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The Benefits of Dimensional Weight Over Physical Weight Pricing | MINI PAK’R

As more and more shipping companies are switching over to dimensional weight pricing, a lot of people are wondering what the deal is. Why not stick with the traditional physical weight pricing model — after all, the heavier the package, the more it should cost, right? It turns out physical weight might not actually be the best way for shipping companies to manage their cargo. Not to mention the complications it causes for both them and the businesses that rely on them to transport their goods.

Before getting into the benefits of dimensional weight over the tried-and-true physical weight model, let’s first define some terms. Physical weight, as you can imagine, is simply that: the total weight of a package, regardless of size, shape, or density. This is usually the combined weight of the packaging materials (both inside and out) as well as the contents kept within.

Dimensional weight (or DIM for short), by contrast, is a little bit trickier. While we have already gone in depth as to what that all means, the quick explanation is that DIM is a measurement of volume divided by a certain factor (a DIM divisor) that varies from carrier to carrier.

That said, a good rule of thumb is to find providers with high DIM divisors; the higher the divisor, the lower the DIM weight (and the less you’ll end up paying).

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