On Saturday, August 29th, 2015, Gabriela Rico of the Arizona Daily Star broke the news that OnTrac has leased 56,733 square feet of office and distribution space at the Rockefeller Group Distribution Center in Tucson. OnTrac has taken possession of the temporary site and is currently making improvements. The move-in date for the final new building is expected to be in the first quarter of 2016. The location is south of Valencia and Palo Verde roads at 6855 South Lisa Frank Ave, Tucson, AZ 85756.
“The Rockefeller Group is pleased to welcome OnTrac to our facility as they continue to expand their overnight delivery capabilities throughout Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado and Idaho,” said Mark Singerman, Regional Director of The Rockefeller Group’s Arizona office. “With OnTrac coming onboard, the building is approximately 80% leased with one space available of approximately 23,000-sf.”
“Tucson is one of our fastest growing markets and we are excited to be moving to The Rockefeller Group facility,” said Thomas Fischer, Chief Financial Officer. “Being a regional carrier, we are always looking to provide increased capabilities while reducing cost. This move will help us do that, while providing delivery service to area businesses.”
In addition to the existing building, the Rockefeller Group Distribution Center/Tucson includes two permit ready sites for sale or build-to-suit on a 21.5-acre industrial site in the Tucson Airport Commerce Center, near the Tucson International Airport.
About The Rockefeller Group
The Rockefeller Group is a leading global real estate owner, developer and investment manager. For more than eight decades the company has engaged in some of America’s most significant and recognizable real estate endeavors, beginning with the development of one of the world’s finest urban mixed-use complexes, Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. Since inception, The Rockefeller Group has developed approximately 40 million square feet of commercial property. Today, the company owns and manages a diversified portfolio of office and industrial assets in key U.S. urban and select suburban markets, as well as in Europe. For more information, please visit www.rockefellergroup.com.
At OnTrac, we take pride in creating lasting relationships with our customers. During the month of August, we were fortunate to participate in two of our customer’s events. Not only are we contributing to a great cause, but we have fun while we do it.
2015 marks the 23rd year that Chicago Title Insurance Company hosts an annual softball tournament in Sunnyvale to raise awareness and funding for Make-A-Wish, Greater Bay Area, and the seventh year that OnTrac has participated. The tournament was held over three days in early August. There were 21 teams that went head to head for the 2015 winning title. Chicago Title Vice President of Operations Valeri Huxley shares, “To date, we have raised over $850,000 for Make-A-Wish, Greater Bay Area and we have such a great time doing it! This year our goal was to raise $50,000.” Congratulations Chicago Title on creating an event that not only supports a great cause, but allows each supporter to have fun while participating!
The second event that OnTrac was a part of this month was the 2015 Football Stadium Cleanup at Oakmont High School of Roseville, California. We were able to help keep the students and parents hydrated, while they cleaned up the football stadiums during their Saturday. We wish the Oakmont Vikings a great school year and 2015 football season!
For more information on the Chicago Title softball tournament, visit their Facebook page here.
For more information on Oakmont High School, visit their website here.
By Katrina Fox
Photo Caption: From left to right: Katrina Fox, Sheena Chang, David Ho, Mike Wynant, David Anderson, Michael O’Mahony, Kelly Kline and Rick Jones
OnTrac welcomed guests from the city of Fremont to the Hayward packaging facility, named for the original city it was located in, on Monday, July 20th, 2015. OnTrac Pacific Regional General Manager Mike Wynant, General Manager of the Hayward facility Michael O’Mahony, and David Anderson, Manager of the Hayward facility, guided Fremont city officials through the hub facility. The guests from the city of Fremont included:
- Councilmember Rick Jones
- Economic Development Director Kelly Kline
- Economic Development Advisory Commissioner Sheena Chang
- Economic Development Intern David Ho
OnTrac was excited to initiate conversations with the city of Fremont to discuss OnTrac’s history specific to the Hayward facility and share our mutual goals for community involvement within the city. The BART station expansion, proximity to various restaurant options and access to multiple highways was discussed as benefits to employers and contributing factors for Fremont developing into a major employment center. Overall the goal of the meeting was for both parties to meet face-to-face, begin building a relationship and discuss ways in which to support each other.
