The Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors Blog

Dimensional Weight Billing for Parcel Shipments – An Action Plan for Minimizing its Toll on Your Costs

September 1st, 2014

UPS and FedEx have both recently announced that they will price all ground shipments using dimensional weight starting January 1, 2015. As a result, it will cost more to ship Ground packages where the dimensional weight exceeds the actual weight. This post outlines a three step action plan for companies wanting to proactively minimize the impact.

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Gathering Cube Data on SKUs

July 24th, 2014

As both FedEx and UPS extend their dimensional weight pricing model (previously reserved for  packages with dimensional weight greater than 3 cubic feet) to all ground shipments, many companies are embarking on initiatives to develop better cubing and cartonization capabilities with the ultimate goal of reducing box sizes. Under the new system which goes into effect, January 1, 2015, shipping costs will go up on packages where the dimensional weight exceeds the actual weight.

This article outlines how to efficiently gather cube data on SKUs to enable techniques like cartonization which can help decrease box sizes to reduce shipping cost increases.

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The True Impact of the 2014 Parcel Rate Increase

December 5th, 2013

UPS and FedEx have made rate increase announcements for 2014. Many companies will see their overall parcel shipping costs rise by more than the announced average increase, this post explains why.

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