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The United States Postal Service’s online Track & Confirm Search was down most of yesterday, May 17, 2009 for updates. The service is now back and appears to be better than ever. The new tracking page includes the class of mail, extra services added, and detailed results of where the package is currently located displayed by default.
Before today, the track & confirm results looked like this:
When the shipping label is printed online, it appears that the class and extra services are available on the Track & Confirm page even if the package has not yet been scanned. There is still a delay between when the shipping label is printed and when the Delivery Confirmation number shows up in track & confirm search. I expect the shipping labels with Delivery Confirmation I printed this morning to be available in search this evening, as it has been in the past.
Tracking with Delivery Confirmation still seems to be hit or miss. Some of my Delivery Confirmation numbers that are currently in transit have been updated along the way while others still show nothing but the dreaded “Electronic Shipping Info Received.” To learn more about Delivery Confirmation, read my guide on The Limitations of USPS Delivery Confirmation. This is a step in the right direction for USPS, but tracking with Delivery Confirmation is still lacking. It would be beneficial if they could make Delivery Confirmation tracking more consistent or offer an added service that tracks like Express Mail on Priority Mail at a reduced cost.
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