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USPS Tracking

Postby Eugene » Mon Dec 27, 2021 10:11 am

9500 1102 6967 1351 3127 50

Above is the USPS tracking number for a package sent from Linn, Mo. to Stanton in Lone Jack, Mo. The package is currently in New Hampshire??????

Stanton: Purchase the light bulbs you need. It may be next Christmas before you receive the package - if ever.
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Re: USPS Tracking

Postby Stanton » Mon Dec 27, 2021 10:33 am

Eugene wrote:9500 1102 6967 1351 3127 50

Above is the USPS tracking number for a package sent from Linn, Mo. to Stanton in Lone Jack, Mo. The package is currently in New Hampshire??????

Stanton: Purchase the light bulbs you need. It may be next Christmas before you receive the package - if ever.


That's completely fine. What a laugh! :lol: You're getting your money's worth with that package touring the country.
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Re: USPS Tracking

Postby Bob McCarty » Mon Dec 27, 2021 11:21 am

Ever wonder why the USPS operates in the red?
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Re: USPS Tracking

Postby Bill Hudson » Mon Dec 27, 2021 11:47 am

Okay, time for a bit of perspective on the USPS. A couple of facts for consideration:
- moves 173.1 million pieces or first class mail per day
- moves 49 billion parcels per year

Time for an observation:
- it is unreasonable to expect 100% error-free delivery on this amount of volume

I'l get off my soapbox now.

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Re: USPS Tracking

Postby Eugene » Mon Dec 27, 2021 12:25 pm

Bill Hudson wrote:Time for an observation: - it is unreasonable to expect 100% error-free delivery on this amount of volume
The photo scanners are 100 percent accurate. Human interaction, some what less.
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Re: USPS Tracking

Postby Don McCombs » Mon Dec 27, 2021 12:33 pm

I acknowledge Bill’s statistics. The piece of the puzzle that you don’t ever hear, though, is their failure rate. A good many of the packages that the USPS is responsible to deliver, are moved by private contractors like DHL. The problems usually arise after the handoff between the private carrier and USPS. I have one such package in the system right now. It was initially handled by DHL. After the handoff, it arrived at my Post Office on December 24th. Then it was sent back to Baltimore, for who knows what reason, and is scheduled to arrive, again, today. We’ll see. By the way, this is not the first time this scenario has played out.
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Postby Lt.Mike » Mon Dec 27, 2021 1:43 pm

I’ve had packages go west when I’m east of it and some that go to Jersey City to die there never to move or to be heard from again :roll:
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Re: USPS Tracking

Postby Jim Becker » Mon Dec 27, 2021 1:49 pm

The scanners are near perfect on accuracy reading the barcodes. Unfortunately the codes aren't always correct. I had a piece of mail show up one day that belonged somewhere else. The human readable address was perfect. I put it back out the next day. A couple days later I got it again. Before putting it out again, I obliterated part of the bar code they put at the bottom edge of all first class mail. I never saw it again. By the way, that bar code is your 9-digit ZIP code, which you share with a very small number of your neighbors. Once the machines sort the mail using the bar code, your carrier only has to look at your street number to get it to you. In the piece I described, I shared a street number with the intended recipient, but it was a different street. Incidentally, the bar code is single error correcting and two error detecting. This means if you obliterate one bar of the pattern, it will figure out what it originally said and correct it back to the original. If you mess up two bars, it will know something is wrong and kick it out as an error. With more than 2 bars messed up, anything can happen.

Fifty years ago the USPS was organized as an "independant" agency and tasked with breaking even. The other powers that be then figuratively tied one hand behind their back and made it essentially impossible. Their service standards are set by congress and their rates are set by the Postal Regulatory Commission. If they want to change a rate, they have to argue their case in front of the commission (of which USPS has no voice in membership). Meanwhile congressional acts require things like delivery to every address 6 days a week (with rare exceptions). Try calling up UPS or FedEx and arrange for them to stop by your place every day to see if you have anything to send. Let us know how that works out.

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Re: USPS Tracking

Postby SamsFarm » Mon Dec 27, 2021 2:27 pm

The USPS has my vote to go to a 4 day normal route pickup / delivery!

My second vote would be to raise postage rates for non profits! They can send out junk for 11 cents, but I have to spend 58 cents to reply!!!

Raise rates of marketing mail too, no reason they should be getting by with rates as low 19.7 cents

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Re: USPS Tracking

Postby Don McCombs » Mon Dec 27, 2021 3:08 pm

SamsFarm wrote:The USPS has my vote to go to a 4 day normal route pickup / delivery!

I'm not sure that will help improve their failure rate.
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Re: USPS Tracking

Postby Jim Becker » Mon Dec 27, 2021 3:27 pm

SamsFarm wrote:The USPS has my vote to go to a 4 day normal route pickup / delivery! . . .

I'm an advocate of alternate day delivery. Serve half the routes M/W/F and the other half T/T/S.

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Re: USPS Tracking

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Re: USPS Tracking

Postby SamsFarm » Mon Dec 27, 2021 3:39 pm

Jim Becker wrote:
SamsFarm wrote:The USPS has my vote to go to a 4 day normal route pickup / delivery! . . .

I'm an advocate of alternate day delivery. Serve half the routes M/W/F and the other half T/T/S.



I'd go for that! :hattip:

That would cut the carrier force in almost half, reducing cost of services!

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Edit:
Jim, I like your idea even better than mine.

And the carriers working 3 days a week could be considered part timers!

Just look at all the money that would save with part time positions..... A NO BENEFITS position!

Genius!

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Re: USPS Tracking

Postby Jim Becker » Mon Dec 27, 2021 4:07 pm

The catch with every other day is that many routes are quite long. The route I live on has about 600 stops. It is probably near 10 hours on a good day. Double the number of pieces and the time will get longer. Throw in the sorting time at the start, and 3 days will probably be full time.

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Re: USPS Tracking

Postby Don McCombs » Mon Dec 27, 2021 4:17 pm

Currently around here, the majority of rural mail carriers are contractors, not USPS employees. The problems I see are not with the carriers. They occur between the time the USPS first gets the item and when it reaches the local Post Office.
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