How to Keep Dimensional Weight Costs Down

shipping costs concept illustration designIn a previous blog post, we explained dimensional weight and how to calculate it. Both FedEx and UPS have announced that dimensional weight rules would apply to all shipments beginning this year (2015). On top of that, shipping rates are expected to increase. With more of your shipments being subjected to dimensional rate pricing, your expenses could increase significantly. In this post, we will go over some tips to help you lessen the blow.

Examine your packaging 

To determine the number of your shipments likely to be affected, check the pounds per cubic feet (PCF) rating of your packaging. To manually calculate PCF, multiply the height, width, and length of the box and divide the result by the weight of the box (measured in fractions of a pound). If the PCF is around 10.4 or more, you will probably be minimally impacted by the dimensional weight changes.

Use smaller boxes 

Of course, if you are able to reduce the dimensions of the boxes you use for shipping, that’s great! If it’s not so simple, consider using a packaging designer. Most shipping carton manufacturers have staff and laboratories that can help you redesign and optimize your packaging. Major couriers can also provide you with these resources. For example, FedEx just opened a new package testing and design lab earlier this year.

Optimize your dunnage 

Padding your goods with dunnage will keep them safe during transit, but the dunnage can also add unnecessary weight and volume. Fortunately, we have come a long way since styrofoam peanuts, bubble wrap, and old newspapers. Air pillows may be the best route since they are extremely light, have variable size, and effectively protect shipments.

Consult with your logistics provider 

You probably won’t be able to negotiate with carriers effectively on your own, but your fulfillment provider should. At Exact Fulfillment Inc, we offer the most aggressive pricing everyday. We relentlessly negotiate with all our suppliers and pass the discounts on to you. Visit our website at to learn more.

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