will inevitably find itself in the nearest regional Network Distribution Center (NDC) for the USPS.

 

After it arrives at its final destination USPS distribution center the mail will be loaded onto smaller trucks to be sent to local post office is. Some post offices act themselves as “regional hubs” for more rural areas, delivering mail to smaller post offices before they are then actually handled by letter carriers and dropped off house by house.

 

Other pieces of mail are going to find themselves in PO boxes, especially for rural customers that do not have physical home mail delivery as well as businesses that use all the benefits PO Box solutions bring to the table.

 

At the end of the day, though, every piece of mail – whether it’s going across the street or across the country – is going to find itself moving through the machinery and capable hands of USPS employees at distribution centers dotted across the country.

 

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Simplify Your Mailbox with a New Account from US Global Mail

 

If you’ve been looking for ways to simplify how you get your mail each day, or are looking for more convenience, more anonymity, and more security for your mailing address, a Virtual Mailbox account from US Global Mail is the way to go!

 

With a Virtual Mailbox account from US Global Mail (the premier virtual mailbox services on the planet today), you start off with a permanent physical street address for your mailing address that provides you with a tremendous amount of extra security and anonymity.

 

You’ll be able to have pieces of mail sent to this address directly that are then routed to your virtual mailbox, helping you protect your home address along the way.

 

As soon as mail starts to arrive at your virtual mailbox, though, you’ll also get the added benefit of being alerted with each individual piece. You’ll get a digital scan of the envelope or the package and can opt to have a digital record of the letter sent to you as well.

 

On top of that, you get added benefits that include automatic check depositing features, package acceptance from all of the major delivery companies (including the ones the USPS will not accept packages from), and mail forwarding to any address on the planet at up to 80% off of traditional shipping costs.

 

For more than 20 years people all over the United States (as well as ex-pats around the world) have been relying on US Global Mail to modernize their mailbox, to simplify their mail workflow, and to provide them with the privacy, security, and reliability they won’t find anywhere else.

 

To learn more about US Global Mail and their Virtual Mailbox service, visit their website or reach out to them via customer service today!

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The great news is that “In transit, arriving on time” means your parcel has been dropped off by the sender, picked up by the carrier, and it’s on its way to you. It should arrive in the expected amount of time given by the shipping method, and the anticipated delivery date is correct.

 

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What Does “In Transit, Arriving On Time” Mean?

 

So, you’re seeing the “In transit, arriving on time” message, and wondering what that means exactly. Like many shipping messages, it isn’t as clear as it could be. The good news is, it does mean that the parcel is on its way.

 

The parcel sender has purchased a shipping label, passed the parcel on to the courier, and the courier has accepted it and logged it in their system. Furthermore, it has been collected by the first carrier, and is on at least the first stage of its journey.

 

However, you might see this message appear and disappear at points, so let’s look in more detail at when it might come up and what it might mean when it does.

 

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What Do The Various “In Transit” Messages Mean?

 

There are a few different “in transit” messages you can get when you look at the shipping information for a parcel, and confusingly, they can appear more than once during a parcel’s traveling time.

 

For example, you might see:

 

“In transit – arrived at sort facility.” This message indicates that the parcel has reached one of the courier’s sorting facilities, but it is not yet at its destination, and is currently stationary while it is being sorted and processed. Sort facilities narrow down the area and put parcels destined for the same sort of place in one pile.

 

For example, parcels addressed to Oklahoma might go in one pile if your parcel is a long way away from your state. Equally, parcels addressed for your street and the surrounding streets might go in a pile if it is getting close to home. A sort facility streamlines parcels into the right areas.

 

You might also see “In transit, processed.” This means that the sort facility has the parcel and they have handled it and put it in the correct pile, but it hasn’t yet been picked up. It still needs to be loaded onto a truck before it can leave the facility.

 

You might also see “In transit, departed sort facility.” This shows that your parcel has left or is about to leave the facility because it has been loaded onto a truck. It will then be on the next stage of its journey and will be updated accordingly.

 

So, what about “In transit, arriving on time”? This message usually shows that the package is in between facilities. That means it isn’t waiting to be sorted, or waiting to be loaded onto a truck, or waiting on the truck – it is moving.

 

Usually, this message is what you get when the truck (or other vehicle) is traveling between centers. It won’t be updated until the next time it hits a sorting center or other significant place, where it may then be scanned and logged with updated information.

 

So, with any luck, your parcel is just moving, and the lack of information is because the courier can’t keep updating you until it hits a new milestone in its journey, at which point it will be scanned again, and the tracking updated.

 

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Will My Parcel Arrive On Time?

 

The great news about the “in transit, arriving on time” message is that it means the parcel is likely to arrive on time. However, this is not a guarantee.

 

All that the “arriving on time” message indicates is that so far, the parcel is traveling as quickly as they expect it to. It has reached the anticipated places on time, and there have been no delays.

 

It is possible that the parcel will be delayed later in its journey, of course. “In transit” simply means that it is still moving, and it may have a long way to travel still. If so, it could be quite some time before it reaches you, and there is the possibility of delays at every step of the journey.

 

So, the “arriving on time” part of the message is a reassurance that so far, the parcel will reach you at the expected time, but this is not a guarantee that it will. It simply has not yet been delayed. Hopefully, you will get your parcel when you should, but it certainly isn’t a given.

 

In case you were wondering, the “on time” refers to the estimated delivery that you were given (or the sender was given) when the parcel was dropped off, and it will be determined by the delivery method. If fast shipping has been paid for, the anticipated arrival time will be much sooner than if the mail has been shipped with one of the cheaper options.

 

What Happens If My Parcel Is Delayed?

 

If a delay does happen, you should see the tracking information update to “In transit, arriving late.” This lets you know that there has been a hold up of some sort (e.g. your mail may have been missed by a courier making a collection, and have to wait for the next one, or the courier may be ill).

 

Your parcel is still traveling if you see this message, so don’t worry too much, but yes, unfortunately, the “arriving on time” message will sometimes switch to “arriving late” and you experience a delay in when your parcel gets to you when this happens.

 

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Can I Tell Where My Parcel Is?

 

You might be wondering if the “in transit, arriving on time” message offers any information about how far along its journey your parcel has got. Has it reached a sorting center? Is it nearly at your door? When should you expect it?

 

Unfortunately, the most frustrating thing about this message is it doesn’t offer any of this sort of information. You only know that the parcel is moving and that the arrival time is expected to be the estimated one given at the time of sending.

 

From the “in transit, arriving on time” message, you can’t glean anything about where your parcel is or how long it will be before you get it. You don’t even know which sorting facilities it has been to, although you may be able to see this elsewhere on the page.

 

Why Isn’t The Information More Specific?

 

The reason this message is quite vague is that it is designed to cover a wide range of circumstances – any time that your parcel is not at a facility but is traveling as expected. That means your parcel could theoretically be on a boat or a plane, or in the back of a truck or a car, and the delivery company does not have a unique message for each situation.

 

It would be very difficult for delivery companies to provide estimates of exactly where your parcel is at all times. They would need constant GPS updates from the courier, and this would be problematic – and also probably inaccurate. It might be possible in the future, but at present, we have to content ourselves with a vague update.

 

What Should I See After This Message?

 

You might be curious about what the next likely update to the “In transit, arriving on time” message is. It does depend on how far your parcel has come from, because this could change to a range of other updates.

 

For example, it may switch to something like “arrived at sort facility,” which lets you know that it has once again reached one of their sorting centers. This means it has completed another leg of its journey and it’s getting closer to you, but it still has a little way to go before it gets there.

 

You will have to wait for the sort facility to process it and dispatch it, at which point it will probably swap back to “In transit, arriving on time” again.

 

That might seem frustrating and confusing – why should your parcel repeatedly be set to this category? Unfortunately, that is just how it works for any in-between moments when the parcel isn’t at a distinctive location.

 

If your parcel is not traveling far, you will probably only see this message once or twice, but if it has a long way to go, it may appear multiple times.

 

Another alternative after this message is that you will see “Arrival at unit,” which is a much more exciting update. This means that the parcel has arrived at the final postal unit that it needs to get to before it can be dispatched.

 

From this point, it will be collected by your local courier, who will bring it to your door. There should be no further “in transit” messages, as it will change to “Out for delivery,” and then at long last, “Delivered.”

 

Hopefully, your parcel won’t spend too long on “in transit” messages and their variations (e.g. “at sort facility,” etc.). If it does, you may wish to call the company for an update.

 

How Long Will My Parcel Be “In Transit, Arriving On Time” For?

 

One of the most frustrating things about this message is that it doesn’t give you any updates except that the company still believes they will be able to deliver it within their given estimate. So, how do you know when something has gone wrong?

 

If the expected delivery date has passed and your parcel is still showing this information, there is definitely something wrong. The parcel should usually be at a unit at least a day before the expected delivery date, so that a courier can pick it up in the morning and get it out to you.

