With the supply chain currently racing to keep up with demand, it’s a great time to inject some advanced math into your process to make sure you select the right mode for every order. In Part 1, we talked through the implications of smarter mode selection. Now, let’s get into some examples of just how complex it can get.

Weight isn’t Weight

As mentioned previously, carriers have a somewhat dynamic opinion about what “weight” is. For every parcel order, if the dimensional weight is greater than the actual weight, dim weight is what the price will be based on. This has interesting implications for box selection, but what if it’s a big multi-item order and we have the option of choosing a different pricing model entirely? We could, for example, consolidate all the cartons in the order into a Large Package.

A package is considered a “Large Package” when its length (longest side of the package) plus girth [(2 x width) + (2 x height)] combined exceeds 130 inches or its length exceeds 96 inches.

Large Packages are treated a bit differently than normal cartons. For UPS, they’re subject to a minimum billable weight of 90 pounds, plus a $100 commercial or $120 residential surcharge. Seems expensive right? Well, consider this imaginary order, where X many cartons is the cheapest way of shipping this order normally and will cost $300. I can instead opt to (or have Paccurate decide to) consolidate everything into a Large Package, and see that the cost drops to $260.