11/18/2018

USPS Tracking Guide: How to Track a USPS International Package

​​​​​​USPS Tracking: Everything You Need to Know

If you live in the U.S.,  you've definitely heard of USPS or experienced its great service. However, there may be something confusing you as a new user. For example, as for tracking an international package, these questions may occur:

Is my package available for tracking?

How to find my tracking number?

What does it look like?

...

HERE is the answer.

USPS tracking

Is my package available for tracking? - USPS Tracking

Tracking is currently available for the following levels of USPS International Shipping at different tracking capabilities. (With certain USPS international mail classes, tracking isn’t available for all international locations.)

USPS International Mail Class International Tracking Capabilities Example Number
Global Express Guaranteed® Tracking to all destinations 82 ‍000 000 00
Priority Mail Express International™ USPS Tracking for most destinations EC 000 ‍000 000 US
Priority Mail International® USPS Tracking for most destinations Not available for Flat Rate Envelopes or Flat Rate Small Boxes CP 000 ‍000 000 US
First‑Class Package International Service USPS Tracking for most destinations* LZ 000 ‍000 000 US
First‑Class International Letters Not Available Not Available

*FCPIS tracking available only to: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, and Switzerland.

 

What does a tracking number look like? - USPS Tracking

Look for your tracking number in the shipping confirmation. Scan the body of the email until you see a long string of numbers. Most tracking numbers are between 10 and 30 digits long, and each one is uniquely generated for a specific order. You'll use your tracking number to keep up with the status of your shipment.

  SERVICE SAMPLE NUMBER

USPS Tracking®9400 1000 0000 0000 0000 00

Priority Mail®9205 5000 0000 0000 0000 00

Certified Mail®9407 3000 0000 0000 0000 00

Collect On Delivery Hold For Pickup9303 3000 0000 0000 0000 00

Global Express Guaranteed®82 000 000 00

 
   SERVICE SAMPLE NUMBER

Priority Mail Express International®EC 000 000 000 US

Priority Mail Express®9270 1000 0000 0000 0000 00 
EA 000 000 000 US

Priority Mail International®CP 000 000 000 US

Registered Mail™9208 8000 0000 0000 0000 00

Signature Confirmation™9202 1000 0000 0000 0000 00

 

Where do I find my tracking number? - USPS Tracking

Your tracking number can be found in the following places:
  • Your Post Office™ shipping receipt
  • Your sales receipt if you bought insurance at the Post Office™
  • Your email confirmation if you shipped from USPS.com
  • The shipping confirmation email you received from an online retailer
  • The bottom peel-off portion of your USPS Tracking® label

 

How do I access tracking information? - USPS Tracking

 Tracking Methods:

Whether you are the sender or recipient, you can track your item:

  • Online: Use USPS Tracking on the United States Postal Service® website.
  • By text: Send a text to 28777 (2USPS) with your tracking number as the content of the message. Standard message and data rates may apply.
  • By smartphone: Download the USPS Mobile® app for iPhone® and Android™. 
  • By phone
  • To obtain tracking information on an international package, customers can call 1-800-222-1811.
  • For telecommunications device for the Deaf/Teletypewriter (TDD/TTY), call 1-800-877-8339.
  • Listen to automated information 24 hours/seven days per week.
  • Third Party tracking tool: Many third-party websites provide package tracking service (including USPS tracking) with other useful features which make it much easier for those online sellers to manage a great number of orders. Of course, it works well for a single tracking, too. 

 

 What does my delivery notification mean? - USPS Tracking

DELIVERED 

Article has been delivered with a recorded time and date of delivery.

NOTICE LEFT

An unsuccessful delivery attempt was made by your carrier today.

DELIVERY STATUS NOT UPDATED

Item arrived for delivery; however, it has not yet been processed for delivery.

RECEPTACLE BLOCKED

Carrier did not have access to mailbox to complete delivery.

