Starting on December 29, UPS will expand dimensional-weight pricing to include ground services. Dimensional-weight pricing charges customers if a box’s dimensional weight is larger than its actual weight. This is already used in by the company when sending packages through domestic and international air, reports Fox Business.
Rival company Fedex (FDX) announced last month that it plans to implement dimensional-weight pricing starting in 2015. Changes to how these companies are charging to ship items comes as increasing fuel prices rises the cost of shipping. UPS advises customers to use boxes close to an object’s size to avoid large shipping fees, Fox Business notes.
“The 49 cent toy that’s 3 feet tall and requires a big box probably doesn’t get shipped anymore,” David Vernon a Sanford Bernstein analyst, told NBC News.