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USPS Tracking Update Issues

USPS Tracking Update Issues | As of  Sept 2020

I wrote this because of the number of customer inquiries about tracking their purchases has grown substantially in the last few months.

My opinion of the USPS performance is a C minus.

I truly hope somehow someday the postal service in the US will taken over by a private company and operated like most any other profitable businesses.

USCamera continues to deliver some packages to the USPS offices listed here, however, most are picked up in the morning and afternoon by USPS carriers Mondays – Friday.

If you have questions about tracking your package read on.

The USPS appears to be leaning on the COVID-19 virus lately as 1st class parcel packages tracking updates are delayed throughout the US.

I can only relay information I observed personally from the 2 USPS facilities we use everyday. Those would be the Centennial branch at 80122 and the Highlands Ranch branch at 80130.

The postal staff has always been very accommodating and helps us anyway they can.

When I call the national USPS numbers, I’ve listened to “please be patient as we are understaffed because of COVID-19”.

So this what I see…

I noticed tracking information updates started to change somewhat around November of 2019.

Other business associates I know who are using the USPS say it was quite sometime before that date.

USPS Tracking Update Issues

This pattern pattern applies in the updating of tracking information for almost all of what the USPS calls “First-Class Mail® Parcel service (2-5 days) “.

The updating of most Priority Mail and Express mail services can be delayed, though only by a few hours.

More than half the time, 1st class packages are no longer scanned before they leave the above USPS post offices on the way to a sorting facility.

That’s when you may see… “Your package is on its way to a USPS facility” for a few days after the USPS has possession of the package.

Other times tracking may show ” Your package is moving within the USPS network and is on track to be delivered” or no history at all other than a delivery scan.

For years, all packages leaving the offices listed above were first received at “USPS Regional Origin Facility DENVER CO NETWORK DISTRIBUTION CENTER”.

That info was noted as such in the tracking history. Most of the time within 12 hours of the USPS receiving the parcel.

Now, for shipments within Colorado I see sometimes … “your item arrived at our USPS facility in SAINT PAUL, MN”.

Other times “arrived at our USPS facility in PORTLAND, OR 97215” or other facilities when shipped from Centennial to a Colorado destination.

Looks like that is a roundabout way to deliver a package from a Colorado post office to a Colorado address.

Most of the time, prior to last year, Colorado deliveries had a 2 day transit times.

I do see other international or domestic packages traveling to their final destinations are delayed in the same way.

My hope is this information gives you some insight into the shipping of your purchase and answers some of the questions you may have.

These delays are not caused by USCamera and we have no influence on the USPS in any way.

We just wait and 99.9 % of the packages shipped make it to their destinations.

I could go on however, I just wanted to give our customers a heads up in what I saw was happening with USPS shipping.

As always your comments are always invited and welcome.

Gray

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