OnTrac Celebrates 25 Years of Service with the American Cancer Society

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 9:00:00 AM
OnTrac is celebrating their silver anniversary this month. The company started with a service area of one state delivering eleven packages on the first night to being the largest regional package delivery company in the United States. It has been exactly twenty-five years since the dock doors first opened and packages were first delivered in California. The overnight service was added in 1991 to an already established messenger service, which created California Overnight. A lot of change has occurred since then, including an expanded service area from one state to a total of eight, which led to a name change in 2008 from California Overnight to OnTrac. Other features that have molded OnTrac to be a top choice as an express shipping alternative is the USPS Package Consolidation Service called DirectPost, which OnTrac was the first regional carrier to offer this service. Among other benefits like being a SmartWay Transport Partner, a USPS Workshare Partner and partnerships with over thirty different multi-carrier software providers.25th-logo-01.jpg

OnTrac President Rob Humphrey said, “It is with a great sense of pride that OnTrac has grown to providing overnight delivery services to over 60 million consumers in the eight western states.”

This month we are commemorating this milestone by joining efforts with the American Cancer Society to find a cure. On February 25th, 2016, OnTrac is hosting a Relay For Life event at their headquarters. This will allow corporate employees to bring awareness to the cause by walking laps around the OnTrac building and raise funds through their personal fundraising pages. Following this event, each OnTrac facility will have the opportunity to join a local Relay For Life walk that is hosted by an American Cancer Society Community Manager. In addition to employee involvement at each event, OnTrac is making a donation to the American Cancer Society to further their research in finding a cure.

“It warms my heart that OnTrac elected to celebrate their birthday with the Official Sponsor of Birthdays by raising awareness and fighting back against the disease,” said American Cancer Society Senior Market Manager Sarah Boerner. “We’re very excited to launch the OnTrac Relay For Life event and to welcome OnTrac employees at local Relay For Life events within the greater OnTrac service area.”

Please follow this link to make a contribution to the American Cancer Society: relayforlife.org/ontracaz

Topics: OnTrac Delivering Hope, American Cancer Society, 25th Anniversary, OnTrac Relay For Life

A Day in the Life of OnTrac on Interstate-5

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 9:30:00 AM

11.29.16_OnTrac_Interstate_5_PHOTO.jpgOnTrac is the largest regional ground transportation network in the country. We rely on the road infrastructure to move our trailers through states, between facilities, and from our docks to the customer’s doorstep. Along the three Pacific Coast states, Interstate 5 is vital to our network connectivity. 

Running 1,381 miles through California, Oregon and Washington, I-5 spans all the way from the country’s busiest border crossing in San Ysidro / San Diego continuing north to the Peach Arch Border Crossing into Canada. Each day OnTrac transports freight up and down the I-5 corridor. Each section of I-5 has its unique territorial challenges. Near major metropolitan areas, heavy traffic is the biggest headache for our freight delivery teams. The I-5 bottleneck through downtown Seattle is rated the 17th worst in the entire nation. In California, the evening rush hour on I-5 Los Angeles and Orange County is the worst traffic in the state. Ask any resident in Southern California about traffic and you’re in for an ear-full. The afternoon commute from Portland across the Interstate Bridge into Southwest Washington is pure gridlock – bumper to bumper every day with an average speed of 13 mph.

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11.29.16_OnTrac_Interstate_5_PHOTO_OR.jpg11.29.16_OnTrac_Interstate_5_PHOTO_WA.jpgWhile traffic gives everyone a headache, I-5 isn’t always a parking lot. If you start in Southern California and drive up and over Tejon Pass, eventually the freeway goes through long, flat, rural stretches of California’s Central Valley. Tejon Pass, elevation 4,160, is the highest point on I-5 in California and sometimes closes when severe winter weather hits. In the Central Valley, I-5 runs parallel to Hwy 99 and bypasses the region’s major population centers and therefore has less traffic. Depending on the person, this section of I-5 could be described as pleasant or desolate. On this leg of I-5, farms and fields stretch out to the East and the Coastal Mountain Range in the distance to the West.

If you keep going north on I-5 through the Sacramento Valley you start gaining back elevation. After you pass through Redding, CA, and enter the Cascade Mountain Range the increase in elevation creates some nasty winter weather. Winding roads, snow, ice, and fog slow transportation through the mountain passes. The highestpoint on I-5 is Siskiyou Summit just north of the California-Oregon border. With an elevation of 4,310 feet and steep, winding terrain, this neck of I-5 can become impassable and is often closed until the weather subsides and the roads are safe to travel. Travelers are often required to chain up and use extreme caution.

