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How to Choose the Best Carrier for Domestic Shipping

Domestic shipping is a cornerstone of modern eCommerce. You’ve got local customers who want your products and need them to arrive fast. Plus, shipping can’t break the bank for you or your shoppers. Domestic shipping services provide an easy way […]

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Does Red Stag Fulfillment Have an Ecwid Integration?

When you choose an eCommerce fulfillment partner, one of the critical elements to set you up for success is fully functional integrations. Whatever eCommerce platform or other software you use to power your online store, you need a direct connection […]

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The Benefits of Strategic 3PL Distribution

How well is your eCommerce fulfillment working for you? Does it enhance customer satisfaction and build your brand? Are your operations seamless, allowing you to focus on the business of running your online store? If you’re like many eCommerce brands, […]

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Supply Chain Continuity Planning for ECommerce Businesses

Supply chain continuity planning has always been essential for eCommerce businesses, but in an environment of ongoing disruptions, it’s inescapable. A continuously updated plan is critical to the well-being of your supply chain and your business. Are you prepared for […]

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Is Reshoring Useful or Supply Chain Hype?

The more links you have in your supply chain, the more opportunities for disruptions and interruptions, making it a natural impulse to shorten the chain. Reshoring has once again cropped up as a potential method for companies to address both […]

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What Is an Acceptable Warehouse Shrinkage Rate?

If there’s one hard truth that all eCommerce owners know it’s that some inventory shrinkage is unavoidable: a box drops during unloading, a supplier sends the wrong quantity, or a product expires before you sell it. And you know that […]

The Pros and Cons of a Chicago 3PL

We know how daunting it can be to find the ideal 3PL location that works best for your eCommerce business. There are countless lists of “Top X U.S. Logistics Hubs” that can sway your decision as you attempt to follow […]

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Is Your Direct Fulfillment Solution Working for You?

D2C order fulfillment is the engine that powers eCommerce and, in an ideal world, your direct fulfillment solution will hum along without much input from you after the initial onboarding. But it may be too easy to get complacent about […]

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Unloading Floor-Loaded Containers: An ECommerce Guide

Here’s the raw reality: warehouses don’t typically love receiving floor-loaded shipments. Why? Because unloading floor-loaded containers is much more complicated, time-consuming, and hazardous than receiving palletized stock. That said, there are times when floor stacking is the best (or only) […]

Dimensional Pricing

What is dimensional pricing? Will it be the end of your business?

On January 2, 2015, FedEx and UPS changed how they will price shipments. We detail how this could greatly increase shipping costs for e-retailers and other businesses that use companies like FedEx and UPS to ship their products.

In addition, we breakdown why the carriers are making the change and provide examples of how the new calculations work.

Lastly, we provide possible solutions for companies that would like to reduce their shipping costs and help minimize the impact that could come from dimensional pricing.


  1. Will It Be The End of Your Business? WHAT IS DIMENSIONAL PRICING?
  2. How does pricing work now? The historical way for calculating costs to send a package was based on a very simple method; Carriers use a table that assigns a “base rate” for every combination of weight (1-150 lbs.) and distance (Zones). The heavier the package and/or the farther you ship, the more it costs. Other surcharges and fees are then added to the base rate as they are applicable (E.g. fuel surcharge).
  3. Does it work? Historically, this pricing structure was ideal because transport trucks could use these same variables in their formulas to calculate transportation costs, and therefore determine the profit margin for each truck transporting goods.
  4. What is dimensional pricing? In other words, many of the lightweight packages you ship today could see A BIG INCREASE IN COST!!! Every package you ship will now have two weights – actual weight and dimensional weight. The larger of these two will be used to calculate the cost of your shipment (Height x Width x Length) Dimensional Factor* = Dimensional Weight * The standard Dimensional Factor that UPS and FedEx will use is 166
  5. Why the change? The convenience of online shopping with in-home delivery, has resulted in an increase in the number of lighter weight packages in bulkier boxes being shipped to homes across the world. Consumers now purchase bath robes and teddy bears online! Bigger boxes take up more room in a truck; so less space and less weight = less revenue per truck for the carriers.
  6. How will this affect my shipping cost? 3 lbs. x Zone 8 $9.84 Base (Daily Pickup) Rate 3 lbs. package shipped in a 12” H x 12” W x 18” L box From: Knoxville, TN (ZIP 37923) To: Reno, NV (ZIP 89501) TRADITIONAL (12 x 12 x 18) / 166 = 15.6 lbs. 16 lbs. x Zone 8 $18.86 Base (Daily Pickup) Rate DIMENSIONAL
  7. 3 Questions to Consider What will my margins be if I eat the cost? If I pass this cost on to my customer – how many will I lose? Will I still be in business 1 year from now?
  8. Solutions Take the Air Out Negotiate your dimensional factor Find a partner with negotiating power (E.g. a 3PL)
  9. Take the Air Out Deliberately engineer packaging to remove as much “air” as possible. If additional packaging is added when preparing to ship, educate your packing team on the effects of their decisions. This should be the first step for any company looking to avoid large dimensional weights You might be surprised how much opportunity there is
  10. Negotiate Dimensional Factor Larger Dimensional Factor = Smaller Dimensional Weight = Less Effect on Your Business Must negotiate with each carrier you use (i.e. FedEx and UPS) There are no guaranteed outcomes Shipping Revenue = Power
  11. Find a strategic partner Quality 3PL fulfillment operations minimize effect to their clients Strategic Partners help with these various strategies Examples: Negotiating power with Carriers Package consolidation Packaging engineering
  12. FOR HELP REDUCING COST OF DIMENSIONAL PRICING 800.815.STAG (7824) info@redstagfulfillment.com www.redstagfulfillment.com

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