NO ACCESS

Your carrier was unable to deliver to your address.

 

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Forward Mail - USPS Tracking

If you need to change your address, forward mail service is right here for you. Whether you’re making a long-term move or just using your new address for a few months, your mail can follow you.

It's recommended to fill out your forwarding request at least 2 weeks in advance. You should receive mail at the forwarding address 7 to 10 Postal business days after you submit your request.

11/15/2018

Royal Mail Tracking: How to Track a Royal Mail Item

Royal Mail Tracking: Step by Step

Speaking of parcel tracking, no matter carried by Royal Mail or other couriers, there are lots of ways to do that, including tracking services provided by the couriers and using other tracking tools with additional functions. Anyway, first of all, you have to get a tracking number which may be also called a barcode or a reference.

# 1 How to get a tracking (reference) number?

If you are the sender:

This will be 9-27 characters long and will be on your Post Office® receipt and the label showing the service used.

If you’re using a Customer Collection, your despatch book or manifest should list the reference numbers of items collected.

 

If you are the recipient:

It will be given to you by the sender or seller.

 

#2 Tracking Steps (on Royal Mail official website):

1. Type in your reference number on the page of tack-your-item (Royal Mail)

 

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Royal Mail Tracking on the official website


#3 FAQ & Answers

2. You may have to complete a quick CAPTCHA test. This is a security measure and makes sure you're human and not a bot.

3. Pick the boxes containing the images you’re asked to identify and hit 'Verify'.

4. You can now see tracking information for your item.

 Why isn’t my reference number recognised by Tracking your item? 

There could be a number of reasons for this. Please check:

(1)The number entered is correct.

(2)If you're the recipient, check the sender has given you the right reference number.

(3)The reference number is for an item sent with Royal Mail, using a service that offers tracking.

(4)If the item has been sent. The sender might have created a tracking number, but not yet submitted the item into our network. Please try again later.

 

What can I do if I’ve lost my reference number?

If you are the recipient:

Contact the sender and ask them to give you the number.

If you are the Sender:

Check your order confirmation or invoice. It might contain your reference number. Or try contacting the recipient. They’ll be able to tell you if they’ve received the item. Unfortunately, if you sent your item at a Post Office® and you’ve lost the receipt or the tear-off section from the label, they wont be able to tell you the reference number or use any other information like a name or address to track items. Without a reference number, you won’t be able to track your item. 

 

What does the Royal Mail tracking message mean?

When you are tracking your item, it gets scanned at various points in its journey.

You’ll see this information when you use Track your item.

Please note:

  • The status in Track your item will be the most up-to-date information we have.
  • The number of times your item is scanned depends on the service used.
  • For some services – including Signed for® 1st Class and Signed for® 2nd Class –  items can be scanned twice: when the Post Office receive and deliver them. This could mean the status of your item doesn’t change for a few days. Don’t worry though, it’s on its way.

 

Most tracking information is easily understandable, but some of them can be confusing. Here are some of the most common terms and what they mean ( quoted from Post Office® ).

