USPS Tracking Number Updates Within the Hour

Wed 07 Dec 2016
By Shippo

Tracking Number Updates

Getting swamped by customer support tickets this holiday season? How many of them are about “Tracking Numbers Not Found”? To help provide buyers with better tracking on their orders, any tracking number for USPS shipments created on Shippo will now be available on the tracking page within one hour of label purchase. 

Previously, any customer receiving a tracking number for their order with USPS would have seen an unknown tracking number message when they went to the website to track their shipment. This delay in tracking update caused poor customer experience and generated a lot of customer support overhead when tickets come in telling businesses that they sent out a “bad tracking number”.

USPS tracking - before

(Before this update)

Now, customers who receive a tracking number from a shipment created on Shippo will see that their shipment has been found, within 1 hour of when the label was generated. The status is clearly marked as a purchased label in “pre-shipment” and the origin address is shown. 

USPS Tracking - Now

(USPS tracking now)

Shippo’s multi-carrier API and tracking API are great ways to compare shipping rates, generate shipping labels, and track shipments. With just a few lines of code, you can create a shipping label, and access the tracking status, tracking history, estimated time of delivery, and service level purchased for any shipment. This is just one of the many ways we’re helping merchants deliver a better shipping experience for their customers. 


Shippo is a multi-carrier API and web app that helps retailers, marketplaces and platforms connect to a global network of carriers. Businesses use Shippo to get real-time rates, print labels, automate international paperwork, track packages and facilitate returns. Shippo provides the tools to help businesses succeed through shipping.
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