Once truckers and travelers safely pass through the Siskiyous and cruise on through Medford, OR, it is smooth driving for a few hundred miles through the Umpqua Valley and north through the Willamette Valley until you hit the major metropolitan areas of Salem and Portland. Passing over the Columbia River on the border of Oregon and Washington, the speed limit on I-5 increases to 70 MPH, making your trip a little faster! If you’re heading from Vancouver, WA to Vancouver, BC you’ll be on the road for a little over 300 miles.

Love it or hate it, I-5 is travelled for thousands of miles each day by drivers and truckers carrying OnTrac freight. This one stretch of freeway continuously spans three states and connects three different countries and hundreds of cities and towns. Next time you drive the five, consider all the folks who spend their day on the road for OnTrac!

References:

http://projects.oregonlive.com/harddrive/bottlenecks/

http://www.interstate-guide.com/i-005.html

Topics: overnight delivery in California, Delivery Companies, shipping, deliveries, overnight delivery in Oregon, overnight delivery in Washington, Interstate-5

OnTrac Wins Best Regional Transportation Partner at Newegg’s 2016 Eggie Awards Gala

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

OnTrac is an Eggie Award winner for the Best Regional Transportation Partner presented by Newegg. The 12th annual Eggie Awards gala was hosted by Newegg on January 7, 2016.

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Newegg is a leading online retailer committed to becoming the most loved and trusted marketplace on the web with a loyal customer following, from tech enthusiasts to mainstream online shoppers. Each year, Newegg honors its top vendors and partners. A total of 46 Eggies were awarded by Newegg at this year’s Eggie Awards gala.

“OnTrac is a valuable regional shipping partner to Newegg and we appreciate the company’s efforts to assist us in exceeding our customers’ shipping experience,” said Kunal Thakkar, Newegg’s senior vice president of operations. ”We congratulate OnTrac on this well-deserved honor.”

Vice President Mark Magill says, “The OnTrac team works hard for all of our customers and receiving an Eggie award shows us that our customers notice it too, which is the greatest honor.”

Topics: Award

OnTrac Shipments are Trackable on eBay

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

OnTrac and eBay have teamed up to provide OnTrac tracking information to all eBay customers. The addition of OnTrac to eBay’s list of carriers was in response to sellers requesting to use OnTrac to ship their products over other shipping services.

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OnTrac’s tracking number is now integrated within eBay’s tracking system, which will help sellers meet their on-time shipping metric and eBay Top Rated seller requirements by having tracking uploaded every time they ship. Sellers can enter the information the same way as they would for USPS, UPS or FedEx services. For buyers, they receive an automated email with the tracking number and a delivery update through ‘My eBay’ to make the purchasing process as smooth as possible.

“We’re excited about adding OnTrac as a reliable shipping solution to the eBay marketplace,” says eBay Global Delivery Experience and Local Vice President Carl Gish. “The integration of their service will greatly benefit eBay customers and help further eBay’s efforts to create frictionless commerce experiences.”

For more information on how to upload tracking information for shipped items, please watch this information video, http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinformation/video/uploadtracking.html.

Topics: partnership, Shipping Services, Partner Spotlight, eBay

OnTrac and Precision Software Partner to Streamline Transportation Management

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 1:18:10 PM

OnTrac and Precision Software, a leading provider of transportation and global trade management software solutions, have teamed up to reduce shipping costs to importers, exporters and service companies. Precision Software delivers the best shipping solutions possible to its customers through a comprehensive network of partnerships. OnTrac is the top choice for companies looking to provide faster delivery without the cost of express shipping. Working together, OnTrac and Precision Software will offer proprietary integrations that meet all industry application standards.

precision.jpgPrecision Transportation Management Software (TMS) automates parcel shipping workflows and streamlines shipping processes through entire organizations. It can be deployed on-premise, in the cloud or in a blended environment. Precision TMS now offers OnTrac as a lower cost offering for parcel shipping in eight western states: California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado, and Idaho. Precision TMS optimizes and consolidates shipments with zone skipping and grouping by offering multiple carriers in addition to OnTrac. It also features rate shopping tools for quick and easy carrier price comparison and selection.

“We are very happy to add OnTrac shipping to Precision TMS,” said Precision Software Vice President of Marketing & Partners Robert Clesi. “We take pride in offering our customers a wide range of service options and carrier pricing. Many companies prefer to use OnTrac, so it makes sense to work together with them to give our customers the chance to take advantage of their shipping expertise.”

About Precision Software – Effective Enterprise Logistics

Precision Software, a division of QAD Inc., (Nasdaq: QADA) (Nasdaq: QADB), provides an industry-leading transportation and global trade management software solutions on a single, integrated platform.  The Precision suite of products is designed with open architecture allowing for easy integration with most Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions and Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), and other existing solutions to reduce transportation costs, avoid delays at border crossings and mitigate the risks associated with dynamic trading environments.  Precision Software enables customers and partners in the life sciences, consumer packaged goods, electronics, retail, industrial products, food and beverage verticals and 3rd party logistics providers to meet their goals of better managing Logistics, and becoming more Effective Enterprises.