  • We’re expecting it - The sender has let us know this item will be with us soon, but we haven’t received it yet. We’ll update the tracking information when we receive it.
  • We’ve got it - Your item is in our network. We’ll update the information as it moves through our network. If the service used only offers delivery confirmation, we’ll update the status when it’s been delivered.
  • Your item was posted at the Royal Mail Customer Service Point - Your item was dropped off at one of our Customer Service Points, the message will include the location, date and time. We’ll update the information as it moves through our network. If the service used only offers delivery confirmation, we’ll update the status when it’s been delivered.
  • Internal exception occurred - We’re experiencing system issues. Please try again later.
  • In transit - Your item is on its way through our network. This message can cover several stages of its journey. You’ll see more details of its location and status when you enter your reference number.
  • Pending - This can cover several possible situations in your item's journey, including if we haven't received the item yet. You’ll see more details specific to your item when you enter your reference number.
  • Ready for delivery - Your item has reached the local delivery office. We’ll try to deliver it as soon as possible, unless there’s a service like Keepsafe or Redirection set up. We’ll update the status when we deliver or attempt to deliver the item.
  • Your item was delivered - We've either delivered it to the address on the item - this could be your home address, work/business address, or the address you've arranged to collect it from - or we've left your item with a neighbour.
  • If we leave your item with a neighbour - the message will tell you which neighbour, we'll also leave you a card confirming the details.
    • If your item is being delivered to a work address or business, there may be some instances when we can't deliver as addressed. If you haven't had the item or a 'Something for you' card, please check with your colleagues or the post room to see if someone has accepted the item on your behalf.
  • Your item was delivered to your requested Safeplace - We've left your item in your designated Safeplace, we'll also leave you a card confirming the details. Find out more about Safeplace.
  • Proof of delivery is not available - This could mean:
    • The item was sent using a service that does not provide a copy of the signature.
    • The signature might have been taken on a confirmation of delivery card. We aim to get these signatures online within 72 hours of delivery, but you’ll usually see it much sooner.
    • Find out more about signatures.
  • Retention Item - Some business addresses have a Retention Service to cover days when they’re not open. We won’t deliver to them on these days. Instead, we’ll hold on to the item and deliver on the next working day, or according to the business’ instructions.
  • We could not retrieve your details - We’re experiencing system issues. Please try again later.
  • Collected - The recipient has picked up the item.

 

You may also notice some unfamiliar abbreviations in our tracking messages. These are the most common:

  • DO - Delivery Office
  • EO - Enquiry Office
  • MC - Mailing Centre
  • NRC - National Returns Centre
  • OE - Office of Exchange. On international deliveries this means the item has arrived at the import customs office.
  • POL - Post Office Limited
  • PSC - Postal Sort Centre
  • RDC - Regional Distribution Centre

 

Which services can be used to track your item with?  

When you’re sending something important or valuable, you need to know it’s secure at every stage of the delivery. With our Special Delivery Guaranteed services your item will arrive safely, and on time, or your money will be given back.

 

Royal Mail Tracked 48® combines cost-effective UK-wide delivery with online tracking, so you can keep tabs on your parcel’s progress.

2-3 day parcel delivery with online tracking.

Optional signature on delivery, plus SMS and/or email notifications

Free collection and free management reporting.

When you want to send something overseas quickly and need some extra peace of mind, International Tracking and Signature services could be the answer.

 

 Any Other Simpler or More Effective Alternatives?

Comparing to the tracking services official site offered, using third-party tools may be much more convenient for you to track your items especially when there are a great number of them carried by different couriers. By entering your tracking (reference) number, you can track the Royal Mail item and know the exact shipment status marked by a smart identifying system. Many third-party parcel tracking tools can do much better and more work than those normal methods mentioned above. Trackingmore is one of the most useful ones which allow you to track one or multiple items carried by different couriers (covering 500+ couriers). It works well for both online shopping individuals and online sellers.

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Just for Royal Mail Item Tracking

Trackingmore items carried by other couriers

 

Reference: Royal Mail Official Website

 

 

 

11/13/2018

Black Friday Marketing Ideas for 2018: Why & How

For all online sellers, a big day the year -- Black Friday is coming soon. However, you can't just sit and be waiting for customer's coming. The marketing battle starts! Following ideas may do you a favor. 

Black Friday Marketing Guide 2018

#1. Have a deal of the hour and a sales countdown timer -Black Friday Marketing Ideas

Why:

Creating a sense of urgency can be a powerful method which pushes shoppers into making a faster decision on a purchase they’re considering. For instance, if you offer 50% off on certain goods during black Friday, then offer 60% off for an hour or two. Don’t forget to make sure your potential customers know that before it starts. You can set a banner or a sales countdown timer on your homepage and do some other promoting activities.

