If you are expecting a delivery and it is getting later in the day, you may start to wonder where the UPS driver is.
Most UPS drivers are on a designated route, and you will see them at the same time every day.
If your UPS driver has missed their usual window, you may wonder if there is still a chance you will get your package that day.
We are here to answer all questions you may have about UPS!
How Late Does UPS Deliver?
UPS will deliver up until 7 pm.
At 7 pm, the UPS driver is supposed to be done for the evening and reporting back to the yard.
Most UPS drivers are supposed to report back much earlier than this, but some will stay late to make sure they get their deliveries done for the day.
The shipping business is very complex, and there are many moving parts.
When packages don’t get delivered on time, there can be repercussions for all people involved.
Sometimes during very busy seasons, you will see UPS drivers delivering packages after 7 pm.
This is quite common around the holidays as well.
Why Does UPS Deliver so Late?
Sometimes UPS drivers will deliver late because they are behind for the day or have lots of rushed or guaranteed packages.
When a person pays for expedited delivery, it is essential that the packages get there on time.
It will cost UPS lots of money if they cannot deliver when they were supposed to because they will have to reimburse the fees.
The same thing happens when packages are delivered damaged or broken as well.
If you see a UPS driver out and about in the community and it is past the normal time for deliveries, chances are they had some rushed packages.
Another scenario where you may see a UPS driver out after their normal time of the day is when they had a problem earlier in the day that held them back.
Sometimes there could have been a meeting or a truck that broke down, and the UPS driver will work late to make up for the lost time.
Unfortunately, when it comes to shipping, there is not much time for these types of errors built into their schedule.
Right now, with more and more people purchasing products online and having them delivered, it is extra tight as far as time is concerned for these outliers that can come up.
Can I Track the UPS Truck?
You can always check the tracking information on the package you are waiting for and get an idea of when the UPS truck may arrive.
Most of the time, they will give you a delivery window like, “Before the end of the day.”
Usually, you will not get information like, “The UPS truck will arrive at 2:13 pm.”
When you first get a tracking number, you will probably get an estimated delivery date.
As your package goes through the first few steps on its intended route, your delivery date can change.
You may see that your delivery ends up being sooner than initially anticipated.
Does “Out for Delivery” Mean I’ll Get it Today?
If you check the tracking on your UPS package and it says “out for delivery,” that means it has been loaded on the truck for the day.
Anything that has been loaded on the truck is expected to be delivered that day.
You can often see the “out for delivery” message but still not get the package that day.
For instance, if your package is on the wrong truck for some reason, you may not get it until the following day.
If your UPS driver runs into some issues earlier that day and does not get around to your part of the route, you will also get your package late.
If you don’t receive a package that said it was out for delivery, make sure you check the tracking later that night.
Usually, the tracking will be updated, and it will give you a new estimated delivery window.
If you don’t see any action on your UPS tracking and it says “out for delivery” for a few days, then you may want to give UPS a call.
They usually have a way to track the package, and if they can’t find it, they will replace and reimburse you for it.
Both UPS and FedEx are very good about handling lost packages.
It is a part of the business that they are used to, and it happens quite often for them.
They have a protocol, and usually, if they have not seen any updates on a package in several hours or over the course of the day, they know it is lost as well.