 

However, if the expected arrival time is still some way off, you don’t really have any way of knowing how long your parcel will stay as “in transit” for because you don’t know where it is or where it is heading next.

 

If you are concerned, you may wish to contact the courier for an update. It is possible that they will be able to give you some information, but in general, it is best just to wait and see.

 

Often, couriers can’t provide you with any further information than that which is available on the tracking, so you will waste valuable time calling them to try and get an update.

 

If you think that your parcel has got lost, check how soon you can file a claim form. It is usually seven days, but some of the slower shipping methods might require you to wait about fourteen days before filing one.

 

In such cases, you will probably be very sure that your parcel is no longer “in transit,” no matter what the shipping says, so claim it as lost mail and get the courier to sort it out for you as soon as they will do so.

 

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Summary

 

While tracking messages do need to be simple, sometimes they are unclear enough to be frustrating. The “In transit, arriving on time” message does give you some information, but it is pretty limited and might leave you feeling annoyed about the lack of details you get.

 

If in doubt, the best thing to do is wait patiently for a few days and see if the shipping information updates. However, if you are having problems because a delivery is being vague about its timing, it is possible a virtual mailbox could be a great solution for you.

 

This takes all the worry out of deliveries because it ensures that you do not need to be at home; your virtual mailbox can receive mail for you and hold it until it is convenient for you to collect it.

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Parcel Sorting Center

If you have found the words “arrived at parcel sorting center” on your online tracking information, you may be wondering what that message means and what the next step is. How soon will you see your parcel? Where is this “sorting center” and how long will your parcel stay there for? It’s frustrating when you get an unclear tracking message like this and you aren’t sure what’s going on.

 

A “parcel sorting center” is an area where parcels are sent in order to be categorized and shipped off to the correct places. Depending on how busy the center is when your parcel arrives, it could be there for several days before it gets processed on to the next stage of its journey.

 

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What Is A Parcel Sorting Center?

 

A parcel sorting center is usually a huge building that is not open to the public. Mail that needs to be sorted into the right areas is delivered here en masse, and then the workers at the center will categorize and sort according to the last few lines of the address – e.g. country, state, area, etc.

 

You may find that your parcel that is only going a few streets away is still delivered to a sorting center first. This might seem unintuitive to you, but it is often the best way for postal services to make sure that their routes are efficient.

 

They don’t have a way to decide “well this isn’t traveling far, so let’s just drop it off” when they collect the mail, and so everything is sent to huge centers, and then distributed from there. That might be annoying, but it’s the best way for these systems to work and ensure that their service remains efficient for everyone.

 

Not all parcels will go to a sorting center, but many will. Some will be sorted at local offices and shipped straight to their destinations. If your parcel is going further, however, it is more likely to be sent to a sorting center.

 

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What Happens At A Parcel Sorting Center?

 

So, what does this process look like?

 

Your Parcel Gets Sorted

 

Your parcel will arrive at the sorting center and will usually sit on a cart of some sort until it is that cart’s turn to be distributed. Workers and conveyor systems will then unload the cart and start to organize the parcels. Sometimes automated systems are used, but often people will be physically handling the parcel.

 

They will read the address and put it in the correct pile to go on the next leg of its journey. This may be to the destination area, or it may be to another sorting center.

 

If, for example, you are sending your parcel to another state, it will quite often end up in a sorting center in that state, which will then categorize it using the next few lines of the address to get it to the right area.

 

Sometimes parcels can go through multiple sorting centers before they get to the right place. This is nothing to worry about; it’s just how the system works to get everyone’s mail to the right places efficiently.

 

After all, handling mail is a complex process, and it’s mind-boggling when you sit and think about all the parcels crossing paths and getting sent to all the corners of the world.

 

Once your parcel is in the right place, it will wait (along with all the other parcels and letters for that place) until the correct mail carrier comes to pick it up.

 

Your Parcel Gets Picked Up

 

After a while, the parcel will be passed onto the next carrier. This might be the final courier of its journey, or may just be transporting it to the next sorting center. Either way, they will collect all the mail for a particular area, load it into a vehicle, and transport it away from the center.

 

At this point, your parcel tracking information should update to “in transit” or something like that, because the mail carrier should scan the parcel as they load it onto their vehicle, and this ought to update the shipping information.

 

This does not always happen correctly, however, and there won’t be a further update until it either arrives or is logged into another facility. Don’t worry too much, though. Your parcel might go from saying “arrived at parcel sorting center” to “delivered,” or may not – the tracking information isn’t always accurate.

 

What Should I Do If My Parcel Is At A Parcel Sorting Center?

 

There is not really much you can do at this point. Your parcel is on its way, but you will just have to wait until it arrives or the shipping information updates. Try not to worry about it, as the parcel may still have quite a while before it gets to its destination, and the only thing you can do is forget about it and wait for a while.

 

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How Long Will My Parcel Stay At A Parcel Sorting Center?

 

There isn’t any simple way to answer this. It depends on how busy the center is, what kind of shipping was paid for, how soon the workers get to that particular cart, and how soon the carrier comes to collect it. The information you see online will also depend on the courier correctly scanning it when they collect it.

 

That means your parcel could appear as “arrived at shipping center” for quite a long time, even if it has actually moved on to the next stage of its journey. It is best not to put too much faith in this message; it is informative, but not particularly helpful, especially as you may not know where the shipping center is.

 

Unfortunately, sometimes parcels do get stuck at shipping centers. They are large, chaotic places, and we all know that couriers make mistakes, lose things, and end up delaying parcels. It’s just part of the very complex process of delivering parcels internationally.

 

What Should I Do If I Think My Parcel Is Stuck At A Parcel Sorting Center?

 

So, if the unfortunate happens to you, what action should you take? Well, it depends on how urgently you need the parcel to arrive. If you are not in any particular hurry, the best course of action is to just leave it for a few days.

 

Usually, the delay is either due to a fault with the tracking or will get rectified reasonably fast as workers find a cart that has been missed or a lost parcel on the floor. It may be a few days before the courier collects the next batch, but your parcel will hopefully be moving again before too much longer has passed.

 

However, that isn’t much good if you’re in a hurry, or if the parcel remains stuck on this message with no sign of changing for days or even weeks.

 

Your best course of action at this stage is to try and contact the shipping center. However, be warned that many shipping centers are difficult to contact and do not make it easy to find out what has happened to your mail. After all, they are huge places, and if your mail is stuck, it’s likely because it has been misplaced.

 

You should still get in touch, as they may be able to provide you with an update or make an effort to look for your parcel. Depending on the size of the sorting center, however, this may be infeasible, in which case you will have to wait or consider replacing the item.

 

This should not happen often, but no system is infallible, and parcels do get lost, both at sorting centers and in transit. If it occurs, try to be patient in case the parcel resurfaces, but don’t wait forever.

 

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How Do I Contact A Parcel Sorting Center?

 

If you think your parcel is stuck, damaged, or lost, you might decide you need to get in touch with the parcel sorting center. However, this can be easier said than done, and contact methods will vary.

 

It depends quite a lot on who your parcel has been shipped with. You probably need to get in touch with the company as a whole, rather than an individual center. These rarely offer easy-to-find contact information because if everyone was phoning or emailing asking where their parcel was, they wouldn’t ever get any sorting done.

 

Instead, get in touch with whoever is shipping your parcel and explain the problem to them. They will advise you on the next steps. This might be just to wait, or they may provide contact details or other solutions.

 

You might also want to get in touch with the person or company who has shipped the item (if that isn’t you) and let them know about the issue. A company may send a replacement or chase up the courier themselves.

 

What Will Happen Next?

 

This depends on what stage of its journey the parcel has reached. Sorting centers can be for both shipping parcels to their final destinations and to other sorting centers.

 

If, for example, you live in Florida and your parcel has reached a parcel sorting center in South Carolina, it will probably be put into a pile marked “Florida.” This will then be collected by the appropriate courier who is traveling to Florida.

 

Once it reaches Florida, though, this person cannot deliver all their parcels to every individual address in a timely manner, so they will be taking it to another parcel sorting center, where parcels will again be divided up according to area.

 

This may lead to final destination deliveries, or there might be a further parcel sorting center for your parcel to travel through, narrowing the area down even more. Eventually, however, your parcel should reach a place where a local courier collects it and starts deliveries in your area. At this point, it is nearly with you!

 

Do Parcels Ever Backtrack?

 

Yes, sometimes your parcel will take a pretty indirect route on its journey to you, and you might be puzzled when you see the location data. Don’t assume they have got something wrong with the address, however.

 

Often, the most efficient shipping method involves sending parcels to places that seem out of the way, simply because this is where the next courier will be collecting from. Sorting hubs do not always seem to be logically positioned, but that is because they serve wide areas.

 

They are actually usually very efficiently placed, when looking at the whole country, so don’t worry if your parcel’s journey seems unintuitive and it gets further away before it gets closer. As long as it is moving, it should be with you pretty soon, so don’t get too concerned when your parcel seems to be making negative progress.

 

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What Does “At Destination Parcel Sorting Center” Mean?

