Top 8 Strategies to Improve Your Dim Weight Shipping Process

Yesterday we had a chance to see, in person, the Rice Lake iDimension® 100 dim weight scanning system and the Rice Lake Bench Pro Series shipping scale and it is an impressive group of products from Rice Lake!

With a system like this, all you do is place the package that you’re shipping on the scale top and within a few tenths of a second you have the weight of the box and the dimensions. This data can then be sent over to your shipping software such as UPS Worldship.

We never had to key in the weight of the box. We also did not have to pick up a yard stick and squint trying to read measurements. We did not have to key in the length, or the width, or the height of the box either. All of this was done automatically in under a second!

Think of how much easier your shipping process could go at your business!

If your business ships a couple dozen boxes or more per day; this iDimension 100 dimensional weight measuring scanner could save your company and your shipping clerk a lot of hassles and money.

The iDim 100 could also help your UPS shipping corrections drop dramatically as well each month on your UPS or FedEx statement. We’ve written about the iDimension 100 before with a series of Frequently Asked Questions.

The key part of this system is the cost savings.

Let’s say you ship products to your customers on a daily basis. On average you ship (50) boxes per day all over the country. The boxes are usually different sizes because you sell various products and various quantities on each order. Your standard order fulfillment process that you currently use is to just fill each box, place the box on the scale and enter the weight and ship to address. The shipping cost is then displayed on the screen and that is what your customer is charged for shipping.

Unfortunately, when your UPS and FedEx bill comes in at the end of the month, you will soon find out that you have been undercharging your customers on virtually every transaction. And the costs can be significant. Multiply that out by (50) orders per day and (300+) days per year you can see where a iDimension 100 automatic dim weight measurement system could instantly improve your productivity and bottom line.

dim weight scanning device

When you research about the dim weight subject online, often you see folks mention the dimensional weight calculator for UPS or FedEx. The freight density calculator is great but only for a handful of boxes. You don’t want to have to use that online calculator manually for thirty boxes each day.

The future of shipping is dimensional weight. From small businesses and mail counters to large operations and warehouses, parcel and package shipment is a daily occurrence. In order to more accurately reflect billable weight, many carriers are now determining shipment pricing based on either dimensional weight or actual weight. Whichever is greater.

Measuring dimensions manually is more time consuming than obtaining the package’s weight with a conventional shipping scale. How can businesses ensure freight compliance and deter revenue-loss from miscalculated dimensions, without adding time to their process?

There are manufacturers modernizing dimensioning technology to provide shippers with solutions to quickly, efficiently and accurately obtain package dimensions for shipment with dimensioning systems.

Dim weight is all about volume. Dimensioning systems use sensing and imaging technology to calculate the dimensions of packages to determine dim weight. Although dimensioning systems differ in performance and technology, they provide valuable solutions to ensure companies optimize dim-weight shipping with accurate package dimensions, all without slowing processes.

Follow these EIGHT steps to optimize dimensional weighing in your application:

1. Optimize the way you package items. Use only the material needed to safely ship products and choose the best sized containers.

2. Do your research. Speak with your carriers to determine the dim weight policies they have in place. Knowing shipping requirements now can help deter additional fees in the future.

3. Document your current total monthly shipping charges to ensure your dim weight shipping charges are accurate (and that you’re measuring dim weight correctly). Odds are you will see a lot of areas for improvement.

4. Convert irregulars to cubic measurements. Polybags, tubes and irregular shapes need cubic measurements, too. Manually measuring irregular shapes can be complicated. A dimensioning system can measure them for you.

5. Streamline your system. Utilizing dimensioning systems can maximize your process flow and limit the amount of errors & time spent manually measuring.

6. Know that not all dimensioning systems are created equal. If speed, accuracy and dependability are important to you, ensure that your dimensioning system can deliver all three.

7. If you ship a variety of items, from oversized packages to thin mailers, closely research the maximum package height and widths dimensioning systems can measure.

