OnTrac Chief Financial Officer Thomas Fischer Presented at Colliers International’s 2017 National Industrial Conference

Posted on Oct 7, 2017 7:00:00 AM

 

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OnTrac Chief Financial Officer Thomas Fischer represented OnTrac at the Colliers International’s 2017 National Industrial Conference. Fischer was hand-picked by Colliers International’s President of Brokerage Services USA and National Director of Industrial USA Dwight Hotchkiss to participate as a thought leader in the supply chain and logistics industry at the Occupier Panel on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. The conference took place in La Jolla, California at Estancia La Jolla Hotel, 9700 N Torrey Pines Road, San Diego, CA 92037. With the conference theme of Engineering Connections, the panel presentation discussed the topics of supply chain strategies, the impact of the commerce related occupier demand on market rental rates and “Big Box” availability within major industrial markets throughout the U.S., and the role of automation, while also giving attendees techniques to help build their professional and personal lives.

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Photography by Garrett Richardson 

Moderated by Colliers’ International’s Head of Supply Chain and Logistics Consulting Gregory Healy, the panel included Macy’s Director of Real Estate Jason Williams, Gordon Foodservice Senior Manager of Real Estate Bill Casey, and Daltile/Mohawk Industries Senior Director of Real Estate Marc Morisseau in addition to Fischer. The panel presented to a total of 500 real estate professionals from around the world. With Fischer’s expertise, he was able to share advice to the crowd of brokers based on his own experiences from his 18-year tenure with OnTrac. Fischer has successfully collaborated in expanding the next day product into the OnTrac eight-state footprint of California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado, and Idaho. Today, OnTrac leases 52 properties with over 4 million square feet in use. Presently, OnTrac will average five new lease negotiations a year over the next 11 years.

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Photography by Garrett Richardson 


Colliers International Senior Vice President John Kovaleski said, “The Colliers Industrial Conference was greatly enhanced because of Tom’s active participation and first-hand knowledge of the constantly changing supply chain and logistics industry. Colliers International is both privileged and very grateful to be able to provide real-time strategic commercial real estate services, solutions, transaction and portfolio management on behalf of OnTrac.”


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Fischer is a graduate of Iowa State University, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Arizona and Iowa Societies of Certified Public Accountants and the Phoenix CEO-CFO Group. Thomas was awarded 2013 CFO of the Year for the Private Company Category of the Financial Executives International (FEI) Arizona Chapter.

Topics: Tom Fischer, Collers International, National Industrial Conference, Panel Presentation

OnTrac Employees Deliver Hope by Volunteerism and Backpack Drive in 2017

Posted on Oct 6, 2017 3:39:27 PM

OnTrac delivered hope to multiple causes and non-profit organizations in 2017 by donating time and school supplies. Through a facility-lead volunteer program, employees were able to participate at community giveback programs including Feed My Starving Children, Relay For Life, San Diego Coastkeeper and Surfrider Beach Clean, Bakersfield Animal Shelter, and Northwest Harvest, in addition to other programs in the OnTrac eight state service region. More recently, clothing and household items were donated to the victims of the multiple hurricanes through the Salvation Army. Over 300 volunteer hours were donated by OnTrac employees.

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During the summer months, employees donated school supplies and packed backpacks for students throughout school districts in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Washington. 1,000 backpacks were delivered in total to 34 school districts and charities, and several “get to know you” postcards were sent back to OnTrac filled out by the students who received them. The school districts who received these backpacks were chosen based on their proximity to the local OnTrac facility within their city.

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OnTrac Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations Laura Peterson says, “Helping others is an important company-wide initiative that brings OnTrac together as Team Delivering Hope. Corporate philanthropy allows OnTrac to connect with the community and with each other. We feel extremely fortunate as a company to be able to donate over $30,000 year-to-date through various give-back programs.”

“We feel extremely fortunate as a company to be able to donate over $30,000 year-to-date through various give-back programs.”
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The school districts and charities that were impacted by Team Delivering Hope are listed below.

