New Relief Pitchers Take a Ride in the OnTrac Bullpen Cart

Posted on Aug 29, 2018 3:21:51 PM

Tuesday, August 2nd marked the trade deadline for the 2018 Major League Baseball season. The Arizona Diamondbacks bolstered their bullpen, and picked up two relief pitchers before the deadline set in.

Brad Ziegler, a veteran right-handed reliever who pitched for Miami was traded to the Diamondbacks on July 31st. Ziegler pitched for Arizona from 2011 to 2016, and had a total Earned Run Average (ERA) of 2.49 in a total of 348 game appearances. The Diamondbacks also picked up Jake Diekman, a left-hander from the Texas Rangers. Diekman was playing in Arizona as a Ranger when the trade went through, so he gathered his things from the visitors’ side, and made his way to the Diamondbacks Clubhouse.

With this new trade, Diekman was found swapping clubhouses mid-series. In order to make this transitions easier, he took a ride in the OnTrac Bullpen Cart. Ready to make his way to his new teammates, Baxter gave Diekman a ride to the DBacks Clubhouse at Chase Field. Use of bullpen carts has slowly increased in popularity this season, and the Diamondbacks were the first to bring back the cart. The D-Backs debuted the OnTrac Bullpen Cart during spring training, and it has become a fan favorite. Diekman’s journey in Arizona is a step towards more use of bullpen carts in Major League Baseball.

Jake Diekman was not the only relief pitcher to use the OnTrac Bullpen Cart after the trade deadline. Brad Ziegler became the first Diamondbacks pitcher to ride in the cart during a regular season game on August 2nd. However, this was not Ziegler’s first time taking a ride in the bullpen cart. On June 1st, Brad Ziegler, then a Marlins reliever, took a ride to the mound in the OnTrac Bullpen Cart while in town to play the D-Backs.

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The Diamondbacks made some bold moves before the trade deadline, but ones that are sure to pay off. The use of the OnTrac Bullpen cart by both pitchers was the perfect way to welcome them to the team.

Topics: partnership, Arizona Diamondbacks, OnTrac Bullpen Cart

New Facility Opens with 40% Increase in Employees

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 10:51:03 AM

OnTrac has opened the doors to their newest Southern California facility at a grand opening event that took place on June 21st. Approximately 65 guests attended the fiesta-themed event to enjoy Mexican food, watch presentations by OnTrac leadership, City officials and the local Chamber of Commerce. A ribbon cutting ceremony followed the presentations, and after a celebration with confetti guests were invited on a tour of the new building.

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One speaker at the event, OnTrac Director of Engineering Jim Brownlow was able to give guests full details of the new building’s material handling systems capabilities. The Sun Valley material handling system was built for efficiency and expansion.  A more efficient system allows for packages to travel through the building and get on the road to their destination much quicker.  The new Sun Valley facility is roughly 250,000 square feet, and provides 6 unload doors and 5 load doors. This allows packages to get unloaded, sorted, on the road, and in the customer’s hands quickly and more efficiently.

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In order to accommodate the new loading capabilities, the Primary Source Slide System operates in 5 different ways. This allows sorters to send packages 5 ways throughout the facility. The new material handling system allows for 9,000 packages to be sorted an hour, and that can expand up to 13,000 an hour. 38 motors power 2,700 feet of conveyor, and 5,500 feet of belting throughout the building. That is the equivalent to the length of roughly 24 football fields. With this new system, OnTrac has the capacity to handle the packages we have today, and room for growth in the future.

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OnTrac is proud to be a member of the Southern California community and to contribute to the economic growth, job creation and career opportunities in Sun Valley. The number of employees has increased by 40%, totaling in over 100 employees in the Burbank facility. OnTrac is now offering opportunities such as AM and PM Package Handlers and Driver Checkout Clerk at the Sun Valley location. For more information and to apply, please go to http://ow.ly/fTVC30kYTUz.

Topics: Grand Opening, expansion, New Facility, Company News

Join OnTrac at the Sun Valley Facility Ribbon Cutting Event on June 21st

Posted on Jun 15, 2018 11:25:30 AM

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OnTrac is preparing for their first ribbon cutting event of the 2018 calendar year. The Sun Valley facility opened its doors at the end of 2017 and has been operational for five months. The previous location was roughly 50,000 square feet. The new location is now five times the size in terms of square footage. Now at over 250,000 square feet, the new facility has increased from five total load and dock doors to 11 doors for load/unload and 32 dock doors.

To celebrate the company’s large expansion in Southern California, OnTrac invites the community to their grand opening event on Thursday, June 21st, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30pm at 11051 Pendleton Street, Sun Valley, California 91352. Lunch will be served for guests along with a ribbon cutting ceremony, facility tours, an iPad raffle, and parting gifts. Please use the link, https://goo.gl/dMnmu4, to register all guests in your party no later than Monday, June 18th, 2018.

OnTrac General Manager Laurence Mason says, “As one of the 19 facilities in California, I am very proud to be a part of the steady growth that OnTrac has seen in the Southwest. On behalf of the OnTrac employees at Sun Valley, we are excited to be able to show the community who we are and what we’re doing to offer an alternative solution to the national carriers with a focus on timeliness, quality customer service, and affordability.” 

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Topics: Grand Opening

OnTrac Renews SmartWay Transport Partnership for Seventh Year

Posted on Apr 26, 2018 10:21:42 AM

OnTrac begins another year as a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay® Transport Partner in order to reduce their environmental footprint for a seventh consecutive year. With EPA’s SmartWay program, OnTrac is able to measure, benchmark, and improve freight transportation efficiency. Over the seven year history between OnTrac and SmartWay, OnTrac has reduced their total carbon emissions by 45 percent.

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OnTrac joined the SmartWay initiative in 2012. In order to maintain the status as a SmartWay partner, OnTrac takes a number of items into consideration and performance data is submitted and evaluated each year. Some of the qualifications have to do with the type of trucks within the OnTrac fleet. All tractor models are 2013 or newer, and the engines are designated to meet U.S. EPA NOx/PM emission requirements. The tractors and trailers are equipped with drag reduction devices like fairing or panels. Mirrors and bumpers also have aerodynamic designs. All tires in the OnTrac fleet are Low Rolling Resistant (LRR) SmartWay certified and improve fuel economy by three percent.

In addition to the SmartWay partnership, OnTrac has found additional ways to reduce their environmental footprint. For example, in 2016 OnTrac began promoting a paperless billing feature, and has resulted in saving over 145,000 sheets of paper being mailed to customers. As for the facilities that OnTrac occupies, there is an energy savings of between 50 to 85 percent from using energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting as opposed to the standard incandescent lighting. Based on the LED lighting alone, the West Phoenix OnTrac facility has an approximate annual kilowatt hour (kWh) energy savings of over 344,000, which equates to annual greenhouse gas from over 580,000 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle.

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“OnTrac understands that the future of our business is tied to the well-being of the planet and our local communities,” says OnTrac Corporate Fleet Manager John Day. “We concentrate on resource conservation, and consider the impact that our operations and facilities have on the environment. We continue to seek out new ways to reduce our footprint and to be an example within our industry.”

Learn more about the EPA’s SmartWay program at: https://www.epa.gov/smartway/

Topics: SmartWay Partner

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