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Topic: About those little stickers of numbers they are putting on media mail now..

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Subject: About those little stickers of numbers they are putting on media mail now..
Date Posted: 8/31/2011 11:47 AM ET
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Are those little stickers trackable internally by USPS?  And can they be matched up with a transaction number from my receipt?  I have a package about to go lost that I did not use DC on.  But I do have the receipt that shows I mailed the package to that city and state.  So if I file a lost package report with the PO, will they be able to use the receipt and the little sticker to find any information on the package?

The only other time I had a package go lost, I did use DC on it.  When I filed a lost package report, they weren't able to tell me anything other than what was available in the DC report and the package was never found.  It just fell off the face of the earth in a PO along the way.  But I'm hoping in this case they might have some information from the new stickers and be able to track it down.

 

Date Posted: 8/31/2011 6:21 PM ET
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Nope, it's not trackable at all. the local post office has no record of the number and no way to find out what the number is. 

Those little stickers are and internal test. every package that the customer doesn't buy a numbered service for gets one, priority, parcel post, media mail, it all gets a barcode now. I think they are trying to test the system to see where the slowdowns are and to see if the system can handle every package being scanned multiple times. If the system can handle it, I can see the post office requiring tracking on all packages, just like UPS nd FedEx do. 

Date Posted: 9/1/2011 3:56 PM ET
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Local PO said they also heard it's a test on the receiving POs, making sure they're doing a delivery scan on all packages, since there's still a problem with carriers not doing all the required scans.  I hope they do move to making it an included service, as long as they actually DO the intermediate scans like their competitors.  It might actually keep them in business as a viable alternative to FedEx or UPS.

Date Posted: 9/2/2011 1:14 PM ET
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Even if they could, I doubt they'd do it since you didn't buy the tracking service they aren't going to track for free.

Date Posted: 9/3/2011 9:29 AM ET
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every package that the customer doesn't buy a numbered service for gets one, priority, parcel post, media mail, it all gets a barcode now.

I don't know that that's true because I've received packages with DC that had those PO barcodes on them as well.

Date Posted: 9/3/2011 11:58 AM ET
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There are two different kinds.

One says USPS Trackingl Number.

The other does not.

Date Posted: 9/5/2011 2:40 PM ET
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I can track them internally.  Haven't looked one up in awhile but when they first came out I did a look up and found the system where the info resides.  Scanners are going out month of Semptember to obtain any manual handling and enroute package tracking.  So by October the public should see additional tracking information when they buy DC.

Date Posted: 9/5/2011 2:50 PM ET
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That would be the ring scanners, right?

Date Posted: 9/5/2011 4:38 PM ET
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Right ring scanners - going out as fast as the vendor can manufacture them. Got to setup reporting to ensure scanning percentage for enroutes increases to 98% or better.  Think we in SW have 5 sites deploying a week now. 

Date Posted: 9/6/2011 2:57 PM ET
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Any package sent to my house in the past few weeks/ months that didn't already have DC on it has had one of these stickers.  I assumed it was the USPS doing a sort of internal audit of our PO b/c there have been so many complaints about misdelelivered / missing mail here.  At least 3 times a week I get mail that isn't mine and the past few months between 3 and 7 of our magazines haven't been delivered.  Last month, our electric, cable, and gas card bills simply never arrived...(luckily we have backup email notifications.)  Never had a problem before my old mail carrier passed away, now it's a nightmare.

Date Posted: 9/6/2011 8:29 PM ET
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USPS can't track correct delivery without a signature purchased option.  We can track accuracy all through mail processing (to a point), but if a carrier takes something out and scans as delivered we have no method to verify if the delivery was actually to your correct address or miscorrectly to a neighbor - delivery scan is a delivery scan and not tied to actual address. 

Date Posted: 9/12/2011 9:59 PM ET
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>>>Even if they could, I doubt they'd do it since you didn't buy the tracking service they aren't going to track for free<<<

but they should.   fedex and UPS do, trcking is included in the cost of mailing.

Don't underestimate the time and runaround USPS gets from following up on lost stuff. 

which is probably why, at all the POs in my county, the clerks HAVE to scan DC at acceptance at the window.  They will get in trouble if they don't.l

Date Posted: 9/12/2011 10:27 PM ET
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>>>Even if they could, I doubt they'd do it since you didn't buy the tracking service they aren't going to track for free<<<

but they should.   fedex and UPS do, trcking is included in the cost of mailing.

 

You explained it yourself. with FedEx and UPS tracking is included in the cost. It's not at USPS, you have to pay if you want it, so if you don't want or need it, postage is a little cheaper. So at USPS if you don't pay for tracking, you don't get tracking

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Date Posted: 9/13/2011 10:25 AM ET
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Christa, I think we have gotten the last word on the little tags for now, but I wanted to urge you to request a search for the package that may be lost, once PBS says it's lost.  I have had success doing this, even without DC there are ways the PO can locate your package, and at least tell you where it was lost, or whether it had gotten destroyed.  You can go to the PO and fill out a request form and they will try to find it.  I had mailed two books to someone in CA and they found the package at her PO without an address on it.  Once they knew where it needed to go, she received it.  I would try it, especially if it is a hard to find book.