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Subject: DC Tracking Lingo Question
Date Posted: 4/30/2013 11:46 AM ET
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On the details for the tracking for three of my books it says "Unknown-OF" and "Unknown-PC". One of the books was delivered two days after the two entries in question. The other two books are 10 plus days out from those two entries and still not delivered. Does anyone know what OF and PC means? 

Date Posted: 4/30/2013 12:17 PM ET
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IIRC Kim, the 'Unknown - OF' means 'Out for Delivery' the exact meaning of the other escapes me at the moment, but means it's arrived at the addressee's local post office and is being sorted for delivery.  Either of those scans should be followed up within 24 hours by a 'delivered'  or 'notice left' scan.  To just leave them open is not the way it should be handled by USPS staff.

An example from a book mailed recently:

        6.  4/7/2013 9:23 PM ET - Enroute - RICHMOND, CA
        7.  4/8/2013 1:49 AM ET - - RICHMOND, CA
        8.  4/9/2013 6:37 AM ET - Arrival at Unit - SANTA CRUZ, CA
        9.  4/9/2013 9:45 AM ET - Unknown-PC - SANTA CRUZ, CA
       10.  4/9/2013 9:55 AM ET - Unknown-OF - SANTA CRUZ, CA
       11.  4/9/2013 12:22 PM ET - Delivered - SANTA CRUZ, CA

Note, that the Arrival at Unit, sorted, out for delivery, and delivered scans are all the same day.  Occassionally they will be one day apart if they arrive at the unit after the morning sort, in which case the scans should be no later than the next day.  If several days have passed, feel free to ask your local USPS staff to check...they can call and ask questions.



Last Edited on: 4/30/13 12:28 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 4/30/2013 12:37 PM ET
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Thanks Denise. Since I posted the question one of them is now showing delivered. The other one still shows the last scan as being the OF & PC scans on 4/20.

 

I'll keep checking.



Last Edited on: 4/30/13 12:38 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/30/2013 1:05 PM ET
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Yikes, 10 days?  Consider a polite pm to the receiver and ask if it's arrived.  If not, they might wish to inquire at their local PO as to the delay (since it the book is obviously in town).

Date Posted: 4/30/2013 4:27 PM ET
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"unknown" is used for the PC (Processing Complete) and OF (Out For delivery) scans.  I think this is because these items are not individually scanned for this event. 

 

They are all individually scanned, Arrived AT Unit (AAU).

When the mail is all distributed to the different carriers and box section ("sorted"), then a barcode in the Distribution area is scanned, and this generates the PC event for all the mail that had Arrived At Unit up to that point.

When all the mail has been distributed (put in the post office boxes) in the PO Box section, then a barcode on the wall in the P O Box section is scanned, and this generates the Out For delivery event for all the articles that had Arrived at Unit up to that point.

 

Date Posted: 4/30/2013 10:16 PM ET
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Interesting Diane, so once processed as Arrived at Unit all the mail that day is basically considered a 'batch'?

Although Media Mail travels on a 'space available' basis, I'm sure it's not supposed to sit around a postal branch unprocessed/undelivered for days on end.