Councilmember Rick Jones said, “The City of Fremont appreciates the opportunity to meet directly with business managers to plan for employment growth, and to ensure that the City’s innovation ecosystem remains strong. OnTrac is a critical logistics player in that ecosystem, and we expect that the company will flourish along with Fremont’s other advanced industries.”
OnTrac Pacific Regional General Manager Mike Wynant commented on the meeting, “At OnTrac, we strongly believe in our responsibility as a corporate citizen in the city where we operate. Our goal is to make a positive impact on the city of Fremont and building a relationship through our meeting today is a great step in the right direction.”
The Hayward facility’s name is based on its original location in Hayward, CA and moved to the city of Fremont on June 15, 2012. It is the second largest OnTrac sorting facility and operates as a regional hub, which helps to promote proper sorting and reduces double handling packages.
Photo Credit: Portraits by Diane
Summer is known for great vacation weather, packing up your bags and heading out of town. Whether traveling to a new location or driving to your favorite summer spot, road trips are fun ways to make memories with your family and/or friends. At OnTrac we travel the highways every night bringing your packages to you while you may travel those same highways towards your next road trip destination. We are hosting a photo contest on our Facebook page that encourages you, our fans and followers, to share photos from your summer travels and being on the road again. Submissions through Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Instagram are also collected from the use of the official contest hashtags, #OnTheRoadAgain and #OnTracContest. The contest asks you, the participant, to show the roads traveled for your summer vacation or the final destination of your road trip for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card or a $50 VISA gift card. The contest started on Wednesday, August 12th and runs for two full weeks, ending on Tuesday, August 25th at 5pm PT.
The great part is you’re not limited to just one photo from your road trip; you can share two or you can share the whole album of photos. We dare you to share your best road trip photos every day during the contest to increase your chances to win. We allow one photo submission each day, and we encourage you to not only upload your submission, but also vote for your favorite road trip photos uploaded by others.
HOW TO ENTER
Check out our Facebook page to find the Contest tab under our profile and enter our On The Road Again Photo Contest. Like our Facebook page, fill out the entry form, upload your photo and include #OnTheRoadAgain and #OnTracContest in your photo caption. Your submission will be uploaded along with other submissions to the vote page where you can vote for your favorite road trip photos. Like and follow OnTrac on all social media platforms to stay updated throughout the contest.
HOW YOU WIN
All photo submissions will be uploaded to the contest vote page. The top three photos with the most votes will win. Grand prize winner gets a $100 VISA gift card, and the two runner-ups receive a $50 VISA gift card each. Don’t hesitate to share your photo submission via other social media platforms to get more votes and get your friends and family involved as well. Don’t forget the hashtags in your own caption, #OnTheRoadAgain and #OnTracContest. We can’t wait to see how far you all have traveled this summer. Good luck!
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to OnTrac and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims. Participation in this promotion is subject to the official rules, here: https://woobox.com/offers/rules/ctb9ca
Congratulations to the OnTrac team at the Monterey operations facility! The crew achieved 1,000 consecutive safe days.
The milestone was celebrated on Friday, June 26th with Famous Dave’s barbeque and cake for all. A large banner proclaiming Monterey’s Outstanding Safety Performance is now hanging in their recently expanded warehouse.
Pre-load Manager David Wright communicates safety daily during the pre-sort meeting and throughout the work day. Wright says, “We are fortunate to have a small, conscientious crew that takes safety responsibilities seriously. They continuously look out for each other, have a positive attitude, good morale and strive to have an accident free workplace”
This achievement is truly the result of a group effort that all can take pride in. We congratulate and encourage MRY as they continue building on this impressive safety record. Good Job!
OnTrac, the largest regional package delivery company in the United States, has been awarded the Newgistics Courier of the Year Award.
The Newgistics Courier of the Year Award is part of a 12-month performance evaluation in more than 30 different regions across the United States. Couriers were judged on five different metrics:
DDU Cycle Time- The amount of transit days it took to deliver shipments from Newgistics to the recipient.
RDU Cycle Time- The amount of transit days it took transport returns from the Post Office back to Newgistics.
Pickup Performance- The percentage of time scheduled pickups were completed on time.
Package Scans- The percentage of correctly scanned shipments.
Security- The Measures of successful deliveries versus unaccounted for shipments.
The award was presented to Arizona General Manager Tim Barber by Richard Porras, the Vice President of Postal Strategy at Newgistics. Porras, who is also the President of the Parcel Shippers Association, toured the OnTrac facility in Phoenix and thanked OnTrac employees and contractors for their continued commitment to great service.