8. Spec out the systems on the market. Certain dimensioning systems can integrate scales to provide package dimensions and weight at the same time. Some can integrate this data with existing shipping software, too.

If this sounds like a shipping solution that your company could use, contact us today. We’ve seen this product up close and there are many companies out there who have shipping departments who would benefit from a system like this. We can provide you with a custom quote for your particular needs. Our phone number is (919) 776-7737 or you can fill out the Request a Quote button on our website.

New SOLAS Weight Regulations Coming into Effect

We’ve mentioned SOLAS before but here is just a friendly reminder. Beginning July 1, 2016 changes to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) treaty will require verified weight certificates for all containers before they are loaded onto a ship. If the certificate is not submitted in a timely matter (12-24 hours prior to stowing cargo), the cargo runs the risk of being refused passage. This new regulation will have a significant impact on several groups, including scale dealers located near ports or working in the overseas logistics industry.

What is SOLAS?
The SOLAS treaty was first passed in 1914 in response to the sinking of the RMS Titanic to improve safety procedures at sea. The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) is part of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the maritime arm of the United Nations.

solas rules relating to digital weight scales

Aren’t weights currently pre-determined and declared for shipping containers?
Pursuant to previous regulations, shippers have already been required to declare container weights on their supplied bill of lading/paperwork. Verification of shipping weights by approved methods of weighing will now be mandatory due to several maritime disasters. These incidents range from falling containers at port or overboard from ships, forklift accidents, on-deck stack collapses (often due to heavier loads stacked on top of lighter loads), and even shipwrecks due to declared weights being as much as 6.7 times the declared weight. The MSC Napoli met it’s end in January of 2007 when 20% of the loaded containers exceeded their declared weight by 3 tonnes; the largest difference being 20 tonnes and the total weight of the 137 containers was 312 tonnes heavier than the cargo manifest.

Who will be affected by this new law?
The SOLAS treaty affects 99% of the merchant ships around the world in terms of gross tonnage. These revisions will affect shippers, freight forwarders, and vessel and terminal operators. All of these businesses will need to establish policies and procedures to ensure the implementation of these new regulations.

Who enforces the new guidelines?
The maritime organization of each country will be generally responsible for enforcement, beginning July 1, 2016. Implementation of the new regulations should begin prior to July 1st to avoid disruptions and fines, as trans-shipments may depart after the deadline. If weight discrepancies are found between the lading paperwork and the actual weight, non-compliant cargo will not be loaded on vessels, subject to the new regulations.

Who is responsible for weight verification?
The bill of lading paperwork will list the shipper. This entity will ultimately be legally responsible for providing the verified gross mass (VGM). If the exporter uses a third-party agent to pack and weigh the goods to be forwarded to the terminal, the forwarder is acting purely on the instructions of the shipper. Therefore, the exporter remains the legal party responsible for verifying the gross mass prior to stowing cargo.

Container weight verification options:
SOLAS guidelines, legally binding on July 1, 2016, for verified gross mass (VGM) reporting specify only two acceptable methods for weighing a cargo transport unit (CTU):

Method 1: Weigh (or have a third party weigh) the packed CTU.
Method 2: Weigh all cargo items and packing and securing materials, and add this to the CTU’s tare weight.

All methods of weighing must pass standards of accuracy, and should be calibrated according to the appropriate state’s standards. The shipping documents specifying the gross mass must be not only declared, but verified through approved methods. A shipping document ensuring the VGM must be signed by a person authorized by the shipper and submitted to the master/representative and the terminal representative sufficiently in advance, between 12-24 hours prior to stowage, to be used in the ship’s stowage plan.

If the shipping document is not provided for the container with a verified gross mass and/or the master or his representative and the terminal representative have not obtained the verified gross mass of the container, it shall not be loaded on the ship.

What considerations are there when determining the best weight verification methodology?

