All the presents have been unwrapped. The food has been eaten, and the holidays are finally over.
But even with the in-laws gone, and all of the decorations packed away, there is still work to be done.
A recent study by comScore Inc. reported online sales up 15 percent, a grand total of $35.3 billion in sales this past November and December.
But with online buying, so too comes online returning.
Inevitably, some of your customers received gifts that weren’t on their wish lists—sweaters that were too small, too festive or too... much.
And if customers were already insulted by their mother-in-law’s fashion tastes (and all three of the festive new sweaters they received) why make them pay more to ship gifts back?
This year, let us help keep your customer’s budget on track.
With our competitive rates and lower fees and surcharges, OnTrac will get your shipment from point A to point B, hassle free.
It’s the gift that keeps giving.
OnTrac offers ground shipping that will save a transit day, and go easier on your wallet. This means you and the buyer can rest easy knowing that you are getting maximum savings—and getting rid of all those sweaters.
Want to read more about the "return season" in the shipping industry? Click here for the New York Times article.
On any other morning the slight breeze wouldn’t have mattered.
This is Arizona and even in the early morning hours residents appreciate the refreshing reminder that cooler weather is on the way.
But on this day, it was a little different.
November 1 marked the kickoff of KNIX and St. Vincent de Paul’s Million Can Crusade—an effort that invited customers at over 100 Safeway stores to donate nonperishable food items to the needy during the holiday season.
Vendors started arriving around 4am— radio DJ’s set up their booth, news stations unpacked their cameras, OnTrac pitched its tent, and the regulars made their coffee runs.
But there was another new sight off in the distance.
Silhouetted against a brilliant backdrop of purples and oranges was a man standing in the grated basket of a crane.
Hoisted ten stories above the ground, KNIX’s “Barrel Boy” gripped the rail of the basket and made his best effort not to move.
This would be his spot until KNIX and St. Vincent de Paul raised 10,000 cans.
As he stood there, looking out over the city, the combined efforts of local customers, and country music singers Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, and Dierks Bentley donation of 4,000 cans, Barrel Boy was down before noon.
That’s when OnTrac really got involved.
We worked with 11 Safeway Stores this year to pickup and deliver 84 boxes full of supplies to the St. Vincent de Paul facility on December 21, free of charge.
“Although I know it was more, helping just one family is worth the effort,” David Forward, General Manager of the Phoenix Facility, said. “We realize that the small efforts we put forth goes farther than we can imagine for people in need. Both the driver and I have enjoyed being of service to Saint Vincent de Paul.”
The OnTrac sponsored boxes have made their way to several businesses and schools, and Saint Vincent de Paul continues to reuse them for various food drives.
“For me it serves as a reminder of the generous support the OnTrac family has provided to St Vincent de Paul, and especially the people we serve,” Jamie Bethune, Drive Coordinator, said.
For most of us, Christmas is a vacation, a holiday getaway from the hustle and bustle of the work week, a chance to catch up with the family, open presents, and create memories.
It’s a time for traditions, lights, snowmen, and holiday cheer— a celebration of all we have accomplished and an escape before ringing in a new year.
For the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve, it’s a little different.
With the holidays, so too comes a three month initiative for their Toys for Tots program and a promise to collect new, unwrapped toys to distribute as Christmas gifts to needy children.
For them, the holidays aren’t always a vacation, but they are a chance to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas.
The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters, and this year, OnTrac is helping out.
Leslie Hodges, General Manager of OnTrac in the Los Angeles facility, has teamed up with her property manager and other corporate residents in the neighborhood to participate in this year’s program.
“I really think it is a good idea for a company to give back to the community,” she said. “We can make a big impact by participating in the efforts for an organization like Toys for Tots.”
Pictured (Left to Right): Randy Kelch, Ann Nelson, Leslie Hodges, and Jenifer Barnes.
In addition to Toys for Tots, Hodges has worked with St. Jude’s Foundation, United Way, AIDS Ride LA, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation— organizations that she holds close to her heart.
“It makes me feel like I can make a difference for someone who needs help,” she said. “The organizations that I have participated in have a personal meaning. I volunteered for them because I know someone who has suffered. I just know someone, in some way, is going to benefit from these causes— so if I can help, I will.”
The Toys for Tots box at the Los Angeles facility has already been filled up and was retrieved by the USMC Reserve December 9.
OnTrac Driver Luis Neitro.
It’s about that time—Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner, so it’s time to start planning. Consumers are becoming increasingly accustomed to free shipping, and if you don’t offer it, comScore says you may have some reconsidering to do. According to their July 2011 survey, 82% of consumers consider free shipping “somewhat important” or “very important” when making a purchase online. Yet, only 43% of online retailers are offering free shipping as of Q2 2011. Could this be your chance to leap ahead of the competition?
The eCommerce industry is booming—there’s no doubt. Since last year, online sales dollars are up 14%, the number of buyers is up 17%, and the number of online purchases is up an astounding 22%. With more people turning to the internet to get their shopping done, offering free shipping allows you to separate yourself from the competition. With trends like Free Shipping Day on the rise, can you afford not to offer free shipping?
That’s where OnTrac comes in. We’re here to help you get your shipments from point A to B, and as quickly as possible. OnTrac not only lowers your shipping costs by offering lower rates and fewer fees, but we also allow you to save a transit day over the national carriers. OnTrac Ground Service is a great option for people who don’t want to wait to get their purchases, as most shipments arrive in two days. For those who cannot wait to get their shipments, we also offer earlier deliveries with our Sunrise and Sunrise Gold services. All of our shipping services are backed by our Money-Back Service Guarantee.
Bells are ringing, children singing, and you’ve got a big smile on your face—all because you know you’re saving a sleigh-full of cash this holiday season.
Holidays are a great time to make a difference by giving back to the community. Charities do more than you can imagine, from “Habitat for Humanity” who builds homes for families in need to “Heifer International” which gives livestock that provides food and income to international villages. These non-profit organizations do so much to help the less fortunate, but they cannot do it alone.
Since 2004, OnTrac has been hosting a food and clothing drive for the Center for Hope in Mesa, Arizona. Last year, we focused our drive on the babies and children in need. We secured gift cards, clothing, baby supplies, heavy duty strollers, and many other goods for the children. The Center for Hope helps young mothers battling addiction and overcoming psychological disorders by providing a long-term safe and structured environment. The OnTrac baby drive aids the Center for Hope in their effort to help these women and children get back on their feet.
This year, along with Center for Hope’s food and clothing drive, OnTrac is donating funds to the Ronald McDonald House to provide a 7-day "home away from home" for a child and his/her family. These children and families need to travel to Phoenix to receive treatment for a serious, often life-threatening illness or injury. Medical bills can be very expensive, making it financially impossible for the families to come to Phoenix and support their loved ones.
Here at OnTrac, we are dedicated to making a difference in the community, which is why we would like to give the winner of the Charity Challenge a $250.00 donation to the charity of their choice*. To participate, create a comment on this blog post and share with us the charity that you support, and why you believe they should receive the donation. The challenge will close at midnight on December 31, 2010. The winner will also receive a $50.00 American Express Gift Card for their own enjoyment.
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*Must be a 501c3 organization