USPS Regional Facility: Here’s How It Works

When you see the ‘Arrived at USPS Regional Facility’ message on the tracking page does this means it should have arrived at your home, right? No.

A shipment goes to many “region distribution centers” while sending and finally reaching your home. Still didn’t get it?

Look at the below image:

Package delivery lifespan from USPS facilities to post office
Package delivery lifespan from USPS facilities to post office

If you’re thinking “why a 3-step process when it can be either 2 or 1 way? Isn’t it a big corporation?” 

Well, you’re right. In 2020 alone, the United States Postal Service (USPS) delivered more than 129.2 billion mails.

This means, that 52.6 billion mails moved through USPS regional facilities every single day on their way to their final destination. Impressive, isn’t it?

The USPS has 231,000+ delivery routes with 231,000+ delivery vehicles traveling every day and making sure that everyone gets their mail within 6 days.

Think of the logistics behind an operation this big.

Your package visit all facilities including the main hub before dispatching and delivered to your closest post office.  Most likely, it will go out for delivery the next business day from the nearest post office to your home.

Keep reading… In this blog post, we’re going to tell you all the issues you might face while receiving, understanding the mechanism of how it works, and why it is an efficient method. So, Buckle up!

How does same day delivery work?

Consider the scenario in which tracking indicates that “your package has departed the hub or distribution center” if you live in that same area, you’ll be served quicker than others, the package will be delivered to your local post office where from it will go out for delivery.

You can even collect it from the post office directly yourself for even faster delivery. 

USPS Post office pick up point
USPS Post office

You’ll only need some proof of identity, as well as the tracking ID. Proof of identity could be a driving license or passport. Just make sure it’s the original (not a copy) and for the person the parcel’s destination (addressed to).

What does the USPS regional facility mean?

If you’re a little confused about these distribution centers’ roles then let us clear that out; These are responsible for the checking and sorting packages before sending them to their homes.

It’s a Hub where packages receive and move to another regional facility hub. The packages travel from one hub to another hub endlessly until it reaches their destination post office. After that, it will be delivered to you.

Package “departed” from a regional facility and isn’t being updated, why?

Some consumers’ packages get delivered within ~36 hours. But sometimes, it might take 4 days while the status not to be updated whatsoever (except for an Arriving Late message today). 

You might get confused since it’s not even in a facility right now. It might just sit in a truck somewhere. Well, might be.

It could be in a truck somewhere or it could be somewhere near but not scanned yet. We’ve heard stories of packages not getting scanned until the delivery so just have to see what happens. All are in the same boat.

They might be facing some problems due to weather conditions or some other concerns that you should check accordingly. You’ll also get informed in some way (mostly through app notification or email), that where was your package?

Alerts will be available to you even on weekends but at least you’ll know where it’s at currently. But in the long run, USPS needs to put up a detailed explanation on their site of what’s going on and when things are going to get moving again. 

They can’t control the weather but they can control how they communicate. Right now, they just have service notices about a few cities that makes it sound like just a scattered localized thing, which it is not.

In-Transit: USPS Regional Origin Facility Expected Delivery Day XX:XX:XXXX, but which regional origin?

By definition, your local area office sends the mail they got that day to the local plant where it gets processed. 

Till this point, it means “departed the facility” that serves where it was mailed, and now it is on its way to the facility that serves the area office where it will reach the destination.

It’ll be better if you keep tracking your parcel through our tracking feature. You just need to paste your tracking number to see in which step your parcel is in.

If the problem is your address, Check out 4 Ways to fix the “Insufficient Address” Problem.

Is My Mail/Package Safe at a Regional Facility?

Yes, it is safe. We’re talking about facilities that are running, organized, and maintained United States Postal Service, which is a division of the federal government itself.

If you recall, “regional facilities” that we talked about earlier in this blog. This is one of the benefits. These aren’t giant commercial warehouses with a lot of other clients working under the same roof. 

And even if you get a suspicion of mail is being held at a USPS Regional Facility for longer than you had expected – it’s nothing to be alarmed at (unless for longer than a week).

And even if does get stuck. You can confirm if your mail seems to be stuck at a regional facility, by contacting USPS customer service directly and see if they can give you a little bit more information about what the delay is.

How long will it take to reach your place?

There’s no way of giving an estimate in regards to this topic since it depends entirely on the service you have chosen, size, and the weather at that time. Although, a little extra time is also often taken during any holiday season.

It also directly depends on the shipping address distance to zip code, so tracking the package couple of times till it reaches your nearest post office would be a good habit.

Mostly, the mail is delivered before the expected delivery date of parcels. 

Mail Delivery (newspaper)

How long do “Priority mails” stay at USPS regional facility?

Priority mail is one of the fastest mail services, so it stays less than 24 hours in every regional Facility. The only time it’ll consume of these 24hrs while being in a Hub facility and moving it to the nearest facility for delivery. 

However, in some rare cases, it is seen that priority mail might also take time if any strange things happen. 

Are there any precautions to make the shipping process faster?

Technically, there is no way to make any shipping faster or boost up the process; anyhow, the USPS offers many faster services, but it can be a little costly, if your concern is fastness then it shouldn’t be a problem. 

For shipping plans, do visit USPS fast delivery variations page where everything is mentioned.

But if you decided to stick with normal delivery, still you can take some precautions while sending it so, no extra time would be spent analyzing where to send it exactly. 

It’ll make it easier for the workers who are going to process the package you sent, and faster; follow the below steps.

  1. Always go for a fast shipping plan
  2. Always select insurance when you’re shipping any package
  3. Use residential addresses instead of offices or other addresses.
  4. Track your package daily until it reaches your place.

Final thoughts on “USPS Regional Facility Working & Issues”

Everyone sees the “departed USPS Regional Facility” status. It is a standard tracking status; same as the status, these middle man facilities, and Hubs’ comes between the nearest post office and you are how packages are moved to its destination.

Almost every package will pass through at least one USPS Regional Facility on its way to your doorstep. These large warehouses are vital for precisely processing and making sure it gets to its intended location promptly. 

Well, nobody wants to receive something that wasn’t sent to them after 6 days of waiting. On regular basis, your mail will spend 24 hours or less at any given regional facility before heading to the next facility (or to your address). 

We hope this post enlightened you about some of the most common problems regarding the USPS regional facility and delivery status you might encounter.

Do you have any remaining doubts that we didn’t discuss, comment below and if you find this helpful, share it on social media.