OnTrac Vice President Mark Magill Presented at Home Delivery World

Posted on Apr 19, 2018 10:07:27 AM

OnTrac exhibited for the sixth year at the Home Delivery World conference that took place on Wednesday April 18th through Thursday April 19th, 2018. Since the inception of the conference in 2013, Home Delivery World has been connecting retailers, etailers, grocers and solution providers to discuss trends and innovations for the entire delivery cycle.

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OnTrac Vice President of Business Development Mark Magill discussed how to leverage regional carriers and logistics companies for an improved customer experience, speed of delivery, and reduction of transportation costs during a panel at the conference. The panel took place on the first day of the conference at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart and was moderated by Bodybuilding.com Director of Global Transportation Greg Dahlstrom. Magill is a regular presenter at Home Delivery World who is passionate about sharing the benefits of a multi-company approach to create a cost-savings and faster delivery times for companies who ship within the West Coast.

“There are many advantages to using a multi-carrier approach for your shipping strategy,” says Magill. “The number one benefit that continues to top the lists in research each year is the cost savings that regional carriers and logistics companies provide. The larger next-day delivery footprint, greater same day options and a more personal approach to customer service are a few of the added perks that come with the full package.”

Magill began his career in the logistics and transportation industry over 25 years ago, starting out with SonicAir Courier now a division of UPS. He has been a regular contributor to Parcel Magazine and is a popular speaker at transportation conferences focusing on the regional small parcel industry. Magill was awarded the 2016 TMSA Sales Executive of the Year by the Transportation Marketing and Sales Association.

Topics: Announcements, Mark Magill, Panel Presentation, shipping strategy, Company News, Home Delivery World

OnTrac Delivers to Chase Field

Posted on Apr 6, 2018 2:40:12 PM

With the help of Baxter, the OnTrac Bullpen Cart made its big debut last week! OnTrac and Diamondbacks fans unite to celebrate the momentous occasion.

 

 

OnTrac Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations Laura Peterson says, “A partnership of this magnitude has left its mark on the OnTrac team. As D-backs fans and baseball fans in general, we have seen an outpouring of excitement from OnTrac employees. We are thrilled to be a part of baseball history, especially with the home team where OnTrac is headquartered.”

Join the fandom by sharing a photo or a video of the live action from the Arizona D-backs game. Keep an eye out for the OnTrac bullpen cart and tag OnTrac along with the hashtag #OnTracBullpenCart. Click the social icons below to follow OnTrac!

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Topics: partnership, Arizona Diamondbacks, Company News, Delivery Partner

3rd Annual Relay for Life Event

Posted on Mar 26, 2018 12:00:00 AM

OnTrac surpassed last year’s fundraising total for the American Cancer Society (ACS) at the third annual OnTrac Corporate Relay for Life event. The event was hosted at the OnTrac Corporate Headquarters in Chandler, Arizona on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Similar to previous years, OnTrac employees participated by walking laps around the front of the office building at Continuum Business Park. However, this year the event was open to the public and members of the community joined the 162 participating OnTrac employees by raising awareness and funds to find a cure for cancer.

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“As a neighboring business to OnTrac here at Continuum Business Park, our employees couldn’t wait for the opportunity to participate in this event and help the American Cancer Society,” says Brian Stock, senior vice president at Mr. Cooper. “Our team members walked a total of 32 laps to help increase the overall donation from OnTrac in support of this incredible cause. We are grateful for the opportunity to support each other and the community.”

Kicking off the event was a leading lap walked by cancer survivors and caretakers to unite and join together in a celebration of life. The lap was approximately .4 miles and went along the perimeter of a large pond. In order to spark some friendly competition, the employees were divided up into teams of no more than 15 individuals. The winning team walking a total of 120 laps, or 48 miles. OnTrac welcomed an individual from the community who walked 33 laps, completing the equivalent of a half marathon in the four hour time period.

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The American Cancer Society also attended the event and joined in on the fun to help spread the word on cancer prevention. “I am one of the cancer survivors here at OnTrac and being a part of a special day like this is a great reminder how important it is to support one another in the community and at your place of work,” says OnTrac Vice President of Human Resources Dan Cronk. “Hopefully, by having the American Cancer Society here and spreading awareness to their cause, it will give others a greater sense of hope to fight the disease if they or a loved one is impacted.”

