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, Delivery Partner, Company News

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: OnTrac Delivering Hope, OnTrac Relay For Life, Relay For Life, American Cancer Society, Charity, Give Back

The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) Honors OnTrac at Expansion Celebration

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 11:09:24 AM

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From left to right: EDAWN Executive Vice President of Business Development Stan Thomas, OnTrac Chief Financial Officer Thomas Fischer, OnTrac Corporate Account Manager Erin Metscher, and City of Reno Assistant City Manager Bill Thomas. Photo provided by photographer Susan Mantle.


OnTrac has witnessed significant growth in Northern Nevada. Announced in early October, OnTrac had 200 available positions at the Sparks, Nevada facility and plans have been put in place to expand the current facility into a hub, which is over 150,000 square feet. The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) recognized this positive change created by OnTrac in Northern Nevada and honored the company at the annual New and Expanded Companies Event. 

The event took place on December 7, 2017 at the Peppermill Resort, Spa and Casino. A total of 29 companies including OnTrac were recognized at the event along with over 400 business and community guests in attendance. EDAWN Executive Vice President of Business Development Stan Thomas and City of Reno Bill Thomas presented an award on stage to OnTrac Chief Financial Officer Thomas Fischer and OnTrac Corporate Account Manager Erin Metscher.

EDAWN CEO and President Mike Kazmierski says, “2017 has been an exciting year of growth and positive change in the Greater Reno-Sparks area and most certainly for OnTrac. EDAWN’s annual event is all about new and expanded companies in our region this year. We are very excited to honor them at the celebration this year and look forward to seeing their company growth.”

EDAWN was established in 1983 and is committed to positively impacting the quality of life in Greater Reno-Sparks by diversifying the economy through recruiting new companies, supporting existing companies and assisting newly forming companies in the region. OnTrac is a Presidential Gold Investor with EDAWN and Erin Metscher serves on the EDAWN Board of Trustees.

Topics: Award, EDAWN, Reno, Nevada

Love the Zone You Ship

Posted on Feb 15, 2018 6:07:21 PM

Understanding how to use zone shipping to your advantage will make you fall back in love with your shipping provider.

What is Zone Shipping?

Zone shipping is a common practice that shipping carriers use when creating fee structures for their customers. Rather than showing costs based on a map of US state borders, a zone map will divide regions and countries not specific to the state borders, but rather taking into consideration the surrounding megaregions (see megaregion map below.) Essentially, the cost of shipping is determined by how many zones a package must cross when traveling from its original origin.

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Megaregions, or US population centers, are large metropolitan regions that share economic systems, transportation systems, and natural resources where population continues to grow. With distribution centers located in these largely populated areas, the distance a package travels might be a shorter distance to the destination than you think. OnTrac focuses resources in megaregions in order to be able to provide the very best advantages at the very best price.

Why is Zone Shipping important?

According to research done by The Colography Group, Inc., over 70% of packages stay within Zone 4, which is up to a 600-mile radius of the shipping origin. For regional carriers like OnTrac, who also service Zone 5, that percentage climbs to over 80%. In addition, the majority of these packages actually stay within Zone 2 (approximately 47.9% according to the below chart.) This means that the majority of packages shipped by companies stay within their general geographic region. Implementing a regional carrier, like OnTrac, will provide companies with a significant price savings with less fees and surcharges than the national carriers.

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According to VISIBLE Supply Chain Management, “United States e-commerce sales reached $396 billion in 2016, and sales are estimated to grow beyond $684 billion by 2020; that’s nearly double the sales in just four years! Over 53 percent of global Internet users made online purchases in 2016—about 1 billion people. As a result, growing companies that aren't proficient in shipping could lose thousands, if not millions, of dollars. Employing strategic shipping strategies that take zones into account will become increasingly important as e-commerce sales continue to grow."

How to save with Zone Shipping?