 

You may have seen this message or a close variation of it, and this should mean that your parcel is at its last sorting center before coming to you. All that is needed at this stage is for your local courier to pick it up in their vehicle, and then it will be at your door as its next step.

 

This message indicates you won’t have long to wait now, so expect a delivery soon. Depending on your shipping priority, it could still be a couple of days before it is collected and delivered, but usually, it will be within a day. Of course, things can still go wrong even at this stage!

 

Your courier may miss the parcel when loading up their vehicle, or might not deliver because you are out or they miss your home. This message isn’t a guarantee that the parcel will turn up within a few hours, but it does mean that it’s close and you should have it soon.

 

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Summary

 

Parcel sorting centers are simply huge warehouses where people and machines sort parcels to go to their final destinations. Your parcel may travel through several, just one, or none at all, depending on where it is heading and the courier company’s network of centers.

 

If you are struggling with the issue of sorting centers and where your parcel is, you might want to set up a virtual mailbox to take the headache out of deliveries. This kind of mailbox means your mail can be delivered at any time, and you don’t need to pay attention to your tracking info!

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Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item

When you’re sending a parcel, you may not be totally familiar with the process, as different carriers can have different approaches, and the website may be somewhat confusing. It’s important to understand what you are doing to avoid any potential issues, so let’s look at what “shipping label created, USPS awaiting item” means.

 

You may be particularly confused and concerned if you have already dropped the parcel off, and yet USPS doesn’t seem to know that it has it!

 

This message can mean either that you have made the label for your parcel and it is logged in the system, but the parcel has not yet been dropped off, or it may mean that the parcel has been dropped off but the system has not yet registered it. Neither is anything to worry about most of the time.

 

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What Does “Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item” Mean?

 

You might be able to guess at the gist of this message; it means that you have created a label for your parcel and that your parcel is not yet “in the system” for USPS. There are a couple of potential reasons for this.

 

You Haven’t Yet Dropped It Off

 

This is the most obvious explanation, and if this is the case, the message probably isn’t puzzling you – but just in case, this message in theory means that you still have the parcel. If you haven’t passed it on to a drop off point yet, this is the message you should see.

 

When you drop it off, the message should update and change to “in transit” or “dropped off” or something similar.

 

Don’t worry; you have a bit of time before you have to drop it off, but of course, it won’t get there as quickly if you delay in sending it.

 

USPS Haven’t Recognized It Yet

 

However, sometimes you will see this message even when you have dropped your parcel off, sometimes even for a few days. That might concern you a bit, but it shouldn’t be anything major to worry about.

 

Let’s look at why this might happen.

 

Firstly, it is possible that the tracking simply hasn’t updated because sometimes the system glitches. Your parcel may be physically in the office and someone might have scanned it as “accepted,” and it’s possible it has even moved on to the next step of being collected by a courier, but if the system isn’t updating properly, this won’t show.

 

Secondly, it is possible that the parcel hasn’t actually been accepted yet, and this can unfortunately happen even if you have passed it over a few days beforehand. Usually, it is the result of the center being extremely short staffed or of illnesses or call-outs.

 

If nobody is able to get to your parcel to scan it as “handed in,” it won’t show up as accepted on the system even though you have handed it over.

 

This might be concerning, because you no longer have the parcel and you don’t have any indication that they have it either. However, you should try not to worry too much.

 

You should have a receipt that proves you have dropped the parcel off, and it’s a good idea to keep hold of this, just in case something happens – you can then prove that it happened in the delivery company’s hands.

 

What Should I Do If My Parcel Stays on “USPS Awaiting Item?”

 

The best thing to do if you see this message is to wait for a few days. While it may be a frustrating and worrying message to see displayed, it is not necessarily a reason to panic.

 

The system should update, either when the tracking technology catches up, or when the people do. You may sometimes see tracking information jump several steps, simply because a scanner has failed to register the first time around, or something like that.

 

If this happens, it’s likely just that the scanner has stopped working on the website has stopped updating correctly. Don’t worry about it – your parcel is still traveling and you will get it eventually!

 

I Bought An Item; Does This Message Mean That The Seller Has Not Shipped It Yet?

 

This is possible, yes. Your seller may create labels in advance and then ship all their items out at the same to save on gas and time in traveling to a drop off point. If they send you the tracking information, it may be in the hope that you will then be able to tell when the item has been shipped out, so you know how soon to expect it.

 

However, it is also possible that the seller is experiencing one of the outcomes mentioned above – the tracking information is not updating as it should be, or there is a parcel backlog and the parcel has not yet been scanned into the system at the drop off point.

 

The latter of these could delay your parcel, but hopefully, it shouldn’t make much difference.

 

Should I Contact The Seller?

 

This depends on how urgently you need the parcel. If you are waiting eagerly for the parcel to arrive, you could contact the seller to ask if they have physically handed the parcel over yet or not, but if you aren’t in any hurry, you might as well wait for the tracking to update on its own.

 

This saves both you and the seller time, and may make the seller feel less stressed about shipping stuff out. You could also read any shipping information offered by the seller, which may make it clear how soon they will drop your parcel off with USPS.

 

If you need the parcel quickly, it is a good idea to communicate that at the time of purchase to see if the seller can accommodate you or offer expedited shipping options. This may save on disappointment with items that get delayed.

 

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How Do I Know If A Seller Has Actually Shipped An Item?

 

Although most online sellers are reputable and friendly and honest, sometimes you may run into somebody who is attempting to scam you, or who cannot ship the item for some reason but does not want to admit it. The item may have got broken or been lost.

 

In this case, the seller might create a label but never actually drop the item off. They can claim to have dropped it off, but that their local drop off has not yet scanned the item – and you have no proof either way. How do you know if this has happened?

 

The best way for a seller to prove that they have actually posted an item that is still displaying this message is to send you a copy of the receipt. This confirms that they handed the parcel over and USPS has possession of it, and it might help to put your mind at rest.

 

Occasionally, a seller may tell you that they weren’t given a receipt and they forgot to ask for one.

 

While it is possible this is a genuine oversight, this is something to be wary about, and you should remember to follow up and get your money back if the item does not arrive soon. It may not be a scam, but it is a little suspicious, and not very professional behavior.

 

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What Can I Do If I Have Dropped Off A Parcel And This Message Is Showing?

 

If you have delivered the parcel to the drop off and this is the message you are receiving, the best thing to do is wait a few days. You will probably find that the message disappears and new tracking information replaces it.

 

However, if the information does not change, you may wish to go back into the drop off and ask them what has happened. It is possible that a member of staff will be able to update you on whether it has been entered into the system or not. They may be able to see if the parcel is still in the office or has been taken by a courier.

 

You could also contact USPS directly and ask them for an update. Usually, you will just be told to wait and see if the shipping updates, but this is still one of the few ways to get further information on your parcel.

Can My Parcel Jump Shipping Steps If It Has Not Been Scanned Properly?

 

Yes, it can. You may find that your parcel goes from “shipping label created, USPS awaiting item” and jumps straight to “out for delivery” or even “delivered.”

 

The tracking information is only updated when a member of staff scans the parcel, so if several people miss scanning it (or the scanner does not work properly and they don’t notice), it is easy for a parcel to jump steps.

 

This is another reason not to worry too much about the tracking message not updating. It is possible the parcel is moving and just isn’t being scanned in properly.

 

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How Long Will My Item Stay As “Shipping Label Created, USPS Awaiting Item”?

 

This totally depends on the staff at the drop off center and the tracking software that is being used. In the normal course of things, you should find that the information updates to show the parcel as dropped off within a few hours.

 

However, some people find that it can take days or even a week for this to occur, usually because the center has got backlogged or because the parcel has fallen off a counter and got lost temporarily.

 

Hopefully, this issue will resolve itself, but if it doesn’t, it’s well worth dropping in and asking the staff if something has gone wrong.

 

Obviously, you don’t want to be waiting seven days for a parcel that should have been delivered in three to even register in the system, but there isn’t much you can do if there is a backlog or the center doesn’t have enough staff.

 

It may be worth complaining to USPS in such instances, as you may get a partial refund (or even a full refund) of your shipping fees if the delay is significant, but otherwise, you can’t speed things along.

 

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If My Parcel Doesn’t Get Scanned At Drop Off, Will It Get Scanned During The Route?

 

Some people seem to experience an issue where a parcel that hasn’t been scanned as being dropped off also won’t get scanned throughout the rest of its journey. This may be something to do with USPS’s system not recognizing it because it hasn’t been logged as present in the system.

 

However, this isn’t always going to be the case. Sometimes, a parcel will scan just fine when it has not been scanned at drop off, so you may find that it simply goes to “in transit” instead of “dropped off; awaiting collection” (or something similar). That means a courier has collected it and it is on its way to the next stop.

 

The scanning system does depend upon a member of staff picking up your parcel and scanning the barcode, so any time throughout the process that this doesn’t happen, steps will be jumped and information will be missed.

