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UPS will consider box size in ground shipping prices

United Parcel Service Inc. believes that the change will push customers to put lightweight items in smaller boxes that take up less space on its familiar brown trucks, reducing the company’s costs.
By DAVID KOENIG, AP Business Writer Published: June 18, 2014
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UPS says it will consider box size when setting prices for ground shipment of parcels within the U.S. and Canada.

The move announced Tuesday follows a similar change by rival FedEx, and it could lead to price increases for shippers, analysts say.

United Parcel Service Inc. believes that the change will push customers to put lightweight items in smaller boxes that take up less space on its familiar brown trucks, reducing the company’s costs.

The change takes effect Dec. 29, after the big holiday-season shipping period. Atlanta-based UPS already factors box size in rates for air shipments.

The Associated Press