A FedEx delivery is on its way to you and you have just received a “Barcode Label Unreadable and Replaced” tracking update.
What does this mean exactly? Is the package damaged? Will it reach you okay? Is there anything you need to do?
Let’s take a look…
FedEx “Barcode Label Unreadable and Replaced” Meaning
The “Barcode Label Unreadable and Replaced” tracking update means that FedEx has printed a new label for the package due to the original barcode becoming unreadable by the scanners during shipment.
Will my Package be Delayed due to “Barcode Label Unreadable and Replaced”?
In most cases, a short delay should be expected if you have received this update.
When the FedEx system detects that part of the barcode or address on your package is damaged or corrupted, it will automatically be held at the next distribution facility along the shipment journey.
There a new label will be printed and attached to the package.
Although generally, this process doesn’t take very long, it can be enough to alter the FedEx shipment delivery schedule by a day maybe two.
In other words, it is common for a package to arrive one or two days late if the label needs to be replaced.
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What Causes a “Barcode Label Unreadable and Replaced” Update?
Clearly, an unreadable barcode is the cause of the update, however, there are a number of reasons why this can occur.
If the shipper hasn’t placed the label and barcode onto the package correctly, (i.e the corner of a package or across a seam), it can become unreadable during transit.
A damp or damaged label can also occur at any stage of the package journey, causing the barcode to become corrupt.
A look at the various online forums regarding this update and another common theme arises.
Oddly shaped and oversized packages are prone to having damaged labels due to the nature of the item.
FedEx delivery of bikes, dumbbells, and sofas have all been listed as receiving the “Barcode Label Unreadable and Replaced” tracking update.
In other words, these cumbersome items can have their labels damaged quite easily during shipment.
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Is my Package Damaged if I Receive this Update?
Just because you have received the “Barcode Label Unreadable and Replaced” update doesn’t mean your package is damaged too.
In fact, FedEx has other tracking updates that deal with damaged items and in the absence of those, your package should be delivered completely intact.
Essentially, there is nothing you need to do when you receive the “Barcode Label Unreadable and Replaced” tracking update.
FedEx is addressing the damaged label situation in-house without either the shipper or recipient having to be involved.
It may mean a short delay in the package delivery, however, keeping an eye on further updates will provide you with the information you need.
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