Journal Published Online: 01 September 2004
Volume 32, Issue 5

Measurement and Analysis of Small and Light Weight Parcel Shipping Environment



This study measured and analyzed the parcel shipping environment within Federal Express. The package sizes and weights monitored in this study represent the “light weight” and “small size” packages within the FedEx handling system. Five packages ranging in size from 0.18 x 0.19 x 1.3 m to 0.36 x 0.37 x 0.31 m and weight between 1.9 and 2.5 kg were shipped both with and without warning labels containing the text “Fragile—Handle With Care.” The shipments were done between Michigan and California or Florida using the second day air shipment mode. The data showed that neither the package size/weight or the labels had any significant effect on the severity of drop heights. The highest drop height measured was 1.85 m. The data are presented in terms of drop heights associated with the 90th, 95th, and 99th percentiles of occurrence. Impact orientation is also discussed.

Author Information

Singh, SP
School of Packaging, East Lansing, MI
Burgess, G
School of Packaging, East Lansing, MI
Singh, J
School of Business, California Polytechnic University
Pages: 7
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Stock #: JTE12303
ISSN: 0090-3973
DOI: 10.1520/JTE12303