 

This doesn’t affect the overall journey of the parcel, however. It just means that you get less useful information. It will still move as quickly, or at least it should do.

 

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Summary

 

If you can see “shipping label created, USPS awaiting item” displayed on the tracking information page, you may be wondering what to do. The best thing is to wait for a little while and see if this updates and disappears.

 

If it doesn’t and you are the parcel sender, follow up with your local drop off point or with USPS themselves. Make sure you keep your receipt.

 

Having a virtual mailbox is a great way to solve this issue. This makes it very easy to relax about where your mail is and what the tracking is like, because you don’t need to try and be home during delivery, and you can easily see when a parcel has been delivered to you. Consider trying this service if you are having issues!

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UPS Next Day Air Saver

Businesses all over the world, especially e-commerce operations, are always looking for ways to keep shipping costs low without sacrificing speed.

 

That’s a fine line to walk, to be sure.

 

Pull it off successfully and customers will be overjoyed.

 

Get it wrong, though, and packages are either going to be slow to be delivered or incredibly expensive – or even both!

 

Thankfully, though, more and more people are learning about the benefits that the Next Day Air Saver service from UPS brings to the table.

 

Easily one of the most exciting new expedited shipping services available from many of the major shipping operations in the United States in some time, there’s a lot to fall in love with when it comes to this expedited delivery service available from UPS today.

 

Let’s run through a detailed guide together to shine a light on exactly what makes this service so special!

 

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What is UPS Next Day Air Saver?

 

Described as an overnight shipping services that provides expedited, next day shipping at a slightly lower price than traditional UPS Next Day Air services, Second Day Air Saver is a huge hit with business owners – especially online business owners.

 

While traditional UPS Next Day Air has a 100% guaranteed delivery window of before 10:30 AM the next morning, UPS Next Day Air Saver doesn’t have that guarantee. Most packages shipped with this service are going to arrive the next day between the hours of 3 PM and 4:30 PM (local time).

 

Still, most people aren’t upset about having to wait four or five hours when they are able to save so much money and still get expedited delivery on their packages!

 

How Does UPS Next Day Air Saver Compare to Other Expedited Services?

 

UPS Next Day Air Saver compares pretty favorably to other expedited services, including those available directly from UPS themselves.

 

As we highlighted just a moment ago, the major difference between UPS Next Day Air and the Second Day Air Saver service is that the former has a guaranteed delivery time of before 10:30 AM the next business day while Next Day Air Saver gets things there before the afternoon is over.

 

UPS also offers Next Day Air Early services, guaranteeing delivery of packages the next day before 8 AM. Next Day Air Saver services aren’t going to be able to get your packages to their ultimate destination quite as early.

 

But again, most customers don’t mind waiting a few hours, especially when they see just how much money there able to save on these expedited packages.

 

When you get right down to it, the ability for business owners to leverage an expedited shipping services like this (at substantial discounts) does a couple of things:

 

For one, it definitely builds a lot of affinity with customers.

 

Nobody wants to spend a lot of money on shipping. Even if it’s expedited – even if it’s day!

 

There usually has to be a real emergency for expedited shipping services to be taken advantage of, and then customers are expecting to spend a small fortune.

 

Secondly, though, UPS Next Day Air Saver also helps to pad out the profit margins a little bit while offering greater value to customers, too.

 

Sappy entrepreneurs are going to be able to offer these kinds of shipping options at substantial discounts compared to traditional next day delivery.

 

That’s going to help boost orders, it’s probably going to help boost average sale numbers, and it’s definitely going to generate a buzz in the market when other customers start talking about how cheap expedited shipping is here.

 

All of that gives business owners a bit of a competitive advantage over other operations in their market that aren’t using UPS Next Day Air Saver the way they probably could be (or should be).

 

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Where Are UPS Next Day Air Saver Services Available?

 

UPS is always looking to expand their reach and their service delivery areas, but as of 2021 Next Day Air Saver is available only to business and residential customers within the “Lower 48” of the United States.

 

That means that any of the states in the contiguous United States are going to be able to have Next Day Air Saver packages delivered to them. Customers in Alaska and customers in Hawaii generally will not be able to take advantage of this delivery service (though some addresses in both of those states can be eligible).

 

At the end of the day, you’ll want to use the shipping tools provided from UPS online to figure out whether or not Next Day Air Saver is available at the addresses you are sending packages to.

 

The odds are pretty good that the overwhelming majority of the packages you are sending for your business are going to be headed to addresses that are Next Day Air Saver eligible!

 

It’s also pretty likely that UPS is going to find ways to make any addresses (the United States, anyway) not currently eligible for Next Day Air Saver services to be eligible in the future.

 

Every year UPS makes significant investments in their infrastructure. They continue to find ways to move packages more efficiently (and faster), and that’s helped to establish the Next Day Air Saver services as it exists today.

 

It shouldn’t be long at all until UPS is offering Next Day Air Saver to every state (and every address) in the United States– and maybe in other locations (like the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas, for example), too!

 

 

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How Much Does This UPS Service Cost?

 

The big attraction of UPS Next Day Air Saver is that it is considerably less expensive when stacked up against other next day delivery services, including those available from UPS themselves.

 

Everybody wants their packages to arrive as quickly as possible but most folks don’t have a lot of interest in spending a small fortune to cover expensive shipping. It’s not hard to understand why, either!

 

UPS did a great job eliminating a lot of that overhead and extra expense with the introduction of Next Day Air Saver, a service that last received brand-new pricing updates in the middle of July 2020.

 

To send UPS Next Day Air Saver letters, for example, prices can be pegged at anywhere between $24 and $45. A lot of that has to do with the UPS delivery “zone” of the final destination address.

 

Packages that are being sent via UPS Next Day Air Saver are a little more expensive, starting at $27 for the lightest packages and jumping up to anywhere between $105 and almost $400.00 for really heavy packages being sent to destinations extremely far from the origination address.

 

Obviously, the heavier that a package is the more expensive it’s going to be to send – even via UPS Next Day Air Saver. The further that package has to travel the more expensive postage is going to be, too.

 

Even still, compare these prices for UPS Next Day Air Saver to the kinds of prices traditional UPS Next Day Air services charge and the discounts are almost unbelievable.

 

Businesses in particular (especially high shipping volume businesses) are going to be able to save a mint using UPS Next Day Air Saver.

 

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Does UPS Air Saver Do Deliveries on the Weekend?

 

As of 2021, the UPS Second Day Air Saver service is not eligible for delivery on weekends.

 

Saturday delivery is not one of the eligible options for the most part, though certain locations in the United States (like major metro areas, for example) may allow for UPS Next Day Air Saver delivery on Saturday at a UPS store or a parcel locker.

 

There are no Sunday delivery windows available for this particular expedited delivery service, either.

 

Businesses that need to get packages to their customers on Saturday or Sunday will want to consider leveraging the traditional Next Day Air and Early options from UPS. Both of those allow for Saturday and Sunday delivery included in the price.

 

With UPS Next Day Air Saver, though, any package not delivered on a Friday is going to have to wait until Monday (or the next business day).

 

Who Should Take Advantage of UPS Air Saver?

 

Plenty of people are going to be able to take full advantage of everything that UPS Next Day Air Saver has to offer, but business owners in particular are going to be able to make the most of this service.

 

As we have highlighted a handful of times already, the big advantage of using this service are the expedited speeds and the discounted prices.

 

That’s a real winning combination for businesses that want to keep their customers as happy as possible.

 

Just think of how successful Amazon Prime has been over the last few years, a service built almost entirely on the back of promising free two day delivery to customers all over the country.

 

In recent times that two day delivery window has been stretched a little more than it ever used to be (some packages take three or four days to arrive, and some even longer than that).

 

At the end of the day, though, Amazon really made this a cornerstone of their offering and has added billions and billions of dollars to their bank accounts because of it.

 

People love – LOVE – to get their packages as quickly as possible (as close to instantly as can be) without having to spend a mountain of money. UPS Next Day Air Saver goes a long way towards making that happen for customers that don’t necessarily have to have Amazon’s deep pockets or relationship with shipping partners.

 

Of course, regular folks can take full advantage of UPS Next Day Air Saver as well.

 

Perhaps you need to make sure that a birthday gift arrives ahead of schedule. Maybe you need to make sure that important documents get to someone ASAP. Maybe you just want to surprise someone and have a short window of time to do so with your package.

 

Whatever the reason, UPS makes getting your stuff to that recipients ASAP almost effortless and affordable with the help of the Next Day Air Saver program. Compare sending packages with this service to UPS Ground (from a price perspective, anyway) and it’s not hard to immediately see the value that customers are going to get out of this expedited option.

 

If you need to get your package somewhere inexpensively and quickly, this is the road to go down!

 

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US Global Mail – The Ultimate Alternative for Receiving Packages and Mail Today!

 

But what about when you want to simplify and streamline (not to mention speed up) receiving packages and mail instead of sending it?

 

That’s where US Global Mail and the Virtual Mailbox services they have operated for more than 20 years comes into play.

