Recently, there has been a new event appearing on packages, “In Transit”.
This event appears on items that have not had an actual device scan them in 18 hours.
This means that the item is possibly still in the plane, train or automobile (this reference may be lost on some), that it was put on for transport. It also can mean several other things.
It can mean its been offloaded, but not processed yet. Volume is high, and we can only move so fast. Machines break down, so do people. If you haven’t paid for Priority Mail Express, you have no guarantee of service. Sorry, but that’s the truth. No facility wants to “sit” on parcels at all, but when the workload exceeds the facility’s capacity, it happens. If that happens enough in a short period, it can cause some significant backups.
Our parcels move in large metal death machines-er… Cages. Each one has a barcode assigned to it. When a parcel is put into that cage, it will be tied to that barcode. Any events scanned to that barcode then populate for the packages contained within. Sometimes these Barcodes get damaged in transit, so packages will go dark for a while, as unloading the cage and scanning each individual item is not efficient.
This scan does not necessarily mean your package has been stolen, destroyed, run over, tossed in a ravine, blah blah blah…We interrupt your scheduled lecture with this edit hidden in the body of the text. These take time to clear up. Starting today, 3/22/17, I will not be monitoring or replying to the thread since no one seems interested in doing a lick of reading on prior replies or the sub as a whole. Back to our intrepid adventurer and his quest! So on, so forth… eaten by a machine, eaten by a worker, or otherwise harmed. It can simply mean it got stuck in a pileup at a facility.
It can also mean it got stuck on a transport that broke down, or for some reason was legitimately delayed(foul weather for aircraft, severe weather for trucks). In my neck of the network, if we have a truck break down on the way from the plant in foul weather, it may delay the mail almost ten hours. Enough time to trigger an “in transit” event.
We are still trying to find out exactly why some packages move on shortly thereafter, but I think the simple congestion theory is the most likely.
I hope this helps.