Last Updated on 11/06/2021 by Miki Yoshida
While shipping any package online through UPS, you have come across a field named ‘reference’ and most of the people don’t know know what to fill in that field. What exactly does UPS shipment reference mean?
Here we are going to discuss this particular field. United Parcel Service provides its bests service to their customer with the help of more than 434,000 employees delivering the packages to the customers. UPS customers are growing day by day to use the services like UPS pick up and drop off UPS tracking.
What Is UPS Shipment Reference?
While shipping through the UPS. first of all, you need to log in or sign up to get a UPS account then you get an online form where you need to fill in the information regarding the package like weight, shipping address and many other details. You can get full steps for the UPS shipping process in one of our post. The shipping reference is a kind of identifier that is asked to be filled by you at the time of the shipping process. The shipping reference can be many things from a combination of letters and number, a customer number, a purchase order (PO) number, a company name and a Bill of Lading number. Apart from this, it can be also some phrase that can define the package that needs to be shipped Like if you are shipping a gift for your mother you can write “gift for mom” or something related to it in the shipping reference field.
The use of UPS shipment reference
Now, you must be thinking what is the use of this field? Right. The answer is itself in its name. It is used whenever you need to refer to that package in future and this is not the limit as it can be used at the time of tracking that package. If you did have the tracking number then UPS also gives the facility of tracking your package through the reference number. Also if you want the order detail of some order you placed a long time ago and you forgot the order details through which you will be able easily to track the order information, then you can use the shipping reference to filter the orders that will help you to find the package information easily.
How about UPS Mail Innovations?
There is also this option available with the UPS Mail Innovations, but there is some specification defined.
For UPS Mail Innovations® shipments, a shipment reference is a unique package ID that you assign through barcoded information for each of your mail pieces. This information can be up to 30 characters in length and be alpha and/or numeric with no spaces or symbols. Package IDs should not be reused for at least six months.
These reference numbers are used to identify and track shipments as they move through the UPS Mail Innovations network and the United States Postal Service®, which makes the final delivery.
Here you get the information regarding the UPS shipping reference and how you can use it to find your previous order details. If you still have any questions related to the post, you can comment in the comment box below.