 

Easily one of the top virtual mailbox providers on the planet, US Global Mail has found a way to modernize the mailbox in a way that the USPS and companies like UPS and FedEx simply haven’t been able to.

 

For starters, all Virtual Mailbox service account holders receive a permanent physical street address that they can have all of their packages – including UPS Next Day Air Saver packages – sent to directly.

 

No matter how often they move in the future, no matter where they move in the future, this address is going to remain the same so long as they remain a US Global Mail customer.

 

That address provides a lot of privacy and a lot of security (as well as a little bit of extra anonymity, really important in today’s times).

 

On top of that, though, Virtual Mailbox service customers are going to get instant notifications about every package and piece of mail that arrives at their mailbox, digital scans and photos of those packages and envelopes, and a whole host of other benefits including check depositing and mail forwarding at up to 80% off!

 

Talk about some pretty substantial benefits, right?

 

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If you are going to be sending packages or parcels through the mail, with FedEx or UPS, or any other shipping partner, you need to know how to take care of the shipping address correctly.

 

On the surface, getting the shipping address right on a package seems pretty simple and straightforward.

 

How much really is there when it comes to this kind of information?

 

You need a name, you need an address, and you need a state (and maybe a country) to write on your package to fill out the shipping address info.

 

Right?

 

Well, not always!

 

Sometimes there are little quirks to filling out the right address for your packages that you’ll want to be aware of. Most of the time these little quirks make sure that your package gets to its ultimate destination faster than it would have otherwise.

 

Sometimes, though, these little quirks can mean the difference between your package being delivered at all and your package being returned!

 

Here are some things you want to think about when it comes to getting your shipping address info right!

 

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What is the Shipping Address on a Package?

 

Without a shipping address on a package the service you choose to deliver your items would never know where that box eventually had to end up.

 

The whole USPS system (any shipping system, for that matter) is built on top of a shipping address system.

 

You fill your packages with whatever it is you want to send. You address that package to an individual (or business). You fill out the shipping information and the ultimate destination address and then it is sent on its way.

 

This isn’t exactly rocket science but it is a huge piece of the puzzle you absolutely must get right.

 

Without an accurate and correct shipping address you never know exactly where your package is going to end up. It might even end up back at your doorstep (or buried somewhere in the post office, for example)!

 

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How to Correctly Add a Shipping Address to a Package

 

In today’s hyper connected digital world a lot of people never really learn how to correctly add shipping information and a shipping address to a package.

 

The internet does a great job at providing us with all kinds of forms to fill out, basically holding our hand every step of the way to get our shipping information correctly.

 

And that’s great if you are able to use the internet to input shipping address info!

 

But what if you actually have to correctly add a shipping address to your package all on your own?

 

Do you have a good idea of how to knock that out?

 

Maybe. But maybe not!

 

Here’s a quick primer to help you if you find yourself in this situation going forward.

 

The info that you are going to need to include in a shipping address includes (but may not be limited to):

 

  • The full name of your intended recipient
  • The number address for a home, apartment, condo, or commercial building
  • The street name of that address (and maybe even an intersecting street, if you have the information)
  • The name of the city that the address is located in
  • The state that the city is located in
  • The postal code (especially useful for those in the United States)
  • The name of the nation this package is to be sent to (useful when shipping things internationally)

 

All of that information should be outlined exactly the way that we highlighted above.

 

Here’s a quick example of what you might want a shipping address to look like on a package you are getting ready to send. Use this template to help you fill out your shipping address info accurately moving forward:

 

John Smith

123 Main Street

Anytown, Anystate 01234

United States

 

Once again, you only have to include the name of the country on your shipping address if you are sending your package internationally.

 

If you are sending a package clear across town (or even clear across the country) you don’t have to worry about writing on the country. The post office – or the shipping company – will be able to figure that out using the rest of the included details.

 

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Do I Need to Include All Information on a Shipping Address?

 

You may not necessarily have to include all of the information we highlighted above when you are filling out a shipping address.

 

At the same time, the more information you can include the better off you are going to be. Your odds of having that package successfully delivered go up significantly when you include more accurate and useful location information.

 

But what if you aren’t quite sure of where your ultimate shipping destination is located?

 

What if it doesn’t matter necessarily who receives the package so long as someone at that specific address accepts it?

 

Can that still work?

 

Most of the time, absolutely!

 

As long as you provide information about the actual location of the address you want your package dropped off you don’t have much to worry about. The post office and other shipping companies are going to do their best to get your box where it needs to be.

 

Let’s say, for example, that you are sending a package to your brothers family the next town over. You might fill out a shipping address label that look something like this:

 

The Smith Family

123 Main Street

Anytown, Anystate 01234

 

As you can see, this shipping address doesn’t include a specific name for the actual intended recipient – but instead a family name. That’s perfectly fine and will be 100% able to be delivered via the USPS or other major shipping companies.

 

You could also send the package with a shipping address label that looked something like this:

 

123 Main Street

Anytown, Anystate 01234

 

Obviously, including the name of the family as the intended recipient helps to guarantee that the post office gets your package where you wanted to go. But at the end of the day it’s really more important to have accurate street address information than anything else.

 

This is how businesses that mass mail advertisements and direct marketing campaigns to all homeowners in a local area do things.

 

If you have ever received a postcard from local businesses that say something like “Current Homeowner” and then your address you know exactly how unimportant the name part of shipping address information is in the grand scheme of things.

 

When you get right down to it, it’s all about making sure that the street address is dialed in!

 

What Happens If My Shipping Address is Incomplete? Inaccurate?

 

If the actual shipping address – the address itself – for your package is incomplete or inaccurate you are going to be dealing with a couple of issues.

 

For one thing, your package may not be accepted at all by the USPS (or any other shipping company) if the address is incomplete.

 

Some post office will accept packages with shipping addresses that look like this:

 

John Smith

Anytown, Anystate 01234

 

They’ll usually do this if the name is unique enough that there’s likely only one person with that name in that town specifically. If there’s more than one person with that name in that town, though, the odds are pretty good that the package is going to be held up at that post office if not returned to you directly.

 

If the street address information on a shipping address is inaccurate, though, you’re dealing with a whole different host of problems.

 

For example, let’s say that you want to send a package to John Smith that lives on 123 Main Street in Anytown, Anystate.

 

Unfortunately, though, you were in a bit of a rush when you were filling out the shipping address part of your label. Typos crept in and instead of having that package addressed to someone at 123 Main Street it is instead addressed to 321 Main Street.

 

Here’s where things get a little tricky.

 

Right away, the USPS and other shipping companies are going to automate most of the process. They are going to check to see if 321 Main Street is a legitimate address in that town and that state.

 

If so, that’s where that package is going to head – at least until it gets to the last post office facility before it goes out for delivery.

 

This is where postal employees are going to get hands-on with packages and pieces of mail that come in. If they notice the name John Smith and know that he lives at 123 Main Street and not 321 Main Street, the odds are pretty good they are going to reroute that package all on their own for you.

 

Sometimes, though, the package may end up heading to the destination written on the box.

 

At that point, it really comes down to whether or not the mail carrier themselves notices the difference and remedies the mistake or if the individual at that address returns the package. Sometimes they will even deliver the package themselves, noticing the mistake and saving a lot of time by simply running the box down a couple of doors!

 

Sometimes, though, these packages get sort of “lost in the shuffle”.

 

You’ll want to contact the post office as soon as you notice the problem. Alert them to the fact that you made a typo and see if there’s any way to change the actual delivery address on that shipping information before it’s too late.

 

The USPS in specific will do absolutely everything they can to remedy these problems. FedEx and UPS also have a solid reputation of taking care of their customers that send out packages with typos, too.

 

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Tips for Addressing Packages Correctly

 

To help eliminate those headaches as much as possible, though, here are some tips for addressing packages perfectly from here on out!

 

For starters, make sure that you are printing every bit of information on your shipping label.

 

Some people have absolutely beautiful handwriting, close to calligraphy, so nice that they get compliments on it. Other people have what can only be described as “chicken scratch”.

 

Most people sit somewhere in the middle.

 

To avoid any readability issues, though, skip handwriting altogether and instead print the name and address you want to include on a shipping label. That’ll go a long way towards guaranteeing accurate delivery.

 

Secondly, try not to break things up into nonconventional lines or formats.

 

Stick to the templates that we highlighted above. Do your level best to make sure that any information on a shipping address label takes up no more than five lines. You want to really streamline this process for the folks that are going to be responsible for getting your package to its ultimate destination.

 

Thirdly, include accurate and legible return address information.

 

This information is useful if your package has to be returned to sender for any different number of reasons. The last thing you want is for your package to end up in a bit of a “black hole” in the post office infrastructure just because the return address wasn’t as accurate or as legible as the shipping address.

 

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Of course, every time you move your shipping address is going to change – and that means having to update everyone about your new address.

 

This means updating your billing information. It means updating your bank address. It means updating where you have your packages sent from Amazon and all other online retailers. It’s a lot of work!