Since zone shipping is used by all major shipping providers it is wise to fully understand how each carrier prices their zones. Rates will vary depending on the carrier and the shipping service that you select. Thankfully, OnTrac Ground uses the same rate zones as National Carriers, allowing a more accurate comparison of fees, surcharges and transit times. For example, did you know that OnTrac is 36% less for residential deliveries that require a signature compared to national carriers?

Plus, OnTrac can save multiple transit days for a single package to compared to the national carriers. Below is a Transit Day map that shows how much faster packages travel from Reno, Nevada throughout the OnTrac service region. Speaking of megaregions, OnTrac’s innovation has synchronized supply and demand specifically in the populated Reno area.

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Using a multi-carrier strategy will allow for an overall greater shipping experience. For more information on how a regional carrier can set you up for success, continue reading here


OnTrac provides the benefits of next-day delivery at ground rates! To learn more about how OnTrac provides faster transit times and reduces shipping expenses, click here.

Topics: Zone 4 deliveries, Zone Shipping, ZIPTools, faster time in transit, save a transit day, Time in Transit

OnTrac Named Best Regional Transportation Partner by Newegg at the 2018 Eggie Awards

Posted on Jan 24, 2018 11:40:55 AM

OnTrac was named the Best Regional Transportation Partner by Newegg at the 14th annual Eggie Awards gala. Newegg, the leading electronics-focused e-retailer in the United States, hosts the Eggie Awards gala each year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES.) This year, the event took place on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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A way for the company to recognize contributions from partners, vendors and customers, Newegg awarded a total of 43 Eggies to those companies who contributed to their success in 2017. The Eggie awards range from various areas of focus, like marketing, customer service, innovation, etc. and the winners come from multiple industries, such as logistics, technology, gaming, and finance. For the full list of all 2018 Eggie Award winners, please click here.

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Newegg CEO Danny Lee quoted by BusinessWire says, “The 2017 calendar year was one of strong growth, most notably our global expansion into more than 50 countries. Scaling our business internationally at such a rapid pace would not have been possible without valuable contributions from our many partners. Last night’s Eggie Awards gala was a celebration of those achievements, and a great way to kick off what we expect to be a similarly productive new year.”

 

“Newegg is a valuable partner and OnTrac is honored to work with this group of innovators each day,” said Laura Peterson, vice president of marketing and public relations for OnTrac. “The Eggies is the icing on the cake and a great way for everyone to come together and support one another. We are extremely fortunate to be recognized as a top partner for Newegg and look forward to our growing partnership in the future.”

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Topics: newegg, Eggies Awards Gala, Award, Best Regional Transportation Partner, transportation

A Sound Shipping Strategy and a Dependable Partner Can Set You Up for Success

Posted on Jan 11, 2018 10:03:25 AM

Today’s consumers choose who to buy from based on their overall customer experience. As an eCommerce company, having the lowest price or best product no longer guarantees a sale. Consumers thoroughly research and compare a variety of products, retailers, reviews, shipping services and delivery options before they buy. 

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Many eCommerce store owners either dismiss shipping as unimportant, don’t spend enough time thinking through their strategy, or willfully avoid it altogether due to its complexity. Yet, without a good shipping strategy, you could end up with an unprofitable business. Even once you have a good strategy, choosing the wrong shipping partner could affect you negatively in a number of ways.

According to an eCommerce survey by MetaPack, 96% of shoppers said a positive delivery experience would encourage them to shop with a retailer again. In addition, over half (59%) of consumers have not completed an order because delivery was too expensive, and 86% of the same shoppers want a fast delivery.

Selecting a sound shipping strategy and a dependable partner can improve your business. Incorporating a regional carrier into your existing shipping workflow can save you time and money, which is exactly what consumers are looking at retailers for.

A Third Party Logistics Company, Cerasis, refers to regional carriers in a recent article as “package delivery companies that are usually more personal, flexible, and responsive than national carriers and offer shipping advantages within a targeted geographic area.”

