Effective January 2015, both UPS and FedEx are changing the way they calculate prices for their Ground service. Prior to this change the Major Carriers have calculated their prices based on the size of the box, as well as the weight of the box based on the distance traveled or the speed of service provided. Express has always used dimensional weight for packages due to the capacity of planes and price of jet fuel.
UPS began their dimensional weight charge for all ground packages on December 29th. FedEx followed suit on January 5th of this year. This increase can be an astounding 45% increase in charges along with their 4.5% increase in regular pricing. Neither company reduced their Fuel Surcharge even though fuel pricing is at an all time low in the last 10 years.
So in 2015 it is critical for all shipments to be in as small a package as will safely transport your items to their destination.
The “good” news is that The Mailbox is aware of this situation and we have been doing whatever we can to minimize the effect of this change for our customers. We also encourage you, the consumer, to contact FedEx and/or UPS to voice your discontent with this new policy. The policy seems to be brought about by large shippers such as Amazon/Zappos/etc. that used very large packaging for very small items as a matter of their convenience.
The 18 years experience we bring to the shipping business allows us to:
- Offer a choice of carriers and services
- Stock over 80 sizes of boxes that enable us to find the perfect box for your shipment
- We can build custom boxes as well as resize your box if it merits a downsize
Just bring your shipment to The Mailbox and let us see what we can do to ship your items safe and secure in the most economical way possible. Please realize that some shipments are inherently going to cost more but we have many options for sizes, weights and distances.
We’re here to assist in any way possible.