Black Friday Marketing Ideas for 2018

 

How:

How to Create a Sales Countdown Timer in Shopify (Step by Step)

How Countdown Timers Can Be Used to Drive Ecommerce Sales

 

#2. Create a gift guide - Black Friday Marketing Ideas

Why:

Christmas day is coming soon, how to choose gifts for loved ones could be a problem. At this time, the first thing comes to your mind must be searching on the internet. So, writing an article about gift guide on your blog may bring more traffic to your website.

Black Friday Marketing Ideas for 2018

How:

How to Create Your Best Gift Guide EVER

How to Create a Holiday Gift Guide to Increase Your Blogs Affiliate Income

 

#3. Offer coupons and free gifts - Black Friday Marketing Ideas

Why:

Offering coupons that can only be used when a customer spends a certain amount of money, which inspires people to buy much more goods to get discounts. Set free gifts and minimums, e.g. “who spending up to $60 in this shop can pick one of the following gifts. Don’t forget to let your potential customers know all these by putting all information on your homepage banner.

 

How:

Free Gift Shopify app: Secomapp

How to Create a Shopify Coupon?

 Black Friday Marketing Ideas for 2018

 

#4. Email marketing and new products

Why:

If you have a customer list, send them emails with discount codes or coupons for additional savings. Since these people have bought something before, they’ll be more likely come back if discounts offered. However, they cannot just keep buying the same stuff, adding new products is also important which attract more newcomers at the same time. Before that, you can do some researches to make sure the new products you choose do have some followers. Then offer a sneak peek before the big day’s coming.

How:

Email & Marketing App

Introducing New Products: Tactics to Ensure New Lines Will Land With Customers

 

#5. Create a content calendar - Black Friday Marketing Ideas

Why:

If there are too many rules about discounts, some customers may get confused. Offer them a content calendar that marked all the discounts and new product updates so that they can know when they can buy their favorite goods at the lowest price.

Black Friday Marketing Ideas for 2018

How:

Create new graphics, banners and updating social media posts.

 

#6. Offer mysterious presents - Black Friday Marketing Ideas

Why:

Everyone loves a present because they don’t know what it is until the opening moment. Set a rule for that: e.g. customer who spends up to $100 will get a random mysterious present. Most of these presents are small low-cost stuff, but there should be a big one or two to attract more people to get involved and spend more money.

 

How:

Put a picture of the biggest prize on your homepage and in social media posts.

 

#7. Check your site speed  - Black Friday Marketing Ideas

Why:

Check your site speed.

On the Internet, the lack of speed kills your chances at a sale: 46% of shoppers have said they’ll never return to a slow website. 

 

How:

For image-heavy websites, use a tool like Compressor.io to cut down on load times.

Black Friday Marketing Ideas for 2018

 

#8. After marketing  - Black Friday Marketing Ideas

If your marketing plan goes well, there will be a crazily busy time. How to make it easier to organize your orders? You can’t just go to the courier official websites, check up your orders one by one. How to contact your customers when their parcels have some exceptional conditions? You probably have heard of third-party tracking tools, but which one should you choose? For those small or medium sellers, Trackingmore may be the best choice. You can track multiple packages of worldwide 555 couriers all in one place. If you’re a Shopify seller, just connect your Trackingmore account to the shop, then you can check your orders there. Many other features, like notification, sending messages to customers will meet your needs, too. Enjoy your Black Friday!

  Black Friday Marketing Ideas for 2018

 

11/07/2018

How to Tell the Order Status by Shipment Tracking Information

More than 500 couriers tracking services are available on Trackingmore although many of them only show shipment locations without the order’s status. So how do we classify all these into unified 7 status successfully?

 

Overview of 7 shipment status classified by Trackingmore:

 

▶ Not Found: There is no info for the Order Number.

▶ On transit: Your parcel is on its way.

▶ Arrived and To be delivered: Your parcel is being delivered.