Regional carriers, like OnTrac, can oftentimes offer more flexible and competitive options, which address specific customer needs that the National Carriers might not be able to accommodate. Also, with lower operating costs and the shipping advantages of targeting a specific geographic region, regional carriers can pass that savings on to you.

Additionally Cerasis includes that these savings can add up to as much as 10% to 40% lower than the base rates of the National Carriers. Also, with lower fees and fewer surcharges than National Carriers, OnTrac can boost your bottom line.

For a customized rate quote, click here.

Topics: shipping companies, shipping rates, shipping strategy, partnership, eCommerce, lower rates, fewer fees

OnTrac Expands by 800,000 Square Feet in 2017

Posted on Dec 31, 2017 2:10:00 PM

2017 was a year of growth for OnTrac. With the opening of three new facilities across the Western United States, OnTrac has added nearly 800,000 square feet of additional warehouse space. OnTrac employees were joined by customers and the local Chamber of Commerce at each event for a celebration, ribbon cutting ceremony and facility tours.

In April 2017, OnTrac celebrated the grand opening of their second facility in Phoenix, Arizona and their third facility statewide. The second Phoenix location is over double in square footage to the first Phoenix facility. OnTrac General Manager Matthew Fagnano spoke to the company’s healthy growth plans by explaining that, “The Phoenix facility is designed to be an expandable system in terms of the material handling, which will allow OnTrac to continue to service the needs of the West Valley and grow with the community.” With over 200,000 square feet, OnTrac is planning the expansions well in advance for this Phoenix facility with an eye towards the future.

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In June 2017, OnTrac welcomed to the public their biggest facility yet in Fontana, California. The nearly 600,000 square foot facility is over five times the size of the two previous OnTrac facilities in nearby Ontario. Laura Peterson, vice president of public relations and marketing says, “This facility is important to us. Not only is it our newest facility.  It is also our largest at just under 600,000 square feet. We have improved our square footage by five or six times and we've tripled the number of employees. And more exciting is that within the next year we plan on fully automating this building, which I believe will make us the first regional carrier to have a fully automated facility.” Being fully automated will give the facility the ability to move 35,000 packages an hour. By processing packages faster and minimizing time in the facility, the packages can be loaded and arrive at their destination faster.

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The last Grand Opening of 2017 was in Vancouver, Washington. The Vancouver facility was built from the ground up and doubled in size from the previous facility. With over 160,000 square feet and roughly 60 employees, it is the largest presence OnTrac has had in the Northwest so far. This facility services the southwest Washington and Portland, Oregon area. The Vancouver facility is the second facility located in the state of Washington and is one of about 30 facilities throughout the OnTrac service region.

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OnTrac has grown to become a top choice for e-commerce and companies looking to speed up parcel distribution without the cost of express shipping. The additional square footage that these three facilities provides, allows OnTrac to continue to keep the promise of On Time Delivery for Less.

 

Topics: Grand Opening

Digging into DIM Weight Pricing and Changes for 2018

Posted on Dec 12, 2017 12:14:20 PM

While parcel dimensional weight and pricing have become standard practice in the shipping industry, the changes and increases in DIM charges are increasingly becoming a factor of concern for many shippers and their bottom line.

To some who may not be as familiar, DIM can appear to be just another way for carriers to squeeze more money out of shippers. However, DIM weight pricing can be advantageous and an overall simpler approach to calculating the cost of your packages with the carrier of your choice. 

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What is DIM Weight?

Dimensional weight reflects package density, which is the amount of space a package occupies in relation to its actual weight. A recent article in Cerasis defines parcel dimensional weight as the calculation of a package’s “volumized” weight, otherwise known as its cubic weight. The motivation behind the implementation of DIM weight came as a result of lost opportunities for carriers derived from shippers sending low-weight packages in big bulky boxes with excess packing. Therefore, carriers calculate the volume of a shipment and divide it by a parcel dimensional weight factor, which varies for each carrier.

