|Mon Oct 6 2014 17:55:03|
Another Factor in Selecting the Right Shipping Box
I just read your very good article on DIM weight charging by UPS and FedEx. One thing I would like to mention is that there is another consideration when selecting box size.
For a long time, I had a packing and shipping business and am quite familiar with UPS' packaging standards when it comes to proper protection for fragile items. If the person doing the packaging skimps on package size in order to save money on shipping, they might compromise the proper protection of the item.
When I had the business, the standard requirement was that there should be 2" of protection on every side of the item. So - a fragile item that is 12" by 8" by 8" would require a box that is 16" by 12" by 12".
Especially if the item is valued over $100, the sender will want to make sure the packaging meets UPS' requirements. (Claims procedures for items less than $100 were usually less rigorous.) Otherwise, the claim for damage could well be denied.
I can imagine the possibility that the new DIM weight pricing could result in losses that will not be compensated by the carriers if people use boxes that don't offer enough protection.
Another factor in package size that is relevant to the discussion is the amount of fill that is necessary to avoid void spaces in a box. Voids can really weaken the strength of the box, so even non-fragile items could be lost if placed in a box that is too large. We used box-sizers extensively to create appropriate-sized cartons.
The conclusion is that package size should be as economical as possible, without compromising the protection of the item being shipped, and all the space in the box should all be filled.
Thanks again for the great service you provide,