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The total number of laps completed were 820, which equaled 328 total miles walked. Based on $2 per lap, $1640 was donated to ACS for cancer research. To learn more about OnTrac’s charitable giving, please visit their website, ontrac.com/compprofilecommunity.asp. To make a contribution to the American Cancer Society please follow this link, relayforlife.org/ontracaz.

 

Topics: Relay For Life, OnTrac Relay For Life

Go Green to Save Green

Posted on Mar 21, 2018 1:37:31 PM

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Going green can seem totally overwhelming, not to mention expensive. If you break things down, little by little converting to an environmentally friendly household is not as tough as you think. In addition to being environmentally friendly, going green is also a friend to your wallet. Earth Month takes place every April, and Earth Day 2018 is celebrated Sunday, April 22.  There are many ways you can save energy, reuse household items, and go green. Here are some tips on how you can go green, to save green.

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  • Opt out of disposable plastic bags, and reuse the ones you have on hand. Invest a few dollars into canvas reusable bags for grocery trips. They are sturdier, hold more items, and are more comfortable to carry. Have a stash of plastic bags at home? Reuse them as a small garbage can liner, a car trash bag or to pick up animal waste.
  • Give up the use of plastic water bottles. On average, 30 billion plastic water bottles are sold in the US, and less than 20% are actually recycled. Switching to a stainless steel reusable water bottle could save up to $200 a month on water.
  • Use cloth napkins instead of paper. Not only are they more durable, they will actually help reduce your trash output, and save you money over the years. Plus, cloth napkins add a nice touch to any meal.
  • Grow your own food. It is not nearly as complicated or as time consuming as it sounds. Cherry tomatoes, salad greens and green beans are the most cost effective vegetables to grow in a garden. Simply growing herbs such as basil or mint on your windowsill can still save hundreds in the long run.
  • Line dry your clothes. Clothing dryers use more energy than most appliances in your home. Pick up a clothing rack, set up a drying line outside, or just hang wet clothes on hangers around the house. They will be dry in a day without spiking the electricity bill.

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Going green can easily be implemented into daily routines, and can help save money while improving quality of life. Something as small as reducing your use of plastic, or hanging your clothes up to dry can get you on the right path to a green life. It just takes time, and dedication. With the right alternatives and transitions, anyone can make their lifestyle a sustainable one.

Topics: Earth Day

D-Backs Bring Back History With the OnTrac Bullpen Cart

Posted on Mar 16, 2018 12:45:19 PM

At the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball season, the Arizona Diamondbacks will bring back a piece of baseball lore, the bullpen cart. As a celebration of the team’s 20th anniversary season, they have teamed up with OnTrac to transport relief pitchers into the game from both bullpens at Chase Field.

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“We have been working on this idea for several years and there’s no more appropriate time to bring back the bullpen cart than this season, as we celebrate our 20th anniversary,” said D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall. “Fans of baseball in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s and even the 90s enjoyed watching their favorite players emerge from the bullpen in various vehicles and we’re excited for this special delivery to come to Chase Field.”

“It gives me great pride to see the OnTrac brand on the bullpen carts for the D-backs,” said OnTrac President Rob Humphrey. “Our company is built around delivering exceptional service and exceeding our customer’s expectations. I am confident that the OnTrac bullpen carts will continue this high level of service when delivering D-backs pitchers to the games.”

To read the full press release, please click here.

Topics: partnership, Arizona Diamondbacks, Company News, Delivery Partner

Join OnTrac for the 3rd Annual Corporate Relay For Life Event

Posted on Feb 26, 2018 4:33:27 PM

OnTrac is announcing their partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS) for the third year in a row. Since 2016, OnTrac has teamed up with ACS to host a Relay For Life event at the corporate office in Chandler, Arizona. Within the past two years, this event has raised over $10,000 in donations that help fund cancer research, education, prevention efforts as well as free information and services for cancer patients. OnTrac is excited to join ACS in their mission to “save lives, celebrate life, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.” The event is taking place on Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 10am to 2pm at 2501 South Price Road, Chandler, AZ 85286 and is open to the community.

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The OnTrac Relay For Life event starts at 10am with a leading lap celebration for cancer survivors and caretakers. The walking path is the exterior of the Continuum Business Park and is approximately one mile long. A picnic style lunch of hamburgers and hotdogs will be served for each participant. Expect a day filled with camaraderie along with celebrating survivors and honoring loved ones lost.

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“We are so thankful for OnTrac and their corporate citizenship for joining the mission of the American Cancer Society,” says American Cancer Society Executive Director Ashley DeGooyer. “Their support and generosity goes beyond the ACS organization. It also touches those who are currently battling cancer, may face a diagnosis in the future and those who may avoid a diagnosis thanks to education, prevention, and early detection.” 

