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Subject: Could someone please translate the USPS-speak in this DC update?
Date Posted: 10/22/2010 5:25 PM ET
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 When I went to check on the status of some of the books I've mailed out, I came across some results I'm not familiar with. Can anyone tell me what the postal status of this book would be? It's shown as delivered, but I don't know what the two unknown codes mean.

  • 10/17/2010 9:55 PM - Electronic Shipping Info Received - WESTLAND,MI
  • 10/18/2010 3:45 PM - Acceptance - WESTLAND,MI
  • 10/20/2010 4:54 PM - Enroute - CAPITOL HEIGHTS,MD
  • 10/21/2010 9:52 AM - Arrival at Unit - RICHMOND,VA
  • 10/21/2010 12:20 PM - Delivered - RICHMOND,VA
  • 10/21/2010 1:38 PM - Unknown-PC - RICHMOND,VA
  • 10/21/2010 2:08 PM - Unknown-OF - RICHMOND,VA

Thank you!


 

Date Posted: 10/22/2010 10:18 PM ET
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An unusual entry Meghan, no idea what it means.  If the book isn't marked received soon, call your local PO and ask...if there's a problem they will call Richmond and ask.

Date Posted: 10/22/2010 10:54 PM ET
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That's so funny... I came on tonight to ask the exact same question.  A book I sent on Oct 7th is going to FL... here's the details on mine... at least you know you're not the only one:

 


 

  • 10/7/2010 4:00 PM - Electronic Shipping Info Received - BAXTER,TN
  • 10/12/2010 11:36 PM - Enroute - NASHVILLE,TN
  • 10/13/2010 1:05 AM - Enroute - NASHVILLE,TN
  • 10/13/2010 1:57 AM - Enroute - NASHVILLE,TN
  • 10/13/2010 4:18 AM - Enroute - NASHVILLE,TN
  • 10/15/2010 1:34 AM - Enroute - WEST PALM BEACH,FL
  • 10/15/2010 8:59 AM - Arrival at Unit - WEST PALM BEACH,FL
  • 10/15/2010 10:00 AM - Unknown-PC - WEST PALM BEACH,FL
  • 10/15/2010 10:30 AM - Unknown-OF - WEST PALM BEACH,FL

The last two entries were just entered today even though they say the 15th.  Unlike Meghan's mine says ARRIVAL AT UNIT before the UNKNOWNS but they never posted it actually being delivered.
 



Last Edited on: 10/22/10 10:57 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/22/2010 11:00 PM ET
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Who really knows. I had a book that was scanned:

Jackson, MS

Memphis, TN

Jackson, MS

New Orleans, LA

Date Posted: 10/22/2010 11:20 PM ET
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Very, very odd. Hmmm....guess we'll see what happens. *sigh*

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 12:40 PM ET
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I work at the post office.  This is the first time I have seen the abbreviations and have no idea what they mean, either. 

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 2:14 PM ET
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I PM'd my Receiver to check and see if maybe she'd received the book anyway and just hadn't had time to mark it received.  She wrote me back today and said she'd moved and was hoping the book was being forwarded.  Could that have something to do with those last two entries?  If Meghan's Receiver has also moved... maybe that's the key.

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Date Posted: 10/23/2010 3:27 PM ET
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Take the DC # and paste it into the box at www.usps.com. You can see the actual records there. I have a couple that say "Unknown" at PBS, but they say things like "Sorting Complete" and "Out for Delivery" at USPS.com.

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 4:43 PM ET
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I also came in here to ask the same question. I have the same two "unknown" codes. The PO website is saying it was delivered today, but not here. I have had several other books this past week get delivered without the strange codes:

 

  • 10/16/2010 12:40 PM - Electronic Shipping Info Received - PHILADELPHIA,PA
  • 10/23/2010 9:39 AM - Arrival at Unit - XXXX,TX
  • 10/23/2010 11:28 AM - Unknown-PC - XXXX,TX
  • 10/23/2010 11:58 AM - Unknown-OF - XXXX,TX
Date Posted: 10/23/2010 7:02 PM ET
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The fact that it has happened to 3 people here in 2 days makes me wonder if there is some kind of glitch in the post office tracking system...or at least in the way they are reporting info back to PBS. I would check the DCs at the post office website and see if those Unknown entries are showing there as well.

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 9:45 PM ET
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When the mail first comes in in the morning, before it is sorted to the routes, we scan it Arrived At Unit.

After the mail is sorted, we scan a barcode that is posted at the distribution case, Distribution Complete.  ("Distribution" is the postal word for "sorting")

Then when the mail is all distributed in the Post Office Box Section, we have another barcode posted there in the box section that we scan, and that is the one that generates the "Out For Delivery" message.

 

Looks like PBS is recognizing that these last 2 scans were done, but doesn't know how to interpret them, so it calls them "unknown".  But I'm just guessing!

Date Posted: 10/24/2010 12:45 PM ET
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Very good suggestion of checking the DC at USPS.com, here's what they had to say.... keep in mind that with my situation I've got the extra factor that my Receiver has moved and didn't update her addy here at PBS before my book was mailed out to her:

 

Detailed Results:
 

Bullet Delivery status not updated as of October 15, 2010, 11:30 pm
Bullet OUT FOR DELIVERY, October 15, 2010, 9:30 am, WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33411
Bullet Sorting Complete, October 15, 2010, 9:00 am, WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33411
Bullet Arrival at Post Office, October 15, 2010, 7:59 am, WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33411
Bullet Processed through Sort Facility, October 15, 2010, 12:34 am, WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33416
Bullet Processed through Sort Facility, October 13, 2010, 3:18 am, NASHVILLE, TN 37227
Bullet Processed through Sort Facility, October 13, 2010, 12:05 am, NASHVILLE, TN 37230
Bullet Processed through Sort Facility, October 12, 2010, 10:36 pm, NASHVILLE, TN 37230
Bullet Electronic Shipping Info Received, October 07, 2010

The suggestions that this could be a problem on the PBS end makes sense to me.  Who knows.