  • American Cancer Society
  • Bakersfield Animal Shelter
  • Bakersfield City School District
  • Campbell Union School District
  • Chandler Unified School District
  • City Light Shelter of Women and Children
  • Clark County School District
  • Colorado Springs Rescue Mission
  • Compton Unified School District
  • Council Bluffs School District
  • Denver Public School District
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Fontana Unified School District
  • Fremont School District
  • Fresno Unified School District
  • Fridley Public School District
  • Granite School District
  • Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Kent School District
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Monterery Peninsula Unified School District
  • New Brighton School District
  • Northwest Harvest
  • Petaluma City School District
  • Robla School District
  • Roosevelt School District
  • Salvation Army
  • San Diego Coastkeeper and Surfrider Beach Clean
  • San Diego Unified School District
  • Santa Ana Unified School District
  • Santa Maria Unified School District
  • Santa Maria Valley Humane Society
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • South San Francisco School District
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Stockton Unified School District
  • Sunnyside Unified School District
  • Treasure House Phoenix
  • Tyrann Mathieu Foundation
  • United Ostomy Association of America, Inc.
  • Vallejo School District
  • Vancouver School District
  • Visalia Unified School District
  • Washoe County

Topics: Delivering Hope, Give Back, volunteer, Philanthropy

OnTrac Vice President Mark Magill to Present at Parcel Forum

Posted on Sep 18, 2017 10:51:13 AM

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OnTrac Vice President of Business Development Mark Magill will be representing the parcel logistics company at Parcel Forum during a conference presentation on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. The presentation will be focusing on the topic of “How Shield HealthCare Improved Delivery by Using Regional Carriers.” Shield HealthCare Director of Purchasing Jeff Lichtenstein will be representing Shield HealthCare and sharing the company’s experience of partnering with OnTrac for over 20 years.


“Many Fortune 500 companies are using a multi-carrier strategy,” says Magill. “The amount of available technology, the positive impact on the bottom line and maintaining a great service experience make it a no brainer.” mark_magill.jpg


For the past 15 years, Parcel Forum has been bringing together a large group of transportation professionals who are responsible for the shipping, distribution and delivery of parcel-sized packages. Attendees will leave the presentation with a clear understanding of what a regional carrier is, their role in supply chain and logistics planning, the benefits of using a regional carrier, and how to incorporate them into plans without disruption. In addition, Lichtenstein will provide real-life shipping examples and strategies. 

Read the Press Release

Topics: Mark Magill, OnTrac News, OnTrac Presentation, Parcel Forum

AB&R® and OnTrac Partnership

Posted on Aug 17, 2017 2:30:20 PM

Blog post written and provided by AB&R

Back in June, AB&R® and OnTrac formed a strategic partnership to address issues in mobility, and package tracking. Since that time both teams have worked tirelessly on developing a solution to tackle these problems. It started off with the AB&R® services team performing a System Requirements Design Study (SRDS) to understand where the pit falls were and what solutions were viable. Once they discussed the results of the SRDS with OnTrac it was easy to narrow down the areas of improvement to 5 specific points.

  • Application responsiveness – Improve touch capabilities.
  • Better use of color – Create a more visually appealing application that’s easier to navigate.
  • More effective data transmission – Reduce screen load times and prevent data loss.
  • Ability to rearrange routes – Allow drivers to custom build routes making it easier to add on-call pickups.
  • Google Maps integration with turn by turn navigation – Ensure address accuracy and increase route speed.

Applying these solutions would increase delivery rates, decrease data errors, and improve overall ROI.

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Upgrading OnTrac’s Scanners

Outdated, clunky scanners were a problem area for OnTrac. Fading displays, aging processors, poor touch response, etc. meant they were due for an upgrade. The TC75 rugged mobile computer wasthe perfect fit. These sleek devices with their 4.7″ High Definition displays and dual mode capacitive touch will handle a stylus, bare finger, or gloved finger. This upgrade knocked out the first two improvement points and gave OnTrac a powerful device to handle future software upgrades.

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Making the Switch to Android™

One reason AB&R® and OnTrac chose the TC75 computers was that they were Android™ enabled. The Android™ operating system (OS) provides a low-cost open-source platform that’s easily customizable. This openness appeals to many businesses that are now choosing to migrate to Android™ over other operating systems. Another big driver for the switch from Windows was Android’s Snackbar feature. Snackbar is a pop-up notification function on the bottom of the screen. It contains a message and a call-to-action. Drivers can receive “On call” alerts for pickups that are near their route. They have the option to respond to it immediately or ignore it until later. Snackbar notifications do not prohibit users from continuing normal app use without a response and it shifts the app screen up so there are no buttons covered. A big plus when a driver is trying to finish a task.

