What does Out For Delivery means?

Out for delivery

“Out For Delivery” simply means that the product ordered has arrived at the nearest shipping facility and is picked up by the delivery person to deliver it at the given delivery address probably in the next 24 hours. 

Before getting into the details let’s discuss some of the related terms briefly.

Tracking Event Descriptions

From the dispatched hub to its way to the given delivery address, the package will go through several scans and phases. Some of the related terms are below:

Arrival Scan

This means that the package has reached at the concerned shipping facility for the initial scanning, i.e., it has been received by the shipping hub.

There can be many “arrival scans” depending upon the distance between the two facilities.

Departure Scan

This means that the package has left the concerned shipping facility and is on its way to the next facility.

There can be many “departure scans” too, again depending upon the distance between the two facilities.

Destination Scan

Implies that the package is finally at its last shipping facility i.e., a local facility. This facility is responsible for the delivery at the given address. Here, the time it reaches the hub is recorded in the tracking info and is loaded on the delivery van.


It is the last stage: the package has finally reached at the delivery address. As the parcel is delivered, and the date and time of delivery is feed in the record, the complete “out for delivery” process completes here. 

What Does “Out for Delivery” Mean?

“Out for Delivery” means that the package is done with shipping, scanning, and is loaded on the delivery van, left the last facility, and is probably on the way to reaching its destination. 

Though you can see the tracking status has been changed to “Out for Delivery”, don’t get too relieved because even if the parcel is done with the final destination scanning there are issues that can cause delay.

To understand the process more efficiently, let’s talk about the “last mile delivery” process.

Last-Mile Delivery

The term describes the trip between the delivery address and the last (local) facility where the package is currently. The idea is that every delivery should reach the customer’s doorstep by the nearby facility itself instead of making the customers pick up the package themselves. The actual meaning of the term “Out for Delivery” refers to that the package is at stage of “Last-Mile Delivery.”

But with this notion of delivery at doorsteps comes the issue called the “Last Mile Problem”

What is the “Last Mile Problem”?

With us used to the idea of home deliveries, this isn’t a concern for the consumers but for the company “Last-Mile Delivery” is one of the most complicated, time-consuming, and expensive processes. Though the shipping process is done in bulk, “Last-Mile Delivery” means delivering each package individually at its respective destination. And so, the companies have to take care of this which costs them more than half of the entire cost of shipping the product, as a delivery truck with several products to deliver has to travel several miles between each stop. 

For the rural areas, with uneven routes, this becomes harder. In fact, even for the urban areas’ road traffic turns out to be a major delay issue. Because of all of this, “Last-Mile Delivery” can prove expensive to companies.


With everything going online, home delivery is a boon for consumers. Even if

most of us have faced the issue that the status of our parcel has though changed to “out for delivery”. It still takes a few more days to reach our possession. This is mostly because of the last mile problem. Also, we should understand that “out for delivery” actually it’s left the original warehouse or factory you’ve ordered it from. So, we should remain patient enough, like once the tracking status is switched to “out for delivery”, it will reach to you tomorrow at the latest if not today. 

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