Date Posted: 10/24/2010 1:06 PM ET
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I agree there must be some sort of glitch or change in the USPS system. I have been on vacation, and one of the books sent to me is sitting at my post office. My postmaster knows I am on vacation, so it's not like she's doing any more scans than normal.

 

 

  • 10/13/2010 8:00 AM - Electronic Shipping Info Received - SACRAMENTO,CA
  • 10/13/2010 10:58 PM - Enroute - WEST SACRAMENTO,CA
  • 10/14/2010 8:35 PM - Enroute - PORTLAND,OR
  • 10/15/2010 8:47 AM - Arrival at Unit - CHINOOK,WA
  • 10/15/2010 8:54 AM - Notice Left - CHINOOK,WA
  • 10/15/2010 9:15 AM - Unknown-PC - CHINOOK,WA
  • 10/15/2010 9:45 AM - Unknown-OF - CHINOOK,WA
  • 10/15/2010 11:45 PM - Unknown-DX - CHINOOK,WA

 

I have no idea why those last three scans would be there. I really doubt she's scanning my packages for fun! 

Date Posted: 10/24/2010 7:05 PM ET
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Here is what the USPS website says:

 

 

Detailed Results:

Bullet Sorting Complete, October 15, 2010, 8:15 am, CHINOOK, WA 98614
Bullet Notice Left, October 15, 2010, 7:54 am, CHINOOK, WA 98614
Bullet Arrival at Post Office, October 15, 2010, 7:47 am, CHINOOK, WA 98614
Bullet Processed through Sort Facility, October 14, 2010, 7:35 pm, PORTLAND, OR 97218
Bullet Processed through Sort Facility, October 13, 2010, 9:58 pm, WEST SACRAMENTO, CA 95799
Bullet Electronic Shipping Info Received, October 13, 2010

Interesting that the USPS website is not showing the last scans.

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 9:34 AM ET
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Same here, folks, and I have 2 books that have had normal scans (even delivered scans) and the weirdo codes just showed up today. Glad to know that maybe it's just a glitch in the PBS-USPS communications.

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 3:12 PM ET
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I agree...It must be a glitch. When I checked the USPS site, the DC information ends after it shows delivered. The two oddball codes are not shown there in any form. The receiving member hasn't marked it as delivered yet and also hasn't returned the PM I sent because of the strange data in order to make sure it had, in fact, been delivered to her.  Very strange....

  • 10/17/2010 9:55 PM - Electronic Shipping Info Received - WESTLAND,MI
  • 10/18/2010 3:45 PM - Acceptance - WESTLAND,MI
  • 10/20/2010 4:54 PM - Enroute - CAPITOL HEIGHTS,MD
  • 10/21/2010 9:52 AM - Arrival at Unit - RICHMOND,VA
  • 10/21/2010 12:20 PM - Delivered - RICHMOND,VA
  • 10/21/2010 1:38 PM - Unknown-PC - RICHMOND,VA
  • 10/21/2010 2:08 PM - Unknown-OF - RICHMOND,VA
Date Posted: 10/25/2010 6:15 PM ET
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LOL, I came to find out the same thing on a package in CA.

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 7:54 PM ET
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Looks to me to be some sort of system test. PC is always first, OF exactly 30 min later, DX 2 hours later.

Date Posted: 10/26/2010 5:00 PM ET
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Some books I had sent to my DGD had those same pieces of information on them.  The books were delivered to her.  I'd guess it's  something in the postal system.  Pat

Date Posted: 10/26/2010 5:07 PM ET
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Good eye, Melanie, catching that the time difference between those two stamps, here, is always exactly 30 minutes. That does sound like a system-generated thing rather than an actual scan. How interesting!

Date Posted: 10/26/2010 7:43 PM ET
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Yeah that is very odd about the 30 minute seperation.

Heard from my receiver today she got the book! Yay!  But she said she had to pay extra (2.77) for it to be forwarded to her new address, she said they said it was because it was media mail.  Learn something new everyday I guess. 

Date Posted: 10/26/2010 7:43 PM ET
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PC=Processing Complete (the mail is all sorted, either to the carrier routes, the box section, or caller/holdouts)

OF=Out For delivery (the box section mail has all been distributed and carriers out delivering  their routes)

Date Posted: 10/26/2010 7:46 PM ET
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I guess the key here is that all the books from those of us who've said we've seen those wacky codes have gotten to their destinations.  But if anyone ever has one go missing and stay that way, might want to look for those entries.  Maybe someday we'll see more of the pattern... then again... maybe not.

Date Posted: 10/27/2010 12:19 AM ET
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I had one recently at your sister site that was supposed to go to OK, just a 100  miles from me. 

first scan, It ended up 4 states away.wink

Next entry was:   MISSENT

Then, next scan, it appeared making it's way BACK this way to OK .  LOL

I had never seen that one before!  Hope I don't again, either.  :)



Last Edited on: 10/27/10 12:20 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/3/2010 5:04 AM ET
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I think these scans were actually something going on in the PBS or Endicia system not in the USPS system. I was in my TA looking at an old transaction and noticed these scans on the book I was in, so I checked some others, and every one I checked had the PC and OF scan. Since they didn't show on the USPS site for current books and show up on old transactions (always with the same time difference and either after the arrival at unit or delivery if no arrival scan was done) it seems like PBS tinkering.

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