A FedEx package can be tracked without a tracking number by using other reference information, such as the invoice number or another reference number given at the time of shipment. Packages shipped through UPS also can be tracked when a tracking number is not available by using alternative reference information provided when the shipment is created.Continue Reading
Only certain types of packages sent through the U.S. Postal Service use tracking numbers. For packages that are lost and have no tracking number available, a search request may be filed through local post offices. To begin the search, the value of the package contents must be at least $25, as of 2014. The person requesting the search provides the delivery and return addresses along with phone numbers for the recipient and the sender.
As of 2014, tracking of packages typically uses bar codes, which are read by a machine. Information on the package location is maintained in a database, which can be accessed online through package-delivery companies. Package tracking is an example of track and trace, a way of determining the past, current and future locations of a product. Track and trace is used in the fields of logistics and product distribution. Track-and-trace systems typically include the positions of vehicles and shipping containers. They provide the ability to retrieve status reports in real time. Shipping companies, such as FedEx and UPS, implement track-and-trace systems by reporting arrival and departure of packages at certain locations.Learn more about Mail & Shipping
To track a U.S. post office package, enter the assigned tracking number into the special search tool at the USPS website, which provides updates on the status of the package. Some tracking numbers may have to be purchased separately, depending on the method of shipping.Full Answer >
To use the USPS Track and Manage feature, visit the Track and Manage page on the USPS website, and enter the tracking number of any package shipped with services such as Certified Mail, Priority Mail and Registered Mail. Users can enter the tracking number of up to 35 packages.Full Answer >
To track a UPS SurePost package, enter the package's tracking number or shipping reference number into the form located at UPS.com and click Track. Inversely, opt to receive detailed tracking information and updates via email by emailing up to 25 tracking numbers to UPS.Full Answer >
The status "In Transit" on the FedEx tracker means that the package is on its way to its final destination. It does not necessarily mean that the package is moving at the time that the status is checked; it may mean that it is in a FedEx facility.Full Answer >