▶ Failed delivery: Your parcel is delivered unsuccessfully.

▶ Collected successfully: Your parcel is collected successfully.

▶ Possible exception: Your parcel is possible returned or lost.

▶ Expired: Your parcel has been shipped for too long time and still has not been delivered.

 

 

Priorities of Shipment status

Possible Exception > Delivered Successfully > Failed Delivery > Arrived and to be Delivered > on Transit

 

Although we’ve set up a keyword bank, there’s still a possibility that we could meet two keywords at the same time, i.e. both “Arrived and to be Delivered” and “Delivered Successfully”. If so, the shipment status is still seen as “Delivered Successfully” according to the Priorities of Shipment status above.

 

 

 

As both“Node state” and “final state” are involved in the shipment status, a “node state” will come up by identified from the keyword bank while the “final state” is decided based on Priorities of Shipment status.

 

Exceptions:

 

1. How to differ returned orders from normal ones?

  • Returned order normally occurs with “customer refused”, “returned to shipper” or the like while there may be the words like “delivered successfully” at the same time. At this condition, in order to differentiate it from normal ones, we’ll mark the order as “possible exception”.

 

  • If there are no words like “ returned to shipper”, but the parcel actually has been returned, we can tell the status by positions ( e.g. If a parcel is shipped from “Shandong Liaocheng Delivery Department” and collected at the same place, then there is a chance that it could be returned).

 

  • As for international shipment, if the order is from China to the U.S. and collected in China or with the words like “import sealed” or “import opened” when transiting in China, it’s definitely returned.

 

2. Status identification affected by misleading keywords  

For instance, “delivered” stands for “the parcel has been collected” while “Will be delivered in 3 days” suggests an uncollected status. “Returned to the shipper” means the parcel is returned while “Will be returned to the shipper if nobody collects” refers to “arrived and to be collected” instead of returning to the shipper.

 

3. Identification keywords in Multi-languages

Since various languages may appear in international delivery, it’s very important to perfect multi languages keywords bank for correct status identification.

 

For example, “collecting “ in Chinese, English, German, Japanese and Russian are respectively“妥投”、“ delivered”、“zugestellt”、“お届け済み”、“ENTREGADO”、“Отправление доставлено”.

 

4. Differences among couriers

As there is not a series of unified words for all those couriers, the same word may have different meanings. So correction for a single courier may be needed.

 

E.g. The word “ delivered” may suggest that an order is just ready for the delivery in one courier’s information while the same word may mean “the parcel has been collected” by the addressee.

 

Conclusion:

 

First of all, good status auto-identification is based on enough data volume and continuously perfecting keyword bank.

Second, we should consider that in which part of the work people can be replaced by machines? Why can an experienced delivery man tell the status after just one glance of the order and how does he make it? Could this be replaced by a machine?

We provide one of the best status auto identification services after a three-year experience. Contact us if you have any problem about our tracking tool.

 

11/05/2018

Japan Post Tracking: 5 Essentials for Oversea Beginners

Japan Post Tracking Essentials

Japan Post (日本郵政公社 ) was a government-owned corporation in Japan that existed from 2003 to 2007, offering postal and package delivery services, banking services, and life insurance. 

1. Japan Post Code Rules

Post code may have certain rules that represents certain places. Knowing that may save your time.

All Japanese addresses have a seven-digit post code which is traditionally written at the beginning of the address, followed by the prefecture (ken 県), city (shi 市), ward (ku 区) and then the sub-areas (cho 町 and chome 丁目) and the name of the building if it has one and finally the name of the person - traditionally surname first.

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2. (International) Delivery Time

International shipping often takes much longer time than domestic one and there are more chances for problems due to the distance. This time table below shows how long it takes to different countries shipped by Japan Post which may help you to tell when you should start worrying about your parcel and need to get some help.

