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Dim weight concerns?

Can your third-party logistics partner help you ease the pain of dim weight pricing? Yes, but it may need some help and prodding.

By Susan K. Lacefield

In mid-2014, Atlanta-based UPS Inc. and Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx Corp. made waves by announcing that, effective in 2015, pricing for all ground parcel shipments would be based on the packages' dimensions and weight instead of their weight alone. At the time, consultants warned that the shift to so-called dimensional weight (or dim weight) pricing could result in rate increases for companies that ship lightweight, bulky packages and predicted that e-commerce shipments would be particularly hard hit. (For more on the specifics of dimensional weight pricing, see sidebar.)

The consultants were right; for many shippers, costs have increased. The good news is that there are ways to reduce the impact of this new pricing strategy. Many of these solutions are tied to packaging optimization strategies that reduce the amount of "air" that a company ships (think of a flash drive being shipped in a carton the size of a shoebox). Plus, there are places shippers can turn for advice and help.

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Logistics Engineering, LLC
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Blythewood, South Carolina 29016

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