When it comes to avoiding dimensional (DIM) weight pricing the key is to work smarter, not harder! Dimensional weight pricing is used by the major carriers including the USPS® to limit the number of large, lightweight packages that take up a lot of delivery space. This pricing model can sneak up on businesses and cost them more money, especially if you ship large light items or leave a lot of extra space, aka void, in your packages. Get these three tips for avoiding dim weight pricing as well as ways to reduce dim weight costs if your business can’t avoid them entirely.
Use package services that are not subject to DIM weight: There are some USPS package services that are not subject to dimensional weight pricing such as Priority Mail® and Priority Mail Express® flat rate boxes and envelopes. These boxes are available at no cost online or at your local Post Office™ so be sure to pick up some sizes to keep your office stocked. These boxes charge one flat rate regardless of how heavy the item is (up to 70 lbs.). They are our customers' favorite way to save money and be confident in what you will pay to ship.
Shrink your packages as much as possible so there is minimal void: With dimensional weight pricing the larger your package the more you end up paying so it is important to shrink package sizes whenever possible. If you are shipping with the USPS, you can even be exempt from dim weight pricing if you keep your packages under 1 cubic foot.
Businesses can encourage employees to use boxes that fit the item they are sending by providing boxes in multiple sizes at the office or multi-depth or "knock-down boxes" that can be adjusted to fit different sized items. Shrinking the size of your packages often also cuts down how much air or void you have to fill in your packages with packing peanuts or bubble wrap with can also be costly and add up.
Flat envelopes or pouches are not subject to DIM weight pricing: If you are sending soft or flexible items, large flat envelopes or pouches are a great way to cut your costs and avoid dim weight pricing. These are not the best option for shipping breakable or delicate items but clothing, books, and other "bendable" and soft items are perfect for these cost-saving envelopes that can be found online or at your local shipping store.
Finally, if you are a business that cannot avoid dimensional weight pricing never fear there are a number of ways that you can mitigate the costs!
If you have more questions about dimensional weight pricing check out our postage rate hub. If you want to talk to a shipping specialist about how to adjust to these dim weight changes contact your Quadient representative or dial 877.888.0677