International mail days list・Tokyo International Post Office

Area

Country/Area name

Average number of days

Air parcels

SAL parcels

Asia

India

8

About 2 weeks

Indonesia

8

About 3 weeks

Vietnam

10

no handling

Rep. of Korea

Seoul

5

no handling

Singapore

4

About 2 weeks

Sri Lanka

8

About 3 weeks

Thailand

7

About 3 weeks

Taiwan

6

no handling

China

Shanghai

7

About 2 weeks

Beijing

7

About 2 weeks

Hong Kong

6

About 2 weeks

Pakistan

8

About 2 weeks

Bangladesh

11

About 3 weeks

Philippines

10

2 to 3 weeks

Malaysia

7

About 2 weeks

Oceania

Australia

7

About 2 weeks

New Zealand

6

About 2 weeks

North America

Canada

Vancouver

6

About 2 weeks

Montreal

7

United States of America

San Francisco

8

About 2 weeks

Chicago

5

New York

7

Los Angels

6

Mexico

-

2 to 3 weeks

Middle East

United Arab Emirates

-

2 to 3 weeks

Iran

11

no handling

Saudi Arabia

12

2 to 3 weeks

Turkey

13

2 to 3 weeks

Europe

Italy

8

2 to 3 weeks

United Kingdom

6

2 to 3 weeks

Austria

5

About 2 weeks

Netherlands

6

About 2 weeks

Switzerland

6

About 2 weeks

Sweden

5

About 2 weeks

Spain

9

2 to 3 weeks

Denmark

4

About 2 weeks

Germany

5

About 2 weeks

Hungary

7

About 2 weeks

Finland

5

2 to 3 weeks

France

8

About 2 weeks

Belgium

6

About 2 weeks

Poland

8

About 2 weeks

Russian Federation

9

About 2 weeks

Africa

Egypt

9

About 2 weeks

Ghana

9

no handling

South America

Argentina

7

2 to 3 weeks

Brazil

9

About 3 weeks

Peru

6

2 to 3 weeks

 

3.  Hours

If you are in Japan or want to send something there via Japan Post, it’s much more convenient to know their working hours.

Normal Japanese post offices are usually open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm for mail and Monday-Friday 9am-4pm for other services such as insurance, banking, postal orders and bill payments. Local post offices are closed at weekends and national holidays.

However, each city's central post office (中央郵便局), usually located near the main railway station will have a 24/7 counter. Typically central post offices are open Monday-Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 9am-12.30pm. Outside those hours an all-night window operates until the post office reopens fully the next day.

District post offices, one per ward (ku), also maintain an after-hours window for nighttime pick-up and posting. Typical hours are Monday-Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-3pm.

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4. International Parcel Post

NORMAL SHIPPING TYPES:

There are three shipping types: Airmail, Surface mail and Economy Air (SAL).

A discount that offers a 10% to 20% available depending on the number of articles posted.

The maximum weight limit is 30 kg. (Weight limits vary by country.)

Procedures are easy and simple. Fill out the special parcel label and paste it on the package.

You can insure your parcels against loss or damage. (The amount of insurance varies by country.)

 

OTHER CHOICES:

International ePacket 

Small items under 2kg can be sent for a cheaper price comparing to EMS (International Express Mail) or to registered small packets.。

The items are sent by airmail.

Tracking service is available for some countries. There is also a maximum 6000-yen insurance.

 

EMS

EMS is the fastest international mail service for sending up to 30 kg of documents and merchandise simply and conveniently to over 120 countries and territories worldwide.

 

Cool EMS

The temperature in the box is kept between 0 and 10 degrees C for the Chilled type and below minus 15 degrees C for the Frozen type. Door-to-door service is provided to meet the customer's needs at low cost.

 

5. Japan Post Tracking

You can track your parcel by your order number on Japan Post’s website or using some other third-party tracking tools (e.g.Trackingmore) which can track multiple packages of worldwide couriers all in one place. Most recent updating information is there. No more worries.

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Reference: Japan Post/Japan Visitor