OnTrac DirectPost Director Andy Webber was also present at the ceremony, and addressed the team after the morning sort. "Speed and accuracy are crucial, but this award speaks to our consistent commitment to great service. That's the OnTrac delivery experience, and that's what sets us apart."
Since 1999, Newgistics has provided leading merchants with innovative commerce technology and logistics solutions that use digital experiences to build deep and meaningful connections with consumers to accelerate growth. We help retail brands grow with seamless, omni-channel commerce solutions. From digital commerce development, integration, and support to physical operations all the way to your customer’s doorstep, we help you outpace the competition like no other service provider. For more information, please visit newgistics.com.
OnTrac participated at the 5th annual Yoga for Hope event that took place on Saturday, June 13, 2015. This year also happens to be the 5th year of participation for the OnTrac “Delivering Hope” team. To celebrate the fifth year of the largest yoga fundraiser in Southern California, OnTrac increased its donation to $2500 as a Karma Sponsor. The Yoga for Hope event benefits the City of Hope, which is a leading research and treatment center dedicated to the prevention treatment and cure of cancer.
The goal of Yoga for Hope is to bring awareness to the benefits of relaxation and well-being through gentle restorative yoga practices in combination with traditional treatments for patients with life-threatening illnesses. Nina Hegyi, OnTrac Corporate Account Manager, has led team “Delivering Hope” every year. Hegyi honors her mother through her practice since losing her to cancer. Hegyi shares, “Unfortunately most people have had their lives touched by cancer. The City of Hope, through research and treatment, helps so many families go from hopeless to hopeful.”
The event was held on the field at Petco Park in San Diego for the third consecutive year. Team “Delivering Hope” included ten participants who enjoyed yoga practices from four diverse instructors. Shopping at the Yoga Marketplace featured over 30 vendors, which included team “Delivering Hope” in beading cancer one bracelet at a time. Beading cancer sold handmade bracelets to fundraise for Yoga for Hope. More than $100,000 has been raised since Yoga for Hope started in 2010. Since then, thousands of yogis have united in working together to bring awareness to the City of Hope.
For more information on City of Hope or to donate, please visit cityofhope.org.
Save the Environment & Your Bottom Line
"Going green" used to mean a major investment with a long-term payout, but today, going green is more affordable, more profitable, and (most importantly) the right thing to do. For OnTrac
, it goes beyond using SmartWay-compliant tractors and trailers
we're making changes that not only help the environment, but our ability to continue to offer competitive ground shipping rates.
There are a lot of great tips for businesses who want to save money by going green, and here some that have worked for OnTrac, and just might work for you, too:
- Install high-efficiency LED lighting
If you're still using incandescents, energy.gov says you could reduce your electric spending 80% by switching to LED lighting. Light-emitting diodes have no mercury and a recent Energy Department study concluded that they have a much smaller impact on the environment when compared to their incandescent counterparts. It’s an instant-on technology, so we coupled them with motion sensors for even more energy savings in our warehouses.
- Upgrade to virtual servers and cloud services
Gone are the days of rooms full of servers at the office. The topic can get technical quickly, but we've consolidated most of our servers into virtual ones, and are increasing our use of cloud services. It reduced our IT infrastructure costs, increased our redundancy and beefed-up our security. Virtualizing just 100 servers is the equivalent of planting 1,569 trees or taking 89 cars off the street, so it is definitely something worth considering.
- Donate old office furniture
- Our operations are growing, and sometimes that means relocating to larger facilities. When it comes to office furniture, we first try to repurpose it, but that doesn't always work out. We have had success with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, where we can donate gently used future to their ReStore program.
- To quote their site:
"Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are proudly owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world."
- Sell used pallets and packing materials
Proper packing is an important part of shipping. We use a lot of bulk packaging materials when loading our trucks and we turn to local recyclers to help us dispose them properly. They purchase the used materials, which helps us recuperate some of our costs and continue to offer our customers competitive ground shipping rates.
Add high-volume low-speed fans
- Keeping the climate under control in a warehouse can be challenging, especially in the summer months. We turned to a high-volume low-speed fan solution to help team members stay cool.
