Why Shipping Carriers Have Embraced DIM

Dimensional weight pricing is a major source of increased revenue for shipping carriers.

Carriers discovered they were delivering boxes that were much larger than required for the efficient delivery of the products they contained. This outsized box phenomenon caused shipping carrier’s vehicles to reach their maximum space capacity long before they reached their physical weight capacity. Dimensional weight pricing financially motivates shipping customers to select the proper sized box for the contents it carries.

So, what is DIM’s effect on shipping customers?

The advent of the DIM model has increased most shippers’ costs and triggered the need to re-evaluate business processes as well as re-engineer packaging processes and shipping services. For instance, packaging procedures may be more laborious because shipping customers must now measure and record the outside box dimensions for each shipment.

In a simplified restatement of the DIM model, shipping customers sending bulky but lightweight packages will pay more than they did before 2015. Below are examples of price changes when DIM is impletmented. 


Examples of DIM Weight pricing


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