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UPS Dimensional Weight Starting in 2015

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I missed this thread until now.  In 2007 I started getting hit with dimensional weight on large boxes, which was killing me.  I started using the UPS XML mod and giving feedback with real world items and boxes to Jan Z. who was working on it.  The last version I used was around 1.33 I think when the packing routine was split off, but it worked pretty well.  I had to tweak things though and it takes some trial and error.  Since then, I switched to FedEx and I've fiddled and tweaked to make it work the best I can.  For the most part I have it working pretty well, but it's not perfect.  On all large items I have to set them up in packs to where they ship on their own, because the packing routine always to use the larges box otherwise.  For a while I just used the UPS module and made it pretend to be fedex.  I switched to the fedex module in Jan 2015.

 

Anyway, dim weights are killing me and both UPS and fedex dropped their dim factor to 139 from 166 last year.  A 24 x 12 x 12 box that weighs 4lbs bills at 25 and last year it was 21.  As we've talked in other


I'm not really a dog.

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This is an example of the output of 4 items and one box that is a full box that ships on it's own as "ready to ship".

Boxes with content

Array
(
    [0] => Array
        (
            [length] => 31.0
            [width] => 15.0
            [height] => 10.0
            [current_weight] => 7.500
            [price] => 147.67
        )

    [1] => Array
        (
            [id] => 43
            [name] => 31x15x7
            [description] => 31x15x7
            [length] => 31.0
            [width] => 15.0
            [height] => 7.0
            [empty_weight] => 0.5
            [max_weight] => 16.00
            [volume] => 3255.000
            [price] => 85.91
            [x] => 7.0
            [y] => 15.0
            [z] => 31.0
            [remaining_volume] => 678.7
            [current_weight] => 6.5
            [products] => Array
                (
                    [0] => Array
                        (
                            [id] => 71
                            [name] => Triticum (wheat) - Natural Green  -  3 bunches
                            [model] => 
                            [image] => triticum_natural.jpg
                            [price] => 13.9900
                            [cost] => 7.1000
                            [quantity] => 1
                            [weight] => 1.400
                            [length] => 30.0
                            [width] => 4.0
                            [height] => 3.5
                            [ready_to_ship] => 0
                            [final_price] => 13.99
                            [tax_class_id] => 1
                            [attributes] => 
                            [x] => 3.5
                            [y] => 4.0
                            [z] => 30.0
                            [volume] => 420
                            [largest_box_it_will_fit] => 5
                        )

                    [1] => Array
                        (
                            [id] => 364
                            [name] => Eucalyptus - Preserved - Washed - Jade Green - 2 lbs
                            [model] => 
                            [image] => euc_jade_green_washed.jpg
                            [price] => 18.9900
                            [cost] => 9.1200
                            [quantity] => 1
                            [weight] => 2.100
                            [length] => 30.0
                            [width] => 5.1
                            [height] => 5.1
                            [ready_to_ship] => 0
                            [final_price] => 18.99
                            [tax_class_id] => 1
                            [attributes] => 
                            [x] => 5.1
                            [y] => 5.1
                            [z] => 30.0
                            [volume] => 780.3
                            [largest_box_it_will_fit] => 5
                        )

                    [2] => Array
                        (
                            [id] => 895
                            [name] => German Statice - Dried - 3 x 4 oz
                            [model] => 
                            [image] => german_statice.jpg
                            [price] => 20.9500
                            [cost] => 10.0000
                            [quantity] => 1
                            [weight] => 0.900
                            [length] => 26.0
                            [width] => 4.0
                            [height] => 4.0
                            [ready_to_ship] => 0
                            [final_price] => 20.95
                            [tax_class_id] => 1
                            [attributes] => 
                            [x] => 4.0
                            [y] => 4.0
                            [z] => 26.0
                            [volume] => 416
                            [largest_box_it_will_fit] => 5
                        )

                    [3] => Array
                        (
                            [id] => 140
                            [name] => Cane Cones - Natural Rattan - 3 x 8
                            [model] => 
                            [image] => cane_cones_natural.jpg
                            [price] => 13.9900
                            [cost] => 7.1400
                            [quantity] => 1
                            [weight] => 1.000
                            [length] => 30.0
                            [width] => 5.0
                            [height] => 4.0
                            [ready_to_ship] => 0
                            [final_price] => 13.99
                            [tax_class_id] => 1
                            [attributes] => 
                            [x] => 4.0
                            [y] => 5.0
                            [z] => 30.0
                            [volume] => 600
                            [largest_box_it_will_fit] => 5
                        )

                    [4] => Array
                        (
                            [id] => 865
                            [name] => Caspia - Yellow Green - 8 oz
                            [model] => 
                            [image] => caspia_yellow_green.jpg
                            [price] => 14.9900
                            [cost] => 8.6500
                            [quantity] => 1
                            [weight] => 0.600
                            [length] => 30.0
                            [width] => 3.0
                            [height] => 4.0
                            [ready_to_ship] => 0
                            [final_price] => 14.99
                            [tax_class_id] => 1
                            [attributes] => 
                            [x] => 3.0
                            [y] => 4.0
                            [z] => 30.0
                            [volume] => 360
                            [largest_box_it_will_fit] => 5
                        )

                )

        )

)

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I'm not really a dog.

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