Shedding Some Light on DIM

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 11:12:00 AM

Rate increases have become commonplace in the shipping industry—somewhat of an expected change every year.

But these changes aren’t just percent increases.

Big shipping companies add a superfluity of extra fees—often called accessorial fees, and while a lot of these charges have come to light in recent years, there is one addition that many people do not pay attention to, and it may be costing them considerably more than the advertised rate increase.

It’s simply called: DIM.

What is DIM? DIM stands for dimensional weight. Essentially, a shipper will multiply the length, width, and height of a box, and divide it by the DIM Factor, to determine its shipping “weight”.

Sorting Pacakages

According to Jerry Hempstead of Hempstead Consulting, even though the tariff rate increase for UPS and FedEx was 5.9%, because of DIM weighting, rates for ground parcels (1-20lbs) shipped all over the country are likely to see a 7.5% increase. Because of this, in some cases, the increase could be nearly 9%.

With OnTrac, not only will you see fewer (and lower) accessorials, you get a higher DIM Divisor—meaning you can ship more for less. Check our rate comparison!

To read more about dimensional weighting and its impact on your shipping bill, click here for the article from DC Velocity.

Topics: DC Velocity, DIM Weight, DIM Divisor, OnTrac Shipping, OnTrac

The Time is Right to Make the Switch to a Regional Carrier

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 3:12:00 PM

With the announcement that UPS is changing their rate structure, more and more people are turning to regional carriers to give them high-quality package delivery service at affordable rates. There is a growing list of accessorial fees with national carriers that are continually costing you more on your shipping bill. With OnTrac, there are only a few. Conservative estimates of FedEx and UPS list over 40 accessorial fees.

Sure, you may be getting a “discount” with a national carrier, but you are also paying more fees on top of the shipping costs. OnTrac delivers your shipments on time, and with fewer fees and surcharges—all at a lower rate. Save a transit day, and get next-day service at ground rates—go OnTrac.

Read more about regional carriers at DC Velocity »

Topics: package delivery options, DC Velocity, Accessorial fees, OnTrac, OnTrac in the News