Shipping costs have always been a big concern of both suppliers and customers. This is simply because customers always want to cut down this charge as much as possible and they are willing to find other suppliers that offer cheaper shipping fee. Therefore, sellers need to consider carefully to choose the most suitable calculation method. This article will introduce dimensional weight – a common industry practice in transportation.
Firstly, we must know what exactly dimensional weight is. Dimensional weight, also known as volumetric weight or “dim”, is a calculation based on the length, width and height of a package instead of its physical weight like other methods. Normally, this calculation method is used when the cost of transporting a shipment can be affected largely by the amount of space that it occupies in the cargo area more than its “actual weight”. Hence, people usually use this method if the density of their products is small. In fact, sellers usually compare between the shipping fee calculated based on dimensional weight and other methods and choose the higher fee.
Dimensional weight method was first applied on 2015 by the two major carriers namely UPS and FedEx. Since then, it became more and more popular. These days, almost every carrier worldwide considers dimensional weight as one of their methods to specify shipping charge. Please note that the manner by which the shipping fee is calculated based on dimensional weight is different between two carriers. You can read for more information about this by clicking the following URL:
Before making any decision to choose a carrier with dimensional weight, it is extremely important for you to understanding clearly how they calculate the shipping charge. This will help prevent error occurring during business operation because a small mistake might lead to annual losses of thousands of dollars, especially for wholesales or big businesses. However, please remember that this calculation method is not supported in Magento’s native shipping configuration.