Gartner Research

Mitigate the Cost Impact of Small Parcel Dimensional Weight Assessments

Published: 19 August 2015

ID: G00289431

Analyst(s): Greg Aimi , C. Klappich , Courtney Rogerson


Dimensional weight parcel pricing methods can increase small package shipping costs for unprepared shippers industrywide, yielding average increases of 30% in billable weight. Supply chain leaders must fully understand dimensional weight pricing in order to develop effective counterstrategies.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Shippers are likely to see increases in parcel shipping costs as a result of DIM weight pricing assessments
  • The packaging methods utilized by shippers and their 3PL providers can directly increase or decrease a shipper's parcel spend
  • In cases where a shipper's freight costs are a direct pass-through, end customers may see an increase in purchase price

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