When considering the best answer to shipping according to SOLAS weight verification guidelines and the new CTU Code of Practice, consider the best method that will:
Allow the highest possible level of accuracy
Work within your logistics processes
Not pose risks to workers or civilians within the containers vicinity
Minimize loss of time and productivity
Minimize costs of maintenance and calibration of the systems/equipment
Provide accurate weighments for timely submittal to shipmasters (no less than 12-24 hours prior to stowage)

So, what choices do you have when it comes to obtaining digital weight scales?

scale choices

Weighing Solutions for New SOLAS Requirements

Starting July 1, 2016 the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Treaty will require all ISO containers to have a verifiable gross mass entered into the ship’s manifest prior to loading. This international treaty amendment comes in the wake of several at-sea disasters resulting from overweight and improperly balanced containers; impacting the loading of all containers at all ports world-wide, container shippers are ultimately responsible for verifying and providing the gross mass number.

We have a wide variety of scale equipment from Rice Lake Weighing Systems to help you with compliance, offering several turnkey solutions that are straightforward and worry-free. The industry preferred and recommended method for verifying ISO containers mass is to weigh the entire container, once sealed, to provide a total verified mass, with the added benefit of relevant center of gravity and container balance data. Rice Lake offers several products that make this possible, including:

  • Twist lock sensors for crane spreaders and mobile equipment attachments
  • Load pin and load sensor solutions integrated into overhead cranes
  • Below-the-hook crane scale and tension link solutions
  • Forklift scales
  • Truck scales and rail scales
  • And much more

These products can integrate into existing port handling equipment and management systems, providing minimum interruption to operations and seamless merging of data.

Starting July 1, 2016, unverified containers cannot be legally loaded. Failure to comply will result in fines and penalties throughout the logistics chain as well as costly delays and interruptions. Don’t let this happen to you – contact us today to discuss options to ensure compliance with this new treaty amendment.

New & Improved NCI 7800 Series Shipping Scales from Avery Weigh-Tronix

Avery Weigh-Tronix has improved the successful NCI 7800 series of post, mail and shipping scales, to bring them into line with the modern requirements of postal operations. The main change is the addition of improved connectivity options. The 7800 series will retain all of the key features that have contributed to the success of the range over the years, offering an affordable entry level shipping scale with a robust design.

However, changes within the postal and shipping industry have seen POS terminals advance and communication methods improve. So the factory has brought the range into line with modern requirements by adding USB HID and USB VCP ports to many of the models as standard. The NCI 7800 series scales have also been re-branded  with the Avery Weigh-Tronix overlay design which now resembles the Avery Weigh-Tronix family branding that you may have noticed on some of their newest indicators for example.

Please note that we ship our NCI scales straight from the factory, so you even if our part numbers on the website are old, you will receive the brand new stock direct from the Avery Weigh-Tronix scale factory in Minnesota.

