A Day in the Life of OnTrac on Interstate-5

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 9:30:00 AM

11.29.16_OnTrac_Interstate_5_PHOTO.jpgOnTrac is the largest regional ground transportation network in the country. We rely on the road infrastructure to move our trailers through states, between facilities, and from our docks to the customer’s doorstep. Along the three Pacific Coast states, Interstate 5 is vital to our network connectivity. 

Running 1,381 miles through California, Oregon and Washington, I-5 spans all the way from the country’s busiest border crossing in San Ysidro / San Diego continuing north to the Peach Arch Border Crossing into Canada. Each day OnTrac transports freight up and down the I-5 corridor. Each section of I-5 has its unique territorial challenges. Near major metropolitan areas, heavy traffic is the biggest headache for our freight delivery teams. The I-5 bottleneck through downtown Seattle is rated the 17th worst in the entire nation. In California, the evening rush hour on I-5 Los Angeles and Orange County is the worst traffic in the state. Ask any resident in Southern California about traffic and you’re in for an ear-full. The afternoon commute from Portland across the Interstate Bridge into Southwest Washington is pure gridlock – bumper to bumper every day with an average speed of 13 mph.

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While traffic gives everyone a headache, I-5 isn’t always a parking lot. If you start in Southern California and drive up and over Tejon Pass, eventually the freeway goes through long, flat, rural stretches of California’s Central Valley. Tejon Pass, elevation 4,160, is the highest point on I-5 in California and sometimes closes when severe winter weather hits. In the Central Valley, I-5 runs parallel to Hwy 99 and bypasses the region’s major population centers and therefore has less traffic. Depending on the person, this section of I-5 could be described as pleasant or desolate. On this leg of I-5, farms and fields stretch out to the East and the Coastal Mountain Range in the distance to the West.

If you keep going north on I-5 through the Sacramento Valley you start gaining back elevation. After you pass through Redding, CA, and enter the Cascade Mountain Range the increase in elevation creates some nasty winter weather. Winding roads, snow, ice, and fog slow transportation through the mountain passes. The highestpoint on I-5 is Siskiyou Summit just north of the California-Oregon border. With an elevation of 4,310 feet and steep, winding terrain, this neck of I-5 can become impassable and is often closed until the weather subsides and the roads are safe to travel. Travelers are often required to chain up and use extreme caution.

Once truckers and travelers safely pass through the Siskiyous and cruise on through Medford, OR, it is smooth driving for a few hundred miles through the Umpqua Valley and north through the Willamette Valley until you hit the major metropolitan areas of Salem and Portland. Passing over the Columbia River on the border of Oregon and Washington, the speed limit on I-5 increases to 70 MPH, making your trip a little faster! If you’re heading from Vancouver, WA to Vancouver, BC you’ll be on the road for a little over 300 miles.

Love it or hate it, I-5 is travelled for thousands of miles each day by drivers and truckers carrying OnTrac freight. This one stretch of freeway continuously spans three states and connects three different countries and hundreds of cities and towns. Next time you drive the five, consider all the folks who spend their day on the road for OnTrac!

References:

http://projects.oregonlive.com/harddrive/bottlenecks/

http://www.interstate-guide.com/i-005.html

Topics: overnight delivery in California, Delivery Companies, shipping, deliveries, overnight delivery in Oregon, overnight delivery in Washington, Interstate-5

September is National Preparedness Month

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 3:00:00 AM
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Happy National PrepareAthon Day!  It’s hard to believe that October is approaching and the holidays are right around the corner.  Cyber Monday (online sales that happen the first Monday after Thanksgiving) and Green Monday (usually the second Monday in December) offer up additional marketing opportunities for e-commerce stores. 2015 online sales are expected to break the previous year’s record in 2014, which means another monster peak season for OnTrac.

Not only is September the beginning of fall and the eve of the busy peak season at work, but September is also National Preparedness Month for you and your family’s personal safety at home during any disaster situation.   Everyone is extremely busy with work schedules and it is very important to take a few minutes every day to make sure that you and your families are prepared in case of a disaster.  Natural disaster can occur at any time, at work or home.  There are no schedules or time frames that such events will take place, which is why a plan is always needed.  Today is a day dedicated to taking action to increase community preparedness and resilience.

Below is a list of tips from the National Crime Prevention Council to prepare for what could be the most tragic time in your life or your family’s lives at home or at work.

  • Develop a communications plan for your family. Choose someone who does not live with you (preferably an out-of-town relative or friend) whom you and other family members can contact to check on each other in the event that you are separated during a disaster. Carry that person’s contact information in your purse or wallet.
  • Make sure children know their last name, phone number, address, and number for the out-of-town contact person.
  • Make sure every member of your family knows an alternate route home.
  • If family members can’t get home, designate a meeting place.
  • Know your community’s emergency evacuation route.
  • Learn how to shut off utilities such as gas, electricity, and water.
  • Assemble an emergency preparedness kit that will allow your family to camp out for three days. Assume you’ll be without electricity and running water.
  • Store your emergency supplies in sealed containers such as plastic tubs - taped shut.
  • Keep cash on hand; automated teller machines won’t be working if the power is out.
  • Learn CPR and first aid to help with medical emergencies.
  • Learn about emergency plans for your children’s school or daycare center.
  • If you’re a teen, find out whether your school has a group of student volunteers to help out in emergency situations. If not, offer to help start such a group. Or start a School Crime Watch.
  • Learn about your company’s emergency plan. Practice the plan. Learn exit routes.
  • Work with your Neighborhood Watch or civic association to create a disaster preparedness plan.

