Posted by Terry Hammer on 10/2/2021 to
At ShopLicensePlates, we pride ourselves with lightning fast shipping when we prepare and ship our real, old, vintage, antique and collectible license plates to you. We use the USPS which offers tracking with your purchase. Most packages are prepared and dropped off at the USPS on the same day or the next day by us, unless it is a Sunday or a Holiday when the USPS office is closed. So there are no delays here with getting your license plates on the way to you as quickly as possible. Once we hand the package off to the USPS, they provide us with a tracking number, which we send to you immediately.
Historically, the USPS has done pretty well once we drop these off to them to make the delivery of the package. Over the last year or so, there have been a few hiccups along the way due to COVID and staffing issues at the USPS.
But, as you may have heard, and as many news organizations have reported, the USPS announced both a "delay" AND a price increase, without a lot of specificity yet. So we can't really predict what this will mean or even look like based on the limited description that we have received. We are in uncharted territory.
We would like to ask you to be especially patient with the USPS if the package that normally takes 2 days might now take 3 or 4 days. Again, we have no way of knowing what this is going to look like for the majority of packages that we send out. One factor that may help is that we are in the geographic center of the Country, in St Louis, Missouri. So the package won't be going on a "coast-to-coast" marathon trip.
There are some FREE TOOLS that you can use once we send you your tracking number. A lot of folks don't know this, but once you click on the usps.com website and enter your tracking number, you can scroll down to the very first line that has an arrow that says "TEXT AND EMAIL UPDATES". Click on that arrow in blue next to it and your options will drop down.
This tool is great because it tells you what the status of the package is and it will even let you know when the package is delivered in real-time. If you haven't tried this yet, please give it a try and see what you think! I use this all of the time and I have found the text updates to my cell phone to be very helpful.
Of course, this is also a good time to remind everyone that you should make sure that you have a plan for your packages if you are going to be out of town or at work. Some of our customers have a secure drop box for the USPS on your porch. Have your neighbors pick up your packages. You can even have the USPS send the neighbor the text notification (just enter their cell phone number instead of yours) so when the package hits your porch or mailbox, they know immediately and they can go and grab it. You can even have your package delivered to your office if that makes sense for some of you. When you place your order with us, we have a place for you to designate a shipping address if you want it to be different than your home address.
As always, we thank you for placing your orders and your trust with ShopLicensePlates. We appreciate your patience as this new reality, and the Holidays, start to reveal what delivery times and rates will look like going forward.