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by RS Associates

It didn't take long for UPS to decide they would follow FedEx's lead regarding the application of dimensional weight rules on ground shipments.  See the announcement message below.  All UPS ASO account holders will receive a notification letter alerting them to the change.

What we don't yet know is if either carrier will use the new policy to create a market advantage by providing any special waivers to the larger shippers and/or if the retail networks will receive any special consideration.  Stay tuned..........

UPS Announces Dimensional Weight Changes

New Pricing Addresses Industry Trend, Promotes Packaging Efficiency, and Environmental Responsibility

On June 17, 2014, UPS announced that dimensional weight will be used to calculate the billable weight of all UPS® Ground services and UPS® Standard to Canada packages in the U.S. beginning December 29, 2014*. Customers will be charged the larger of either the dimensional weight or the actual weight. UPS already applies this method for all UPS air services (domestic and international), all UPS Standard™ to Mexico ground packages and for UPS Ground packages and UPS Standard to Canada packages measuring 3 cubic feet in size or larger. 

Dimensional weight pricing enables us to more appropriately align rates with costs, which are influenced by both the size and weight of packages. Dimensional weight also encourages reductions in excess packaging materials and overall package sizes, leading to related reductions in fuel use, vehicle emissions and transportation costs.  

We want to make you aware of this change well before its implementation, so you can determine how you and your customers may be affected. If you are affected, you have time to prepare for by considering potential alternatives to current packaging approaches. Here are some options that can assist you:

·         Check our websites:

o   ups.com/dimweight, for further details on calculating dimensional weight

o   ups.com/packaging, to view our Packaging Advisor for general packaging guidelines, tips and instructions

·         Call our dedicated ASO Support Line toll-free at 1-877-543-4207.  

We look forward to continuing our partnership. Thank you for trusting UPS with your business. 

*The impact of these changes may vary according to the terms of your UPS agreement.