For more information about Precision Software, visit www.precisionsoftware.com  or e-mail Robert Clesi at +1-805-566-6780 or rdp@qad.com.

Topics: multi carrier shipping software, partnership, OnTrac, Shipping Services, Partner Spotlight, Precision Software

OnTrac Jingle Bells

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 11:47:28 AM

12.24.15_OnTrac_Jingle_Bells.pngDashing through the snow,
In an OnTrac cargo sleigh,
Over the streets we go
Laughing all the way.
Bells on big rigs ring
making spirits bright
What fun it is to sort and sing
A shipping song tonight!

Oh jingle bells jingle bells
jingle all the way!
Oh what fun
it is to drive
on this Black Friday, Hey!
Jingle bells jingle bells
Jingle all the way!
Oh what fun it is to sort
On a frosty Saturday!

A day or two ago
I worked the PM Shift
And soon my manager
almost lost his grip;
the packages were stacked
across the warehouse floor
as a matter of fact
they were flowing out the door!

Oh jingle bells jingle bells
jingle all the way!
Oh what fun
it is to drive
across the windy I-80, Hey!
Jingle bells jingle bells
Jingle all the way!
Oh what fun it is to sort
a billion boxes every day.

When Cyber Monday passed,
A million packages were scanned
Our throughput unsurpassed
all sorts running as we planned.
The drivers they did load
all the parcels on the docks
driving carefully as it snowed
delivering each and every box!

Oh jingle bells jingle bells
jingle all the way!
Oh what fun
it is to drive
across the frosty cold highway, Hey!
Jingle bells jingle bells
Jingle all the way!
Oh what fun, it’s Peak Season
OnTrac delivers all the way!

Topics: OnTrac, Shipping Services, Jingle Bells,, Happy Holidays,

OnTrac “Delivering Hope” to Toys For Tots on Behalf of J. De Sigio Construction, Inc.

Posted on Dec 18, 2015 8:00:00 AM

On_Trac_-_15.jpgOnTrac randomly selected a winner for the Delivering Hope sweepstakes. The sweepstakes was created to allow businesses the opportunity to give back to their charity of choice and spread awareness to each organization during the season of giving. J. De Sigio Construction, Inc. entered the sweepstakes to nominate the U.S .Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. As the winner of the sweepstakes, Toys for Tots will receive a prize from OnTrac of a $1,000 donation on behalf of J. De Sigio Construction, Inc.

On_Trac_-_09.jpgDuring the months of October, November and December, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program collects new and unwrapped toys in order to distribute the toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. As described on the Toys for Tots website, the goal of the program “is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.” Campaign Coordinators plan and implement voluntary events throughout the year to increase awareness in Toys for Tots, such as golf tournaments, foot races and bicycle races. Toys for Tots accepts toy donations and monetary donations through their website, toysfortots.org.

On_Trac_-_26.jpgEric Pivaroff nominated Toys for Tots on behalf of J. De Sigio Construction, Inc., which provides quality water and sewer pipeline installation in Baldwin Park, California and surrounding areas. Pivaroff nominated this program with a message saying, “The USMC works very hard with local social services groups to help these children have a Christmas and operate on less than 3% overheads.” The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity that provides the fundraising, funding and support for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program since 1991. To donate online or to donate a new, unwrapped toy at your local Toys For Tots drop-off, please visit toysfortots.org.

On_Trac_-_40.jpgThe Delivering Hope contest ran for four weeks and received twenty-six total nominations. To learn about the other charities that were nominated, please visit the OnTrac blog, blog.ontrac.com.

Photography by Katelin Wallace Photography.

Topics: Toys for Tots, Shipping Services, Social Media Contest, OnTrac Delivering Hope, Donation, J. De Sigio Construction, Inc.

More Great Charities Nominated in our Delivering Hope Sweepstakes

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 4:54:04 PM

Our Delivering Hope Sweepstakes has officially ended and we wanted to highlight a few more of the wonderful charities that have been nominated in order to raise awareness and hope.  We are very honored to receive great support and participation from so many organizations.  In the end, one charity will be randomly chosen to win the $1,000 donation on behalf of the company who nominated them.

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A few more charities that have been nominated include:

  • Creative Arts Charter School
  • Relay for Life
  • United Way
  • The G3Foundation

Creative_Arts_Charter_School.jpgThe Creative Arts Charter School was nominated by SF Mercantile. The mission of the Creative Arts Charter School is to provide Kindergarten to 8th-grade students of San Francisco with an innovative, high-quality education that focuses on an arts-integrated, hands-on curriculum, with the overall goal of giving our students a lifetime appreciation of learning and the development of their unique talents and abilities. For more information or to support this cause, click here.

