What are Route shipping protections policies and what do they cover?

When opting-in to Route shipping protection, you're opting-in to a process that is hassle-free and will provide a peace of mind. To provide this, Route covers any damage, lost or stolen packages.

 

Here is a quick breakdown of the policies behind each of these coverage points from the Route experts themselves:

 

Damage:

  • A damaged item is considered to be a broken product that is unusable, clearly fractured, shattered, bent (if not bendable), crushed, etc.

  • Route does not cover cosmetic damage (scratches, dents, etc.), manufacturing damages, packaging errors, or unsealed items. At our discretion, we may offer a 15-30% refund depending on the severity of the cosmetic damage.

  • Route requires further evidence of the customer’s damaged item (i.e. more photos, videos, etc.).

 

Lost:

Packages presumed to be lost

  • Order issues for packages presumed to be lost by the carrier (where the status is not "delivered") must be filed no sooner than 7 days after the scheduled delivery date for United States domestic shipments (20 days for international shipments, including Canada unless a Canadian merchant is shipping within Canada in which case the 7 day domestic shipment timeline applies) and within 30 days from the last checkpoint.

Invalid address or delivery barriers

  • Sometimes carriers cannot deliver the customer’s package due to an invalid address or other unexpected delivery barriers. At this point, the carrier might return the package to the sender/retailer. The customer’s package is not actually lost, thus Route does not cover this. In instances where the item is being returned to the sender and is reusable, customers will be referred to the retailer.

  • The exception is retailers that ship perishable items (e.g. food, a mattress that cannot be reused).

Only part of the order delivered

  • If the customer ordered several items in one package but only part of the order arrived and there is no evidence of tampering, Route does not cover the order issue. The customer will be referred to the retailer. 

  • If a single order is being shipped in multiple packages and one package does not arrive, Route will cover the order issue and reorder or refund the value of the undelivered package.

  • If the retailer forgets to ship an item from the customer’s order, the customer needs to reach out to the retailer to have the missing items fulfilled.

Packages labeled "return to sender"

  • Route does not cover packages labeled return to sender because the order has been sent back to the retailer. Items are returned to sender when a customer provides an invalid or undeliverable address or refuses a delivery. 

  • At our discretion, we may cover the order issue if the returned item is perishable or if the retailer is unable to reuse it.*

  • Route covers the customer’s order if the package gets lost in-transit back to the sender.*

*Please note: Route Package Protection timeframes for filing apply.

Order stuck in customs

  • Route cannot cover when a customer’s order is stuck in international borders/customs.

  • The customer’s next step is to pay the customs fees in order to receive the package.

  • If Route replaces something the customer has already paid customs on, under Route’s discretion, Route can approve and pay customs the second time.

Order marked as unfulfilled or unshipped

  • If the customer’s order is marked as unfulfilled or unshipped, the order hasn’t been fulfilled yet by the retailer (retailer could be low on inventory of the items, internal delays with the fulfillment center, etc.).

  • Route does not control how quickly the retailer ships the customer’s order. Route Package Protection is not yet in action because the order has not shipped.

Order issue filed too soon

  • If the customer is filing an order issue the same day that the package was marked as delivered, at our discretion Route may ask you to wait 5 business days. Carriers (FedEx, USPS, UPS, DHL, etc.) sometimes prematurely mark the package as delivered when it’s still in transit.

 

Theft:

Delivered but missing package

At our discretion, Route requires a police report when the customer’s package is marked as delivered.

  1. Customer files the police report and includes an explanation that Route is a package protection company that has protected the customer’s package that has been stolen. To process the order issue with Route, Route is requiring a police report.
  2. Send Route the police report PDF & number in the order issue.

Upon request, Route can require additional documentation (e.g. proof of identity, address, etc.).

Note: Depending upon the jurisdiction, a false police report may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony

**Order issues for packages marked "delivered" yet not received are considered by Route as stolen and must be filed 5 days after “delivery date” but no longer than 15 days to ensure it was not misdelivered or easily found around the premises.

Filing a police report

  • On orders over $100, Route requires evidence of the police report

  • Customer files the police report and includes an explanation that Route is a package protection company that has protected the customer’s package that has been stolen. To process the order issue with Route, Route is requiring a police report. Once filed, the customer sends Route the police report PDF & number in the order issue.

  • Upon request, Route can require additional documentation (e.g. proof of identity, address, etc.).

Delivered to wrong address

  • If the customer input the correct address at checkout and the package was delivered to the wrong address, Route considers this as stolen and we will replace the order on behalf of the customer.

 

 

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