nci shipping scales by Avery Weigh-Tronix

Current Part Number     Description                        New Part Number
7300-16577-01    Kit, Remote Display 6 Digit 7′             AWT05-508631
7300-16864-01   Kit, Remote DSPL 6DIG 1′ POST       AWT05-508632
9503-16444         7815 BASE ASSY 12×14 150lb          AWT05-508634
9503-16645         7815 BASE ASSY 12×14 150lb          AWT05-508635
9503-17293         7815R BASE ASSY 12×14 150lb        AWT05-508636
9503-17294         7815R BASE ASSY 12×14 150lb        AWT05-508637
9503-16504         7820 BASE ASSY 12×14 100lb          AWT05-508638
9503-16509         7820 BASE ASSY 12×14 100lb          AWT05-508639
9503-16505         7820 BASE ASSY 12×14 150lb          AWT05-508640
9503-16510         7820 BASE ASSY 12×14 150lb          AWT05-508641
9503-17229         7820R BASE ASSY 12×14 150lb       AWT05-508642
9503-17230         7820R BASE ASSY 12×14 150lb       AWT05-508643
9503-16249         7821 BASE ASSY 12×14 200lb          AWT05-508644
9503-15796         7824 BASE ASSY 12×14 250lb          AWT05-508645
9503-15798         7824 BASE ASSY 24×24 250lb         AWT05-508646
9503-15797         7824 BASE ASSY 24×24 300lb         AWT05-508647
9503-15799         7824 BASE ASSY 24×24 300lb        AWT05-508648
9503-16278         7829 BASE ASSY 20×20 250lb        AWT05-508649
9503-16279         7829 BASE ASSY 20×20 250lb        AWT05-508650
9503-15791          7840 BASE ASSY 18×24 250lb       AWT05-508651
9503-15793          7840 BASE ASSY 18×24 250lb       AWT05-508652
9503-16934         7880 BASE ASSY 18×18 100lb        AWT05-508653
9503-16935         7880 BASE ASSY 18×18 100lb       AWT05-508654
9503-16936         7880 BASE ASSY 18×18 150lb       AWT05-508655
9503-16937         7880 BASE ASSY 18×18 150lb       AWT05-508656
9503-16938         7880 BASE ASSY 18×18 250lb       AWT05-508657
9503-16939         7880 BASE ASSY 18×18 250lb       AWT05-508658
9503-16679         7885 BASE ASSY 18×18 150lb       AWT05-508659
9503-16680        7885 BASE ASSY 18×18 150lb        AWT05-508660

Our range of electronic postal scales, available from Central Carolina Scale are extremely accurate, developed together with high volume shippers, and designed for use in a range of environments, from retail counters to back office systems. Most are highly connective, able to integrate into existing POS and data systems.

These scales can stand up to a busy day in the post office or mail room, day after day, and still accurate enough to display small differences in box weight. The postal scale range features easy to use operator displays, for error free, rapid customer service. Our extensive range of industrial products applicable to the postal logistics industry that can enhance your productivity and increase your company profitability. Contact us if you have any questions. (919) 776-7737 or visit our website and complete the request for quote/information form.

Are You Ready for the Latest Changes in Billable Weight for Shipping Carriers?

Have you seen the latest pricing and billing strategies utilized by large shipping carriers like FedEx®, UPS® and DHL®? In order to more accurately reflect billable weight, these large freight carriers are now determining shipment pricing based on either dimensioning or actual weight — whichever is greater. If you’re shipping quite a few boxes each day, that can mean a lot of extra fees and/or extra time measuring boxes with a tape measure.

Fortunately, Rice Lake now offers the iDimension™ 100 which is the fastest solution for calculating NTEP Certified dimensions of boxes, flats, polybags, tubes and other irregular-shaped packages.

This out-of-the-box solution ensures freight compliance and deters revenue loss from miscalculated dimensions in retail, office and shipping environments. With the operator display directly attached and no PC interface required, iDimension 100 delivers instant dimensions with a quick and easy setup.

3d image for UPS box dimensions and weight

– Calculates NTEP Certified dimensions in 0.2 seconds
– No moving parts, no special handling
– Quick assembly—includes all necessary hardware and tools
– No PC interface required to set up, configure or manually enter dimensions into 3rd party software
– Interfaces with NTEP Certified shipping scales and select Rice Lake indicators via USB connection
– Take measurements to a new dimension with the iDimension 100.
– Simply open, assemble and display dimensions. Instantly.

By adding the iDimension 100 to your warehouse you can ultimately save money and time, leading to more productivity and profitability for your company. For more information, please visit our website or contact us a (919) 776-7737.

NCI 7600 Series Shipping Scale Discontinued

NCI 7600 series scales are being discontinued effective December 31, 2015. Central Carolina Scale and Avery Weigh-Tronix will continue to provide service spares (repair parts) as long as components are available, for up to five years. All new orders for the NCI 7600 scale(s) must be received no later than close of business on December 31, 2015.

