Mark Magill, Director of Business Development at OnTrac, is interviewed by Russell Goodman of Supply Chain Brain. He offers a breakdown of the current status of the shipping industry, and why your shipping rates with national carriers are going up. Watch the video for a look at the current status of the shipping industry, and the change in focus from the national carriers that is leading to your shipping rates going up.
Click here to watch Mark’s full interview.
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.
Share the Challenge!
- Post on Facebook: "Tell OnTrac about the charity you support and why they should receive a donation this holiday season. Win $250 for your charity and a $50 AMEX gift card for you!http://bit.ly/hAbBYo"
- Tweet: "What charities do you support? Tell OnTrac for a chance to win $250 for your charity and a $50 AMEX card! http://bit.ly/hAbBYo"
- Blog: Write about the OnTrac challenge on your blog and link to our post. http://bit.ly/hAbBYo
*Must be a 501c3 organization
OnTrac has reached our 100th blog subscriber! As OnTrac reaches certain fan milestones, we like to reward our loyal followers by giving out great prizes. Congratulations to Joe Lewis of Isagenix who has just won a 4GB iPod Shuffle courtesy of OnTrac.
OnTrac Blog provides frequent updates about the company, business trends and facts about the shipping industry. Continue to follow our blog and you will be entered to win other fabulous prizes and look for our upcoming Blog Contest in December.
Ever heard of the Butterfly effect? No, not the Ashton Kutcher movie, but the metaphor it's based on? The idea is that a butterfly's wings create tiny changes in the atmosphere that could eventually alter the path of an entire weather system! Okay, way too deep. Let's refocus.
Ever ponder how your decision to choose OnTrac affects a whole lot more than just packages getting from point A to point B? Think about it.
Customers get their orders faster and for less cost, which creates a positive impression and a higher chance for repeat business. Repeat business turns into capital, infrastructure, jobs, household brands, you name it.
Rather stick to numbers? No problem. Here's the math:
Next-Day Shipping Rates from Los Angeles, CA to San Francisco, CA
|Weight || OnTrac|| FedEx|| UPS|
| Letter|| $11.95|| $23.40|| $21.70|
| 1 lb.||$16.50 || $34.05|| $31.60|
| 5 lbs.|| $20.70|| $50.35|| $46.70|
| 10 lbs.|| $26.65|| $68.60|| $63.60|
|15 lbs. || $34.10|| $86.65|| $80.35|
And, that doesn't even include the money you save on all the fees. Here's a look at one of the dozens of fees you're avoiding by choosing OnTrac:
Daily Long-Term Savings of No Residential Delivery Fee
| Volume||Per Day || Per Month||Per Year |
| 100|| $250|| $5,500|| $66,000|
| 250|| $625|| $13,750|| $165,000|
| 500|| $1,250|| $27,500|| $330,000|
| 1,000|| $2,500|| $55,000|| $660,000|
| 2,000|| $5,000|| $110,000|| $1,320,000|
Sure, there are more variables in the business equation, but choosing the right shipping company can be a big part of your success. A low cost, high-quality carrier can easily be a game-changer; not only in a bad economic environment, but a good one too.
But hey, you're already shipping with OnTrac so this is old news.
Fewer fees add up to BIG savings! See a fee comparison of the most common surcharges here.
Valentine's Day is coming up and a great day to "Share the Love." Everyone likes to receive gifts on Valentine's Day. Chocolates are always a favorite and Mom usually likes flowers and cards. OnTrac has a team of people that are ready to deliver all of your Valentine's Day gifts. And, if you're a last minute shopper, use OnTrac Saturday Delivery to get the flowers to Mom right on time.
We thought we would "Share the Love" by starting a new contest.
Share with us your favorite item you have sent or received via OnTrac by commenting on this blog.
The contest ends on Valentine's Day. The winner will be selected on Monday, February 15th from all posts on the blog. The winner will receive a red iPod nano!
For more information about all OnTrac Shipping Services, go to ontrac.com.
It is so frustrating when the customer you shipped something to doesn't think the package is there. You've gone to the trouble to ship it overnight. You packaged it up, scheduled a pickup and tracked it all the way there. Your customer can't find it, doesn't think it was delivered and now she's mad at YOU!
Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could easily see who signed for the package so you could tell your customer? Well, now you can with OnTrac. As an OnTrac customer, you can sign up for our online shipping software, WebOnTrac. It's free and allows you to print shipping labels, view shipments and other reports and manage your address book - all online.
And now, you can also see the signature of the person who signed for the package. When you send a shipment and mark it signature required, a free service from OnTrac, we'll post the signature of the person who signed for the package online with the details of the shipment. All you need to do is log into your account, click on view shipment, select the package and the actual signature appears at the bottom of the screen (see image below).
It's that simple and you can tell your customer who signed for the package at their location. For more information, visit ontrac.com.
Look for a new contest coming at the end of January!
Our "Be A Box Office Superstar" contest went very well! We asked customers to take a picture next to an OnTrac Drop Box. We got many great pictures and had difficulty choosing, but here they are.
The winners each received a New 4GB iPod shuffle! Everyone that submitted photos with an OnTrac Drop Box received a 1GB OnTrac flash drive!
The iPod shuffle winners are...
Janelle Rose, El Dorado Hills, CA
Sue Duncan, Fresno, CA
Krista Carter Bowman, Oakland, CA
Chris Hibbeln, Sacramento, CA
Jennifer Bereta, Modesto, CA
Remember, when you use an OnTrac Drop Box, you save the $3.95 pickup fee. To find a box near you, use our Drop Box Locator at ontrac.com.
Thank you to everyone who submitted photos!
Okay, you won't get a walk down the red carpet, the paparazzi won't be tripping over themselves angling for your photo, and people won't be hounding you for your autograph (at least we don't think they will).
But you can still be a box office superstar or at least a star in your office by using one of our convenient drop boxes. And, you might win an iPod shuffle at the same time.
Whether you need overnight delivery in California or overnight delivery in Nevada or anywhere else in Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and Utah we've got drop boxes conveniently located for you. Over 1,200 of them!
Downtown LA? More than a dozen places for you to make your Hollywood debut. Sunny San Diego? We've got the coast covered with more than 30 boxes. Vegas, baby? Odds are we've got a drop box near you. San Francisco? Nearly two dozen in downtown alone and dozens more throughout the Bay Area.
Getting the Drop on High Shipping Costs
You already know our rates are amongst the lowest around. Using one of our drop boxes, you can save even more money; in fact, save $3.95 each time your drop it in the box compared to an on-call pickup.
They're easy to find: Use the Drop Box Locator on our website, or call us at 800.334.5000, where we have transportation professionals waiting to help.
Get Your Glam On
To get your drop box office career started and to show you just how quick, easy and convenient using our drop boxes can be, we've cooked up a little contest for you.
- Locate a drop box nearest you. They look just like this.
- Snap a digital picture of yourself next to the box.
- Email the photo to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will pick 5 smiling faces that drop into our inbox with our drop box as your co-star. The 5 winners will have their pictures posted on our Facebook page and email newsletter. Plus, the winners will receive an iPod shuffle! Hurry, we are only accepting photos on Thursday and Friday, November 19th and 20th. Please be sure to submit contact information along with your picture. We have to be able to get a hold of you to send you your iPod shuffle!
Now, get out there and get ready for your closeup. Maybe there isn't an Oscar in your future, but there could be an iPod shuffle!