SHIPMMENT DURING THE HOLIDAYS - Magic Crystals

Topics:

1. Why does USPS show my package as Delivered if I just shipped it?
2.  Will we see mail delays for the 2021 holidays? U.S. Postal Service adjusts, recommends sending packages early. 

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1. Why does USPS show my package as Delivered if I just shipped it?

Recycled Tracking Numbers during the holidays: Per USPS, every 120 days USPS recycles their tracking numbers; however, due to the higher volume during the holiday season, USPS may have to recycle them more often. REST ASURE packages WILL be delivered. We have in specifically in communication with USPS about this matter.. All packages get updated through their internal system even IF not reflected on the site. Customer can call and verify that through: 1 (800) 275-8777 .  

There are a couple of reasons that a USPS tracking number might reflect a "Delivered" status, even though you just generated a label or shipped the package. It could be either the USPS assigned a recycled tracking number to your shipment or the USPS scanned the shipment incorrectly.

Recycled Tracking Number

To check if this is the case, look up the details of the tracking number. Usually, you will see a different destination and delivery time when compared to your label details. There may also be a note in the tracking information stating the label is "Archived."

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This situation may happen because of the high volume of shipments sent through USPS. Tracking numbers get recycled on occasion. The solution to this issue is to wait until the Post Office scans the label, then the tracking information will update accordingly.

USPS incorrect Scanning

If the tracking information has the correct address, then it is likely a clerical error on the part of the Post Office. If their scanner was set to "Delivered" instead of "Accepted" during the scan, it will update the tracking information with the Delivered status.

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Unfortunately, this does mean that the tracking number will not update in subsequent scans of the label. However, a USPS customer service representative should be able to provide you with updates via their internal tracking database.

Customer can call and verify that through: 1 (800) 275-8777

 

2. Shipments During the Holidays (Thanksgiving - New Year's)

Will we see mail delays for the 2021 holidays? U.S. Postal Service adjusts, recommends sending packages early. 

The Postal Service said it has been planning all year for peak season, and has made several adjustments to help avoid delays this year. It leased 7.5 million square feet of additional space to handle the influx of packages, including 400,000 square feet of a former General Motors transmission plant in Parma.

Deadline for shipping packages

The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by Dec. 25 to all domestic address, and to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office locations.

  • Dec. 9 — APO/FPO/DPO (all ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 15 — USPS Retail Ground service
  • Dec. 16 — APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express Military service
  • Dec. 17 — First-Class Mail service (including greeting cards)
  • Dec. 17 — First-Class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
  • Dec. 18 — Priority Mail service
  • Dec. 23 — Priority Mail Express* service

Alaska to/from continental U.S.

  • Dec. 18 — First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 18 — Priority Mail
  • Dec. 21 — Priority Mail Express

Hawaii to/from mainland

  • Dec. 17 — Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 21 — Priority Mail Express

To look up a specific zip code for estimated mail delivery time, click here.