On behalf of OnTrac, we would like to wish you a safe and successful peak and holiday season.

Source: http://www.ncpc.org/topics/preparedness/tips-on-disaster-preparedness

More information on National PrepareAthon Day: http://www.community.fema.gov/

Additional Resources: http://www.community.fema.gov/take-action/hazards 

Topics: Delivery Companies, Shipping Services, Expedited Shipping, National Preparedness Day, National Preparedness Month

OnTrac Names the On the Road Again Photo Contest Winners

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 9:38:00 AM

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The OnTrac marketing department is proud to announce the winners of the first ever social media photo contest held during the month of August. The On the Road Again photo contest was on the OnTrac Facebook page, while all other OnTrac social media platforms supported and reminded followers about the contest. We asked entrants to submit their best photo of a road they travelled or their trip destination. The contest ran for a duration of two weeks and ended on Tuesday, August 25th.

As a shipping company, we drive miles and miles every day to deliver packages. From this contest, our goal was to connect with the social media community and focus on how many miles their summer travels took them this year, while also thanking our current followers for their continued support.

Our social media community responded with fantastic photos to fit the contest theme. The photo submissions varied from roads, sunsets, beaches, landscapes to car selfies. Entrants shared photos of their destination and travels in the states as well as vacationing abroad. The photo entries captured various modes of transportation whether by foot, car, plane, and even riding an elephant.

 We want to take a moment to thank all of our entrants and everyone who participated in this contest by voting and sharing. This contest has been a great success. We’ve enjoyed seeing everyone’s spectacular photos and the number of miles travelled. On The Road Again photo contest revved 2.2k visits, 37 photo entries, 1,061 votes, and 12 shares. Stay in touch and connect with us to find out about future contests.

Congratulations to our three winners!

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Grand Prize Winner - Aaron Reck with 268 votes

 

OnTrac_Social Media ContestFirst Runner-up - Ashley N. Crawford with 263 votes 

 

OnTrac_Social Media ContestSecond Runner-up - Guadalupe Gonzalez with 200 votes

Topics: Delivery Companies, OnTrac, OnTrac Contest, On The Road Again, Social Media Photo Contest

OnTrac Expands to Tucson with 56,733-SF Lease

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 2:22:00 PM

On Saturday, August 29th, 2015, Gabriela Rico of the Arizona Daily Star broke the news that OnTrac has leased 56,733 square feet of office and distribution space at the Rockefeller Group Distribution Center in Tucson. OnTrac has taken possession of the temporary site and is currently making improvements. The move-in date for the final new building is expected to be in the first quarter of 2016. The location is south of Valencia and Palo Verde roads at 6855 South Lisa Frank Ave, Tucson, AZ 85756.

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“The Rockefeller Group is pleased to welcome OnTrac to our facility as they continue to expand their overnight delivery capabilities throughout Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado and Idaho,” said Mark Singerman, Regional Director of The Rockefeller Group’s Arizona office.  “With OnTrac coming onboard, the building is approximately 80% leased with one space available of approximately 23,000-sf.”

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“Tucson is one of our fastest growing markets and we are excited to be moving to The Rockefeller Group facility,” said Thomas Fischer, Chief Financial Officer. “Being a regional carrier, we are always looking to provide increased capabilities while reducing cost. This move will help us do that, while providing delivery service to area businesses.”

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In addition to the existing building, the Rockefeller Group Distribution Center/Tucson includes two permit ready sites for sale or build-to-suit on a 21.5-acre industrial site in the Tucson Airport Commerce Center, near the Tucson International Airport.

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About The Rockefeller Group

The Rockefeller Group is a leading global real estate owner, developer and investment manager.  For more than eight decades the company has engaged in some of America’s most significant and recognizable real estate endeavors, beginning with the development of one of the world’s finest urban mixed-use complexes, Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan.  Since inception, The Rockefeller Group has developed approximately 40 million square feet of commercial property.  Today, the company owns and manages a diversified portfolio of office and industrial assets in key U.S. urban and select suburban markets, as well as in Europe.  For more information, please visit www.rockefellergroup.com.

