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 USPS Confirmation - How long before info shows up online, showing receipt by usps?
McClaran  [Member]
5/4/2003 10:37:43 AM
If something is shipped usps on Friday, how long does it take before the info shows up online saying that the item was received by the Post Office? Not that it was delivered but that it was checked in at the Post Office. Is there a delay due to it having been Friday when taken to the P.O.? Thanks, GMac
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Minuteman419  [Team Member]
5/4/2003 10:42:18 AM
Sometimes it seems that it reaches its destination before it shows up online. Not near as good as UPS Tracking IMHO. MM419
McClaran  [Member]
5/4/2003 10:45:29 AM
thanks minuteman, i needed to know that. GMac
WILSON  [Site Staff]
5/4/2003 3:13:51 PM
Ditto what MM said. I've had a few packages physically show up, before they ever made it online. [furious]
Dog1  [Team Member]
5/4/2003 4:32:50 PM
The biggest thing is...did the clerk scan it? I have paid for a couple of Delivery Confirmations and they were never scanned. I now watch to make sure that they do scan it. Not as good as UPS, but at least they are not the pricks that UPS are....
Raptor22  [Team Member]
5/4/2003 6:36:55 PM
[quote]Originally Posted By Dog1: The biggest thing is...did the clerk scan it? I have paid for a couple of Delivery Confirmations and they were never scanned. I now watch to make sure that they do scan it. Not as good as UPS, but at least they are not the pricks that UPS are....[/quote] Delivery Confirmation is not a tracking service. It is proof of delivery status only. The same is true of Signature Confirmation. Window clerks are not supposed to scan it. Only the carrier delivering it is supposed to scan it. The following are required to be scanned by window clerks: Express Mail, Global Express Guaranteed, Global Express, Registered Mail, Certified Mail, and Insured Mail only.
Dog1  [Team Member]
5/5/2003 10:41:35 AM
[quote]Delivery Confirmation is not a tracking service. It is proof of delivery status only. The same is true of Signature Confirmation. Window clerks are not supposed to scan it. Only the carrier delivering it is supposed to scan it. The following are required to be scanned by window clerks: Express Mail, Global Express Guaranteed, Global Express, Registered Mail, Certified Mail, and Insured Mail only. [/quote] Sorry to say this, but you are wrong. Postal Clerks are[i]supposed[/i] so scan it. I watch them do it everytime. Ask them. It also acts as, but by design is not, a tracking number. It shows when and were shipped and when and were delivered. It also shows everytime a package is scanned, if it is. I have been using them for 5+ years and for well over 500+ packages. Not at all trying to be a dick, but Delivery Confirmation is scanned and entered in the tracking/confirm system.
Raptor22  [Team Member]
5/6/2003 12:13:55 AM
[quote]Originally Posted By Dog1: [quote]Delivery Confirmation is not a tracking service. It is proof of delivery status only. The same is true of Signature Confirmation. Window clerks are not supposed to scan it. Only the carrier delivering it is supposed to scan it. The following are required to be scanned by window clerks: Express Mail, Global Express Guaranteed, Global Express, Registered Mail, Certified Mail, and Insured Mail only. [/quote] Sorry to say this, but you are wrong. Postal Clerks are[i]supposed[/i] so scan it. I watch them do it everytime. Ask them. It also acts as, but by design is not, a tracking number. It shows when and were shipped and when and were delivered. It also shows everytime a package is scanned, if it is. I have been using them for 5+ years and for well over 500+ packages. Not at all trying to be a dick, but Delivery Confirmation is scanned and entered in the tracking/confirm system.[/quote] I am not wrong, you are. I work for the USPS and in my job function my knowledge base is over and above what a window clerk knows. Trust me, they are doing you a favor. If you need further information on what each service is supposed to provide, you can go look it up at: [url]http://www.usps.com/[/url].
Dog1  [Team Member]
5/6/2003 9:05:12 AM
I really don't think its a damn favor by the clerks, if I pay for the service. With all due respect, I don't think you know to much about Delivery Confim. [i]Everytime, and I mean everytime[/i] that I have used the service, I can track from time of scan to any scan points along the route to delivery. The only time I could not was when the clerk forgot to scan it. And I learned one thing, most clerks know leaps and bounds over the suits or their bosses... I'm not going to waste anymore bandwidth over this one. I know what works and what does not...you want to continue this, by all means knock yourself out.
medicmandan  [Team Member]
5/6/2003 9:42:39 AM
I always thought they were supposed to scan it at the origin as well, but here's what I found on the USPS site: [quote]Q. Does Delivery Confirmation provide for tracking and tracing? A. No, Delivery Confirmation service confirms delivery date and time. While en route scans may be provided when available, they are not a feature of Delivery Confirmation service.[/quote] [quote]Q. What Delivery Confirmation information will I receive when I call the toll-free number or visit the Internet Web site? A. You will find out the date and time your item was delivered—or if it was attempted, forwarded or returned. The Web site also provides the ZIP Code where your item was delivered.[/quote]
Raptor22  [Team Member]
5/6/2003 10:50:31 AM
Thank you medicmandan! I rest my case. BTW Dog1, I am not a boss or a "suit". If you bothered to look it up like medicmandan did, you would find out that the service you are paying for is confirmation or status of delivery only and that is all. That info is downloaded into the system after the carrier completes his rounds. The info is then updated on the system that evening. Before you knock the system over a service you are not entitled to, send something via Express Mail and see how the tracking system works.
PaDanby  [Member]
5/11/2003 2:35:18 AM
I have had items get into the system before I got home. I have had others take longer. If you look at the big signs in the PO Priority does not by itself ensure tracking. In fact used to say right out it doesn't. Insuring will. Delivery Confirmation like Priority may get scanned again clearly stated that it is Delivery Confirmation, if you get tracking you are fortunate because that aint what it's for. May depend where you put it in the system, it appeared that at one consulting job I had the carrier picking up scanned both Express and Priority at the the drop box.
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