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Finalizing the Functionality

Once OnTrac had the perfect devices and the best OS for the job, AB&R®’s team of programmers were able to develop the final three pieces to the puzzle. The new, more effective data transmission software caches information offline so when devices aren’t connected to the internet data won’t be lost. Cache storage clears itself as soon as an internet connection is restored and the data is sent to a database. Turn by turn navigation allows them to deliver goods more efficiently and keeps them out of heavily trafficked routes.

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Customer Spotlight with Shield HealthCare

Posted on Aug 1, 2017 2:07:05 PM

During the month of August, OnTrac is featuring Shield HealthCare, an industry leader in at home medical care. For over 50 years, Shield Healthcare has been serving those with a need for disposable medical products live comfortably at home. Shield HealthCare is dedicated to understanding the needs of their customers and offer supplies for incontinence, ostomy, urology, diabetes and much more.

Shield HealthCare services a very specific type of customer. Offering a wide range of quality medical supplies and exceptional customer service, they are committed to providing their customers with better solutions for independent living.

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Shield HealthCare ensures discreet delivery for the customers, and for the last 20 years, they have partnered with OnTrac to make that possible. Shield HealthCare Corporate Distribution Manager Chris Jones says, “As businesses we have grown together and strengthened our relationship. Our partnership with OnTrac is key to this success, our customer service agents quote 3-5 business days for delivery, 98% of the time OnTrac delivers the very next day.” Shield HealthCare’s mission is to serve the medical supply needs of patients at home with excellence, compassion, and exceptional service.

Topics: Customer Spotlight, Shield Healthcare

Delivering Hope with Shield HealthCare

Posted on Jul 25, 2017 4:16:58 PM

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Since 1957, Shield HealthCare has been an industry leader in at home medical care and supplies. Providing everything from first aid, to ostomy, delivered right to the customer’s door. Shield HealthCare customers rely heavily on their medical supplies, and that is why for the last 20 years Shield HealthCare has partnered with OnTrac. Their mission is to serve the medical supply needs to patients at home with excellence, compassion and exceptional service.

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The strive for compassion and exceptional service has lead Shield HealthCare and OnTrac to team up yet again. During the month of August the Delivering Hope with Shield HealthCare photo contest will take place on social media. The photo contest is set to inspire and encouraging those living with a chronic illness or a disability to show the world that living with a chronic illness cannot stop you from living your life the way you want to.

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OnTrac and Shield HealthCare will host a social media photo contest starting August 1st through August 15th. From this contest, OnTrac and Shield HealthCare will create hope and empowerment for individuals with a chronic illness or a disability by encouraging them to show how they live their life. Together with Shield HealthCare and Laura from @OstomyLife, OnTrac is encouraging anyone living with a chronic illness or disability to share their story.

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If you are living with a chronic illness or a disability, we encourage you to share a photo with us of something that you never thought would be possible. When the photo contest concludes, three winners will be selected at random to receive a $100 gift card. In addition to the contest winners, OnTrac will donate $1 per entry to the United Ostomy Association of America, Inc. Together we can support each other by providing inspiration, resources, and connections! There is no purchase necessary to enter or win. Contestants will enter by submitting photos via our social media channels. Contestants must include #DeliveringHope and #OnTracContest in photo caption to be eligible to win.

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This contest is open only to legal U.S. residents within the continental United States, over the age of 18. Employees and contractors of OnTrac are not eligible to win, but may enter the contest. Void where prohibited by law. Contestants residing in those areas where the contest is void may participate in the contest but may not win any prizes.

 Disclosing the chronic illness is not necessary to enter or win the contest. At a minimum only hashtags are required to be included in the photo description. All photos submitted will be public as well as the name of the person submitting the photo.

Topics: OnTrac Contest, Customer Spotlight, Shield Healthcare

OnTrac Opens Their Largest Facility Yet!