As a team, OnTrac is hoping to pass the amount of miles that were walked in previous years, which were 356 miles in 2017 and 377 miles in 2016. Based on the amount of miles or laps walked, OnTrac will make a donation to the American Cancer Society. If you would like to help OnTrac surpass their goal by joining in the walk or by making a monetary donation, please email OnTrac Public Relations Manager Katrina Fox at kfox@ontrac.com.

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Topics: Charity, OnTrac Delivering Hope, Relay For Life, American Cancer Society, OnTrac Relay For Life, Give Back

The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) Honors OnTrac at Expansion Celebration

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 11:09:24 AM

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From left to right: EDAWN Executive Vice President of Business Development Stan Thomas, OnTrac Chief Financial Officer Thomas Fischer, OnTrac Corporate Account Manager Erin Metscher, and City of Reno Assistant City Manager Bill Thomas. Photo provided by photographer Susan Mantle.


OnTrac has witnessed significant growth in Northern Nevada. Announced in early October, OnTrac had 200 available positions at the Sparks, Nevada facility and plans have been put in place to expand the current facility into a hub, which is over 150,000 square feet. The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) recognized this positive change created by OnTrac in Northern Nevada and honored the company at the annual New and Expanded Companies Event. 

The event took place on December 7, 2017 at the Peppermill Resort, Spa and Casino. A total of 29 companies including OnTrac were recognized at the event along with over 400 business and community guests in attendance. EDAWN Executive Vice President of Business Development Stan Thomas and City of Reno Bill Thomas presented an award on stage to OnTrac Chief Financial Officer Thomas Fischer and OnTrac Corporate Account Manager Erin Metscher.

EDAWN CEO and President Mike Kazmierski says, “2017 has been an exciting year of growth and positive change in the Greater Reno-Sparks area and most certainly for OnTrac. EDAWN’s annual event is all about new and expanded companies in our region this year. We are very excited to honor them at the celebration this year and look forward to seeing their company growth.”

EDAWN was established in 1983 and is committed to positively impacting the quality of life in Greater Reno-Sparks by diversifying the economy through recruiting new companies, supporting existing companies and assisting newly forming companies in the region. OnTrac is a Presidential Gold Investor with EDAWN and Erin Metscher serves on the EDAWN Board of Trustees.

Topics: Award, Reno, Nevada, EDAWN

Love the Zone You Ship

Posted on Feb 15, 2018 6:07:21 PM

Understanding how to use zone shipping to your advantage will make you fall back in love with your shipping provider.

What is Zone Shipping?

Zone shipping is a common practice that shipping carriers use when creating fee structures for their customers. Rather than showing costs based on a map of US state borders, a zone map will divide regions and countries not specific to the state borders, but rather taking into consideration the surrounding megaregions (see megaregion map below.) Essentially, the cost of shipping is determined by how many zones a package must cross when traveling from its original origin.

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Megaregions, or US population centers, are large metropolitan regions that share economic systems, transportation systems, and natural resources where population continues to grow. With distribution centers located in these largely populated areas, the distance a package travels might be a shorter distance to the destination than you think. OnTrac focuses resources in megaregions in order to be able to provide the very best advantages at the very best price.

Why is Zone Shipping important?

According to research done by The Colography Group, Inc., over 70% of packages stay within Zone 4, which is up to a 600-mile radius of the shipping origin. For regional carriers like OnTrac, who also service Zone 5, that percentage climbs to over 80%. In addition, the majority of these packages actually stay within Zone 2 (approximately 47.9% according to the below chart.) This means that the majority of packages shipped by companies stay within their general geographic region. Implementing a regional carrier, like OnTrac, will provide companies with a significant price savings with less fees and surcharges than the national carriers.

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According to VISIBLE Supply Chain Management, “United States e-commerce sales reached $396 billion in 2016, and sales are estimated to grow beyond $684 billion by 2020; that’s nearly double the sales in just four years! Over 53 percent of global Internet users made online purchases in 2016—about 1 billion people. As a result, growing companies that aren't proficient in shipping could lose thousands, if not millions, of dollars. Employing strategic shipping strategies that take zones into account will become increasingly important as e-commerce sales continue to grow."

How to save with Zone Shipping?