As a shipper, you still want to know the package’s actual weight as the actual weight is compared to the DIM weight and the higher of the two is what the carrier will use when determining shipping costs.
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Benefits of DIM Weight

The DIM weight model requires shippers to be more effective with how they package their own goods. By right-sizing your packaging, you can protect your items and potentially save money on shipping supplies and materials. Also, by making sure their packages take up as little space as possible, these businesses get better at planning and more accurately forecasting shipping budgets. With a simplification of shipping costs comes a simplified budget too.

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Calculating Costs

As a shipper, it is wise to do your research to find the carrier that will partner with you on all of your needs and budgets. Each carrier will have different terms of service and options of billing. Also, each carrier’s dimensional weight divisor will vary.

To determine the dimensional weight, multiply the package length by the width by the height, in inches. The result is the cubic size of the package. For most National Carriers, the DIM weight divisor factor for domestic or ground shipments is 139. Regional Carrier OnTrac offers a dimensional weight factor of 166.

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EXAMPLE: Using 10-inches for the width, 10 inches for the height and 10 inches for the length.

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Changes to DIM Weight

Potentially one of the most impactful changes for 2018 comes with the announcement that FedEx will begin applying a dimensional weight (DIM) factor of 139 to all SmartPost packages, effective January 22, 2018. The change will align FedEx Express, Ground and SmartPost with that of UPS SurePost and UPS daily rates for all U.S. domestic services.

Looking at the chart below, furnished by PARCEL, while reviewing the examples shown, can help illustrate the impact of this change. Consider the following three SmartPost packages, all rated using the non-discounted FedEx SmartPost rates for Zone 5. The examples compare the 2017 non-dimensionalized rate to the 2018 dimensionalized rate.

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The percentage cost increase is significant and illustrates how changes to DIM pricing are often more impactful than other changes. As it pertains to DIM Weight factors, this is one instance where greater is better. OnTrac offers a greater DIM weight divisor than national carriers, as well as, fewer fees and lower surcharges which can help keep costs in check and boost your bottom line.

Click HERE for further information on how OnTrac compares to the national carriers.

 

Topics: DIM Weight, dimensional weighing

OnTrac Ranked as 12th for Fastest Growing Company and Privately Held Company in Arizona

Posted on Dec 11, 2017 11:23:07 AM

OnTrac received the high honor as the 12th Fastest Growing Company as well as the 12th Ranked Privately Held Company. Both distinctions were part of the annual Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) awards put on by the Phoenix Business Journal. The recognition event took place on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. The event brought together the largest private companies in Arizona that together generate revenues of over $15 billion per year, employ over 40,000 employees throughout the state, and over 56,000 employees worldwide.

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The ACE awards is a nomination-based program that ranks by 2016 revenue and further company information such as the number of local and company-wide employees, a company profile, professional bio for the top local executive and the year that company was founded locally. Based on this information along with company interviews and further research by accounting firm CliftonLarsonAllen, the top private companies list is created. The goal of the ACE awards is to develop a sense of knowledge-sharing and community among private companies in Arizona and provide a means for executives at all levels to expand their professional networks.

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OnTrac Chief Financial Officer Thomas Fischer said, “I look forward to OnTrac’s participation in the annual ACE awards. Attending the event and seeing the talent and innovation that is developing in my backyard is very exciting. We are honored to be on the list.”ACE_36.jpg

In additional to receiving recognition at the 2017 ACE awards, OnTrac has received two additional awards this fall. Transport Topics ranks the 100 largest for-hire carriers in North America, which OnTrac ranked number 5 among the top package/courier carriers and tied for number 56 for all sectors. Companies operating in the United States and Canada are ranked on the basis of annual revenue. Additionally, OnTrac was ranked as 41 at the 2017 Chandler 100 event, which ranks the top 100 business located in Chandler, Arizona.12.11.17 Chandler 100_OnTrac Ranked 41.jpg

To view the full list of the Arizona Corporate Excellence award winners, please click here.

Topics: Award, Awards, ACE, Phoenix Business Journal, Chandler 100