Discontinued Part Numbers

Part number ….. Description
9503-15624 …….. 7620, 70 lb (RS-232 w/ stainless weight platter)
9503-15625 …….. 7620, 100 lb (RS-232 w/ stainless weight platter)
9503-16638 …….. 7620, 100 lb (RS-232 w/ Ball-Top)
9503-16568 …….  7620, 150 lb (RS-232 w/ stainless weight platter)
9503-17111 …….. 7620, 150 lb (RS-232 w/ Ball-Top)
9503-17178 …….. 7680, 150 lb (RS-232 w/ stainless weight platter)
9503-17179 …….. 7680, 150 lb with Ball-Top (13 roller balls)

Recommended Replacements
We recommended you look at the Avery Weigh-Tronix ZP900 Mailing and Parcel Shipping Scale

ZP900 postal scale from Avery Weigh-Tronix

Our selection of post, mail and shipping scales are highly accurate, developed in partnership with our customers and designed for use in a range of environments, from retail counters to back office systems. Most are highly connective, able to integrate into existing point of sale and data systems.

The scales can stand up to a busy day in the post office or company mail room, year after year, and still determine small differences in weight. The postal scale range features easy to use operator displays, for error free, fast customer service. Avery Weigh-Tronix boasts an extensive range of industrial products applicable to the postal logistics industry that can enhance productivity and optimize your shipping process.

Flexible Configuration
The ZP900 is available in a range of base sizes and configurable capacities to meet the needs of the postal industry. The modular design provides a range of solutions which are easy to service and maintain, while the range of customer and operator display options provides added flexibility.

Unrivaled Connectivity
A range of connectivity options, including serial, Ethernet and USB with UPOS and OPOS support, facilitate integration with third party software and hardware solutions.

For additional information about the ZP900, please refer to http://www.centralcarolinascale.com or call (919) 776-7737

Warehouse & Distribution Scales Can Help You Grow Your Business

Warehouses and distribution centers rely on efficient and reliable data to ensure peak performance. Digital Scales and weighing systems can help ensure billing is accurate by monitoring cargo weights, tracking data and ensuring vehicles are filled to the optimum safe capacity. With the assistance of Avery Weigh-Tronix we have compiled a list of various types of scales and how they can benefit your business. Our Avery Weigh-Tronix products simplify compliance with health and safety regulations, while maintaining efficiency throughout your organization to control costs and safeguard profitability. Regardless of the application, correct weighing practices—including selecting the appropriate scale system—can increase revenue exponentially. Integrating weighing into warehouse operations improves shipping and billing accuracy and enhances overall work flow productivity. Take a look below at just a few of the weighing solutions available that can help your business.

digital scales infographic

Legal-for-trade weighing
A scale system capable of legal-for-trade weighing can prove to be an invaluable asset in the logistics industry, as revenue is commonly based upon the weight of commodities purchased by or shipped for customers. Legal-for-trade accuracy is required for business transactions where goods are bought or sold by weight. Avery Weigh-Tronix provides a wide range of legal and non-legal scales, but the benefits of a legal-for-trade system extend beyond legality into a scale system that provides reliable, repeatable weighing of goods ensuring customer satisfaction, precise billing and accurate inventory records.

Vehicle Scales
Properly managing inventory and billing in warehouse and distribution center environments depends upon documenting and weighing both inbound and outbound freight. With the high cost of fuel, bulk carriers have to balance the need for optimal loading with concerns about safety. Truck scales and axle weighing systems from Avery Weigh-Tronix will help ensure that trucks are loaded to the ideal weight and conform to stringent legal maximum-weight regulations. Accurate weighing helps companies avoid costly fines as well as premature vehicle wear due to excessive loading.

Unattended Terminals
For increased effciency, truck scale controls may be integrated into a standalone console that facilitates unattended weighing operations. The terminals enable drivers to complete weighing transactions 24/7, without leaving their cab. The result is that your truck scale can run smoothly without a dedicated operator. This results in reduced operating costs, extended hours of availability and improved health and safety by allowing the driver to stay within their vehicle.

