UPS to Consider Box Size in Ground-Shipping Prices

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    A truck departs the United Parcel Service, Inc., (UPS) Chicago Area Consolidation Hub in Hodgkins, Illinois, U.S., on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. Today UPS kicked off its busiest week of the year, prepared to help retailers and shoppers by delivering more than 120 million packages worldwide over the next six days. Thursday, Dec. 22, will be the busiest day of the year for UPS when almost 26 million packages will be delivered, or almost 300 every second. The company expects to deliver almost 25 million packages on several other days during Peak Week - Monday, Dec. 19, through Saturday, Dec. 24. Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

    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.

    UPS thinks 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. UPS already factors box size in rates for air shipments.