J&J Ortho lab nominated Relay For life to deliver hope to. At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The funds you raise truly make a difference in the fight against cancer just ask one of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year. To learn more about the cause or to donate click here

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PCL Construction Services, Inc. nominated United Way to help out this holiday season. United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. Find out more information about the cause on their website

G3_Foundation.pngG3SoilWorks nominated The G3Foundation- The Source of Sustainability to deliver hope to. This is a foundation that offers free consulting. They provide means to sustainable solutions by building wells in developing nations, providing education both locally and globally, and is completely non-profit. To learn more about the cause visit their Facebook page

Topics: Contests, Delivering Hope, Shipping Services, OnTrac Delivering Hope

OnTrac Supports 8th Annual Million Can Crusade

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 11:35:12 AM

OnTrac joined KNIX Radio and St. Vincent de Paul in their fight against hunger. 2015 marks the fifth year that OnTrac has supported the Million Can Crusade by organizing a canned food drive at the OnTrac corporate office during the month of November.  In addition, OnTrac donated $1,500 to the cause at the KNIX Kickoff party on November 2, 2015. The donation is equivalent to 15,000 cans and helps bridge the gap to collect a total of one million cans. The OnTrac corporate office set a goal to collect 3,000 cans of food and surpassed the goal by 2,017, for a total of over 5,000 cans. In total with the monetary donation, OnTrac donated 20,017 cans to Million Can Crusade this year.

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KNIX Radio has hosted the million can crusade during the month of November since 2008. #hungersucks is the theme of the campaign in their eighth year. Ben and Matt In The Morning of KNIX Radio sold apparel with the slogan and one hundred percent of the proceeds went towards their goal to collect one million cans. In addition, tickets were sold to a special concert at Whiskey Row in Scottsdale featuring David Nail on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. Five dollars of each ticket sold went towards the goal as well. For more information, please visit their website, knixcountry.com/pages/million-can-crusade.

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Morning show co-host Matt McAllister said, “During this time of the year, I feel so fortunate to help out in this way. It’s such a blessing to be able to do this for a living.”

“It’s a community effort,” said Ben Campbell, morning show co-host. “Every year it’s gotten a little bit bigger. I never imagined that the first year we’d hit the goal of one million cans or that this year we’d be over two million cans.”

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Additional to the canned food drive at OnTrac, there were multiple locations throughout the valley during the month where KNIX Radio collected cans from the community. In total, the Million Can Crusade collected 2,653,348 cans and will benefit more than 80 parish-based food pantries in the community to help feed hungry families this holiday season.

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For more information on the Million Can Crusade, or to support the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, visit stvincentdepaul.net.

Topics: Million Can Crusade, Charity, Shipping Services, OnTrac Delivering Hope, Donation, Canned Food Drive

Deliver Hope on Giving Tuesday

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 4:39:46 PM

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As our Delivering Hope sweepstakes nears its last week for nominations, we want to point out a few new charities that have been entered. Along with the holiday season of sharing and giving, celebrate Giving Tuesday today by entering our sweepstakes and give back to someone in need. Giving Tuesday is a holiday that is dedicated to philanthropy and giving back to others. Our sweepstakes is a great way to give back to your community and support your favorite non-profit organization this holiday season.

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The sweepstakes is accepting nominations until December 3, at 5 PM MT. A few of the charities that have been nominated include:

Road Runner Sports nominated Athletes Helping Athletes (AHA). This organization began in 2000 in order to give back and make a difference to children with permanent disabilities across the country. AHA, Inc. believes that a world of greater acceptance for all can begin with our children, sharing athletic experiences and a love for sports while developing compassion and mutual respect. This organization has become a true passion for Road Runner Sports and its employees.

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Ronald Ruttenberg & Co nominated Boy Scout Troop 175. This organization focuses on teaching important life and survival skills to children regarding ethics, values and self-improvement.

Trans World Service chose AYSO Region 517 for their nomination. This youth non-profit soccer organization offers programs for the mentally and/or physically challenged youth, as well as a core, a next step program, and a club program. These programs are open to all who want to play soccer from the ages of 4 to 18 years of age, regardless of the parents’ income.

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Conner Logistics Inc. chose City Without Orphans for their nomination. The mission of City Without Orphans is to equip and partner with churches, families and service providers to help all children in the Fresno County child welfare system to be placed in a loving home.

Alan Garthwaite Industries nominated Staging a Miracle Program. The non-profit program brings disadvantaged youth together to learn high-quality music and arts education. These programs are offered to the children in session for summer, spring or winter.

We look forward to learning about your company’s favorite non-profit organization.

Topics: Delivering Hope, Charity, Shipping Services, Donation, Giving Tuesday