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Understanding why UPS & FedEx shipping costs went up and how to avoid paying too much.

March 13th, 2015 by

UPS and FedEx began applying dimensional weight algorithms to all package sizes at the beginning of the year.  What does this mean to you?  It used to be that weight was the primary driver for shipping costs.  Then it shifted on the larger boxes to size and weight.  For example, you could pay the same to ship a box of feathers as you would heavy metal if the box exceeded a certain size.  Today, every package is weighed and measured.  Based on the dimensional algorithm, if the dimensional number exceeds the actual weight, you will be charged the dimensional number as the weight.  As a result, you could be charged shipping 6 lbs for a 1 lb box.

Part of the reason for this shift in pricing is to compensate for the high volume of boxes being shipped (and returned) by internet shoppers.  Many times we receive a large box for a small item.  The large box takes up space, which used to reduce the revenue opportunity for the carrier in the pod, plane, or truck.  As a result, they lost money.  No more.

To avoid paying dimensional weight it is important to pack the box as compactly as possible.  That is where I come in.  I am trained in packing and have a large inventory of boxes available to ensure you pay as little as possible for shipping.  Don’t pay to ship air.

Additionally, I have multiple carriers, including the USPS, which gives you options to ship.  For example, USPS has some classes of service and sizes that dimensional weight does not apply.  And FedEx Express and USPS have flat rate boxes available.

At the very least, bring your shipment in for me to measure and weigh.  I will give you options.  Then you can decide if you want to ship.

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