Topics: Delivery Companies, OnTrac Expands to Tucson, Tucson, Distribution Center, The Rockefeller Group

OnTrac Welcomes City Officials to Fremont Operations Facility

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 9:08:00 AM

By Katrina Fox

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OnTrac welcomed guests from the city of Fremont to the Hayward packaging facility, named for the original city it was located in, on Monday, July 20th, 2015. OnTrac Pacific Regional General Manager Mike Wynant, General Manager of the Hayward facility Michael O’Mahony, and David Anderson, Manager of the Hayward facility, guided Fremont city officials through the hub facility. The guests from the city of Fremont included:

  • Councilmember Rick Jones
  • Economic Development Director Kelly Kline
  • Economic Development Advisory Commissioner Sheena Chang
  • Economic Development Intern David Ho

City of Fremont Officials

OnTrac was excited to initiate conversations with the city of Fremont to discuss OnTrac’s history specific to the Hayward facility and share our mutual goals for community involvement within the city. The BART station expansion, proximity to various restaurant options and access to multiple highways was discussed as benefits to employers and contributing factors for Fremont developing into a major employment center. Overall the goal of the meeting was for both parties to meet face-to-face, begin building a relationship and discuss ways in which to support each other.

Councilmember Rick Jones said, “The City of Fremont appreciates the opportunity to meet directly with business managers to plan for employment growth, and to ensure that the City’s innovation ecosystem remains strong. OnTrac is a critical logistics player in that ecosystem, and we expect that the company will flourish along with Fremont’s other advanced industries.”

OnTrac Pacific Regional General Manager Mike Wynant commented on the meeting, “At OnTrac, we strongly believe in our responsibility as a corporate citizen in the city where we operate. Our goal is to make a positive impact on the city of Fremont and building a relationship through our meeting today is a great step in the right direction.”

The Hayward facility’s name is based on its original location in Hayward, CA and moved to the city of Fremont on June 15, 2012. It is the second largest OnTrac sorting facility and operates as a regional hub, which helps to promote proper sorting and reduces double handling packages.

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Photo Credit: Portraits by Diane

 

Topics: Delivery Companies, Shipping Services, City of Fremont, Hayword Facility, Fremont Operational Facility

On The Road Again Photo Contest

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 9:30:00 AM

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Summer is known for great vacation weather, packing up your bags and heading out of town. Whether traveling to a new location or driving to your favorite summer spot, road trips are fun ways to make memories with your family and/or friends. At OnTrac we travel the highways every night bringing your packages to you while you may travel those same highways towards your next road trip destination. We are hosting a photo contest on our Facebook page that encourages you, our fans and followers, to share photos from your summer travels and being on the road again. Submissions through Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Instagram are also collected from the use of the official contest hashtags, #OnTheRoadAgain and #OnTracContest. The contest asks you, the participant, to show the roads traveled for your summer vacation or the final destination of your road trip for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card or a $50 VISA gift card. The contest started on Wednesday, August 12th and runs for two full weeks, ending on Tuesday, August 25th at 5pm PT.

The great part is you’re not limited to just one photo from your road trip; you can share two or you can share the whole album of photos. We dare you to share your best road trip photos every day during the contest to increase your chances to win. We allow one photo submission each day, and we encourage you to not only upload your submission, but also vote for your favorite road trip photos uploaded by others.

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HOW TO ENTER

Check out our Facebook page to find the Contest tab under our profile and enter our On The Road Again Photo Contest. Like our Facebook page, fill out the entry form, upload your photo and include #OnTheRoadAgain and #OnTracContest in your photo caption. Your submission will be uploaded along with other submissions to the vote page where you can vote for your favorite road trip photos. Like and follow OnTrac on all social media platforms to stay updated throughout the contest.

HOW YOU WIN

All photo submissions will be uploaded to the contest vote page. The top three photos with the most votes will win. Grand prize winner gets a $100 VISA gift card, and the two runner-ups receive a $50 VISA gift card each. Don’t hesitate to share your photo submission via other social media platforms to get more votes and get your friends and family involved as well. Don’t forget the hashtags in your own caption, #OnTheRoadAgain and #OnTracContest. We can’t wait to see how far you all have traveled this summer. Good luck!  

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DISCLAIMER

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to OnTrac and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims. Participation in this promotion is subject to the official rules, here: https://woobox.com/offers/rules/ctb9ca

Topics: Delivery Companies, Shipping Services, OnTrac Contest, Photo Contest, On The Road Again

OnTrac Monterey Facility Celebrates 1,000 Safe Days

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 3:06:00 PM

OnTrac MRY 1K Safe Days 2Congratulations to the OnTrac team at the Monterey operations facility! The crew achieved 1,000 consecutive safe days.

The milestone was celebrated on Friday, June 26th with Famous Dave’s barbeque and cake for all.  A large banner proclaiming Monterey’s Outstanding Safety Performance is now hanging in their recently expanded warehouse. 

Pre-load Manager David Wright communicates safety daily during the pre-sort meeting and throughout the work day. Wright says, “We are fortunate to have a small, conscientious crew that takes safety responsibilities seriously. They continuously look out for each other, have a positive attitude, good morale and strive to have an accident free workplace”

This achievement is truly the result of a group effort that all can take pride in. We congratulate and encourage MRY as they continue building on this impressive safety record. Good Job!

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Topics: Monterey, Delivery Companies, OnTrac, Shipping Services, Safety, Expedited Shipping