When usps says my package is in transit to the destination, will they deliver it the same day?

Not exactly. Sources suggest that the USPS message "the item is currently in transit to the destination," means that the package was already scanned and was moved from a hub to freight and then to the USPS ground location in your area.

USPS states it is "in transit" once it is in the delivery process and "in transit" times will vary based on the order's final destination.

Delivery times are not guaranteed because the volume of mail fluctuates daily. All deliveries should be made by 5:00 p.m. Local Time (unless there are unusual circumstances). We do not have the ability to find out when a carrier will arrive at a specific location. Some restrictions apply. For additional information, visit the Price Calculator.

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USPS is closed Sundays and Holidays. You may check all Postal Holidays and Closings at here.

Do you have a question about a U.S. Postal Service® product or service? Are you trying to find out the status of a package you mailed with USPS Tracking®? Do you have a complaint or a compliment? Our customer service representatives are here to assist you. The quickest way to contact us is to give us a call. The following is a list of the most common customer service phone numbers and ways to reach customer support:

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GENERAL INFORMATION (ZIP Codes™, Mailing Prices, Post Office™ Hours and Location, etc.)

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• Call 1-800-ASK-USPS® (1-800-275-8777)

• Customer Service representatives are available as follows:

Monday thru Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

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• Hours of Operation are the same as 1-800-ASK-USPS

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TRACKING

• Call 1-800-222-1811

Monday thru Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET

Sundays: Closed

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• Call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777)

• Customer Service representatives are available as follows:

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Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET

Sundays: Closed

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STAMPS BY PHONE

• Call 1-800-STAMP24 (1-800-782-6724)

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TECHNICAL SUPPORT (Click-N-Ship®, USPS® meter label solution (formerly known as Click-N-Ship for Business®), PO Boxes Online, etc.)

• Call 1-800-344-7779

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Monday thru Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET

Sundays: Closed

Holidays: Closed (When are Postal Holidays?)

ORDERING SHIPPING SUPPLIES (Priority Mail Express®, Priority Mail®, or Global Express Guaranteed® products)

• Call 1-800-610-8734

• Customer Service representatives are available as follows:

Monday thru Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET

Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET

Sundays: Closed

Holidays: Closed (When are Postal Holidays?)

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Peanuts, popcorn and exploding bubble roll. Yep, sometimes shipping a package seems more like a circus than a routine activity. However, there are simple tricks of the trade that you can follow so your packages are more likely to arrive exactly as a customer or business partner envisions them.

Check out these Easy Tips to Make Sure Your Package Arrives Safely from Staples.com:

Containment Issues

First, pick the right box or container for your package. Items enclosed in a box or envelope need a bit of breathing room to sustain the hustle and bustle of being hauled, lugged and delivered. So a space between the item being shipped and the container holding it is crucial.

“The goal is to create the most dense inner cube possible while retaining the optimal out-of-box experience for the customer,” says Sean Sabre, senior vice president of supply chain sourcing at TBB Global Logistics in New Freedom, PA. Sound hokey? It’s not. Think of all the times you’ve almost sliced yourself open trying to wrangle a toy from its packaging. Doesn’t leave you with a great feeling about the sender, does it? Instead, put items in a box that’s easy enough for your customer to open, and yet safe enough to protect your merchandise from ruin.

Filling the Void

There are several packing materials you can use to fill the void. Choose accordingly, and your items will be safer for it.

1. Bubble Roll is very good void fill, says Charles Alvino, project specialist for Staples’ pack and ship team in Framingham, MA. It has excellent cushion protection, is light and easy to reuse, and features use-specific technology, like self-cling, anti-static, etc. But it’s not form-fitting, so products can shift during transport; pros recommend taping it around the product to create a more form-fitting package. And once those bubbles burst, the wrap no longer protects from direct hits.

2. Peanuts are light, fill voids well and provide cushion protection. But this product — also called popcorn — can be messy, have high static electricity and is sometimes difficult to reuse, store and dispose of. Anti-static options are available, and cost just a little more.

3. Packing paper is a neater alternative to peanuts and provides ample padding for lighter items. Choose a heavyweight paper that won’t compress easily. “Pull out a sheet, crumple it and stuff it in. It looks nicer than newspaper and can be reused easily,” notes Allen Walton, CEO of the eCommerce Web site SpyGuy Security in Dallas.

Walton, who ships packages of surveillance gear — like teddy bears with cameras and pens with voice recorders — to customers on a daily basis, says to consider presentation when deciding on packing supplies. Pick a void filler that works best for the product and end user when shipping packages. He uses Bubble Roll when protection and image are key, and packing paper when presentation is not an issue.

The Unusual Suspects

What about delicate breakables, important legal documents, or something really heavy? Here are a few extra considerations to examine when packing items that need a greater level of protection:

1. Breakables. Incorporate an additional layer of protection around the item (like Bubble Roll), fill the void with another layer of either Bubble Roll or peanuts, and put a fragile sticker on the exterior. If you have several small items, pad them completely and then use stretch wrap to group them together so they don’t get lost in the fill. You can even purchase a china and glass protection kit that covers all the bases.

2. Documents. When mailing legal documents, you can’t risk having them damaged. Use a padded mailer with rigid edges, a flat cardboard envelope or a mailing tube so papers don’t get crumpled. And when sending anything of importance or high monetary value, “Don’t skip the insurance!” warns Leslie H. Tayne, founder and managing director of the Tayne Law Group in Melville, NY.

3. Heavy items. Weighty shipments, like furniture, art or books, can precariously shift in transit, so stabilizing them is key to avoiding injury to the handler or damage to the item. Pack the space to the brim so movement is restricted, and use stretch wrap and cover-up sheets to protect furniture from scuffs. Alvino suggests using heavy-duty packing tape and boxes — worth the extra expense to make sure the bottom doesn’t drop out.

Lastly, you may want to invest in testing to see what kind of durability requirements are necessary for your shipments. “The single most effective tip for safely packaging a product that’s prone to damage would be to spend the time and money to conduct shock, drop, vibration and compression testing at an International Safe Transit Association certified laboratory,” Sabre says.

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