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UPS/FedEx Dimensional Weight

One year latter - Any luck in negotiating Dimensional Weight

5:00 pm on Mar 11, 2016 (gmt 0)

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It's been a little over a year since dimensional weight took effect on parcels under 3 cubic feet. Our shipping costs almost doubled at the time, and we switched to a greater number of box sizes; but we are still shipping lightweight parcels, but this time with little air space, and have got the increase down to about 50% increase, which is still crazy. Most of our boxes are about a half cubic foot, and we are being charged for 5 to 12 pounds, for 2-3 pound shipments, based on the published cubing factor of 139 for International and 166 for domestic shipments.

When I order personal stuff from Amazon, I see they are still shipping packages full of air. They are either incredibly stupid, or they must be exempt from cubing. I did negotiate with the shipper for a cubing factor of 999 (basically you can ship feathers with no surcharge), for three months, to allow us to get rid of our existing stock of now unsuitable boxes, so I know they can do it.

What gets me upset, is that the small merchants, who are changing their habits, are getting nailed to the wall for shipping increases, while a large merchant like Amazon are not changing their practices, and probably is costing FedEx big time by shipping packages with mostly air, without paying for it.

We are looking for a minimum density weight of 210 or 220 to to bring the shipping costs down to, what would be consider a normal annual increase in shipping rates. Not having much luck, and now I may need to switch shippers, or play one against the other.

Anybody had much luck in getting a permanent change to Dimensional Weight Calculations, to return to the good old days, for packages under 3 cubic feet ?
9:13 am on Mar 13, 2016 (gmt 0)

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I don't have the answers, but... Honestly, I'm starting to think their goal is to put everybody but Amazon out of business. I've had duplicate incoming product orders that have tripled in just 5 years. I'm dangerously close to having numerous orders cost more to ship than they are worth. For outgoing, I have primarily used USPS for years. We ship long items, but it usually works out pretty well. But even USPS went up considerably. At least they have an excuse. However, UPS doing stuff like raising the fuel surcharge during record low gas prices, is ridiculous, to say the least.