The Time is Right to Make the Switch to a Regional Carrier

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 3:12:00 PM

With the announcement that UPS is changing their rate structure, more and more people are turning to regional carriers to give them high-quality package delivery service at affordable rates. There is a growing list of accessorial fees with national carriers that are continually costing you more on your shipping bill. With OnTrac, there are only a few. Conservative estimates of FedEx and UPS list over 40 accessorial fees.

Sure, you may be getting a “discount” with a national carrier, but you are also paying more fees on top of the shipping costs. OnTrac delivers your shipments on time, and with fewer fees and surcharges—all at a lower rate. Save a transit day, and get next-day service at ground rates—go OnTrac.

Read more about regional carriers at DC Velocity »

Topics: package delivery options, DC Velocity, Accessorial fees, OnTrac, OnTrac in the News

What Are You Missing Out on with National Carriers?

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 4:17:00 PM

Multichannel Merchant recently published an article about regional carriers and their many benefits. A growing trend in the shipping industry has been higher accessorial fees and surcharges, especially from national carriers. Regional carriers have the ability to focus on a specific service area, and because of this, are able to provide better service to you and your customers.

OnTrac offers competitive rates and transit times that are often a day faster than the national carriers, meaning your shipment moves faster, and for less money. In an age where the bottom line and customer satisfaction are more important than ever, what are you missing out on?

Read the full article on Multichannel Merchant»

Topics: Accessorial fees, OnTrac Shipping, Ground Shipping

Regional Carriers Can Boost Your Business in All the Right Places!

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 4:27:00 PM

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.

Topics: package delivery options, residential delivery, accessorial charges, Residential Delivery fee, regional package delivery company, yield management, Supply Chain Brain, Accessorial fees, OnTrac Shipping, OnTrac,, Residential Delivery Area Surcharge

Just Say Additional Fees

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 11:00:00 AM

Typically speaking, we like to say, "Yes," to our customers, helping them meet their needs for overnight delivery in California, or overnight delivery in Nevada, or Arizona or anywhere in the six western states we serve. 

But while we say, "Yes," to you, we suggest you say, "No, " to the laundry list of add-on fees our competitors like to pile on top of your shipping charges. 

Residential Delivery fee?  Say, "No."  Use OnTrac and save $2.50.

Signature Required fee? Respond, "No," and keep another $1.75 to $3.00 in your pocket.

Invalid Account fee?  Okay, you made a simple error and wrote down the wrong account number.  That'll cost you $10 with the other guys.

Residential Delivery Area Surcharge fee?  Save $2.50 per package.  In an extended area?  Save $2.75.

Commercial Delivery Area Surcharge fee?  For goodness sake, isn't just about every package going to a residential or commercial delivery area?  What's left the North or South Poles?  Anyway, hang onto another $1.70 per package by using OnTrac instead of the other guys. 

We have fees it's true.  But our competitors almost seem to have fees for their fees.  No matter, you don't have to worry about them all.  All you have to do it just say, "No," to them and, "Yes," to OnTrac.


Topics: Invalid Account fee, overnight delivery in CA, overnight delivery in NV, Residential Delivery fee, Commerical Delivery Area Surcharge, Signature Required fee, Accessorial fees, Residential Delivery Area Surcharge

Cutting Holiday Shipping Costs

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 2:54:00 PM

This year, even Santa will be tightening his belt. 

Odds are Santa Claus won't be laying off any reindeer this year, but that doesn't mean the supreme overnight shipper isn't watching his shipping budget more tightly than ever before.  You can too.

Trimming holiday shipping costs can be as simple as trimming the tree if you know what you're doing.

Begin with a little carrier comparison shopping

Look for carriers that serve the geographies that many of your shipments go to.  For instance, if your packages are being shipped for overnight delivery in California, a carrier specializing in that area will get your packages there as quickly as the national carriers and for less cost.  And, since they don't put packages on planes, there is less fuel cost as well, which is good for you and great for the environment.

Consider total shipping costs for all your shipments, not just the weight charge per package. 

Unless you really like that holiday day-after surprise when your shipping invoice arrives and all your $13.95 shipments turn out to really be $25.50, you'll soon discover the tree isn't the only thing that got flocked this year. 

The big carriers have discovered the profitability of surcharges, the hidden fees that add up to big dollars for simple requests like getting a delivery confirmation.  The major carriers have more than 85 accessorial fees.  Good regional carriers keep things much more simple with only a few additional fees. 

Look for Flex Appeal

Carriers that offer later pickups, can help ensure that those last holiday packages are shipped and make it on Santa's sleigh. 

Leverage the Web

Look for a carrier that gives you time-saving website tools to make shipping easier from end-to-end.  Instant rate quoteswaybill printing, tracking packages and email notifications should all be readily available. 

Who knows?  You might just save the company enough dough to treat yourself and the team to a little holiday cheer.




Topics: instant rate quotes, email notifications, later pickups, overnight delivery in California, waybill printing, tracking packages, Accessorial fees