Forklift Scales
A forklift scale allows drivers to lift and weigh bundled materials on the truck. This expedites operations by enabling forklift drivers to take commodities directly to storage upon delivery, while tracking the weight, origin and storage location during transport. This process results in real-time data acquisition, which can be used for billing and inventory management.  The ability to transport and weigh materials in one simple step results in tremendous time savings and a speedy return on investment. Forklift scales are also a compact weighing solution, making them suitable for the busy warehousing environment. In-cab instruments such as bar code scanners allow forklift operators to instantly capture all necessary freight data available, then transmit this information with weight data wirelessly via Bluetooth® or radio to supervisory computer systems. Continue reading

Looking For A Shipping Scale With Ethernet?

Are you interested in a shipping scale with Ethernet? If so, please take a look at the information below. The Pennsylvania 7300 is a Made in the USA shipping scale that is designed for years of heavy duty use and loaded with features. These scales are extra rugged and dependable. Default settings for UPS Online, Clipper Ship, Fairbanks or Mettler Toledo emulation + option outputs for Ethernet, analog (0-10 VDC or 4-20 mA), standard RS-232, remote displays. The scale itself is better than the competition because it isn’t made out of cheap plastic. The Pennsylvania 7300 features Heavy duty CAST base construction and standard resolution of 10,000 counts which make this shipping scale the standard of the industry. Below are just a few of the standard features.

pennsylvania 7300 shipping scale with ethernet

•Proven PLUS+ Series universal Main Board technology – consistent design
•4 Year Limited Warranty
•Capacities from 2 lbs (8 x 8″ platform) to popular 10, 20, 50, 100, 150, and 200 lbs models with 10,000 standard display graduations
•Remote Displays – plug and play functionality
•Standard Lbs/Kgs or choose any 2 weighing units
•Programmable and flexible RS-232 (DB9 located in cavity under the scale) has default settings for UPS WorldShip and many other shipping systems
•Optional Ball tops for shipping applications

The ethernet module has an RJ45 mating port to accept the customer’s cable. The module is a name brand product that computer savvy people are comfortable with. It comes with an assigned IP address (modifiable) and software license. The Ethernet option is reasonably priced and lead time is usually about one business day.

iDimension Frequently Asked Questions

If you ship packages to customers or suppliers then you really should take a look at the iDimension system built by Rice Lake. Not long ago we went into detail about how dimensional weighing is becoming a very important area for shippers to pay close attention. Today we wanted to present a few of the frequently asked questions along with answers. Plus we’ll also provide a video below that shows the unit in action easily calculating dimensional weight for various items and packages.

Q: Does iDimension Interface with shipping software programs?
A: The iDimension Series at this time is a new product. The free API and software development tool kit can help users interface with their current system. In the future, look for iDimension Software Compatibility Chart at www.ricelake.com as new companies are added to the list.

Q: How do I connect my iDimension to a PC?
A: The iDimension Series interfaces to an Ethernet port. Connect directly to a PC’s Ethernet port or router switch so that iDimension can be configured as a DCHP or static IP device.

Q: Does iDimension have a operator display or keypad?
A: The customer’s computer monitor is used as the display. iDimension’s embedded firmware provides a demo display with image, operator display and customer display. Use a Wi-Fi router to connect to a tablet using iDimension’s web service technology.

Q: Can iDimension connect to a scale?
A: iDimension can be configured to add the weight into the iDimension displays or API. There is a selection of common shipping scales to choose from or use a Rice Lake 420 indicator with custom iDimension software that uses an RS-232 to USB converter, providing an FTDI driver. Actually in a lot of cases, the end user’s scales already interface to their software program; so connection to the iDimension is not required.

Q: What is an API?
A: Application Program Interface, or API, is a set of routines, protocols and tools for building software applications. An API is generally a specification of remote calls exposed to software for consumption that will allow the software to perform different operations, or retrieve specific data. The Rice Lake API allows users to interface with the system to retrieve dimensions, weight, a low-resolution image and more valuable data using a simple HTTP request and XML parsing method. iDimension is easily installed over existing conveyors and workstations.

