The packaging and containers you use for shipping products have direct fulfillment cost implications and lead to revenue generation. While we all want to cut costs, thinking about that entire picture can help you optimize packaging and keep leadership happy when they look at your department costs for the next quarter. Shipments cost more as they grow in size/weight, move farther from the origin point, go faster, and need special care. Think about these as the five common factors that impact shipping costs: Package/shipment weight Package dimensions Shipping zones to travel Delivery speeds Insurance, hazmat, and special requirements Packaging typically only impacts the first two characteristics of a shipment. However, the final destination can add elements to our “special requirements” bucket. Packaging can tackle two significant areas: increasing or potentially decreasing your shipping rates. In this article, we will explain how packaging impacts your shipping rates and what you can do to negate the negative effects of these impacts.