 

Thankfully, though, with the help of US Global Mail and their Virtual Mailbox service you don’t have to worry about those issues anymore.

 

Instead, you get a permanent, 100% legitimate physical street address in the United States to have all of your packages sent to – no matter how often you might move in the future (or where you might move too).

 

This is just one of the many benefits that US Global Mail offers all of their customers. To learn more about the Virtual Mailbox service and its biggest advantages, check out the US Global Mail website today!

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An international distribution center is a postal facility that helps to dispatch mail coming and going from foreign countries. These centers are equipped with numerous safety procedures, including customs checkpoints. International distribution centers are different from local postal facilities as a result.

 

One of the more common international distribution centers your mail may pass through is the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center. Located in New York City, this center facilitates the transportation of thousands of international and national packages alike.

 

To learn more about the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center, read on. This article gives you a good overview of the postal facility and what to expect if your international parcel goes through it.

 

Keep reading for more.

 

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About the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center

 

Simply put, the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center is a post office where people can send or receive international mail. When a parcel arrives at the distribution center and is sent off into the United States, the USPS (United States Postal Service) provides a tracking ID for convenience.

 

Location

 

When most people see that the distribution center is located in Jamaica, they automatically assume that it is in the tropical country. However, this distribution center is located in New York City, New York. Its address is as follows:

 

8840 164th St.

Queens, NY 11432

 

If you aren’t familiar with Queens, New York, it is a borough of New York City, just like the Bronx or Manhattan. The fact that this distribution center is located in New York City is not a coincidence.

 

New York City gives the distribution center easy access to international transportation via major airports and harbors. In other words, this distribution center is placed in the location it is because it is super convenient for international postal services.

 

In fact, one of the five United States International Service Centers is located in New York City for the same reason.

 

Shipping Locations

 

As an international distribution center, the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center is designed to quickly handle parcels addressed to or from international locations.

 

Some of the most common addresses listed on packages that come through this distribution center are located in the States, Canada, China, and Australia. However, the center can handle many other locations as well.

 

Reliability

 

The Jamaica NY International Distribution Center is considered one of the most reliable facilities. Because it is one of the larger international facilities, it is equipped with all of the USPS’s resources and a rather thorough shipping and receiving process.

 

Generally speaking, you can trust that your package will arrive at your location in a timely and efficient manner when it goes through the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center.

 

Pandemic Slows Down Efficiency

 

That being said, there are some times when the distribution center may cause a hold-up in your postal endeavors. For example, many packages that went through the center during the height of the pandemic were put on hold due to international shipping issues.

 

These issues were not caused by the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center. Instead, the packages simply got retained at the center until they could be shipped.

 

Because so many packages were put on hold, packages that were not detained by the pandemic still experienced longer processing times. Because the center was overcrowded with packages on hold, parcels not on hold had to wait until the center could process them.

 

Like before, this was not an issue or fault of Jamaica NY International Distribution Center exclusively. All international distribution centers went through the same troubles during this time.

 

Slower Processing Times During Holidays

 

Longer processing times and reduced efficiency are also relatively common during postal highs, such as during the holidays. These longer processing times are mostly due to the influx of people using the Postal Service, to begin with. Once again, this is an issue for all international centers during this time, not just the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center.

 

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How Long Do Packages Wait At The Jamaica NY International Distribution Center

 

The exact length of time that a package waits at the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center depends on a number of factors, such as the contents of the container, time of year, weather, and more.

 

The average wait time at the center is 4 days. Because this is simply the average wait time, your package could wait shorter or longer at the center. The minimum wait time is under an hour, whereas the maximum recorded wait time was 334 days and three hours – talk about a crazy long wait!

 

If the package has already been cleared at an international service center, your package won’t wait at the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center as long.

 

Average Delivery Time From Popular Destinations To Jamaica NY International Distribution Center

 

Although packages that arrive at the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center can come from a number of locations, some are more popular than others. The most common places the packages come from include ICS New York, Jersey City NJ Network Distribution Center, and Metro NY Distribute. Here are the average times between the two points:

 

  • ISC New York NY (USPS): 11 hrs.
  • Jersey City NJ Network Distribution Center: 18 hrs.
  • Metro NY Distribution Center: 20 hrs.

 

Average Delivery Time To Popular Destinations From Jamaica NY International Distribution Center

 

Just as certain locations are more frequent previous points for the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center, some locations are more common after the packages arrive. Frequent next points include New York, Canada, and Newark. Here is the estimated time between the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center and the next city point:

 

  • New York: 1 day, 16 hrs.
  • Canada: 5 days, 22 hrs.
  • Newark: 1 day, 9 hrs.

 

What Are The Most Popular Jamaica NY International Distribution Center Statuses?

 

If you are tracking your packages, several statuses can show up whenever they pass through the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center.

 

  • Arrived at Jamaica NY International Distribution Center: Your package simply arrived at the center and is waiting to be processed and sent out.
  • Accepted at Jamaica NY International Distribution Center: Means the same thing as “Arrived at Jamaica NY International Distribution Center.”
  • Processed through Jamaica NY International Distribution Center: Your package has arrived and been processed through the center, but it is still waiting to be departed for its next location.
  • Departed Jamaica NY International Distribution Center: Your package has arrived, been processed through, and shipped from the center. It is heading to its next location.

 

When your package goes through the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center, all of the statuses are provided by the US Postal Service. Once the package arrives in a different country, all remaining statuses are provided by that country.

 

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What Happens If A Package Is Stuck At The Jamaica NY International Distribution Center

 

Occasionally, a package can become stuck at the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center. There are several reasons why this happens. Let’s take a look at the most common culprits.

 

Pandemic

 

As we already learned, the pandemic has been slowing many international distribution centers. Because of the pandemic, countries are more cautious about what they are accepting. As a result, your package may wait longer at the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center during this time.

 

As more packages are put on hold, the issue becomes even worse. Storing mail is an inefficient system. Once packages start stacking up, efficiency decreases, placing them on hold even longer.

 

Weather

 

Serious weather conditions can halt the delivery process, causing your package to become stuck. Bad weather conditions around the distribution center or the final destination can cause this to happen. As soon as the bad weather clears up, your package will be shipped.

 

Customs

 

A more common reason that packages are held up at the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center is customs. If a package is shipped internationally, the package undergoes rigorous checkpoints and processing to ensure legality.

 

If you or the sender provided inefficient information for customs, it can take longer for them to process the package. This is especially true if the package is shipped for commercial reasons.

 

Can Items Be Held At The Jamaica NY International Distribution Center?

 

Yes, items can be held at the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center. Most commonly, issues with customs will cause the center to hold your items.

 

If your package is being held due to customs reasons, they will try to get in contact with you to rectify the issue. However, incorrect information about yourself can make it difficult for them to contact you quickly.

 

Products being shipped to and from China especially have issues with being held up at customs. Research shipping policies of the country you are sending a package to so that your package contains all of the right information and contents.

 

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FAQs

How long does it take for a package to arrive in Canada from Jamaica NY?

 

It takes approximately 5 days and 22 hours for a package to be delivered from the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center to Canada. That exact time may change based on different circumstances, such as the weather and customs. You will also need to add a couple more days to the estimation for the product to be delivered to you.

 

How long does it take for a package to arrive in Australia from Jamaica NY?

 

Because Australia is very far away from New York City, you will have to wait weeks for the package to arrive in Australia. Most people report their packages arriving in Australia in two to four weeks when being shipped from the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center.

 

Although it is possible for packages to arrive within two weeks, most Australian natives note that it takes closer to a month for packages to arrive from the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center.

 

Keep in mind that your location in Australia will drastically affect how long it takes for international packages from the United States to arrive.

 

Does Jamaica NY International Distribution deliver to the US?

 

Yes. The Jamaica NY International Distribution Center delivers to and from the United States. It is located in New York City, New York, which means its tracking ID is provided by the United States Postal Service once it arrives at United States facility.

 

What does “Processed through Jamaica NY International Distribution Center” mean?

 

If your status simply says, “processed through Jamaica NY International Distribution Center,” it has likely finished the processing period, but it is still waiting to be shipped. In other words, it has been cleared by the postal facility, but it hasn’t left yet.

 

It is possible that your package has to wait at the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center. Because only so many packages can be shipped at a time, they are sent out in a first-come, first-serve or priority order.

 

If the status is followed up with another that says “departed Jamaica NY International Distribution Center” or some other similar notice, it means that the package has completely left the facility and is on its way to the next.

 

How to contact the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center

 

If you are having trouble with your package, you can contact the Jamaica NY International Distribution Center through the following numbers:

 

  • Phone: 718-990-1090
  • Toll-Free: 1-800-Ask-USPS (275-8777)

 

If you live in close proximity to the location, you could also visit it yourself. Retail hours are open between 9:00 AM and 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday, and 9:00 AM through 3:00 PM Saturday. Retail hours are closed on Sunday.

