# Why Weight? 2019 Dimensional Weighing Changes

Dimensional (DIM) weight, also known as volumetric weight is a pricing technique for commercial freight transport. This method uses an estimated weight that is calculated from the length, width, and height of a package. The air freight industry initially created DIM weight measurement. Low-weight packages that took up a lot of space was costing carriers revenue. To solve this problem dimensional weight was created which bases weight on the volume of the container.

The formula looks like this: (L x W x H) / DIM

A growing number of ground trucking companies have adopted DIM weight. If you are considering fulfilling e-commerce orders through a carrier that utilizes DIM weight, it is vital to get the measurements correct. To get the biggest bang for your buck, you would be wise to spend time analyzing box sizes, and also research which products fit into which container.

**How can you streamline this process?**
Getting the data correct is a must for optimizing costs and fulfillment, but what happens if you get it wrong? The short story is you get charged. As the e-commerce industry evolves so does the cost related to fulfilling these orders. Increased prices cut into the margins for sales which means mistakes are now a direct cost to the shipper.

Capturing all of this data and getting it correct is time-consuming and stressful. If you are now asking yourself, "How do I solve this problem?", You are in the right place. StreamTech has successfully designed and implemented systems that not only weigh but dimension and get it right every time.

**2019 Changes**

Specifically speaking USPS has implemented an automated package verification system which scans and weighs the package as it is processed. (A concept that the StreamTech Sprinter is capable of) Meaning mistakes will be caught immediately and billed back to the shipper. According to USPS rate changes will be effective January 27, 2019. Dimensional weight rate changes will be implemented by June 23, 2019. See below for tables of changes coming in 2019.

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