Being able to track your mail is a great way to see how far along in the shipping process your letter or package is and it gives you a chance to be home for the delivery. These five interesting tidbits about mail tracking show that there is more to mail tracking than just seeing how close your mail is to you.
Mail Tracking Helps Find Lost Parcels
When the post office can narrow down where a letter or package got lost, it increases the chances that they can find it and get it back on its journey to your home. Though there are internal systems that scan most packages, letters and document mailers will often not be individually scanned if the sender did not purchase tracking.
Scanned Items are More Likely to be Delivered On Time
The scanning process cuts down on lost mail which helps gives a boost to average delivery times. If a weather incident or other event causes your mail to be delayed, the piece of mail being tracked should have its tracking number updated with the new delivery date.
Tracking Costs Relatively Little
For the benefits you receive, a tracking number costs very little compared to what might happen if you have no proof your recipient ever got their mail. Most of the time, a letter can be tracked for under $2 and larger packages all have a similar price since they would be individually scanned anyway. Sending an envelope or package via Priority Mail will automatically get you a tracking number for no additional fee.
Find Out Exactly When Your Packages were Delivered
Being able to know when a package or document has been delivered can give you the opportunity to immediately retrieve it if it is extremely important and to prevent theft. These alerts can often be sent straight to your phone, making it unnecessary to constantly keep logging in to the Postal Service’s website to check on your mail’s status.
Your Mail May Be Transported By Third Parties
There are some times during your mail’s transit that you may not be able to track where exactly it is going or when it leaves a certain transit point. The USPS contracts with third party carriers such as FedEx and UPS to lease space on some of their airplanes and trucks to move mail along quickly. When a third party is in possession of your mail, you will usually not be able to see exactly where it is until a USPS scanner finds it once it hits a Postal Service facility.