Since zone shipping is used by all major shipping providers it is wise to fully understand how each carrier prices their zones. Rates will vary depending on the carrier and the shipping service that you select. Thankfully, OnTrac Ground uses the same rate zones as National Carriers, allowing a more accurate comparison of fees, surcharges and transit times. For example, did you know that OnTrac is 36% less for residential deliveries that require a signature compared to national carriers?

Plus, OnTrac can save multiple transit days for a single package to compared to the national carriers. Below is a Transit Day map that shows how much faster packages travel from Reno, Nevada throughout the OnTrac service region. Speaking of megaregions, OnTrac’s innovation has synchronized supply and demand specifically in the populated Reno area.

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Using a multi-carrier strategy will allow for an overall greater shipping experience. For more information on how a regional carrier can set you up for success, continue reading here


OnTrac provides the benefits of next-day delivery at ground rates! To learn more about how OnTrac provides faster transit times and reduces shipping expenses, click here.

Topics: faster time in transit, Time in Transit, Zone 4 deliveries, save a transit day, ZIPTools, Zone Shipping

OnTrac Named Best Regional Transportation Partner by Newegg at the 2018 Eggie Awards

Posted on Jan 24, 2018 11:40:55 AM

OnTrac was named the Best Regional Transportation Partner by Newegg at the 14th annual Eggie Awards gala. Newegg, the leading electronics-focused e-retailer in the United States, hosts the Eggie Awards gala each year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES.) This year, the event took place on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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A way for the company to recognize contributions from partners, vendors and customers, Newegg awarded a total of 43 Eggies to those companies who contributed to their success in 2017. The Eggie awards range from various areas of focus, like marketing, customer service, innovation, etc. and the winners come from multiple industries, such as logistics, technology, gaming, and finance. For the full list of all 2018 Eggie Award winners, please click here.

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Newegg CEO Danny Lee quoted by BusinessWire says, “The 2017 calendar year was one of strong growth, most notably our global expansion into more than 50 countries. Scaling our business internationally at such a rapid pace would not have been possible without valuable contributions from our many partners. Last night’s Eggie Awards gala was a celebration of those achievements, and a great way to kick off what we expect to be a similarly productive new year.”

 

“Newegg is a valuable partner and OnTrac is honored to work with this group of innovators each day,” said Laura Peterson, vice president of marketing and public relations for OnTrac. “The Eggies is the icing on the cake and a great way for everyone to come together and support one another. We are extremely fortunate to be recognized as a top partner for Newegg and look forward to our growing partnership in the future.”

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Topics: newegg, Award, transportation, Best Regional Transportation Partner, Eggies Awards Gala

A Sound Shipping Strategy and a Dependable Partner Can Set You Up for Success

Posted on Jan 11, 2018 10:03:25 AM

Today’s consumers choose who to buy from based on their overall customer experience. As an eCommerce company, having the lowest price or best product no longer guarantees a sale. Consumers thoroughly research and compare a variety of products, retailers, reviews, shipping services and delivery options before they buy. 

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Many eCommerce store owners either dismiss shipping as unimportant, don’t spend enough time thinking through their strategy, or willfully avoid it altogether due to its complexity. Yet, without a good shipping strategy, you could end up with an unprofitable business. Even once you have a good strategy, choosing the wrong shipping partner could affect you negatively in a number of ways.

According to an eCommerce survey by MetaPack, 96% of shoppers said a positive delivery experience would encourage them to shop with a retailer again. In addition, over half (59%) of consumers have not completed an order because delivery was too expensive, and 86% of the same shoppers want a fast delivery.

Selecting a sound shipping strategy and a dependable partner can improve your business. Incorporating a regional carrier into your existing shipping workflow can save you time and money, which is exactly what consumers are looking at retailers for.

A Third Party Logistics Company, Cerasis, refers to regional carriers in a recent article as “package delivery companies that are usually more personal, flexible, and responsive than national carriers and offer shipping advantages within a targeted geographic area.”

Regional carriers, like OnTrac, can oftentimes offer more flexible and competitive options, which address specific customer needs that the National Carriers might not be able to accommodate. Also, with lower operating costs and the shipping advantages of targeting a specific geographic region, regional carriers can pass that savings on to you.

Additionally Cerasis includes that these savings can add up to as much as 10% to 40% lower than the base rates of the National Carriers. Also, with lower fees and fewer surcharges than National Carriers, OnTrac can boost your bottom line.

For a customized rate quote, click here.

Topics: shipping rates, partnership, eCommerce, shipping companies, fewer fees, lower rates, shipping strategy