# Understanding volumetric weight in e-commerce

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Volumetric weight is an estimate e-commerce brands use to quantify the weight of a package to decide on a shipping cost. It is calculated by multiplying a package’s length, height, and breadth and dividing the result by divisor, 4000, 5000, or 3500. The choice of the divisor depends on the shipping company. Weight plays a role in volumetric weight calculation. Hence volumetric weight and weight differ.

## Significance of Volumetric Weight in E-commerce Logistics

The volumetric weight provides a clear idea of the type of shipping carrier required. It allows the seller to negate instances like cost overruns while shipping the product.

• As volumetric weight is not entirely dependent on the product’s weight, an e-commerce brand can decrease shipping costs through package optimization. Merchants can use close-fitting packaging in shipping containers. This allows the shipping company to fit more products in a single consignment, allowing them and the seller to save costs.
• Volumetric weight is a global standard for measuring and pricing shipping rates worldwide. The calculations might vary across shipping companies, but the basics remain the same.

## Prerequisites to Calculate Volumetric Weight Before Packing and Shipping

Partner shipping companies use product dimensions and the divisor determine volumetric weight. The two-step calculation for the mentioned metric is elaborated below.

• To calculate the volumetric weight of a specific product, you must identify its dimensions, such as the product’s length, height, breadth, and weight.
• Check with the partner shipping company to confirm the divisor they use. Usually, the divisor is a four-figure number like 3500, 5000, and so on.

## Use Case With Volumetric Weight

Consider a 1 kg handbag that measures 24 x 32 x 10 cm. The handbag takes up a space of 2.1 kg in the cargo, as its volumetric weight is 24 x 32 x 10/3500 = 2.194. So, it falls under the 2 Kg price range. A brand is more likely to save shipping costs if they use a compact package when compared to using a one-size-fits-all box. When shipping multiple products or orders, brands can group items and optimize shipping in one carrier.

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