Studies by mechanical efficiency experts show that high-volume low-speed fans are the most energy efficient air circulating fans available. Delta T Corp, for example, states that airflow can make workers feel up to 10°F cooler, and according to Bill Prindle, the former Deputy Director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, every one-degree change in the thermostat can reduce your energy bill by 3 percent. Adding high-volume low-speed fans helps OnTrac improve comfort and keep costs in check.
- Consider joining green organizations
- OnTrac is a SmartWay Transport Partner, but there are plenty of other state and local environmental organizations worth looking into. They will be able to keep you informed of new ways to help the environment and save money.
New advancements make it easier for businesses to work towards sustainability, but there’s still plenty that needs happen before we are all truly “green.” The good news is that getting started is easy, and the sooner you start, the more green you'll save.
Earth Day is just a few weeks away, and it's a great time to explore how OnTrac is doing its part
to reduce transportation-related carbon, energy use, and air emissions.
Trucking companies are responsible for 84% of the commercial transportation industry–about 5% of America's GDP. Truckers log about 93.5 billion highway miles per year in the US, enough to circle the globe almost 4 million times! Ground transportation is a core part of our economy and way of life, and it needs to be done responsibly. Queue SmartWay
SmartWay is a voluntary program developed by the US Environmental Protection Agency for improving fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gasses. Since 2004, actions taken by SmartWay Transport Partners
have saved over 120 million barrels of oil, the equivalent of taking 10 million cars off the road for an entire year!
"SmartWay offers shippers and their carriers a win-win-win situation,"
, former Executive Vice President for the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). "The reason is very simple. It reduces transportation costs, it increases supply chain efficiency, and it reduces the environmental footprint." SmartWay Transport Partners
More than 3,000 shippers and carriers including OnTrac are active SmartWay Transport Partners, and have contributed to lowering CO2 emissions
by 51.6 million metric tons. That's the same as the amount of CO2 emitted from burning 276,000 railcars full of coal.
Companies use reporting tools developed by the EPA to archive their environmental efficiency, and adopt new and SmartWay-approved technologies and practices to save money and the environment. When it comes to Ground shipping, OnTrac and other carriers have added some of these great features to their fleets:
- Newer tractors with lower emissions and better fuel economy. Tractor models are 2007 or newer, and their engines are designated to meet U.S. EPA NOx/PM emission requirements.
- Low Rolling Resistant (LRR) tires. Rolling resistance is the force a tire needs to keep moving down the road; the lower the resistance, the greater the fuel economy. LRR tires can improve fuel economy by 3% when properly maintained.
- Aerodynamics. Tractors and trailers have fairing, or panels, that reduce drag on the fuel tank, cab roof, and below the trailer. Mirrors and bumpers also have aerodynamic designs.
- Idling Controls. Tractors have sources of auxiliary power, such as a generator or battery, to operate heating, cooling and electronic equipment. No need to keep the engine running.
The Fleet of Tomorrow, Today
Equipment performance guidelines are only a part of what OnTrac and other SmartWay carriers are doing to improve sustainability. Technology continues to play a big role in the supply chain as carriers use things like GPS-enabled trailers and route optimization software to reduce empty and partial miles, making every line haul count.
Responsible shipping is important, and SmartWay Transport Partners like OnTrac recognize that sustainability impacts more than just the environment. Newer equipment means fast and reliable ground delivery. Greater efficiencies directly impact our ability to offer more affordable ground shipping rates. And affordable shipping rates allow companies to give you the best deal possible. Now that's a win-win-win situation.
OnTrac is a longtime supporter of the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association (CLDA). As an organization, we support the CLDA and have had an employee as a board member for almost 10 years, Chief Administrative Officer, Rick Chase.
As well as having a board member, OnTrac is also a proud sponsor of the CLDA’s Annual Meeting & Exposition. The Annual Meeting consists of a CLDA Board of Directors Meeting early in the week and a CLDA Convention and Exposition that follows. The Convention and Exposition is a venue for OnTrac and other companies to exhibit their goods and services to over 400 attendees from the customized logistics and delivery industry. The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida from May 6-9.
OnTrac CAO - Rick Chase
The CLDA is the voice of the customized logistics and delivery industry, representing those who keep the wheels of commerce rolling in North America. CLDA is the largest trade association in the industry providing time-critical and last-mile deliveries. Since 1987, the association has promoted and advanced the professionalism of the customized logistics and delivery industry through networking, education and advocacy.