A new video (below) posted to Twitter by the USPS may shed some light on the reason behind the unpopular scanning and loading decree issued by postal management in many areas. The video follows a package through eight scans, including an “Out for Delivery” scan during loading of the parcel into a postal truck. The video starts out with the title “This Is Improved Tracking” and includes the following scans:

1. Acceptance
2. Dispatched to sort facility
3. Processed through USPS sort facility
4. Depart USPS sort facility
5. Arrival at post office
6. Sorting complete
7. Out for delivery
8. Delivered

The USPS included the following text with the video: “Our improved tracking system has up to 11 scans so you can receive more information on your priority shipments. Use the USPS Tracking™ tool to check the status of your package at any time. http://go.usa.gov/xQrWf.”

Many letter and rural carriers in online forums are continuing to state the practice results in additional time and overtime costs to the USPS due to the additional scanning. Some rural carriers in online forums are noting up to 200 parcels per day.