USPS Tracking

The United States Postal Service (USPS) was born out of a principle that every citizen has a right to a low cost and reliable delivery service. The system now delivers 213 billion items to 156 million addresses annually.

Company Development

USPS Tracking - Copyright by USPSUSPS dates back to 1775 when Benjamin Franklin was appointed as Postmaster General and the service provided was immediately recognised as vital to the development of a vast, newly emerging nation. Since its early beginnings the business has been constantly adopting new technologies and methods of transportation to help it live up to the motto, ‘Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.’ The early introduction of free delivery for newspapers ensured that literacy rates were the highest in the World for many years and loss making deliveries to the remotest communities ensured that knowledge was passed quickly and efficiently enabling the country to develop very rapidly. The Pony Express started in 1860, cutting days off delivery times in some areas, but lasted only 18 months before it superseded by the transcontinental telegraph line. Rural Free Delivery in 1896 and then Parcel Post in 1913 enabled the new concept of mail order shopping to take off, used by as much as 25 percent of the population in its early days.

Airmail began in 1918, originally using army planes and personnel, but this was taken over in 1920, and formed the basis for the US air industry today. The number of items being sent grew rapidly from the 1930s to the 60s and a search for more efficient systems lead to the introduction of the Zone Improvement Plan, commonly known as ZIP codes. In 2001 a business alliance was formed with FedEx Express which allowed USPS to improve its services without adding additional costs. The business remains as a standalone branch of the US Government and is self financing; competing for trade in the communication, distribution, delivery, advertising and retail markets.

The Delivery Process

USPS uses Intelligent Mail Barcodes (IMb) to label the items it carries with a unique identity in the form of a fluorescent pattern on the back and a black version on the front. This is completed automatically by machines that can read hand written or printed addresses. The collection and delivery service follows a standard spoke and hub format to connect sorting depots in ever increasing sizes. The hubs are divided into; Network Distribution Centres, Auxiliary Sort facilities, Sectional Centre Facilities and Destination Delivery Units. Distances of under 200 miles are generally covered by trucks and vans, while anything further away is transported by air. The USPS system is used by companies like UPS and FedEx where it fits in with their schedules, particularly to rural areas, which brings in additional revenue. Similarly, UPS has an agreement to deliver first Class and Priority Post for USPS across 98 US cities. The company now employs over 700,000 workers to handle the annual load of 213 billion items.

USPS Pricing

USPS Schipments - Copyright by USPSThere are a number of different mailing options with USPS with price dependant upon the service, size and weight of the item. Express Mail is used for letters, envelopes, tubes and packaged items with a two day delivery schedule including basic insurance. Priority Mail is slightly slower but cheaper; both options have a maximum weight limit of 70 pounds and length of 108 inches. First Class Mail does not set a specific delivery time period although it does not normally exceed three days. Parcel Post is described as the affordable and reliable way to send packages, but again with the same weight and size limitations of Express Mail. Media Mail is usually the cheapest option but is limited to books, manuscripts and other readable media formats.

Package Safety

There are a number of additional features that can be included in the delivery service by USPS which enhance the security of the item being sent. The services are Certified Mail, Registered Mail, Delivery Confirmation, Signature Confirmation and additional insurance cover up to a value of $1,000. These allow for the tracking of high value items and proof that the package has been posted and received in the case of disputes.

USPS Tracking Options

USPS uses a system known as CONFIRM to track items through its delivery process, which uses the IMb – Intelligent Mail Barcodes, printed on the packages, that provide a unique code for each one. The IMbs are read by a Intelligent Mail Devices (IMDs) which feed the information into a central database. The IMbs are read at each hand over along the route, either by fixed or hand held units, which provides an accurate way of determining when each stage is reached. The customer has different levels of access to the tracking data dependent upon the level of service that they purchased. If Priority Mail Express was selected then entering the label number will provide point-by-point tracking information; USPS Tracking, Certified Mail and Registered Mail will show when it was despatched for delivery. IMb technology can also be used to track incoming mail and also identify the sender. In addition, there is the ADVANCE system which provides a series of reports for companies that are sending out bulk mailings of advertising material and periodicals. This can provide useful information on the intended audience, incorrect addresses and confirmation that the service purchased was achieved successfully. This replaces manual publication tracking requests and provides a much higher level of information at a reduced cost.

By combining forces with other companies that might be seen as competitors USPS is managing to remain financially secure and independent. Despite the growing use of the internet the volume of items that are being delivered is still increasing year on year.

Should the tracking service not work, our support team and the support team of the shipping companies would gladly help you.

463 review about “USPS”

  1. Karl Hislop

    My mother has been waiting for a package. It left Honolulu June first and was still in shipment through the second, though on June third, it should’ve been delivered at her home at 4:46pm. Today is June fourth and still haven’t reached this destination, she hasn’t received the package. So it’s either the mail has lost it or y’all don’t know how to track.

  2. Brandi

    How long does it take a package to get from north texas center after it has been departed to get to va

  3. Alecia Atchley

    This tells me nothing! It left China and then what???????

  4. Sandra Mónica Macias

    I sent a package to Colombia on May 9/17. The still haven’t receive it. I’ve bien tracking custom # , it says still in LA?

  5. Esther

    A parcel arrived in Jamaica on 21st May and uptodate it hasnt arrived in Kenya,whats up?

  6. Lazaro

    Envié unos documentos a uscis inmigracion en chicago y no me explica en la ruta del documento que haya llegado a donde lo envié y parece que se encuentra en las oficinas de correos de chicago. Me pudiera explicar por donde andan los documentos que envié

  7. Zayra

    I didn’t resib nothing

  8. Robert Foster

    I have power of attorney over my mom’s affairs she had a severe stroke in October 2016 so she Is In a nursing home. I have tried to change her mailing address several times starting the end of april 2017 from 218 west five notch road north augusta ,sc to mine 3901 northside drive apt 9e macon,ga yet I have yet to receive any of her mail to date.

    1. All in one tracking team Post author

      I am sorry, but you have to address this directly to USPS, we only offer the tracking service for you guys.

  9. Orlando Asis

    I see there’s a lot of complaints here so what’s the use? I’m glad I no longer work for usps cause your getting a bad rep. Well here goes! Obviously my package is coming back to me so where is it? 9500 1105 9401 7145 0810 52

    1. All in one tracking team Post author

      Just track it. It currently says: Arrived at Post Office, May 31, 2017, 7:15 am, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124

      1. Orlando Asis

        Why is it taking so long to “Return To Sender”????

  10. Natalie R Surncey

    I sent a package to my granddaughter to whitewater Ca they couldnt leave it because there wasnt a safe location im still waiting for it to come back to me

    1. All in one tracking team Post author

      Please call USPS directly in this case

  11. Willie

    My package was mail over 6 months ago an now
    they have cancel the search. I know it didn’t
    Varnish. It was stolen before it left Augusta. Ga
    They know it an so do I. I will never use USPS


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