FedEx is one of the most popular shipping carriers in the United States. They offer a variety of delivery options, including ground, air, and express delivery. But does FedEx deliver to your door? In this blog post, we’ll give you all the information you need about how FedEx delivers packages and what you need to do to ensure that your package is delivered safely and securely.
Does FedEx Deliver to Your Door?
FedEx does deliver packages right to your doorstep if the address you entered is valid and no signature is needed.
To ensure the safety of your package, FedEx drivers sometimes will opt for a slightly different delivery spot that’s more protected from the street and bad weather conditions. This delivery spot can be almost anything, be it your front door, garage, or another spot on your property.
However, if you have a preference for where you’d like FedEx drivers to leave your package, you can use the FedEx Delivery Manager feature.
To ensure that your package is delivered safely and securely, it is important to provide FedEx with your correct address.
Does FedEx Deliver Straight to Your Door?
Most of the time, FedEx will make an attempt to drop your package off at your doorstep.
For homes, the front door is usually a good place to have packages delivered. It’s noticeable enough for the customers to see their package but not that obvious to be able to attract thieves.
Although, it’s worth mentioning that FedEx doesn’t always deliver straight to your door. More often than not, FedEx drivers attempt to leave packages in an area that can’t be seen from the street and is out of reach from weather conditions. With that being said, they may put your package near your porch, your side entrance, or even your garage.
If you would like to have deliveries dropped off in a more private location, you can use the FedEx Delivery Manager tool. With this tool, you can request that the delivery person either knock or ring, giving you some control over when packages are delivered.
Does FedEx Deliver to Your Mailbox or Door?
In a situation where a FedEx driver can choose whether to deliver your package to your mailbox or door, they will always opt for the latter. The most obvious explanation for this is that FedEx drivers deliver mostly packages. However, you also need to keep in mind that even small packages have a slim chance of fitting into a traditional mailbox.
However, FedEx almost never delivers packages to your mailbox because of the many restrictions placed on their features. For example, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) doesn’t allow any commercial vehicles to block residential mailbox access. So, if a FedEx driver does attempt to deliver a package to your mailbox and it’s too large, they would technically be breaking postal regulations.
Therefore, if you’re expecting a FedEx delivery, your package will almost always be delivered to your front door. That is unless you usually receive packages in another location (like an apartment or dormitory mailroom.)
Why Doesn’t FedEx Deliver to a Mailbox?
You might not know this, but FedEx cannot legally deliver to your mailbox. To put it simply, you don’t actually own your mailbox. It’s the United States Postal Service (USPS) that owns your mailbox. Therefore “your” mailbox is actually considered federal property.
So, even if FedEx wanted to, they don’t actually have the legal right to store packages in your mailbox since it would prevent you from accessing other mail that USPS has to deliver. Moreover, FedEx could get into a lot of trouble for taking such action.
The only exception is when you use the FedEx Ground Economy Shipping Program to deliver your packages. The only packages that can be stored in your mailbox are those delivered through this service, which is a direct partnership between FedEx and USPS.
Still, although FedEx can deliver some packages to mailboxes, the chances that they’ll do this are very slim, if we take into account the size of most packages. So, the next time you’re expecting a FedEx delivery, don’t be surprised if the driver leaves it at your doorstep instead of in your mailbox.
Does FedEx Have a Box for Packages Like UPS?
Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that FedEx offers this service currently.
However, you can still ask your FedEx driver to keep your package at one of their locations for up to a week. To find out more about how this process works, you can check out FedEx’s “Hold at Location” feature on their website.
This option might not be as convenient as a UPS box, but it does provide security against thieves or weather damage. Plus, it gives you more flexibility on when you can pick up your package.
Why Do FedEx Drivers Leave Packages at the Door?
FedEx drivers pick their delivery location depending on how sheltered it is from both the street and bad weather. More often than not, this ends up being the front or side door.
However, if you’re not home when the FedEx driver arrives, they will either attempt to redeliver your package or leave it at a FedEx location for you to pick up.
Can FedEx Deliver My Package to a Back Door?
If you’re not going to be home when your package arrives, don’t worry! You can set up your delivery preferences with FedEx Delivery Manager. That way, you can ensure that your package will be delivered exactly where you want it, including back doors, side doors, or garages.
Can I Specify My Preferred Delivery Location?
As we have mentioned before, you can use the FedEx Delivery Manager tool if you want to be even more specific about where your package should be left.
With the FedEx Delivery Manager tool, you can choose to make either temporary or permanent instructions for your deliveries. Some options where you can request to leave your packages include:
- Apartment Office
- Back Door / Patio
- Front door
- Main Entrance / Front Desk
- Security / Guard Post
- Side Door
By using this tool, you can ensure your package will be left in a safe place where you’re more likely to see it.
How to Use the FedEx Delivery Manager Tool?
To use the FedEx Delivery Manager tool, all have to got to do is sign up for a free FedEx account.
After that, enter your personal data, like your name and address. You can find the section called ‘Delivery Instructions’ on the delivery manager page, which lets you select where you want FedEx to leave your parcels.
If you have several addresses where you receive packages (for example, different offices for a company account), you can provide specific instructions for each address.
FedEx Delivery Manager is an excellent way to be more in charge of your deliveries, especially if you frequently receive parcels from FedEx!
Are FedEx Drivers Supposed to Knock?
A common question amongst customers is whether drivers are expected to ring the doorbell or knock at the time when they deliver your package.
The answer to this question is that it depends on the driver. Some people might do you this favor (especially if they aren’t too busy and know you well), while others will simply leave the package at the door and move on to the next delivery.
Lucky for you, you can actually control whether you want your FedEx delivery driver to knock or ring by using the Delivery Manager tool.
Under the ‘Notification’ section, you will see the option to select whether you want the driver to ring the doorbell or knock on the door. You can even set up specific instructions, like asking the driver to leave the package with a neighbor. That way, you can be sure that your package will be delivered exactly how you want it.
So, does FedEx deliver to your door? The answer is that it depends on your preferences and the package itself. If you’re not home when the FedEx driver arrives, they will either attempt to redeliver your package or leave it at a FedEx location for you to pick up.
You can use the FedEx Delivery Manager tool to be even more specific about where you want your package delivered, including back doors, side doors, or garages. You can also use this tool to specify whether you want the FedEx driver to knock or ring the doorbell when they drop off your package.
We hope this blog post was helpful and that you now feel more confident about using FedEx for your deliveries. Thank you for reading!