The shipping dimensions of a week’s supply of Soylent are 21x7x10" and the weight is 7 lbs. [As per Julio in another thread].
Shipping deals with FedEx and UPS give larger discounts for larger volumes of packages shipped so a company shipping 10,000 packages a month can negotiate a better rate than a company shipping 1,000 packages a month.
The discount rates are a better percentage for faster shipment types than for slower shipment types. This means a company getting say 10% off of standard ground shipments may be getting 25% off of Second Day Air shipments [numbers are hypothetical].
The discount rates can vary from there with fuel charges and parcel size as well.
Now to ship a single box with the 21x7x10" dimensions and 7lb weight from the midwest [my location] to say San Francisco, the published rate is $11.49.
Shipping 4 of these [1 month shipment] together as 1 shipment under a master tracking number, the published rate is $45.96.
If these are bundled into one bigger box for a 1 month shipment into a 21x14x20" configuration at 28lbs, the published rate is $36.80.
*As for what kind of discount they might get, they could easily have over a 50% discount as even smaller companies with much lower output can negotiate 20% to 30% off of standard shipments and 50% or more off of higher priority shipments.
A lot of that matters what the records with the shipping companies show as quatnity and type of shipments are sent.
So if they don’t have a good rate yet, they should be renegotiating asap.
I actually would assume the account in use for shipping is their copacker’s since they are likely doing the final packing. Their fees would then be billed to Rosa Labs and may well be at cost with no markup on shipping fees.
*I work closely with our shipping department