 

You could also visit during lobby hours. The lobby is open between 7:00 AM and 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday, and 7:00 AM through 3:00 PM Saturday. The lobby is also closed on Sunday.

 

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Final Thoughts

 

The Jamaica NY International Distribution Center is a facility that can send and receive international packages. Processing times will depend on independent factors. If you’re tired of waiting for your international mail to arrive, you could always try out US Global Mail’s Virtual Mailbox instead. The Virtual Mailbox removes junk mail and provides all of your digital mail in a convenient location.

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Available For Pickup

Have you ever gotten the tracking update “available for pickup” when you’re waiting for a delivery, and wondered what it means and what you have to do next? Delivery messages can often be obtuse and difficult to understand, so it’s no surprise if you aren’t totally sure what this means or what the procedure is.

 

What Does “Available For Pickup” Mean?

 

“Available for pickup” means that your parcel is at the post office near you and is waiting for you to come and pick it up. This might confuse you if it was meant to be brought to your house and you know no delivery has been attempted, so we’re going to explore why this might happen, and how you can get your parcel. If you head to the post office and ask at the counter, the staff should be able to give you your parcel.

 

If your parcel is “available for pickup,” that means that it’s not going to move any further until you take action. There is no point in waiting for this to change to “out for delivery” or anything similar; the parcel is now as far as the courier company is going to take it, and you will have to collect it in person.

 

You might have a “schedule new delivery” option and if so, you can ask them to schedule a delivery to bring the parcel to you. Often, however, “available for pickup” simply means that you have to go and collect the item yourself.

 

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Why Is My Parcel Available For Pickup?

 

There are two potential explanations for this scenario, and the first one is the most common.

 

Their Delivery Attempt Failed

 

Usually, you will get this message when USPS has attempted to deliver your parcel and failed. This can happen for quite a few different reasons, including that the address was written incorrectly, there was nobody at home, or there was no safe spot for the parcel if there was no one home.

 

A couple of further explanations are that something was blocking the driver’s access to your home, or the wrong amount of shipping has been paid and you must settle the difference before you can collect your parcel.

 

This is frustrating when it occurs, because you have missed your parcel delivery and now you have to go and collect it. Unfortunately, deliveries do get missed and while it may not be your fault, you don’t have much choice but to make the trip to go and pick it up.

 

Usually, a failure to deliver will be accompanied by a slip with information telling you why they couldn’t deliver and which post office you can collect your item from.

 

Obviously, if the delivery failure was because your driver could not gain access to your property for some reason or the address was incorrect, they will not leave a slip, but usually, you will receive some indication that they attempted it.

 

They Did Not Attempt To Deliver

 

You may be thinking “but they didn’t even try; I’ve been in all day and the doorbell hasn’t rung once!”

 

It is very annoying when this happens, especially if you have waited in just because you were expecting a delivery. You know that no delivery attempt was made, and you have no slip that indicates the driver came anywhere near your house, so why has your parcel changed to “available for pickup” instead of something like “out for delivery”?

 

Unfortunately, it has changed because the company is not going to deliver the parcel, and is expecting you to pick it up instead. This usually happens when the employee delivering mail missed your parcel when they collected their parcels in the morning.

 

They have large amounts of mail to gather up and transfer to their vehicle, and if yours was unluckily missed, then it is quite likely to get swapped to “available for pickup.”

 

This is the much more annoying explanation, but it does happen occasionally, and if it occurs, you won’t get a delivery slip or anything, because the driver has not attempted to deliver the parcel at all. It has remained at the post office and has not been moved.

 

You also won’t see your tracking information show “out for delivery” or anything similar in most cases.

 

This second scenario is a very frustrating one to have happen, because it’s the fault of USPS (or at least one driver/the parcel sorters), and yet you are the one who has to drive out and get the parcel yourself.

 

However, you will still need to fetch the parcel, as it will otherwise sit at the post office until they return it to the sender after two weeks. If you complain to USPS, it is possible that they will send it out on another delivery run, but usually, you will just have to pick it up on your own. This is annoying, but it does happen from time to time.

 

Unfortunately, with large amounts of mail and drivers prone to human error, parcels get missed. They fall under tables, get hidden at the bottom of bags, or fall from carts, and when this occurs, it is down to you to go and get your parcel, unfair as this seems.

 

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What Should I Do?

 

USPS often will not attempt redelivery, so you will need to pick your parcel up yourself. This might be annoying, especially as you paid for shipping, but it is unfortunately the case when you see this message.

 

Remember, if your delivery has been missed, you will usually get a delivery slip notifying you of their failure to deliver. If you receive one of these, or if you think you have missed a delivery but have no slip (e.g. because the driver couldn’t access your property), you should check the online tracking information. This should tell you which post office your parcel has been delivered to.

 

You will need to go to the correct post office, as your parcel won’t be delivered between them. Make sure you check the tracking information carefully to avoid a mix up that could lead to you going to the wrong post office (especially if there are several nearby). If you have a delivery slip, take it with you.

 

If in doubt about what to do or if you are unable to locate your parcel via the tracking information for any reason, contact USPS directly and ask their advice about the problem. They should be able to tell you why the delivery was missed and where the parcel is now so that you can fetch it.

 

If you do have the option to schedule a redelivery, you can take this instead of picking the parcel up yourself. You may only be allowed one re-attempt (depending on the circumstances) so make sure you are available this time.

 

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How Soon Should I Fetch My Parcel?

 

You can collect your parcel as soon as it suits you when this message is displaying. It means the parcel is ready, so if you head to the correct post office as soon as it is convenient, they should be able to hand it to you.

 

If the parcel is not urgent, you don’t need to rush over there, as they will hold onto it for a while for you. However, you do need to pick it up within a couple of weeks, so make sure you plan a trip there before too long, because they won’t keep it waiting forever! They don’t have enough storage space.

 

What Happens If I Don’t Pick It Up?

 

If you don’t collect your parcel within fifteen days, it will be returned to the sender. Getting it sent back out to you will incur new delivery charges, costing whoever sent it the same again in postage. If the parcel came from a company, you may have to pay for them to redeliver it.

 

You will probably get a notice about five days before the package is returned to the sender, reminding you to pick it up. Don’t rely on this definitely happening (it’s best to set yourself reminders too if you’re likely to forget) but you should get something.

 

Make sure you do collect it, or you will lose the parcel. Once it has been marked as return to sender, there is nothing you can do to change this or get it redirected back to you.

 

If you have decided you don’t want the parcel for some reason, you can tell them that you refuse it at a post office, and it will be returned to the sender.

 

How Do I Know Where My Parcel Is?

 

If you have received a delivery slip, this may contain information about where the parcel will be by the time you see “available for pickup” on your tracking information. However, if you didn’t receive a slip but you were expecting a delivery that hasn’t come, how do you know where to go to get your mail?

 

You need to go to the USPS tracking platform and put your tracking number into the box there. This should tell you that the parcel is “available for pickup” and where to go in order to pick it up.

 

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Who Can Collect The Parcel?

 

You might be wondering if you can get someone else to collect your “available for pickup” parcel for you. There are many reasons that this might be more convenient, especially if you don’t drive or you live some distance from the post office. Can someone else get your parcel and drop it off with you?

 

Yes, in certain situations, they can. However, mail is – necessarily – handled in a secure environment, so not just anyone can grab your parcel. Even someone who shares your address and surname will not be allowed to pick it up without authorization, so don’t just send your partner or one of your children; the post office will not hand it over to them.

 

To allow someone else to collect your parcel, you need to go online and provide their details in the redelivery application.

 

To do this, go into the Schedule a Redelivery application, and select “Customer pickup.” Fill in the information required, and bear in mind that you will need to sign the PS Form 3849 on the front, and print the name of the person you wish to pick up the package on the back.

 

This will ensure the post office has enough information and authorization to hand the parcel over.

 

Alternatively, you can issue a standing delivery order, which tells USPS about another person who you authorize to receive mail in your place. All mail can then be directed to and handled by this recipient when possible.

 

Make sure you are perfectly happy for this person to be able to handle your mail before filling out one of these forms. They will need to fill it in too.

 

As a third option, you can create a written authorization. This can be added to the delivery notice or written on a separate sheet of paper. Write something like “[Name] has permission to collect mail for [my name]” and then sign and date the paper.

 

That might seem surprisingly formal for a parcel you bought from e-Bay, but bear in mind that the US mail service providers have a responsibility to protect your possessions and your identity.

 

Given that sensitive documents and valuable items may sometimes be shipped around the country, it is important that they make sure whoever is collecting the mail is actually allowed to collect it. Don’t just ask your friend to pop by with no documentation or signature, because they won’t be given the parcel!

 

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Summary

 

The “available for pickup” status is a very frustrating one because it requires you to go into a post office and collect the item yourself. You might want to consider getting yourself a Virtual Mailbox instead; this will allow your item to be delivered anytime, without the hassle of you having to wait at home only to experience a failed delivery.

 

A virtual mailbox handles all the issues associated with standard deliveries, making it easier to get your stuff when it suits you, rather than having to wait in or chase your parcel around.

