Experts: New UPS Dimensional Weight Pricing Will Have Significant Impact

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  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    Experts: New UPS Dimensional Weight Pricing Will Have Significant Impact- Multichannel Merchant

    Generally the switch to dimensional weight pricing is in response to rising fuel costs and the increasing popularity of online shopping. As products shipped from online marketplaces like and eBay are often smaller items packed in larger boxes, they can take up a lot of space on delivery trucks but are priced at lower rates.

    Doug Starcke, managing partner of First Flight Solutions, a parcel spend management company made up of former UPS and FedEx employees, said the moves by the major carriers will likely lead to double-digit cost hikes for shippers when annual rate increases are factored in.

    “In 2007 UPS and FedEx went to dimensional pricing for packages over 3 cubic feet, so this is just a continuation of that trend,” Starcke said. “That one hit companies shipping large items like furniture, and now everyone is getting dinged, including the guy shipping a T-shirt or pair of shoes.”
  2. Gumby

    Gumby *

    Sounds like business,we are going to lose to freight companies. Make things too expensive,people find other ways!
  3. Returntosender

    Returntosender Well-Known Member

    Shipping small items in larger boxes. Use the correct size box. Instead of shipping shirts in a oversized box surrounded by foam peanuts. It's clothes when people travel do the put foam peanuts in the luggage.