Posted on Jul 5, 2017 1:00:00 AM

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. Although it is the largest facility, the Fontana location is one of 19 facilities in the state of California. With 115 dock doors and the ability to move 8,000 packages an hour, the Fontana facility will service the entire Inland Empire.

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OnTrac plans to fully automate the Fontana facility next year. Giving it 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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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 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.”

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With the expansion in facility size and additional packages, OnTrac has also tripled the number of staff. There are over 300 people employed at this facility and OnTrac is still hiring today. As peak season approaches, OnTrac will be hiring additional sorters to manage the influx of holiday shipping. Currently, OnTrac is hiring a total of 17 positions between AM Package Handlers, PM Package Handlers, IR Package Handlers, and a Linehaul Dispatch. For more information and to apply, please go to www.ontrac.com/careers.

 

Topics: Grand Opening

Pin It to Win It! Contest Recap

Posted on May 26, 2017 10:42:03 AM

OnTrac recently ran a Pin It to Win It contest in celebration of the customer spotlight on VMInnovations. The promotion began on May 2, 2017 and wrapped up on May 16, 2017. The contest took place on Pinterest, and the participants were asked to pin their favorite items from a VMInnovations themed pin board.                     

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VMInnovations carries a wide variety of products, and is vastly known for their unique pool floats and other summer essentials. The pin board was filled with VMInnovations amazing summer products, and each participant could pin up to 10 times a day, creating their summer wish list. Selected at random, the winner received a $100 gift card to put towards their VMInnovations purchase.

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After the two week contest, Selina from California was randomly selected as our winner. It was Selina’s lucky day to win, because it was also her birthday! Selina received a $100 gift card and a gift box of OnTrac swag.

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Thank you to all of the participants who entered the contest. Congratulations and Happy Birthday to the contest winner Selina!

Topics: Contests, Social Media, Social Media Contest

VMInnovations Customer Spotlight

Posted on May 1, 2017 2:45:46 PM

VMInnovations is a 10- year old e-commerce company, based in Lincoln, Nebraska. They believe that variety is the spice of life, and they are here to serve and delight their customers. Offering everything from above ground pools to nail polish, VMInnovations is committed to bringing the best products for the lowest prices to their customers.

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The company culture, and tight knit teams creates a family-like environment. Keeping that family culture in mind, VMInnovations is creating a vision for their future. One of their most important goals is to ship high quality products to their customers as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

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Over the last 10 years, VMInnovations has grown tremendously, and expanded out West. In addition to their home base in Lincoln, Nebraska, VMInnovations now has a fulfillment center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The newer location out West has helped VMInnovations achieve their goal of quality products with fast delivery.

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VMInnovations is armed with a hardworking team of dedicated individuals. The dependable and hardworking warehouse crews work tirelessly to ensure products are ready for delivery. With OnTrac, the shipment is in the customers hands within 2 days of ordering. 

 

 

Topics: Contests, OnTrac Contest, VMInnovations

OnTrac Expands in Phoenix, Arizona with Second Facility

Posted on May 1, 2017 12:00:00 AM

OnTrac celebrated the grand opening of their second facility in Phoenix, Arizona and their third facility statewide. Arizona is also home to their Corporate Headquarters in Chandler. The second Phoenix location is over double in square footage to the first Phoenix facility. OnTrac employees were joined by customers, the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, business partners and the Phoenix community for a celebration lunch, a ribbon cutting ceremony and facility tours.

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The theme for the celebration was growth. Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations Laura Peterson welcomed the guests and kicked off the event by introducing OnTrac General Manager Matthew Fagnano and Regional Sales Manager Brian Schnakenberg. 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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Brian Schnakenberg continued the celebration by expressing his appreciation for our customers and business partners. He said, “Their support and loyalty to OnTrac is what drives our success and allows us to open and operate new facilities such as this one.” Brian introduced Jeff Durbin from the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce who presented OnTrac with a certificate and plaque just before the three cut the ribbon and the confetti was popped.

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The Wasserstrom Company Director of Logistics Dave Lewellen attended the event and expressed his reverence towards OnTrac’s growth by saying, “The Wasserstrom company has been working with OnTrac for many years. We have a great relationship and OnTrac has helped us work through different opportunities that we have. Thank you, OnTrac, for doing a great job and being a great partner.”

Topics: Grand Opening