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Arrived At Hub USPS

We often get confusing and obtuse messages from delivery companies, and these can be very frustrating, especially on days when you’re expecting something exciting or important in the mail. If you’ve ever had “Arrived at hub” from USPS, you might be wondering what it means, so we’re going to explore that today.

 

“Arrived at hub” is unfortunately not a sign that your package should be dropped in your mailbox in the next half hour or so. Instead, it means that it has reached one of their hubs, and it will be sorted. It may then be changed to “out for delivery,” or it could stay in hub limbo for several days while they sort.

 

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What Does Arrived At Hub Mean?

 

So, you’re tracking your parcel and the website says “arrived at hub,” but this isn’t a very helpful update as it doesn’t give you any indication of where your parcel is or how soon you should expect it. This is annoying if you need to know whether to wait in or not.

 

“Arrived at hub” means that your parcel has reached one of USPS’s distribution points. Here, they sort large amounts of mail, and with any luck, your parcel will soon be on its way to you.

 

This message is to reassure you that the parcel is still moving and update you on how far it has traveled. Your package will be sitting on a delivery pallet somewhere, and it hasn’t yet been put in the correct place for the next stage of its journey.

 

While at the hub, packages will be sorted out and sent to recipients via more local carriers, so this is the point at which your parcel should be reaching one of the last stages of its journey. The next person who handles it will, in most cases, be your local delivery driver, who should bring it up to your mailbox and drop it off with you!

 

The hub network helps mail get streamed to the right places, and cuts costs for the Postal Service and those sending the mail. However, it can be a bit frustrating looking at that message and not knowing if or when your parcel is going to come off a pallet and get put in the correct place!

 

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How Long Will My Parcel Stay At A Hub?

 

In theory, your parcel should not be at the sorting hub for long, although the amount of time may depend on how high priority your parcel’s shipping is. However, there are some horror stories in which people find that their mail sits in the hub for long periods of time without being sorted.

 

This means that the “arrived at hub” message will sit on your tracking information day after day, which can be extremely frustrating for anyone, but particularly if the parcel is important. If this happens, it is advised that you contact USPS to find out what’s going on, as your parcel may have been missed during sorting.

 

If your parcel is a priority package or coming from a big retailer like Amazon, which offers speedy shipping, you should expect to see the information update within a day or two, possibly changing to “out for delivery” or something similar.

 

However, if you have a non-priority parcel, it could take a few days for the workers to get to it and get it on its way to you. Don’t worry too much if it isn’t immediately updating and seems to be taking time; it will hopefully be passed to your local driver before too much longer.

 

Speed will also depend on whether your particular local hub has any backlog, or whether they are working as normal. Expect more delays during holidays, as this is when more people are likely to be sending mail and companies struggle to keep up.

 

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Where Will My Parcel Go Next?

 

Your parcel should go to a local delivery driver when it has finished at the USPS hub. If all goes smoothly, it will be dropped at the hub with a massive amount of other mail, and then it will be sorted by employees at the hub.

 

These employees will be putting mail into piles according to the most specific parts of the address; it should already be in the right state and area by now, so this is about honing in on the mail’s address. Hopefully, once the mail has been sorted, it will be passed to a driver, who will be bringing it to your house next.

 

So, this is not quite the last stage of the parcel’s journey, but it is getting close to it!

 

How Soon Can I Expect My Parcel?

 

The good news is that because your mail is nearing the end of its journey, it shouldn’t be too much longer. Although mail can get held up in the hub for days, it has at least got close to your location. It is no longer in a distant state, or possibly even being flown across the ocean to reach you.

 

With any luck, given its proximity, you will have your item before long. However, exactly how long will depend on the shipping options that you have chosen, the backlog at the area, and the number of workers available to direct mail to the right places.

 

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What Should I Do If My Parcel’s Status Doesn’t Change?

 

Occasionally, parcels may get stuck at the “arrived at hub” stage, and you might find that no matter how patiently you wait, it does not update. This is extremely frustrating, especially when your mail is tantalizingly close and you just can’t get it.

 

Unfortunately, this does happen sometimes, and you shouldn’t panic too much about it. There are two possible explanations.

 

The first is that your package has fallen behind something or got left at the bottom of a big pile of mail and is simply not getting touched because of a backlog and overwhelmed workers. You will eventually get it, but you may wish to contact USPS to try and speed things along and make sure the package is not lost.

 

However, there’s another possible explanation. Often, the shipping information that appears on your computer or phone is inaccurate and doesn’t actually reflect where your parcel is. If someone forgets to scan a parcel or it doesn’t update properly when they move it to the next stage, your computer will still show “arrived at hub.”

 

This means you could actually get a delivery even when your tracking information displays the same “arrived at hub” message. Although the parcel has been sorted and shipped out, something has prevented the information from getting updated, and thus it’s inaccurate.

 

This is quite a common experience and can be annoying. You do end up with your parcel, at least! However, if in doubt, it’s best to call USPS customer services and ask, because if the sorting information is up to date, you’ll want to know about it in order to fix the problem as soon as possible.

 

Equally, if the sorting information is not updating properly, you need to know so that you can wait at home for your parcel.

 

Don’t just ignore a persistent “arrived at hub” message on the basis that it might be inaccurate. If your parcel seems to be stuck somewhere, do something about it. This will ensure you get your parcel, rather than seeing it get lost into the myriad of misplaced packages or being out when delivery is attempted.

 

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What Other Messages And Status Information Might I See?

 

You might be wondering what other things are likely to appear in your tracking information, and what those mean. There are quite a few messages that USPS might show. Some are self-explanatory, while others are a little harder to decipher.

 

Acceptance

 

This somewhat confusing message simply means that USPS has your parcel, either dropped off by a customer or picked up by one of their couriers. It is now in their system, but this is the earliest stage of transport.

 

You shouldn’t expect your parcel too soon after this stage, unless you have opted for priority shipping.

 

Processed Through Sort Facility

 

Sadly, although this one sounds more hopeful, it only means that the parcel has reached its second stage. A Postal Service facility has processed and passed the package into the main system, and it is about to be underway.

 

Departed From The USPS Facility

 

This is also quite confusing, because which USPS facility it’s referring to is totally unclear. It is meant to tell you that the package is now moving and getting closer to you, but it does not offer much information beyond the basics.

 

In Transit

 

A particularly vague message, “in transit” simply means that the parcel is traveling. However, this is at least accompanied by a message that lets you know how the parcel is doing against the expected delivery.

 

It should either say “arriving on time” or “arriving late” alongside the in transit message. Hopefully, you will see the former, but at least if you see the latter, you will know that you’re going to be waiting longer for your package than you might otherwise have expected.

 

“In transit” still requires the parcel to be scanned, so it’s only going to happen when it reaches certain spots. This may mean that a parcel is arriving at a sorting facility, being processed through one, or leaving the facility. These are the most common scan points.

 

Often, “in transit” is the message you will see for most of the time when you check the tracking information. It just lets you know the parcel is moving, but doesn’t offer any details about how far it has got or how soon you might expect it to get to you (besides the on time/late prediction).

 

If your parcel is coming from some distance away, you might see “in transit” for a long time as the parcel travels from place to place, passes through sorting facilities, gets funneled to different distributors, and slowly makes its way to you.

 

If your parcel is coming from somewhere local, you will probably find that the in transit time period is short and your parcel soon moves to the “arrived at hub,” which is usually the next message.

 

Out For Delivery

 

After the “arrived at hub” stage, your parcel will be given to a delivery driver, and then it is finally out for delivery. This indicates it is on a truck coming to you, and usually, you’ll be getting it that day.

 

However, it may still be a few hours; drivers can have hundreds of parcels in their vehicles, and how soon yours will reach you depends on the number of parcels, the traffic, and the driver’s route.

 

There’s no point in checking your tracking information after this, unless the parcel doesn’t show up. The next step should be “delivered,” and if you’re seeing this, you’ve presumably got the parcel! However, if you’re seeing “delivered” and you haven’t got it, don’t immediately panic.

 

Some drivers mark their routes as delivered before starting. They shouldn’t do this, but it might explain why your parcel says it’s with you when it isn’t yet. It’s worth waiting until the end of the day to see if the parcel turns up.

 

If it doesn’t, check with neighbors in case the parcel has been delivered elsewhere, and then get in touch with USPS so that they can find out what’s going on for you.

 

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Summary & A Virtual Mailbox Alternative

 

Waiting for a delivery can be an extremely frustrating experience, especially if you work or you are often out of your home for long periods so you can’t just hang around, waiting for your parcel. Tracking has gone some way toward solving this, but it leaves much to be desired, and it is not yet a reasonable solution for many people.

 

If you’re having problems, you might want to consider a virtual mailbox, provided by someone like US Global Mail. This provides you with a virtual address that your mail can be delivered to, as well as a physical address.

 

All mail you receive moving forward, gets uploaded onto your virtual mailbox account (think email) which you can access from your phone or computer.

 

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