UPS Announces Dimensional Weight Changes

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    ROBO MOD I'm a Robot Staff Member

    New Pricing Addresses Industry Trend, Promotes Packaging Efficiency and Environmental Responsibility

    UPS® (NYSE:UPS) today announced that, beginning December 29, 2014, in the United States, dimensional weight will be utilized to calculate the billable weight of a shipment on all UPS® Ground services and UPS® Standard to Canada packages. UPS already applies this method for UPS air services (domestic and international), UPS Standard™ to Mexico ground services and for UPS® Ground packages and UPS® Standard to Canada packages measuring 3 cubic feet in size or larger.

    "UPS has been researching the potential expansion of dimensional-weight pricing for a number of years because it enables us to more appropriately align rates with costs which are influenced by both the size and weight of packages," said Alan Gershenhorn, UPS executive vice president and chief commercial officer.

    Recent e-commerce shipping trends have resulted in a decrease of package density. For example, the package weight compared to the physical exterior dimension is declining. This trend causes cargo space to be less efficiently utilized, resulting in an increased cost per package.

    The company believes that as a result of the dimensional weight pricing method, more shippers will seek to optimize their packaging practices. These efforts will reduce excess packaging materials and overall package sizes, leading to related reductions in fuel use, vehicle emissions and transportation costs.

    As an industry leader in sustainable transportation practices, UPS provides solutions to assist customers with more efficient packaging options. The UPS Package Design and Test Lab helps customers optimize the size of packaging to minimize dimensional weight, ensuring packages are protected while in transit.

    In addition, UPS Freight recently began offering an optional, simplified density-based pricing program to a segment of its customer base. Traditionally, the less-than-truckload (LTL) industry has utilized the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) system, a commodity-based standard that can be complex for both customers and carriers. The UPS Freight Density-Based Rating LTL pricing solution is based solely on the weight and cubic volume of a shipment rather than the NMFC system. This program benefits customers that construct shipments in the most efficient manner and reduce the resources required to transport their goods.
  2. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    What??? No more two foot HSN box with 2 tubes of lipstick inside??? lol
  3. Returntosender

    Returntosender Well-Known Member

    Macys pillow packages, Stryker boxes from FL, three feet boxed only weighs six pounds. customers who just order bubble wrap, hundreds of these roles of bubble wrap. Now the rev auditor can pull aside even more packages to change pricing.
  4. raceanoncr

    raceanoncr Well-Known Member reaction to FedEx, that has been doing this for some time.

    Again, another REaction instead of PROaction.
  5. worldwide

    worldwide Active Member

    FedEx Express, just like UPS air, has been doing this for quite some time. FedEx Ground announced on May 2 that they would be doing this but not until Jan. 1, 2015. UPS ground shipments will begin to be affected Dec 29, 2014.