Q: Does iDimension provide a dimensional weight?
A: The iDimension Series is NTEP Certified to provide dimensional weight since most shipping software programs provide dimensional weight standard. However, we provide length, width, height, weight, a low resolution image, time and date, sequential capture identification, status, extended status, and identification barcode information.

Q: What is an irregular shape?
A: An irregular shape is anything that is not packed in a carton. iDimension is one of the few dimensioning systems that accurately measure an irregular shape with NTEP Certification at 10 mm accuracy.

Q: How do I calibrate the iDimension Series?
A: A calibration tool is provided with each product. Simply place the item under iDimension and calibrate using the embedded firmware.

Q: What are the advantages of the iDimension Series?
A: iDimension is an innovative, easy-to-maintain dimensioning solution with no moving parts to service. iDimension can quickly capture dimensions in 0.2 seconds from parcels placed anywhere in its zone of interest work area. A high-resolution camera captures an image of the parcel to identify bar codes and OCR data.

Q: What is the warranty?
A: One year from date of installation.

Q: What is the repair policy?
A: Rice Lake Weighing Systems has a repair depot swap program and easy field replacement.

Q: How do I troubleshoot in the field?
A: Using a remote support program like TeamViewer®, Rice Lake’s iDimension service team can quickly provide remote support from our facility without need for a field visit.

Q: Ok, all of this sounds great, how do I get an iDimension for my company?
A: Contact the sales team either by phone at 919-776-7737 or via the information request form.

Dimensional Weighing and Measuring of Boxes At Shipping Table

Some companies ship lots of parcels and boxes every single day. Others ship quite a few boxes occasionally and light amounts otherwise. Meanwhile, some companies have hundreds of boxes that ship out to their customers via FedEx or UPS everyday.

At Central Carolina Scale, we ship out quite a few boxes every week and recently noticed a change that you are probably going to start noticing as well if you own a business that ships out packages via UPS Ground.

We’ll focus mostly on UPS since that is our primary carrier but you can probably expect FedEx to do something similar if they’re not already. You see in the past UPS mostly focused dimensional weight rates, aka… dim weight on their expedited services like UPS Red (Next Day Air) or UPS Blue (2nd Day Air). Well, starting in 2015 dim weights apply to the standard UPS Ground charges as well. You can see more at UPS rates website.

In addition to the announcement that UPS® Ground, Air and International rates will increase an average net 4.9% there is also a mention of dimensional weight pricing.

Dimensional weight pricing will apply to all UPS® Ground services and UPS® Standard to Canada packages. Dimensional weight pricing encourages reductions in excess packaging materials and overall package sizes, leading to reduced fuel use, vehicle emissions and transportation costs.

We should probably give you a quick overview of what dimensional weight is all about. Here is the way UPS describes it. Dimensional weight reflects package density, which is the amount of the space a package occupies in relation to its actual weight. Dimensional weight may apply to all UPS domestic and international package services. Determine the package dimensions in inches. For each dimension, measure at the longest point, rounding each measurement to the nearest whole number (for example, 1.00 to 1.49 will be considered 1, and 1.50 to 1.99 will be considered 2). Measure the length, width and height of the package at its extreme points. If the package has a bulge or is irregularly shaped, include the bulge or irregular aspects of the package. Multiply the package length by the width by the height. The result is the cubic size in inches.

UPS Air Services shipments in U.S.: Divide the cubic size in inches by 166 to determine dimensional weight in pounds. Increase any fraction to the next whole pound.

UPS Ground shipments in U.S.: If the cubic size of the package in inches is 5,184 or larger, divide the cubic size by 166 to determine dimensional weight in pounds. If the cubic size in inches is less than 5,184, use the actual weight of the package. Increase any fraction to the next whole pound.

Effective December 29, 2014, dimensional weight will be used to calculate the billable weight of all UPS Ground packages. For business and industry this creates quite a quandary since it can be very time consuming getting out the tape measure or the yard stick and measuring every single box. Below are a couple of tips that might help you out Continue reading