The United Parcel Service (UPS) remains one of the best carriers in the United States, and for many of us, it’s a preferred delivery company for parcels of all kinds.
As with DHL, USPS, and many other parcel delivery services, UPS has its own share of shipping and delivery issues, and that doesn’t exclude its shipping statuses that can be hard to understand at times.
One of such that we will be talking about today is the UPS “loaded on delivery vehicle” shipping status. What does it mean? What are you expected to do and when can you expect to take the delivery of your parcel after receiving this shipping status?
UPS “Loaded On Delivery Vehicle” Shipping Status Meaning
The UPS “loaded on delivery vehicle” shipping status means that your parcel has been loaded to a delivery vehicle or has been dispatched to a UPS driver for delivery, and you’ll generally expect delivery of the parcel in question on the same day, or the next day – if you received the status late in the day. This is the case when you have a time-definite air delivery, in which case the driver is expected to make the delivery as soon as possible.
For every other UPS package that isn’t time-specific, you can expect the delivery of the parcel between the hours of 9 am and 7 pm. If you work in a commercial address like a shopping complex, you can expect to receive the parcel by the end of business.
If you don’t receive your parcel after some time of receiving the UPS “loaded on delivery vehicle” status, you might call the local UPS customer support for assistance in tracking your parcel. There are times when I have seen a package I was waiting for at a UPS Access Point location after some time of waiting for the package.
The driver will inform you if this was dropped at the access point, but chances are that he might have delivered it there and forgot to update the tracking with that information, so call them should you have any issues receiving your parcel, or if the UPS “loaded on delivery vehicle” status remains while you don’t receive your package after two days.
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The delay in receiving your package after a UPS “loaded on delivery vehicle” status could be package-specific instructions. Deliveries in countries like the U.S and Canada do not require someone to sign upon receipt as is the case with deliveries in many other countries, so normally, UPS drivers will be leaving a package somewhere around a customer’s home or with a neighbor if you leave instructions with the driver.
But there are cases in which a package sender specifically requires that the package be delivered to an adult in the recipient’s address, in which case the UPS driver will try to make a delivery more than once. As long as the driver is attempting a delivery of the package, you will be seeing the UPS “loaded on delivery vehicle” status unchanged. So if you don’t get your package 2 days after receiving the status, and you’re not home, chances are they won’t be able to deliver it until you make arrangements to take the delivery yourself or for another adult to take delivery.
Depending on the size of the package in question, we have seen cases in which a package was scanned, and the driver didn’t find the package in his truck, in which case the package continues to have the UPS “loaded on delivery vehicle” status for days, the driver wouldn’t be aware of it missing, and the office might not even pay attention to it since it hasn’t been brought to their notice, so you would want to do just that.
Can I Track The UPS Truck?
Yes, you can track the UPS truck that is going to make your delivery with the company’s Follow My Delivery feature that makes it possible to track just where your package is on your mobile phone or PC. This feature makes it possible to know close-to-accurate delivery times for your ZIP code, area and others.
UPS Follow My Delivery Shows “Almost There”
If the UPS Follow My Delivery Shows “Almost There” for a lengthy period and it was not delivered at your address, it could be for a variety of reasons.
The first explanation should you receive the UPS Follow My Delivery “Almost There” notification without actual delivery is that the package delivery was attempted, it needs a signature and no adult was home to sign for it.
The second explanation would be that for some reason, the packaging was damaged and the parcel was partially open, in which case the delivery will be reattempted the next day.
A third reason for the UPS Follow My Delivery “Almost There” shipping status delay could be that while the package was supposedly scanned for that delivery vehicle, it actually wasn’t packaged into the vehicle, or depending on the size, it could have been mixed up with pickups.